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Tasha Rijke-Epstein, “Children of the Soil: The Power of Built Form in Urban Madagascar”

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Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) is joined by Prof. Tasha Rijke-Epstein (Vanderbilt) to discuss her wonderful new book, Children of the Soil: The Power of Built Form in Urban Madagascar. Their conversation takes us to Mahajanga, a port city in northwestern Madagascar, considering the city’s contested built environment, as well as the human and more-than-human interactions and complex (and sometimes fraught) migration histories that play out against this backdrop.

Prof. Rijke-Epstein is Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. She holds a PhD in History and Anthropology from the University of Michigan and an MPhil from the University of Cape Town. Children of the Soil is her first monograph.


Music: “Nam Nhi-tu” by M. Nguyen Van Minh-Con

Image Credit: “Moské. Mahajanga, Majunga. Madagaskar – SMVK,” by Walter Kaudern via Wikimedia Commons.

The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced and edited by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”