The Indian Ocean: Cradle of Globalization
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National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute

The Indian Ocean: Cradle of Globalization


University of Pennsylvania Museum, 33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Four Week Schedule, July 8-August 2, 2002


Week 1: Physical and Human Geographies


Monday July 8

9:00-10:30   Welcome, Introduction, Room 345, Anthropology Department, Museum

10:45-12:15 Sugata Bose, Harvard University,
         “Introducing An Interregional Arena through the Eyes of a Poet: Rabindranath Tagore’s Discovery of the
Indian Ocean

2:15-3:45     Logistics, ID cards, etc.

4:30+          Welcoming Reception, University Museum


Tuesday July 9

9:00-10:30   Howard Spodek, Temple University, “The Indian Ocean in

                                               World History Perspective”

10:45-12:15 World History and  Indian Ocean themes: In An Antique Land discussion

2:15-3:45     David Nelson, Lauris Olsen, Library resources, Van Pelt Library



Wednesday July 10

9:00-10:30    T. J. Wilkinson, University of Chicago, “Environmental dynamics

                                                and human activity”

10:45-12:15  continued

2:15-3:45     Tour of University Museum

4:30-6:00    Center for Ancient Studies, Anthropology Department, and University Museum Reception, Mosaic Gallery, Museum


Thursday July 11

9:00-10:30   Andrew Watson, University of Toronto, “Agrarian and cultural diffusion”

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45     Vasu Renganathan, University of Pennsylvania, website development



Friday July 12

9:00-10:30   Brian Spooner, University of Pennsylvania, “Cultural dynamics

                                                 of the Indian Ocean

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45     Thinking about course modules, website development, consultations



 Week 2: Economic and Social Geographies


Monday July 15

9:00-10:30   Edward Alpers, University of California, Los Angeles, “Indian Ocean History”

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45     Workshop discussions



Tuesday July 16

9:00-10:30   Nancy Orton, “Traditional Wooden Boat Building in Gujarat:

                                          An Interactive Model of a Craft Specialization”

10:45-12:15 Roxani Margariti, Princeton University, “A city and the sea: Maritime trade and  urban organization in medieval Aden

2:15-3:45     Edward Alpers, Nancy Orton, Roxani Margariti,  workshop discussions

5:00+          African Studies Department Reception, University Museum, 5-7:00 PM


Wednesday July 17

9:00-10:30    Pia Brancaccio, Temple University, “The Indian Ocean and the Deccan plateau:

                                         archaeological traces of cross-cultural encounters

10:45-12:15 Kurt Behrendt, Temple University, “South Asian International Trade and

                                        the Indian Ocean, 1st c BCE-5th c CE”

2:15-3:45      Workshops, Gandhara, Buddhism, Art and Trade



Thursday July 18

9:00-10:30   Robert Nichols, Richard Stockton College, “Imperial formations: 700-1700"

10:45-12:15 continued, “European empires of trade, 1600-1800"

2:15-3:45     Vasu Renganathan, University of Pennsylvania, website development



Friday July 19

9:00-10:30   Savita Nair, Mount Holyoke College, “India and Africa:

                                 British colonial era  migration and diaspora

10:45-12:15 Spices

2:15-3:45    Library research, website development, consultations




Week 3: Cultural Geographies


Monday July 22

9:00-10:30   Hal Schiffman and Brian Spooner, University of Pennsylvania, “Languages and the Uses of Literacy in the Indian Ocean

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45     Workshops, Indian Ocean language and literature



Tuesday July 23

9:00-10:30   Alwiya Omar, Indiana University “Swahili as Cultural Synthesis”

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45     Workshops, the Indian Ocean on film and video



Wednesday July 24

9:00-10:30    Brian Spooner, University of Pennsylvania, “Islam in the Indian Ocean”

10:45-12:15  continued

2:15-3:45      Workshops, discussion of Gates video with Alwiya Omar



Thursday July 25

9:00-10:30   Course Module proposals

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45     Library research, website development

5:00+          Middle East Center Reception, Palladium Restaurant , Locust Walk


Friday July 26

9:00-10:30    Kelly Askew, University of Michigan, “Taarab in Swahili Culture”

10:45-12:15  Carol Mueller, University of Pennsylvania, “Indian Ocean Soundscapes

2:15-3:45    Library research, website development




Week 4: Political Geographies


Monday July 29

9:00-10:30   Lynn Lees & Lee Cassanelli, University of Pennsylvania, “European Imperialism”

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45     Workshops, state structures and resistance



Tuesday July 30

9:00-10:30 Lynn Lees & Lee Cassanelli, University of Pennsylvania, “Asian Nationalisms”

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45   Larry Bowman, University of Connecticut, “The Strategic Importance of the Indian Ocean”

5:00+          continued, “Collecting the Indian Ocean”


Wednesday July 31

9:00-10:30    Alan Heston, University of Pennsylvania, “Economics and Development”

10:45-12:15  continued

2:15-3:45      Course module preparation



Thursday August 1

9:00-10:30    Devin Hagerty, University of Maryland, “Contemporary Crises”

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45     Course module presentations

5:00+          South Asia Center Reception, SARS Reading Room, 5th floor, Van Pelt Library


Friday August 2

9:00-10:30   Course module presentations

10:45-12:15 continued

2:15-3:45     Summary remarks, Institute leaders