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Center for Global Asia

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2017 Annual Conference

「 Ports and Port Cities in Indian Ocean Connections 」

August 21 - 23, 2017

About.

The inter-regional arena of the Indian Ocean has emerged as an important field of research in several different disciplines. While the case for integration had been strongly suggested by archaeological and historical scholarship since the early twentieth century, comparisons, connections, and contentions across the Indian Ocean in the colonial and contemporary periods have now featured prominently in the works of anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, and economists. With the aim to advance this multidisciplinary research on the Indian Ocean, the annual conference of the Center for Global Asia in 2017 focuses on the study of ports and port cities as important sites for connections across the maritime space and with the relevant hinterland areas.

The study of seaport environments provides fertile ground for collaborative endeavor among different disciplines. Travels on the monsoon among countless connected ports around the Indian Ocean and western Pacific formed spaces of mobility connecting East Asia with Southeast, South and West Asia, from ancient times. Seaborne mobility by migrants, merchants, warriors, and cultural activists shaped all of Asia for many centuries before it brought Europeans and launched global modernity. Subsequently, modern industrial infrastructure — railways, steamships, and deep sea ports — privileged strategic coastal cities in a world of empires, and each new technology increased their prominence in the world of nations, making select port cities airline hubs and financial capitals.

The ports of the Indian Ocean thus inhabit environments at many levels of spatio-temporal scale: their natural and social ecologies are local; the archaeological remains provide evidence for maritime connections over long-distances, they are hubs for coastal regions of development; they are transcontinental innovators in the arts, architecture, cuisine, and technology, and laboratories for urban planning, and conduits of mobility. They also house vast populations and contain generations of invested wealth facing stormy winds and seas of global climate change. The panels at this three-day conference will address several of these topics and consider new ways to conceptualize the historical and contemporary connections across the Indian Ocean world.  

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Our Speakers.

Ismail Fajrie Alatas

New York University, USA

Zvi Ben-Dor

New York University, USA

Jayani Bonnerjee

O.P. Jindal Global University

Donna Brunero

National University of Singapore

Wilson Chan

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Wonhee Cho

New York University, Shanghai

Duane Corpis

New York University, Shanghai

Ruth de Llobet

New York University, Shanghai

Andrew Field

Duke Kunshan University, China

Mark W. Frazier

New York University, USA

Suchandra Ghosh

University of Calcutta

David Ludden

New York University, USA

Sujatha Arundathi Meegama

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prita Meier

New York University, USA

Lauren Minsky

New York University, Abu Dhabi

Stephen A. Murphy

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Jongkuk NAM

Ehwa Womans University

Clement Onn

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Mareike Pampus

Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Halle, Germany

Weilin Pan

Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China

Krishnendu Ray

New York University, USA

Mishi Saran

Independent Scholar

William R. Sargent

Independent Curator

Lena Scheen

New York University, Shanghai

Burkhard Schnepel

Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Tansen Sen

New York University, Shanghai

Hsueh-Man Shen

New York University, USA

Simon Shen

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mark Swislocki

New York University, Abu Dhabi

Kennie Ting

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

Boris Wille

Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Kaho Yu

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ke Zhang

Fudan University, China

Zhao Li

China Maritime Museum

The Schedule.

21 August, 2017

21/08/2017
8:30-8:40 Welcome Remarks

Jeffrey S. Lehman, Vice Chancellor, NYU Shanghai

21/08/2017
8:40-8:50 Conference Overview and Agenda

Tansen Sen, Director, Center for Global Asia, NYU Shanghai

Panel I: The Art of Port Cities: Hybridity and Appropriation across the Indian Ocean World

21/08/2017
9:00-9:20

Stephen A. Murphy (Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore)

The Bujang Valley:  A Southeast Asian (proto) Port City in the First Millennium Indian Ocean world

21/08/2017
9:20-9:40

Sujatha Arundathi Meegama (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Albrecht Dürer in Sri Lanka: A Sixteenth-century Ivory Carver’s Encounter with a European Print

21/08/2017
9:40-10:00

Clement Onn (Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore)

Devotion and Desire: Asian Christian Art from Goa and other Port Cities of the Indian Ocean

21/08/2017
10:00-10:20

William Sargent (Independent Curator)

Western Traders in Indian Ports: Indian Art for Western Traders

21/08/2017
10:20-11:00

DISCUSSION

Panel II: Port City Environments in Global Asia (Part A)

21/08/2017
Chair:

Burkhard Schnepel (Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)

21/08/2017
11:15-11:35

Ismail Fajrie Alatas (New York University, USA)

Port Cities as Sites of Islamic Learning: Hadrami Scholars in the Early Nineteenth-century Singapore and Surabaya

21/08/2017
11:35-11:55

Hsueh-Man Shen (New York University, USA)

Art, Space, and Mobility in Premodern Ningbo

21/08/2017
11:55-12:15

Krishnendu Ray (New York University, USA)

Taste, Territoriality and Transnationalism

21/08/2017
12:15-12:35

David Ludden (New York University, USA)

Cowry Country and the Inland Port of Sylhet

21/08/2017
12:35- 13:15

DISCUSSION

Panel III: Port City Environments in Global Asia (Part B)

21/08/2017
Chair:

Duane Corpis (New York University, Shanghai)

21/08/2017
14:45-15:05

Mark Swislocki (New York University, Abu Dhabi)

To Boldly Go Where Many Have Gone Before: Port Cities and Routes to Yunnan in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

21/08/2017
15:05-15:25

Lauren Minsky (New York University, Abu Dhabi)

Shrines as Hubs of Medical Innovation and Integration in the Ports-of-Trade of the Indian Ocean

21/08/2017
15:25-15:45

Zvi Ben-Dor (New York University, USA)

Why did Matteo Ricci Lie about the Muslims of Canton and Why does it Matter?

