1. Bangladesh in times of climate change

In Europe, Bangladesh is generally characterised as the most affected region by climate change. The country has been aware of the danger for more than a decade and has set up a separate ministry for this purpose. A special exhibition in the Mauritianum Altenburg “When water becomes scarce – changing living environments in the Ganges Delta” has been dedicated to the highly explosive topic of climate change since autumn 2020 and shows its devastating effects on people in one of the most populous countries in the world. The exhibition takes the visitor to the places of climate change, sketches living environments in the water-rich Ganges Delta, in the forest regions and on the tea mountains of the north, in seasonal flood areas in the interior of the country and in areas that are considered drought regions – tells of the emergence and passing of land and life.

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2. The Aral Sea — yesterday, today, tomorrow

The siltation and disappearance of the Aral Sea is one of the greatest environmental disasters of the 20th century. It attracted worldwide attention, especially in the 1980s. The fate of the Aral Sea again plays an important role in the current climate debate. Previous research in relation to the Aral Sea has been primarily motivated by natural science or medicine. However, a regional and cultural scientific approach promises additional insights and findings. How do the people affected by the natural disaster remember and process the drastic changes in their living environment and what strategies do they develop to shape their future under the new conditions?

This question was the focus of a research project funded by the DFG and conducted jointly by the Central Asia Seminar of Humboldt University and the Karakalpak Branch of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. Here we can follow the exhibition on the topic once again in a virtual model.

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