The Appraising Risk Partnership

Appraising Risk is an international collaboration based at the Indian Ocean World Center at McGill University, with academic partners across the world.

Our Project and Partners

Our Historical Database

The project is dedicated to building a comprehensive spatial and temporal archive of the Indian Ocean World using a Linked GIS database with a custom relational taxonomy.

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Maps and Visualizations

We produce maps, visualizations, analysis and other media using data from the Appraising Risk Database.

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Our Project

The Appraising Risk Partnership is an international collaboration of scholars and researchers dedicated to exploring the critical role of climatic crisis in the past and future of the Indian Ocean World. With generous support from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the partnership seeks to create a comprehensive spatial and temporal database of human-environment interaction and interdependence during periods of climatic change.

Latest Posts

McQuade, A Genealogy of Terrorism

Dr. Joseph McQuade (University of Toronto) discusses his recent published book, A Genealogy of Terrorism: Colonial law and the origins of an idea (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 2020), as well as his ongoing postdoctoral research. In A Genealogy of Terrorism, McQuade demonstrates how the modern concept of terrorism was shaped by colonial emergency laws dating back […]

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Schottenhammer, Maritime Disasters, Risk Appraisals, and exchanges of Medicinal Knowledge in maritime East Asia

Prof. Angela Schottenhammer (KU Leuven) discusses her and her team’s ongoing research into maritime disasters, risk appraisals, and exchanges of medicinal knowledge in East Asian Waters in c.1500-1800. Several themes are discussed, which transcend the disciplines of climate history, maritime archaeology, and medical history. She refers to typhoons, currents, diseases, and the material cultures of […]

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Xu Zhexin, Tang-Song transition era maritime activities in E and SE Asia

With the help of Dr. Alexander Jost, Xu Zhexin (both University of Salzburg) discusses his PhD research into the history of maritime activities in South and Southeast China and its neighboring regions during the co-called Tang-Song transition period, which is based on his analysis of official records, inscription sources, and visual materials. Thank you also to […]

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Upcoming Events

2021: International Conference on Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World Since 1800

Call for Papers
2021 International Conference on Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World Since 1800
28-29 May 2021

The Indian Ocean World Centre

The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) at McGill University is a research initiative and resource base established to promote the study of the history, economy, and cultures of the lands and peoples of the Indian Ocean world (IOW) – from China to Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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