21/08/2017
15:45-16:05

Prita Meier (New York University, USA)

Oceanic Architecture: Mobility and Territoriality on the Swahili Coast

21/08/2017
16:05-16:45

DISCUSSION

21/08/2017
17:30-19:00 Keynote Address

Gwyn Campbell (Indian Ocean World Center, McGill University, Canada)

Ports in the Indian Ocean World Global Economy over the Longue Durée

22 August, 2017

Panel IV: Trans-Ports: The Inner Life of Maritime Hubs in the Indian Ocean World

22/08/2017
Chair:

David Ludden (New York University, USA)

22/08/2017
9:00-9:20

Burkhard Schnepel (Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)

The Inner Life of Maritime Hubs: The Mauritian Case

22/08/2017
9:20-9:40

Mareike Pampus (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Halle, Germany)

Middlemen in Colonial Ports: The Kapitan Cina of Penang

22/08/2017
9:40-10:00

Boris Wille (Martin-Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)

Trans-infrastructure and the Spatiality of Political Protest in the Maldivian Hub-city Male’

22/08/2017
10:00-10:40

DISCUSSION

Panel V: Trade and Religion Across the Indian Ocean Port Cities

22/08/2017
Chair:

Zvi Ben-Dor (New York University, USA)

22/08/2017
11:00-11:20

Wonhee Cho (New York University, Shanghai)

Maritime Regulations of Yuan Dynasty Port Cities: Continuity and Adaptations

22/08/2017
11:20-11:40

Suchandra Ghosh (University of Calcutta)

Bharukachchha from the 10th to the 13th Centuries CE: Transformation from a Premier to a Secondary Port

22/08/2017
11:40-12:00

Jongkuk NAM  (Ehwa Womans University)

Two Latin tombstones of the 14th century in Yanzhou

22/08/2017
12:00-12:20

Duane Corpis (New York University, Shanghai)

Protestant Charity Networks in 18th Century Colonial Ports: The Transquebar Mission and the New Ebenezer Refugee Colony

22/08/2017
12:20-13:00

DISCUSSION

Panel VI: Colonial Port Cities

22/08/2017
Chair:

Tansen Sen (New York University, Shanghai)

22/08/2017
14:30-14:50

Donna Brunero (National University of Singapore)

From the Deck of a Ship: East India Company Accounts of the Asian Maritime World in the Early 1800s

22/08/2017
14:50-15:10

Jayani Bonnerjee (O.P. Jindal Global University)

Port Cities as Diaspora Cities: Cosmopolitan Nostalgia and Calcutta’s Anglo-Indian and Chinese Communities

22/08/2017
15:10-15:30

Ruth de Llobet (New York University, Shanghai)

Co-opting Empire: The Chinese Mestizo Community in Manila, 1770- 1820

22/08/2017
15:30-15:50

Mishi Saran (Independent Scholar)

A House for Mr. Tata: An Old Shanghai Tale

22/08/2017
15:50-16:30

DISCUSSION

23 August, 2017

Panel VII: Maritime Shanghai: Interconnections of People, Goods and Heritage

23/08/2017
Chair:

Zhang Ke (Fudan University, China)

23/08/2017
9:00-9:20

Pan Weilin (Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, China)

Goods of the Beautiful Imperialist : Consuming American Surplus in Postwar Shanghai

23/08/2017
9:20-9:40

Zhao Li (China Maritime Museum)

Maritime Museums and Port Cities in China

23/08/2017
9:40-10:00

Lena Scheen (New York University, Shanghai)

Tales of a Eurasian Family in Treaty Port Shanghai: Historical Memories and Legends in Shanghai Li Neighborhood 

23/08/2017
10:00-10:20

Andrew Field (Duke Kunshan University, China)

Pacific Jazz Diasporas: Asian Port Cities and the Spread of American Pop Music, 1920-1945

23/08/2017
10:00-10:40

DISCUSSION

Panel VIII: Politics of Port Cities

23/08/2017
Chair:

Mark Swislocki (New York University, Abu Dhabi)

23/08/2017
11:00-11:20

Simon Shen (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

The Influence of “Colonial Legacy” and Post-colonial Motherlands in Port Cities Development – Goa and Hong Kong as Case Study

23/08/2017
11:20-11:40

Kaho Yu (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Energy Port Cities in OBOR: A Key Investment Priority for Interconnection

23/08/2017
11:40-12:00

Mark W. Frazier (The New School, USA)

To the Ramparts: The Assault on the Socialist-Modernist Metropolis in the 1960s

23/08/2017
12:00-12:20

Wilson Chan (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Making Use of the Port Metropolis – The Renew European Port Diplomacy and the Role of Hong Kong in Sino-European Relations

23/08/2017
12:20-1:00

DISCUSSION

23/08/2017
14:00-15:30

Roundtable: The Study of Indian Ocean Ports and Port Cities

Chairs: David Ludden, Burkhard Schnepel, Tansen Sen

Keynote Address.

「 PORTS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN WORLD GLOBAL ECONOMY OVER THE LONGUE DURÉE 」

Professor Gwyn Campbell

Indian Ocean World Center, McGill University, Canada

Date: Monday, Aug, 21

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm


In the keynote lecture, Professor Campbell will present the different structures and functions of ports in the Indian Ocean world (IOW) in the context of the rise and development of the IOW global economy from about 300 BCE to the present day. He will examine the physical, geographical and environmental requirements of a port, and how ports evolved, changed and transformed over time catering to intra-IOW regional maritime exchange, trans-IOW maritime exchange, and exchange between the maritime and continental spheres of the IOW. Professor Campbell's lecture includes investigation of the relationship between ships, commodities and ports, and the European impact on IOW ports from circa 1500.

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