Webinar: Material Histories of the Indian Ocean World, 1500-Present

Date of event:   24/03/2021 − 22/04/2021

Title: Material Histories of the Indian Ocean World, 1500-Present
Hosted by: The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Duration: 24 March, 2021 – 22 April 2021

The Material Histories of the Indian Ocean World webinar brings together scholars from different disciplines that work primarily on the study of artistic materials produced, circulated, and used in and through the Indian Ocean World (IOW) post the advent of European mercantile powers in this part of the world. This webinar seeks to look at the study of transcultural and transoceanic objects, architecture, and material culture through an interdisciplinary perspective. Using their expertise in different types of materials, regions, and methodological questions related to the IOW, participants will discuss their own research experiences and methodological approaches while also providing insight into the challenges of such research. The series runs from March 24, 2021 – April 22, 2021.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 12pm EST

Four Objects: On the Practice of Transoceanic Material Culture Studies (Dr. Nancy Um, Binghamton University; Dr. Meha Priyadarshini, University of Edinburgh)

Thursday, April 01, 2021 at 12pm EST

Beyond the Margins: Architecture, Landscapes, and Belonging in the Western Indian Ocean World (Dr. Pedro Pombo, Goa University)

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 12pm EST

Visualizing Textile Circulation in the Dutch Global Market, 1602-1795: Methods and Process (Dr. Marsely Kehoe, Hope College; Dr. Carrie Anderson, Middlebury College; Discussant: Dr. Deepthi Murali, George Mason University)

Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12pm EST

Weaving Connections Across the Western Indian Ocean in the Nineteenth Century (Dr. Sarah Fee, Royal Ontario Museum; Discussant: Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi, The George Washington University)

Thursday April 22, 2021 at 12pm EST

Reflections on Curating Balinese Textiles (Dr. Urmila Mohan, New York University)


For more information on the series and registration please visit the website here.