1st Edition

Indian Ocean Studies Cultural, Social, and Political Perspectives

Edited By Shanti Moorthy, Ashraf Jamal Copyright 2010
    454 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    454 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The Indian Ocean is famously referred to as the "cradle of globalization," as it facilitated cultural and economic exchanges between Africa, the Arab world, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and China, for 5000 years prior to European presence in the region. As this ocean's significance has gained increasing attention from scholars in recent years, few have examined the 'human' dimensions in Indian Ocean exchanges. Including the work of historians, geographers, anthropologists and literary analysts, each essay in this volume addresses a specific human factor, such as the fate of the creole in the Bay of Bengal, creolization as a globalized phenomenon, migrancy and diaspora, the lives of seafarers then and now, and the lives of those who inhabit the ocean's littoral. This volume is a necessary addition to the field of Indian Ocean studies.

    Preface  Michael Pearson  1. Introduction: New Conjunctures in Maritime Imaginaries  Shanti Moorthy and Ashraf Jamal  2. Fabulation: Flying Carpets and Artful Politics in the Indian Ocean  Stephen Muecke  3. The Indian Ocean and the Making of Outback Australia: An Ecocultural Odyssey  Haripriya Rangan and Christian Kull  4. Contesting History: Have We Ever Been Cosmopolitan?  Shanti Moorthy  5. Destined to Disappear Without a Trace: Gender and the Languages of Creolisation in the Indian Ocean, Africa, Brazil, and the Caribbean  Fernando Rosa Ribeiro  6. Commerce, Circulation and Consumption: Indian Ocean Communities in Historical Perspective  Lakshmi Subramanian 7. Shared Hopes: New Worlds: Indians, Australians & Indonesians in the Boycott of Dutch Shipping 1945 – 1949  Heather Goodall  8. ‘Signs of Wonder’: The Postmortem Travels of Francis Xavier in the Indian Ocean World  Pamila Gupta  9. Kuo Pao Kun’s Descendants of the Eunuch Admiral and the Myth of Modern Singapore  Susan Philip  10. ‘The Great Ocean of Idealism’: Calcutta, the Tagore Circle and the Idea of Asia, 1900-1920  Mark Ravinder Frost  11. ‘Is It the Same Sea as Back Home?’ Transformative Complicities as Traveling Tropes in Fictions from Sri Lanka, Mauritius and South Africa"  Miki Flockemann  12. Making Home on the Indian Ocean Rim: Re-Locations in South African Literatures  Meg Samuelson  13. A Traveling Science: Anthropometry and Colonialism in the Indian Ocean  Rochelle Pinto  14. Whiteness in Golden Goa: Linschoten on Phenotype  Arun Saldanha  15. Power and Beliefs in Reunion Island  Christian Ghasarian  16. Through Magical Flowers: Tourism and Creole Self-fashioning in La Reunion  David Picard  17. Black Bag  Ashraf Jamal  18. Telling and Selling on the Indian Ocean Rim  Ashraf Jamal  19. Post-Orientalism  Stephen Muecke


    Ashraf Jamal is Senior Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at Rhodes University, South Africa. He has published numerous essays and monographs, namely Predicaments of Culture in South Africa and the co-authored Art in South Africa: The Future Present.
    With Shanti Moorthy he has edited an anthology of Southeast Asian fiction. He is also a director-playwright and fiction writer.

    Shanti Moorthy holds a medical degree from Melbourne University and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. Formerly a dancer and nattuvanar with the Melbourne based Bharatam Dance Company and freelance scriptwriter for the Bombay based Antah UTV in Malaysia, Shanti is now a consultant otolaryngologist and Senior Lecturer in Anatomy at Monash University. She co-edited the final volume of Silverfish New Writing 7 in 2007 with Ashraf Jamal and is completing an MA in English Literature, situating the works of Abdulrazak Gurnah in the Indian Ocean World.