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This page features latest news and announcements of developments, research and academic opportunities related to the Indian Ocean Region. To recommend/suggest posts for this page please contact the Web Admin: Mr. Bipandeep Sharma.

*Upcoming Pathfinder Indian Ocean Security Conference 2020 (Webinar) 10th, 11th and 12th November, 2020. Register

India’s Expanding Horizons: Act East to Indo-Pacific. Monday Oct 19, 2020; 3 P.M. IST Click Here to watch it live.

Virtual Panel Discussion: Black and Afro-Iranians in Iranian Cultural Imaginary. October 6, 2020 | Click Here to Register

*Upcoming Indian Ocean Studies Conference, Perth, Western Australia, 13-14 November 2021. Click Here for details.

India-Africa Knowledge Forum (IAKF), Delhi Presents Digital Lecture Series on “Indian Ocean Strategic Environment in the 21st Century” on 14th August 2020 from 11:00 AM (IST) onwards. Register Here

Upcoming Webinar: ‘Geopolitics of Pandemics in Anthropocene‘ Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11:30 A.M.

Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. Download Full Report

The Oman Research Grant for a visiting research fellowship of three months at ZMO, Berlin, in fields related to Omani studies

Deadline: 10 September 2020

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orientin Berlin, Germany, is inviting applications for the newly created Oman Research Grant, sponsored by the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science. The Grant comprises funding for a research stay of up to 3 months, starting either in late 2020 or in 2021 at ZMO, as well as travel costs to Berlin, for the successful candidate. We are seeking to attract an outstanding postdoctoral scholar who is engaged in projects in research fields related to Omani Studies.
ZMO expects all fellows to participate in the centre’s academic life and to give one presentation on their project. The awarded fellow is to acknowledge the research grant achievements and publications as “Funded by The Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science” and to provide the Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science with five copies of publications funded by the grant.
The grant will be worth 2500 Euro per month, in addition to the costs of travel of up to 500 Euro.
The review of applications by the Selection Committee (comprising ZMO researchers and one employee of the Omani Embassy as an observer) will be finalised by the end of September.

Applications should be sent by email only, and include:
• A brief cover letter (1 page)
• Description of a research project to be worked upon during the visit (max. 3 pages)
• CV, including a complete list of publications
• PhD certificate (or proof of submission)

*Please email the application as one single pdf. file in the above-listed sequence to zmo@zmo.de

An Asian strategy for recovery and reconstruction after COVID-19

Asian nations should proactively coordinate financial, trade, public health and food security policies to avoid prolonged economic stagnation and international disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic. The weight and potential of Asian economies will be central to global economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Cooperation in Asia to effect immediate action and frame on-going collaboration will help avoid unintended international consequences of nationally driven policy responses and a deeper and prolonged downturn. Regional and multilateral frame-works will increase capacity to contribute constructively to regional and global recovery. Full Download

Monday July 6, 2020: Chief Editor of the Journal of Indian Ocean Region, Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi participated in the ICWA-IGNCA Webinar ‘The Roads, Winds, Spices in the Western Indian Ocean: The Memory and Geopolitics of Maritime Heritage’.

Please see below the video telecast of the event.

International Conference on ‘Cosmopolitan Cultures and Oceanic Thought: Thinking through History Across the Waters’

The Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi is organising a conference entitled ‘Cosmopolitan Cultures and Oceanic Thought: Thinking through History
Across the Waters’ on 23-24 November 2020.

Click here for details

The Roads, Winds, Spices in the Western Indian Ocean: The Memory and Geopolitics of Maritime Heritage

The Indian Council for World Affairs is organising a webinar on “The Roads, Winds, Spices in the Western Indian Ocean: The Memory and Geopolitics of Maritime Heritage” on 6-7 July 2020 @ 10:00 AM. Register Here

Role of Multilateralism in the New Normal

Prof. Sanjay Chaturvedi participated in wideranging dialogue on the future of multilateralism. (FICCI-KAS Virtual Dialogues: The New Normal Series, Dialogue VI, Friday, June 12, 2020)

The Indo-Pacific Outlook: a new lens for ASEAN

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The Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions are amongst the most dynamic in the world as well as centers of economic growth for decades. As a result, these regions continue to experience geopolitical and geostrategic shifts. These shifts present opportunities as well as challenges. On the one hand, the economic growth of the region opens up possibilities of cooperation to alleviate poverty and elevate living standards of millions of people. On the other hand, the rise of material powers, i.e. economic and military, requires avoiding the deepening of mistrust, miscalculation, and patterns of behavior based on a zero-sum game.

Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion invites applications for a PhD research fellowship

PhD position in Bergen: Islamic legal texts in the Swahili coastal region

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion invites applications for a PhD research fellowship in the field of Islamic studies, relating to the topic of canonization of Islamic legal texts in the pre-modern and colonial Swahili coastal region. The position is part of the research project “Canonization and Codification of Islamic legal texts (CanCode)”, which is financed by the Trond Mohn Foundation and the University of Bergen.

The CanCode project (2020-2024) will study and theorize change in Islamic legal texts over time. The main concepts taken as a point of departure, “canonization” and “codification”, will be studied across the pre-modern/modern divide. There are four work packages in the project:

A: Canonization processes on the pre-modern and colonial Swahili coastal region

B: Canonization processes of Islamic law and norms in contemporary Scandinavia

C: Codification of Islamic law in pre-modern Zaydi Yemen

D: Codification of Islamic law in contemporary Egypt and Israel

A fifth work package (E) concerns the main and overarching focus of the project, where the empirical data from work packages A-D will be compared and contrasted with the aim of theory building.

The PhD position advertised is linked to work package A. The candidate is expected to work on a PhD project defined by the candidate, within the larger work package. The topic should be within the thematic field of canonization processes of Islamic legal texts on the pre-modern and colonial Swahili coastal region. The candidate may include research questions such as: Which works were selected for print and by whom? Did this process produce a new canon, and to what extent was this deliberate? The candidate may here make use of newly digitized Islamic text collections and established contacts in the field by the research team, but may also base the project on fieldwork defined by the candidate. It is essential that the candidate develops a research proposal that fits the frames of the broader project, and particularly work package E (theory building).  

Please contact the project leader, Dr. Eirik Hovden, eirik.hovden@uib.no, for a full project description.

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