Abraham's Luggage - gathering data on use in teaching and learning

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Dear Colleagues,

please excuse the rather self-serving email but I am dipping a toe into the Uk academic promotions process where I have to prove that my research has had an impact on teaching and learning! Most people produce some dreary conference paper or an article for a pedagogical journal but I have decided to try and prove impact through classroom use.

So, if anyone is using/has used/plans to use a chapter or section of my 2018 book Abraham's Luggage. A Social Life of Things in the Medieval Indian Ocean World for their teaching PLEASE LET ME KNOW by emailing me off-list on elambourn@dmu.ac.uk

Ideally I need to know the level, course name and university, plus which section you're using. I will not name anyone, just give the university name. 

Many thanks,



Dr. Elizabeth Lambourn, F.R.Hist.S., F.R.A.I

Deputy Director, Institute of Art and Design and Reader (Associate Professor) in South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies

Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities,

De Montfort University, 

Leicester LE1 9BH, United Kingdom


Email: elambourn@dmu.ac.uk              Tel: +44 (0)116 257 7440

ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-7815-8081

From: Marc Jason Gilbert, Hawaii Pacific University

Dear Elizabeth,

First, if I may be myself "rather self-serving, as editor of World History Connected, an online affiliate of the World History Association (https://worldhistoryconnected.press.uillinois.edu/index.html) published by the University of Illinois Press, I am looking for research articles and "non-dreary" pedagogical articles on South/Southeast Asia/Indian Ocean studies for the October (17.3) 2020 issue of the journal. Unlike most academic publications, we publish both types of articles to a readership of almost 2 million annually. If you look at the October 2019 Forum articles on Art and World History (16.3) and the new issue just out on Vikings (17.1) you will find many demanding and even exciting examples of scholars using their specialist knowledge to teach more effectively and offer evidence of that success among a wide range of students, including those at an Indian Institute of Technology (Mandi). So, templates abound for sharing and also demonstrating success in the classroom through the use of your own expertise through double-blind peer review publications, which supervisors/administrators increasingly use as evidence to justify their own positions, as well as those of teaching faculty.

If you visit the journal's webpage, you might consider approaching its book review editor to arrange for a review of any of your publications which are contributing to a field many world historians have been taking an interest over the past decade. I myself have just returned from Goa and am working with Ned Bertz and Pedro Pombo to further stimulate interest in the field of the Indian Ocean as nexus, which I began studying many years ago ("The Malda Incident: a Study in Imperial Diplomacy, Local Agency and Indian Nationalism'" Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History," XIII (1985), 117–38.