Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU_ISMC), cordially invites everyone to join the online talk – Rethinking foreland and hinterland in the Indian Ocean world by Lindsey Stephenson, PhD candidate at Princeton University. The talk will be followed by discussion.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, movement around the Indian Ocean was invigorated by new economic and imperial realities. However, connections around the rim of the Indian Ocean themselves were not new. For many centuries before the arrival of the British, we have evidence of interaction and exchange between Persia, India, Indonesia, East Africa, and many places in between.
EVENT: Rethinking foreland and hinterland in the Indian Ocean world
SPEAKER: Lindsey Stephenson, PhD candidate at Princeton University
DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
TIME: 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m GMT
VENUE: The Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (AKU – ISMC), 210 Euston Road, London NW1 2DA
Please register online: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com
Contact: Alexandra Khan – Alexandra.email@example.com
The combination of long-distance and short-distance trade over time is what wove these societies together both economically and culturally. Until now however, scholarship on the Indian Ocean has mostly used 19th and 20th century realities to focus on long-distance movements towards economic centres, and failed to capture shorter migrations that infused small Indian Ocean ports with a cosmopolitanism of their own over many centuries.
In looking at migration between the south of Iran and Kuwait in the early 20th century, this talk will highlight the ways in which the current ways of framing Indian Ocean connections fail to capture shorter migrations outside of major economic centres. Stephenson will critique the explanatory power of the language of both “foreland and hinterland” and “littoral societies,” and argue for a third way of conceptualizing relationships between port cities.
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About Lindsey Stephenson
Lindsey is currently completing a PhD in Near East Studies at Princeton University, USA.
She is a graduate of Georgia State University with Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies.
She studied abroad in Jordan and Syria and completed a Fulbright research fellowship in Kuwait on the evolution of Kuwaiti diwaniyyas (social gatherings).
Lindsey has taught colloquial Levantine Arabic at the high school level and was the Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Fawakih Arabic and Islamic Studies Programme.
“The MA in Muslim Cultures is unlike any other Masters programme I have found. It appreciates the transnational and trans-regional cultures of Muslims and encourages us to explore the junctures at which sociology, anthropology, history and art converge.”
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Based in London, Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations aims to strengthen research and teaching about the heritage of Muslim societies, with specific attention to the challenges these societies face in contemporary settings.
The Institute seeks to provide a multifaceted approach to the study of Muslim peoples through a framework of world cultures, the humanities and social sciences. This approach is reflected in a Master’s programme and short courses and through research and publications
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