Connecting Continents Workshop: Case Studies From the Indian Ocean

Posted on December 19th, 2013 in Events

March 6-7, 2014, 10 am- 4 pm, Stanford Archaeology Center, Bldg. 500, 488 Escondido Mall

Connecting Continents Workshop: Case Studies From the Indian Ocean

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The Indian Ocean has formed an enduring connection between three continents, countless small islands and a multitude of cultural and ethnic groups. However, the region has received little attention within the context of historical archaeology. This conference emphasizes the strengths of multidisciplinary research, bringing together environmental and historical archaeologists, historians, anthropologists and artists. It aims to address the overarching theoretical issue of research relevance: by creating a space for conversation between disciplines, and addressing issues such as ecological impact and the utility of heritage; how should a ‘historical archaeology of the Indian Ocean World’ fit into research and community interests. Ultimately, this workshop is concerned with understanding how research in this hugely complicated region will develop, how to approach issues related to the increased role of NGO and governmental bodies, and how new communities in former colonial enclaves engage and interact with parental populations and governments.

[Co-sponsored by Stanford Archaeology Center, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Center for African Studies, and Center for South Asia]

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