Keynote Address | Ports in the Indian Ocean World Global Economy over the Longue Durée

Keynote Address by Gwyn Campbell: Ports in the Indian Ocean World Global Economy over the Longue Durée

Gwyn Campbell

Venue: Auditorium, 1555 Century Avenue, NYU Shanghai
Date: Monday, August 21, 2017
Time: 17:30 to 19:00 CST

For this keynote lecture, Professor Campbell will present the different structures and functions of ports in the Indian Ocean world (IOW) in the context of the rise and development of the IOW global economy from about 300 BCE to the present day. He will examine the physical, geographical and environmental requirements of a port, and how ports evolved, changed and transformed over time catering to intra-IOW regional maritime exchange, trans-IOW maritime exchange, and exchange between the maritime and continental spheres of the IOW. Professor Campbell’s lecture includes investigation of the relationship between ships, commodities and ports, and the European impact on IOW ports from circa 1500.

Professor Gwyn Campbell is a Canada Research Chair In Indian Ocean World History. Born in Madagascar, he grew up in Wales where he worked as a BBC radio producer in English and Welsh. He holds degrees in economic history from the universities of Birmingham and Wales and has previously taught in India (Voluntary Service Overseas) and at universities in Madagascar, Britain, South Africa, Belgium and France. He also served as an academic consultant for the South African Government in the first phase of inter-governmental meetings leading to the 1997 formation of an Indian Ocean regional association.

Director of McGill’s Indian Ocean World Centre, Gwyn Campbell is a specialist in the economic history of the Indian Ocean region. A former collaborator on the sub-Saharan Africa team of the National Geographic and IBM’s Genographic Project (2005-2010) that did research into early human origins and migrations, he is currently undertaking research into slavery, migration and diasporas in the Indian Ocean world, as well as investigating the foundations of the Indian Ocean world “global” economy. He also has a strong interest in the dynamics of minority cultures, imperialism, globalisation and third world development.

He is currently completing a manuscript on Africa and the Indian Ocean world from early times to 1900, which will appear in the Cambridge University Press New Perspective on African History series, and has recently published a book, David Griffiths and the Missionary “History of Madagascar”, as part of Brill’s Studies in Christian Mission series. Among his other interests are painting, poetry and prose.

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2017 | Ports and Port-Cities in Indian Ocean Connections

2017 Annual Conference | Ports and Port-Cities in Indian Ocean Connections

Venue: Room 1505, 1555 Century Avenue, NYU Shanghai
Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 to Wednesday, August 23, 2017

 
Conference Website:  http://cga2017conference.hosting.nyu.edu
Overview

The inter-regional arena of the Indian Ocean has emerged as an important field of research in several different disciplines. While the case for integration had been strongly suggested by archaeological and historical scholarship since the early twentieth century, comparisons, connections, and contentions across the Indian Ocean in the colonial and contemporary periods have now featured prominently in the works of anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and economists. With the aim to advance this multidisciplinary research on the Indian Ocean, the annual conference of the Center for Global Asia in 2017 focuses on the study of ports and port cities as important sites for connections across the maritime space and with the relevant hinterland areas.

The study of seaport environments provides fertile ground for collaborative endeavor among different disciplines. Travels on the monsoon among countless connected ports around the Indian Ocean and western Pacific formed spaces of mobility connecting East Asia with Southeast, South and West Asia, from ancient times. Seaborne mobility by migrants, merchants, warriors, and cultural activists shaped all of Asia for many centuries before it brought Europeans and launched global modernity. Subsequently, modern industrial infrastructure — railways, steamships, and deep sea ports — privileged strategic coastal cities in a world of empires, and each new technology increased their prominence in the world of nations, making select port cities airline hubs and financial capitals.

The ports of the Indian Ocean thus inhabit environments at many levels of spatio-temporal scale: their natural and social ecologies are local; the archaeological remains provide evidence for maritime connections over long-distances, they are hubs for coastal regions of development; they are transcontinental innovators in the arts, architecture, cuisine, and technology, and laboratories for urban planning, and conduits of mobility. They also house vast populations and contain generations of invested wealth facing stormy winds and seas of global climate change. The panels at this three-day conference will address several of these topics and consider new ways to conceptualize the historical and contemporary connections across the Indian Ocean world.  

Keynote Speech

“PORTS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN WORLD GLOBAL ECONOMY OVER THE LONGUE DURÉE”, by Professor Gwyn Campbell.

Date: Monday, Aug. 21

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

In the keynote lecture, Professor Campbell will present the different structures and functions of ports in the Indian Ocean world (IOW) in the context of the rise and development of the IOW global economy from about 300 BCE to the present day. He will examine the physical, geographical and environmental requirements of a port, and how ports evolved, changed and transformed over time catering to intra-IOW regional maritime exchange, trans-IOW maritime exchange, and exchange between the maritime and continental spheres of the IOW. Professor Campbell’s lecture includes investigation of the relationship between ships, commodities and ports, and the European impact on IOW ports from circa 1500.

Sponsors

The 2017 Annual Conference of the Center for Global Asia, NYU Shanghai is co-sponsored by Asia Research Center, Fudan University, Center for Interdisciplinary Area Studies at Martin-Luther University,  Halle-Wittenberg, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany and Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore.

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• Taxi card 
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• Bus: Century Avenue at Pudian Road, Bus Lines 169/987

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Phone Number: +86 (21) 20595032

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