Indian Ocean World Centre

The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) at McGill University 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.


Conference Recordings Now Available: “Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World since 1800”
The IOWC held an online international conference on environmental crises in the Indian Ocean World since 1800 on May 28-29, 2021.

New Book Published
Professor Gwyn Campbell’s new book, The Travels of Robert Lyall, 1789–1831: Scottish Surgeon, Naturalist and British Agent to the Court of Madagascar, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan.

The IOWC as part of its SSHRC sponsored Partnership project Appraising Risk has launched a new podcast series exploring the critical role of climatic crises in the past and future of the Indian Ocean World. More information about the podcasts and access to the recordings can be found online here.

Contact Us

Peterson Hall, Room 100, 3460 rue McTavish
Montréal QC, Canada, H3A0E6