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Indian Ocean Symposium 2017

April 25, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Towards a Re-mapping of Diasporic Circularities in the Indian Ocean World

Although the Indian Ocean World has a history of interconnectivity and exchange spanning millennia, it has only recently started to attract scholarly attention. As a consequence, studies on this world lag behind those of movement and connectivity in the relatively more recent Atlantic World. These connections linked the Red Sea, large swathes of the African continent, the Middle East, the Asian sub-continent and the Far East. Over millennia, plants, animals, people, languages, ideas, religions, precious stones, metals, technologies and a vast array of raw and manufactured commodities crisscrossed the vibrant corridors of the Indian Ocean to lands bordering it and beyond. These proposed case studies offer a wide variety of perspectives on circularities and identities forged in the Indian Ocean.  With this mapping, we endeavor not only to advance knowledge of this vibrant region but also to initiate discussion about overlapping African and Indian diasporas. 

 

Event Program

 8.30 a.m.

  Registration and Coffee

9.00  a.m.

Welcome Address – Rogaia Abusharaf, Georgetown University in Qatar

9.15 a.m. Panel 1: A Hundred Horizons: A Discussion with Sugata Bose
Panel Chair: James Reardon Anderson, Dean of Georgetown University in QatarSugata Bose (Harvard University)
Old Tides and New Waves in Indian Ocean History
10:30 a.m Coffee Break
10.45 a.m.

Panel 2: Oceanic Imaginaries: From Southern Arabia to India
Panel Chair: Sandra Richards, Northwestern University in Qatar

Daniel Varisco (Qatar University)
Sailing to and from the Yemeni Port of Aden in the Rasulid Era (13th-15th centuries CE)

Henry Schwarz (Georgetown University)
Transoceanic Emotion

Scott Reese ( Northern Arizona University)
Hanuman’s Tunnel: Unseen agency and the creation of community in Colonial Aden

Stefan Tetzlaff (German Historical Institute)
Forging ‘Crude’ Connections across the Indian Ocean: The Global Energy Order and Changes in OPEC-India Relations, 1960 to the present

12.15 p.m. Lunch
1.30 p.m.

Panel 2: Oceanic Imaginaries: From Southern Arabia to India
Panel Chair: Sandra Richards, Northwestern University in Qatar

Daniel Varisco (Qatar University)
Sailing to and from the Yemeni Port of Aden in the Rasulid Era (13th-15th centuries CE)

Henry Schwarz (Georgetown University)
Transoceanic Emotion

Scott Reese ( Northern Arizona University)
Hanuman’s Tunnel: Unseen agency and the creation of community in Colonial Aden

Stefan Tetzlaff (German Historical Institute)
Forging ‘Crude’ Connections across the Indian Ocean: The Global Energy Order and Changes in OPEC-India Relations, 1960 to the present

1.30 p.m.

Panel 3:  Africa and the Indian Ocean
Panel Chair: Tukufu Zuberi (University of Pennsylvania)

Harith Ghassany (Sultan Qaboos University)
Africa and the Gulf: The Continents Contribution to Cultures and Societies of the Indian Ocean

Zachary Wright (Northwestern University in Qatar)
Traces of Islamic Intellectual Exchange: The reception of Indian Ocean scholarship in Western Africa

Ahmad Sikainga (Ohio State University)
Spirit Possession and Healing Rituals in the Gulf: The Red Sea Link

3.00 p.m. Coffee Break
3.30 p.m. Panel 4: Arabian Voyages: Explorers, Empires and Narratives (Arabic Language Panel)
Panel Chair: Yehia Mohammed, Georgetown University in QatarAl-Faris Ali, Zayed University
The Journey to India in Arabian Heritage: from al-Sirafi to al-Baruni

Abdalla el-Bashir, University of Khartoum
Readings of Arab Perceptions of the Indian Ocean: the case of Waq al-Waq

Kamal GahAllah al-Khidr, International University of Africa
Omani Influence in East Africa: The Case of Kenya, Tanzania and Somalia

Mohamed Ashour Mahdi, Zayed University
The Impact of Historical and Cultural Ties on the Gulf-Africa Relations

5.00 p.m.      Closing Remarks

Details

Date:
April 25, 2017
Time:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Website:
https://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/faculty/faculty-workshops/indian-ocean-symposium/symposium-program

Organizer

School of Foreign Services in Qatar

Venue

Georgetown SFS Qatar
Qatar Foundation
Doha, Qatar
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http://firij.georgetown.domains/

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