Madagascar is one of the biggest islands in the world, yet it is among the last to be settled by people. Madagascar lies close to the East African coast, yet the Malagasy language is overwhelmingly derived from an Indonesian language and the genetic ancestry of the Malagasy is strongly rooted in Indonesia. How are these enigmas to be explained? Madagascar’s place in the geography and history of the Indian Ocean World offers answers, and archeology, linguistics, oceanography, paleoecology and historical records the means to find them.
A light reception will follow the talk and discussion at 5:30 PM