MCRI Conference "Crossroads between Empires and Peripheries – Knowledge Transfer, Product Exchange and Human Movement in the Indian Ocean World"

Call for Papers International Conference

Ghent University 21-23 June 2012

This interdisciplinary conference on "Crossroads between Empires and Peripheries – Knowledge Transfer, Product Exchange and Human Movement in the Indian Ocean World" (from East Africa to South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and the Far East) will consider a wide range of themes with emphasis on the dichotomy between legal and illegal (contraband) private and official exchange, including the following:

  • Private and official commercial exchange
  • Exchange of knowledge, technology, and ideology
  • Human movement and migration (including slave trade)
  • tribute and trade
  • Indirect impacts of IOW global exchange (e.g. diseases, espionage, creolization, etc.)

Topics may cover any period, although the main focus will be on the early middle to early modern period.

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts (1 paragraph) and application form (see below) is 15 November 2011.
  • Responses will be distributed by 30 November 2011.
  • Deadline for submission of accepted papers in English or French (max. 10,000 words in MS Word) is 15 April 2012.

The registration fee is €150 EUR ($35 EUR for students), payable by 1 May 2012. The late registration fee (after 1 May 2012) is €200 EUR (€60 EUR for students).

Participants are expected to pay for their own travel and lodgings. We can provide you with information on travel and lodging in Ghent.

Papers will be distributed in advance and sessions will be organized according to theme. Authors will give short presentations of their papers followed by a brief clarification Q&A session. Once all papers in a given session have been presented, a discussant will lead an in-depth discussion of the papers.

This conference reflects a major participation by Ghent University (represented by Professor Angela Schottenhammer) in the international MCRI research initiative, “The Indian Ocean World: the Making of the First Global Economy in the Context of Human-Environment Interaction,” led by Professor Gwyn Campbell, McGill University, Canada. Kindly send your abstract and application form in electronic form to Angela.Schottenhammer@UGent.be. Ghent University posting available here. Sponsors Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada (MCRI) Ghent University, Belgium FWO, Belgium Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University, Canada