University of Technology Sydney
Devleena Ghosh is Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney. She has published widely on colonial and environmental studies in the Indian Ocean. Her current projects include 1. Comparative studies on the transition to renewable energy in India, Australia and Germany; 2. Coal mining and climate change in India, Australia and Germany; and another on the status and dissemination of renewable energy in Australia, India and Germany; 3. Women and progressive education in India and Australia. She is the author of Teaching Change: Lucy Woodcock’s International Life (with Heather Goodall and Helen Randerson, Australian National University Press, 2019) and of Colonialism and Modernity (with Paul Gillen, 2007, UNSW Press). She is also editor of The Cultures of Trade: Indian Ocean Exchanges (with Stephen Muecke, 2007, Cambridge Scholars Press), of Water, Borders and Sovereignty in Asia and Oceania (with Heather Goodall and Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, 2008, Routledge) and Women in Asia: Shadowlines (2012, Cambridge Scholars Press). Devleena Ghosh won the Wang Gung-Wu prize for 2016 awarded by the Asian Studies Review for an article entitled “Burma-Bengal Crossings: Intercolonial Interconnections in Pre-Independence India” (40, no. 2, 2016).
「 Unofficial Travel: Connections and Circulations in the Indian Ocean in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century 」
This presentation explores the unofficial circulation of people from in the Indian Ocean and argues that these movements constitute both an integral and a destabilizing element in the conceptualization of the nation state and diasporic movements in the 19th and 20th century. Differential mobility for populations, depending on race, class and gender, meant that attempts by imperial and colonial governments to control the movements of their subjects met with indifferent success. Such unregulated journeys were hard to monitor, difficult to police and ultimately, impossible to regulate within the expanded imperial networks of communication and transport which opened up new ways for people, ideas and technologies to circulate under the radar of Empire.