Monsoon trading routes of the Indian Ocean World | Image Courtesy: National Museum of African Art/Smithsonian

Welcome to the Material Histories of the Indian Ocean World 1500-Present: Methods & Challenges Webinar

Hosted by:
The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
Department of History and Art History
George Mason University

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.

Below is a schedule of sessions, registration links, and more information about each talk.  Please join us!
This webinar is open to all.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 12pm EST | Register here!

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 | Register here! 

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 | Register here! 

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 | Register here! 

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 | Register here! 

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

The Material Histories of the Indian Ocean World, 1500-Present webinar is generously supported by funding from Mason's College of Humanities and Social Sciences through the Interdisciplinary Programming Support Fund and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.