This Saturday, April 7 the India Initiative will be sponsoring a one day mini- conference on Indian Ocean cultural dynamics, with invited speakers from Howard, Georgetown and elsewhere. Following on the very successful events held in Fall 2017, we will be exploring primarily the scholarship and experiences of trade, migration, slavery, indenture, diaspora, language and culture shared by Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and especially the networks and interconnections that have historically linked them across the ocean. You may wish to share research, personal histories or experiences, or cultural creations in the interest of building a community of interest in the greater DC region.
Keynote address by the Mauritian historian Prof. Yoshina Hurgobin from Kennesaw State University (Ph.D. Syracuse; post-doc Indian Ocean World Center, McGill University).
"The Making of Emotional Imaginaries in One Indian Ocean Context"
Prof. Hurgobin has published on indentured labor between the Indian and Atlantic Ocean worlds in International Labor and Working Class History, International Review of Social History, and Histories of Medicine and Healing in the Indian Ocean World, among others. She has also translated into English the volume, Mahatma Gandhi and his Impact on Mauritius. She is currently working on a book project that examines the interconnections between Indian immigrant workers’ struggles for rights, their claims to citizenship and the process of nation-making in colonial Mauritius.
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We will begin at 12:30 with lunch and casual introductions, and hear from our keynote speaker at about 1:30 PM.