Environmental Seminar: Who is the Predator?: The French and Tigers in Indochina

The UNMC School of Geography is pleased to host a series of lectures on topical environmental issues through which we hope to raise public awareness and interest. This programme is aimed at the general public and assumes no expert or prior knowledge. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

The next lecture will take place on Thursday 20 June from 5.00pm – 6.30pm at the Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre. This lecture will be given by Dr. Mathieu Guerin, Attache’ for Higher Education and Science at the French Embassy, Kuala Lumpur.

Please RSVP to Carol.DCruz@nottingham.edu.my.

Who is the Predator? : The French and Tigers in Indochina

After the conquest of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, the French did show a strong interest in the fauna of continental Southeast Asia. The process of subjugating Indochina didn’t limit itself to the people and their territory. It also included nature, flora and fauna. The French introduced distinction between pests and useful animals that had dramatic consequences for Indochina’s wildlife. Tigers were seen by the first administrators as an important danger for human beings that needed to be eradicated. Through historical sources, we can understand the Man-Tiger conflict better and how the colonial system dealt with it.

About Dr Guerin:

Dr Mathieu Guerin is the Attache’ for higher education  and science at the French Embassy, Kuala Lumpur and the Director of the Malaysia- France University Center, France.

Dr Guerin was an Associate professor of Modern History at the University of Caen Normandy, France and a member of the joint laboratory “Research Center in Quantitative History”. His research interest covers the social, cultural and environment of South East Asia. Some research works include the history of the relations between ethnic minorities and the State in Southeast; Asia with a special focus on the highlands of Cambodia and Vietnam; the relations between the Muslims of Cambodia and the Malay World; Impact of the rubber plantations on the livelihood of the Stieng People at the beginning of the 20th Century; Comparative study on ethnic conflicts in the highlands of Vietnam and Cambodia.

More info: http://www.nottingham.edu.my/Geography/Eventsrecords/Who-is-the-Predator–The-French-and-Tigers-in-Indochina.aspx

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