International Conference: “Disease Dispersion and Impact in the Indian Ocean World”


International Conference

“Disease Dispersion and Impact in the Indian Ocean World”

Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University, Canada

23-24 September 2016


Organised by the IOWC & Max Planck Fellow Group "Connectivity in Motion: Port Cities of the Indian Ocean"

of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany


Held at: New Residence Hall, Salle du Parc 3625 Avenue du Parc

and La Citadel, 410 Sherbrooke Street West, 3rd floor


Friday 23 Sep 2016

 New Residence Hall, Salle du Parc, 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC, H2X 3P8

08.30-09.00 Registration & Coffee

09.00-09.30 Gwyn Campbell & Burkhard Schnepel -  Introduction

Panel 1

Chair: TBA

09.30-10.10 Gwyn Campbell (IOWC) - Disease in the IOW Global Economy

10.10-10.50 Eric Strahorn (Florida Gulf Coast University) - Rethinking the Early History of Leprosy in Light of Advances in Paleopathology

10.50-11.20 Coffee Break

Panel 2

Chair: Gwyn Campbell

11.20-12.00 Lori Jones & Monica H. Green (University of Ottawa & Arizona State University) - Connectivity in the Indian Ocean World and the Extent of Disease Spread in the Medieval Period

12.00-12.40 James Warren (Murdoch University) - Climate ,Weather and Pestilence in the Philippines since the 16th Century

12.40-13.40 Lunch break

Panel 3

Chair: James Warren

13.40-14.20 Rashed Chowdhury (IOWC) - Fear of Cholera or Fear of Islam? An Ottoman Cholera Epidemic and Russian Pilgrimage Policy in the 1870s

14.20-15.00  Krish Seetah (Stanford University)- Malaria in the Indian Ocean: an archaeo-historic case study from Mauritius.

15.00-15.40 Kit Heintzman (Harvard University)- Parasitic Relations: The Intersections of Natural History and Medicine in Les isles de france et bourbon, 1770-1810

15.40-16.10 Coffe Break

Panel 4

Chair: Peter Hynd

16.10-16.50 Anna Winterbottom (IOWC)- The Foreigner’s Disease: Syphilis in the Indian Ocean

16.50-17.30 Yoshina Hurgobin (IOWC)Hookworm and Migrant Workers in the Indian Ocean World

17.30-18.10 Edward E. Alpers (UCLA)- Chikungunya and Epidemic Disease in the Indian Ocean World

19.30 Conference dinner - Philinos Restaurant, 4802 Ave. du Parc, Montreal, QC, H2V 4E7


Saturday 24 Sep 2016

La Citadel, 410 Sherbrooke Street West, 3rd floor, Montreal, QC, H3A 1B3

09.00-09.30 Coffee 

Panel 1

Chair: Eva-Maria Knoll

09.30-10.10 Peter Hynd (IOWC)- Health, Disease, and Alcohol Policy in British India, 1860-1905

10.10-10.50 Burkhard Schnepel (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)- Infections on the Move: Epidemic Diseases and Other Catastrophes in the History of Mauritius

10.50-11.20 Coffee Break

Panel 2

Chair: Edward Alpers

11.20-12.00 Isacar Bolanos (Ohio State University)- The Ottoman Response to the Third Plague Pandemic: Bombay, Basra, and the “Sanitary Protection of the Gulf,” 1896-1899

12.00-12.40 Manikarnika Dutta (University of Oxford)- Disease, health and maritime concerns in the port of Bombay- 1860-1900

12.40-13.40 Lunch Break

Panel 3

Chair: Yushina Hurgobin

13.40-14.10 Michael Sugarman (University of Cambridge)- Plague and Public Housing: Slums, squatters and urban improvement schemes in Bombay, Rangoon and Singapore, 1896-1941

14.10-14.50 Eva-Maria Knoll (Austrian Academy of Sciences)- Maldivian Fever and its Aftermath

14.50-15.30 Karine Aasgaard Jansen (Umeå University)- Challenging chikungunya: Local resistance to public health interventions during the 2005 to 2007 epidemic in Réunion

15.30-16.10 Kohei Wakimura (Osaka City University)- Situating the East Asian Quarantine Politics in the International Context: The Issue of “the Indian Ocean Standard”





This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.