Event — Webinar - IIAS Book Talks Series

Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds

An online talk about the book Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds, by Smriti Srinivas, Bettina Ng'weno and Neelima Jeychandra (editors). Organised by the Leiden Centre for Indian Ocean Studies.

Discussants: Ketaki Pant (University of Southern California, USA) and Awet Weldemichael (Queen's University at Kingston, Canada).

This webinar will take place from 19:00 - 20:30 p.m. Amsterdam Time (Central European Summer Time, CEST).


Leiden Centre for Indian Ocean Studies (Leiden University, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies and IIAS).

Book information

Source: Routledge

Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds

Editors: Smriti Srinivas, Bettina Ng'weno, Neelima Jeychandran

This book breaks new ground by bringing together multidisciplinary approaches to examine contemporary Indian Ocean worlds. It reconfigures the Indian Ocean as a space for conceptual and theoretical relationality based on social science and humanities scholarship, thus moving away from an area-based and geographical approach to Indian Ocean studies.

Contributors from a variety of disciplines focus on keywords such as relationality, space/place, quotidian practices, and new networks of memory and maps to offer original insights to reimagine the Indian Ocean. While the volume as a whole considers older histories, mobilities, and relationships between places in Indian Ocean worlds, it is centrally concerned with new connectivities and layered mappings forged in the lived experiences of individuals and communities today. The chapters are steeped in ethnographic, multi-modal, and other humanities methodologies that examine different sources besides historical archives and textual materials, including everyday life, cities, museums, performances, the built environment, media, personal narratives, food, medical practices, or scientific explorations.

An important contribution to several fields, this book will be of interest to academics of Indian Ocean studies, Afro-Asian linkages, inter-Asian exchanges, Afro-Arab crossroads, Asian studies, African studies, Anthropology, History, Geography, and International Relations.

The Speakers (editors)

Smriti Srinivas is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, USA;
Bettina Ng'weno is Associate Professor for African American and African Studies at the University of California, Davis, USA;
Neelima Jeychandran s a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate in African Studies and Asian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University, USA.

Discussants: Ketaki Pant (University of Southern California, USA); Awet Weldemichael (Queen's University at Kingston, Canada).

The Webinar

The speakers will answer questions after the talk.


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