Upcoming conference on Chagos

On May 19, a conference on Chagos will be held at the Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, England. It is organized by best-selling novelist, Philippa Gregory, and conservationist and adventurer, Ben Fogle.

Cultural anthropology participants include David Vine of American University, who will present in the morning, and Sean Carey of Roehampton University, and Laura Jeffery of Edinburgh University, who will co-present a session on the size of the extended Chagos population (the original inhabitants of the archipelago and their descendants), its distribution (Mauritius, Seychelles, the U.K. and other European countries including France, Belgium and Switzerland) and how Chagossians see their future in Chagos.

Jeffery holds an ESRC research fellowship, titled “Sustainable Resettlement and Environmental Conservation: A Collaborative Approach to the Right of Return to the Chagos Archipelago.”

Among others participating are marine scientists Mark Spalding of Cambridge University and John Turner of Bangor University, as well as John Howell, a former director of the U.K.’s Overseas Development Institute.

The science editor from the Daily Telegraph (U.K.) contacted Sean Carey, and they have published a balanced article.

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