The Indian Ocean in the Modern World
Annual Faculty Conference
The Annual Faculty Conference
Oceanic Circularities: The Indian Ocean in the Modern World
Over the past five millennia, plants, animals, people, languages, ideas, religions, technologies, and a vast array of raw and manufactured commodities have circulated along the watery highways connecting East Africa with the Persian Gulf, South and Southeast Asia, and China. Yet imperial and national historiographic traditions as much as the bias of the dominant social sciences have, until fairly recently, prevented scholars from exploring the multifaceted connections between distant places and peoples across the Indian Ocean rim. In contrast with scholarship on the North Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds, therefore, the study of Indian Ocean circularities is a relatively new and dynamic field even as it prompts us to rethink global history from an altogether new perspective.
This conference brings together new and established scholars producing cutting-edge research on topics ranging from the political economy of trade to the sociocultural dynamics of interlocking littoral societies across this vast oceanic space.