Inter-area/Border Crossing

Organized Panel Session

36 - Crisis, Circulations and Change: Populating the Margins of the Indian Ocean

7/6/2018
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Silveroak I, Ground Floor

The Indian Ocean has been understood as a space of circulations and encounters between different cultures and political structures across space and time. Aesthetics, objects, and commodities, as well as people, knowledge and poetic and musical traditions, navigated the Indian Ocean forming an extraordinary cultural landscape. The diversity of powers and routes linking the Eastern African coast with Southeastern Asian archipelagos in a multitude of port cities and regional connections has, nevertheless, been commonly analyzed under geographic or chronological boundaries, artificially dividing the Indian Ocean. Recognizing the need to anchor research under particular themes or academic disciplines, but also being aware of the constellation of intersections that produced a world in motion, this panel proposes divagations across the ocean that disrupt geographical categories, chronological periods and established cultural contexts.


Scaling a cartography of the whole Indian Ocean, this panel focusses on circulations, networks and contacts that contour simplified narratives and dislocate the focus to populations and geographies that tend to be at the margins of the broader maps of the ocean in different time periods. Crossing the ocean from Mozambique to Malacca and inflecting to the Arabian Peninsula and Indian Subcontinent, we will observe how colonial geographical borders tend to erase, as a multitude of European diasporas occupied colonial port cities, as well as diverse local communities. We will also observe how the aquatic order was disrupted by so-called piracy activities and how moments of crisis can illuminate the place of Oman in the Indian Ocean world.

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Pedro Manuel Sobral. Pombo

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India

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Pedro Manuel Sobral. Pombo

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India

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Seema Alavi

University of Delhi, India

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Seema Alavi

University of Delhi, India

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Sonali Mishra

University of Delhi, India

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Smarika Nawani

Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi,, India

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Lakshmi Subramanian

Centre for the Studies in Social Sciences, India

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Lakshmi Subramanian

Centre for the Studies in Social Sciences, India

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