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Fellow (1 September 2003 - 30 June 2004)
I worked on two projects during my stay at NIAS: the Environmental History of Indonesia, 1500-2000 and the Environmental History of Southeast Asia. During my stay here I focused on the latter project and wrote three chapters of a book I was commissioned to write (on the environmental history of Southeast Asia), to be published by ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, California. The chapters are entitled: "Before and after the arrival of humans"; "Early agriculture and the Metal Ages"; and "The era of state formation, fifth to fifteenth centuries".
I was also the convener of the nucleus Environmental History of Southeast Asia, 1500-2000 (see separate report) and the main convener of a workshop organized around the activities of this nucleus. The workshop, held at NIAS, was entitled The Wealth of Nature: How Natural Resources Have Shaped Asian History, 1600-2000. The title of the paper I wrote for this workshop is "From rice to riches? Rice Production and Trade in (Southeast) Asia, particularly Indonesia, 1500-1950". The result of the workshop will be a collective volume, to be edited by Greg Bankoff (another member of the nucleus) and myself.
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