International Conference:
Currencies of Commerce in the Greater Indian Ocean World
23-24 April 2015


Conference Description and original Call for Papers

23 April 2015
Location: Peterson Hall, room 116
3460 McTaivish Street

8:45 – 9:30 – Registration

9:30 – 9:45 – Introduction
Steven Serels

9:45 – 10:00 – Welcome Address
Gwyn Campbell, Director of the Indian Ocean World Centre

10:00 – 11:30 – First Keynote Address
Angela Schottenhammer (University of Salzburg), "Bronze Coins and Silver Ingots – The Major Currencies across the East Asian Mediterranean"
 

11:30 – 12:00 – Coffee Break

12:00 – 1:15 Panel 1: Regional Currency Systems
Chair: Rebecca Spang (Indiana University)

Johan Mathew (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), "Specie, Speculation and the Sterling Area"
Priyamvada Ankush Sawant (University of Mumbai), "A Case of Colonial Design: India’s Engagement with the Maria Theresa Thaler"
 

1:15 – 2:15 – Lunch

2:15 – 3:30 – Panel 2: Inter and Intra-Regional Monetary Union
Chair: Burkhard Schnepel (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

Faridul Islam (Morgan State University), "Asian Monetary Union: Is it Beneficial for the Region?"
Steven Serels (Zentrum Moderner Orient), "Poverty and the Circulation of Modern Currencies in the Red Sea World, 1882-2010"

3:30 – 4:00 – Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:30 – Second Keynote Address
Om Prakash (Delhi School of Economics), "The Indian coinage and monetary system in the early modern period"

5:30 – Wine Reception

24 April 2015
Location: Leacock Building, room 808
855 Sherbrooke Street West

9:30 – 11:00 – Panel 3: Local Values of Foreign Currencies
Chair: Sarah Fee (Royal Ontario Museum)

Gwyn Campbell (McGill University), "Currency and Currency Problems in Imperial Madagascar, 1790-1895"
Akinobu Kuroda (Harvard University / University of Tokyo), "Between Money and Material: Old Chinese Coins Dominated Medieval Japan"
Amenah Jahangeer Chojoo (Mahatma Gandhi Institute), "The Spanish Dollar’s Singular Career in Mauritius"

11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:45 – Panel 4: Commodity Currencies
Chair: Elizabeth Elbourne (McGill University)

Karin Pallaver (University of Bologna), "What East Africans got for their Ivory and Slaves (c.1840-c.1900)"
John S. Deyell (Independent Researcher), "Current, Winds, Metals and Shells: Indian Sultanates 120-1600 and the Great Indian Ocean Trade in Monetary Commodities"

1:00 – 2:00 – Lunch

2:00 – 3:30 – Panel 5: Official Regulation of Currency Systems
Chair: John Galaty (McGill University)

Catherine Eagleton (British Library), "Currency as Commodity, as Symbol of Sovereignty and as Subject of Legal Dispute: Henri Gerffulhe and the Coinage of Zanzibar in the late 19th Century"
Daniel Friedman (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), "Free Coinage in Early Imperial China"
Veysel Simsek (McGill University), "The ‘Great Debasement’ in the Ottoman Empire, 1821-1841"

3:30 – 4:00 – Coffee Break

4:00 – 5:00 - Closing Discussion

6:30 – Conference Dinner
Restaurant: Gado Gado (1242 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2H5)
 

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