Through IOWG’s lectures, distinguished scholars and authors working on different aspects of the Indian Ocean present their latest works for a scholarly discussion. This series provide a platform for scholars, students, and the public to engage in a cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary pursuit of the Indian Ocean World Studies. The lecture series are named after GU-Q student Loiy Ahmed Hammad, who held a passion to study the Indian Ocean. All webinars are recorded and archived as accessible educational resources for those who take interest in the Indian Ocean World Studies. Here you can find a full list of past lectures.
Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean
February 17, 2021
Dr. Jatin Dua, Associate Professor of Anthropology at University of Michigan, discusses in his award-winning book Captured at Sea that sheds light on the upsurge in maritime piracy off the Somali coast and its impact on global shipping.
By the Sea: In Conversation with Abdulrazak Gurnah
November 9, 2020
Dr. Rogaia Abusharaf (Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown Qatar) and Dr. Coilin Parsons (Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University) join Dr. Abdulrazak Gurnah to discuss his novel By the Sea, which explores the experiences of East African immigrants in the UK deeply interwoven with memories of Zanzibar.
Imperial Mecca: Ottoman Arabia and the Indian Ocean Hajj
October 27, 2020
Dr. Michael Cristopher Low, Assistant Professor of History at Iowa State University, presents an intriguing analysis from his book Imperial Mecca discussing how the Hijaz and the steamship era pilgrimage to Mecca simultaneously became objects of Ottoman modernization, global public health, international law, and inter-imperial rivalries during the late 19th and early 20th century.
Buying Time: Debt and Mobility in the Western Indian Ocean
September 29, 2020
Dr. Thomas M. McDow, Associate Professor of History at Ohio State University, speaks about his book Buying Time, which tells the forces that shaped commercial history of the Indian Ocean and deep historical connections between Eastern Africa, the Gulf, and South Asia that were formed as a result.