The Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University.

ABOUT US

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.


People

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 Center with academic partners across the world.

The JIOWS

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


Latest from the IOWC

New Podcast Episode!

In this new episode, join Doctor Archisman Chaudhuri and Professor Jakobina Arch from Whitman College as they discuss research into coastal shipping of Tokugawa Japan (17th century -19th century), and accounts of shipwrecks’ survivors as insights on the religious world of sailors.


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.