From landscapes to livelihoods, the river Brahmaputra has shaped the history of Assam.
Historian Arupjyoti Saikia’s Confluence lecture brings together history, geology and hydrology to present a comprehensive understanding of this mighty river. He speaks about how the river was formed, what makes it unique, and why it is important to think about its future. His lecture is based on his book by the same name.
Arupjyoti Saikia is currently a Professor in History at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati. He has a Ph.D from the University of Delhi and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University. His research interests are primarily focused on the Economic, environmental and political history of modern Assam. His publications include 1) A Century of Protests: Peasant Politics in Assam since 1900, Routledge, Delhi, 2014, 2) Forests and Ecological History of Assam, 1826-2000, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2011, and 3) Jungles, Reserves, Wildlife: A History of Forests in Assam, Wildlife Area Development Trust, Guwahati, 2005. The Turbulent River: An Environmental Biography of the Brahmaputra, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.