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The IOWC is a research initiative and resource base established to promote the study of the history, economy, and cultures of the lands and peoples of the Indian Ocean world (IOW) – from China to Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Latest from the IOWC
Watch our compelling interdisciplinary discussion on climate change and the impacts of flooding. A panel of three climatologists, each based on a different continent, talk about their work in the context of the latest United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow (31 October-12 November 2021), with a special focus on the Indian Ocean world (from… Read More
Call for Papers: Adaptation and resilience to climatic and environmental changes in the Indian Ocean World, past to present
Learn more about the upcoming conference and call for papers here.
The IOWC 10th Anniversary Report
To celebrate 10 years of the IOWC’s existence, we have published a report that looks back on its past activities and successes and looks forward to the future. Download the report here.
The IOWC’s history in three points:
Indian Ocean Project (IOP) established by Gwyn Campbell in 1993 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The IOP was reborn in 1999 as the Association pour l’étude de l’Afrique et les pays de l’Océan Indian (AAOI) at the University of Avignon, France.
The AAOI becomes the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) based at McGill University.