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Spring 2021
Aug 07, 2022
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CULP 227 - Intro to Indian Ocean World
The Indian Ocean World is one of the first global systems to encompass a wide range of nations, markets, cultures, and languages in interaction with another, connecting an enormous geography between the Malay Archipelago in Southeast Asia and the Swahili Coast in East Africa. In this course, we will explore the intense globalization that has characterized the Indian Ocean world historically and which continues to do so today. We will pay particular attention to the mobilities, circularities, and settlements that connected peoples and societies across the seas, bays, and gulfs of the Indian Ocean. The course will draw on a variety of disciplines to construct the worlds of the Indian Ocean and to provide students with a framework for exploring histories of interconnection from East Asia to East Africa–while at the same time encouraging them to reflect critically on the strengths and challenges of this framework. Students who complete this gateway course to the Indian Ocean studies will not only be introduced to the work of key scholars in the field but also acquire a solid training to think afresh in transregional terms about key social and political questions of identity, belonging, hybridity, and globalization today. Through Indian Ocean studies, students will gain a distinctive vantage point at the crossroads between landmasses labelled conventionally as “Asia,” “Africa,” the “Middle East,” and “the West.”
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar

Culture & Politics Department


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