April 25, 2017

8.30 a.m.    Registration and Coffee

9.00  a.m.    Welcome Address - Rogaia Abusharaf, Georgetown University in Qatar

9.15 a.m.
Panel 1: A Hundred Horizons: A Discussion with Sugata Bose
Panel Chair: James Reardon Anderson, Dean of Georgetown University in Qatar

Sugata Bose (Harvard University)
Old Tides and New Waves in Indian Ocean History

10:30 a.m  Coffee Break

10.45 a.m.
Panel 2: Oceanic Imaginaries: From Southern Arabia to India
Panel Chair: Sandra Richards, Northwestern University in Qatar

Daniel Varisco (Qatar University)
Sailing to and from the Yemeni Port of Aden in the Rasulid Era (13th-15th centuries CE)

Henry Schwarz (Georgetown University)
Transoceanic Emotion

Scott Reese ( Northern Arizona University)
Hanuman’s Tunnel: Unseen agency and the creation of community in Colonial Aden

Stefan Tetzlaff (German Historical Institute)
Forging ‘Crude’ Connections across the Indian Ocean: The Global Energy Order and Changes in OPEC-India Relations, 1960 to the present

12.15 p.m.           Lunch

1.30 p.m.
Panel 3:  Africa and the Indian Ocean
Panel Chair: Tukufu Zuberi (University of Pennsylvania)

Harith Ghassany (Sultan Qaboos University)
Africa and the Gulf: The Continent's Contribution to Cultures and Societies of the Indian Ocean

Zachary Wright (Northwestern University in Qatar)
Traces of Islamic Intellectual Exchange: The reception of Indian Ocean scholarship in Western Africa

Ahmad Sikainga (Ohio State University)
Spirit Possession and Healing Rituals in the Gulf: The Red Sea Link

3.00 p.m.     Coffee Break

3.30 p.m.     
Panel 4: Arabian Voyages: Explorers, Empires and Narratives (Arabic Language Panel)
Panel Chair: Yehia Mohammed, Georgetown University in Qatar

Al-Faris Ali, Zayed University
The Journey to India in Arabian Heritage: from al-Sirafi to al-Baruni

Abdalla el-Bashir, University of Khartoum
Readings of Arab Perceptions of the Indian Ocean: the case of Waq al-Waq

Kamal GahAllah al-Khidr, International University of Africa
Omani Influence in East Africa: The Case of Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia

Mohamed Ashour Mahdi, Zayed University
The Impact of Historical and Cultural Ties on the Gulf-Africa Relations

5.00 p.m. Closing Remarks