Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

Indian Ocean Ports-of-Trade as Distinctive Entities

Saturday, July 7
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Rudraksha, Lower Ground Floor

How Europeans reacted to Asia and Asian networks has been extensively researched, but little attention has been paid to the Asian side. Did pre-1500 Asian merchants lay the groundwork for the establishment of later colonialism, or did they see their avenues closing in the course of the 18th century? What were the variable reactions to European arrival in different parts of the Asian realm? How did the continent acquire an identity equating it with the ‘East’, which was then further divided into ‘middle’ and ‘far’ East, but ‘South,’ ‘Southeast,’ and ‘Central’ Asia"? Early Asian borders were porous, and networks of family and business overlapped and crossed many frontiers. What were the boundaries of that world in the “first global age,” and how did they become fixed, or redefined? What changes happened in that space over the “First Global Age,” and how did these affect Asian regional identities, economies, and societies? The panel will address networks of connection – Inclusive of  Indian Ocean/South China Sea/Indonesian archipelago, and Philippines realms; populations of  traders, monarchs, and companies (e.g., Hadrami, Karimi, Armenian, Chulia, Malabari, Gujarati, Javanese, Japanese, Chinese, Malay); places of  overlapping realms of the Indian Ocean and China Sea worlds, their hinterlands and their hinterland polities, and the response/s to the beginnings of world commerce and globalization; ports as Asian dominated vs. European controlled; differences in urban demography and social space; shipping , notably by Asians, Africans, and Europeans; and commercial, political, cultural, and knowledge transfers.


Kenneth R. Hall

Ball State University, United States

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Ball State University, United States

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Radhika Seshan

Pune University, India

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Suchandra Ghosh

University of Kolkata, India

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Derek Heng

Northern Arizona University, United States

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Kenneth R. Hall

Ball State University, United States

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