The Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University.


The Indian Ocean World Centre (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.


The Indian Ocean World Centre is led by Professor Gwyn Campbell and a team of highly accomplished academics.

The Appraising Risk Project

Appraising Risk is an international collaboration based at the Indian Ocean World Centre with academic partners across the world.


Established in 2017, the Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies is an open-access journal, published twice annually by the McGill University Library.

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The IOWC 10th Anniversary Report

To celebrate 10 years of the IOWC’s existence, we have produced 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:

  • The Indian Ocean Project (IOP) was 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 officially becomes the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) based at McGill University in 2011.

Our most recent podcast:

”Shaping Landscapes: Environmental History, Plantation Management and Colonial Legacies in Mauritius” The Indian Ocean World Podcast

Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) is joined by Dr. Julia Jong Haines (Cornell) to discuss her archeological research at Bras D’Eau National Park in Mauritius, a former sugar plantation. Their conversation covers trees as archeological artifacts, Mauritian environmental degradation beyond the dodo, and the palimpsestic legacies of slavery and indenture on the Mauritian landscape. Dr. Haines completed her PhD at the University of Virginia in 2019, and currently holds Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. Her research focuses on Mauritius between the 18th and mid-20th centuries, working with local partners to consider questions of environmental, social, and scientific history. Links: Article: University Profile:   The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding and Dr. Julie Babin, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

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