Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Teach-In – Working Across Boundaries: Approaches to Studying the Indian Ocean World through Space and Time

Saturday, May 4, 2019

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Room 110, List Art Building

In the academy, humanities and social science study is often delineated by the area studies framework, dividing faculty, concentrations, courses, and resources into "South Asian Studies", "Middle East Studies", and so forth. Research and teaching are also often divided by nation-state or religious community. But what is obscured or overlooked when we confine ourselves within these boundaries? Using the Indian Ocean world as a focal point, four scholars will have a conversation amongst themselves and with students about their approaches to studying the Indian Ocean world through space and time, rejecting these traditional boundaries or defining new ones. This event also aims to bring together and foster exchanges between the vibrant undergraduate study communities of Middle East Studies, South Asian Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at Brown.For questions, concerns or requests for accommodation, please email either Quinton Huang <quinton_huang@brown.edu> or Margaret Follett <margaret_follett@brown.edu>.


Shahzad Bashir, Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities, Brown University
Harold Cook, John F. Nickoll Professor of History, Brown University
Rohit De, associate professor of history, Yale University
Sana Aiyar, associate professor of history, Massachusetts Institute of Technology