Indian Ocean Webinars

By using technology to pursue research and exchange scholarly conversations online, IOWG organizes webinars on a range of topics related to the Indian Ocean Studies with distinguished scholars in the field. The webinars are open to the public and provide a more accessible way to engage with the Indian Ocean Studies.

Piracy in Somalia: Violence and Development in the Horn of Africa

March 18, 2021

Dr. Awet Weldemichael, Professor of History at Queens’ University, discusses his book Piracy in Somalia: Violence and Development in the Horn of Africa. The webinar is moderated by Dr. Afyare Elmi, Associate Professor of International Relations and Security at Qatar University.

South East Asia and East Asia in the Studies of the Indian Ocean World

February 11, 2021

The panel discussion seeks to identify areas of future research collaboration in order to deepen understanding of South East Asia and East Asia.

Panelists: Dr. R. Michael Feener, Kyoto University; Dr. Weihsin Gui, University of California, Riverside; Dr. Tansen Sen, NYU Shanghai; Dr. Hideaki Suzuki, Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology

Human Mobilities in the Indian Ocean: Prospects and Challenges

August 21, 2020

The webinar discusses the prospects and challenges of the human mobilities in the Indian Ocean from the different vantage points of the panelists drawn from academia, activism, and journalism.

Panelists: Abdurahman Warsame, Journalist at Al Jazeera; Vani Saraswathi, Associate Editor and Director of Projects at; Dr. Malini Sur, Institute of Culture and Society at Western Sydney University

Indian Ocean Humanities: Current State, Future Directions

July 20, 2020

A distinguished panelist of scholars discusses the present state of humanities discourses on the Indian Ocean World as well as possible directions for further research and creative work inspired by its rich cross-cultural exchanges.

Panelists: Ari Gautier, Author of India and Norway; Dr. Ananya Jahanara Kabir, King’s College London; Dr. Jeremy Prestholdt, University of California, San Diego; Dr. Vilashini Cooppan, University of California, Santa Cruz