Conference Program

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The Indian Ocean: History, Networks, and Spaces of the Imagination

October 16-17, 2014

The Indian Ocean: History, Networks, and Spaces of the Imagination

October 16-17, 2014

Room 210 of the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL, 61801

1401 West Green Street
Urbana, Illinois  61801

 

A conference organized by the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois, with funding from the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center in Washington, DC and a Hewlett Foundation grant through the Office of International Programs and Studies at the University of Illinois

Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7 p.m.—Keynote lecture

Globalization with a Difference: Cosmopolitanism and Tolerance in the Indian Ocean

Abdul Sheriff

Research Director, Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University

Former Professor of History, University of Dar es Salaam

Former Advisor and Principal Curator of Zanzibar Museums

Former Executive Director of the Zanzibar Indian Ocean Research Institute (ZIORI)

Reception to follow, Room 104 of the Illini Union

Friday, October 17, 2014

9:00-10:15 Panel 1: Looking Anew at Indian Ocean History

Chair: Antoinette Burton, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Edward Alpers, Department of History, University of California at Los Angeles: “Antislavery, Political Rivalry and Regional Networks in East African Waters, 1877-1883”

Kai Kresse, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University: “‘Swahili Studies’ as ‘Indian Ocean Studies’? Considerations on the Study of a Trans-Regional Region”

10:15-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-12:15 Panel 2: The Indian Ocean as Arena of Cultural Encounter and Formation

Chair: James Brennan, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thibaut d’Hubert, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago: “Reorienting Narratives: Wonder Tales around the Bay of Bengal, ca. 16th-19th A.D.”

Anne K. Bang, Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, University of Bergen; Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norway: “The Hadramawt and the Swahili Coast: How a South Arabian Culture Became African”

Nile Green, Department of History, University of California at Los Angeles: “To the Ends of the Ocean: The Muslim Outreach to Japan, c.1880-1940”

12:15-1:15 Lunch for presenters, panel chairs and invited guests in Room 104 of the Illini Union

1:15-4:30 Panel 3: The Indian Ocean as Economic Pathway

Chair: Ken Cuno, Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gwyn Campbell, Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History, McGill University: “The Indian Ocean World: The World’s First Global Economy”

Kenneth Hall, Department of History, Ball State University: “Commodity Flows and Maritime Diaspora Networking in the Southeast Asia Region, c. AD 800-1500”

Ilicia J. Sprey, Department of History and Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and University Transfer Division, Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette, Indiana: “Primary and Secondary Maritime Trade Networks based on the Vietnamese Coastline, 1400-1800”

2:45-3:00 Short Break

Pedro Machado, Department of History, Indiana University: “Interwoven Ocean: Slavery, Cloth and Silver in the Indian Ocean’s Long and Global Eighteenth Century”

Jatin Dua, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor: "A Sea of Protection: Piracy and its Afterlives in the Indian Ocean"

4:15-4:30 Coffee break

4:30-6:45 Panel 4: Diasporas, Migration and Identity in the Indian Ocean

Chair: Allyson Purpura, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thomas F. McDow, Department of History, Ohio State University: “Arabs and Africans: Diasporas and Identity in Oman and East Africa”

Valerie Hoffman, Department of Religion and Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois: “Ibadi Scholarship and Identity between Oman and Zanzibar in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century”

Gaurav Desai, Departments of English and African and African Diaspora Studies, Tulane University: “Gandhi as Allegory: Race-ing the Transoceanic”

7:00 Dinner for conference speakers and panel chairs