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Fellow (31 January 2004 - 30 June 2004)
The Nucleus "Environmental History of Southeast Asia, 1500-2000" was an excellent source of inspiration. Without the hospitality of the NIAS during my term in 2004, I doubt that I would have been able to (re)write the major chapters of my book on the history of natural resources utilisation in Vietnam with a special focus upon the coastal zone of northern Vietnam and the history of naval development and fisheries. These topics are under-represented in the growing body of anthropological and historical literature about Vietnam. Using two case-studies from two different villages in a coastal district, I extended the topic with chapters on coastal issues, influenced by sea rise and climatic change, fisheries, tourism and more traditional sources of livelihood like aquaculture and salt making. A lecture for NIAS treated the question of fisheries in the difficult environmental context of Vietnamese territorial waters. I also participated in the workshop that the nucleus organised on the theme and the paper will be part of a book with the same title, to be edited by Greg Bankoff and Peter Boomgaard.
Besides reading and writing, I was able to publish one article about the theme, this time more focused upon aqua- and mariculture. It appeared in Maritime Studies, a scholarly journal issued by the Maritime Research Centre (Mare) in Amsterdam. I also returned to the correcting and final proof reading of a number of articles and an area study on Cambodia (KIT publishers, 2004). My earlier interest in the works and the life of the French geographer Pierre Gourou resulted in a chapter for a book about the genealogy of French tropical geography and the issue of tropicality.
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