Trade in the Indian Ocean: Communities, Ideas, People and Politics

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Call for Papers
November 22, 2019 to November 23, 2019
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Humanities, Political History / Studies
                                                       INDIAN OCEAN STUDIES CONFERENCE, PERTH

Initial Announcement




A conference focused on Indian Ocean Studies will be held in Perth, Western Australia on Friday, 22 November to Saturday, 23 November, 2019.


The theme of the conference will be ‘Trade in the Indian Ocean: Commodities, Ideas, People, Politics’. The conference will be interdisciplinary, with a broad focus on historical and contemporary trade in the Indian Ocean, which encompasses the trade in commodities, ideas (philosophies and religions in particular), people (through the Indian Ocean slave trade for example), and politics (China’s One Belt, One Road initiative for example). We welcome scholars with research interests in these broad areas to submit abstracts for consideration.


For further information about the conference and/or to express your interest in participating in the conference, please send an email to Dr Joshua Esler at:

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Dr Joshua Esler, Convenor:


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