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The Arabian Sea and Western Indian Ocean: Labor, Caste, and Community


Event Summary

The scholars on this panel drew together the interwoven themes of architecture, music, photography, and literature. Their work on memory, caste, labor, worship, space, and community addressed mobility and exchange between eastern Africa and western India.


Anna Schultz (Introduction/Moderator), Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, University of Chicago

Jazmin Graves, Assistant Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Kaley Mason, Assistant Professor of Music, Lewis and Clark College

Ameera Nimjee, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, School of Music and Asian Studies, University of Puget Sound

Pushkar Sohoni (Panel Keynote), Associate Professor and Chair, Humanities & Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune

This event was presented as part of the capstone series of events for the Interwoven project. The project drew together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners in the arts to lay the foundations of a new paradigm for understanding movement, practice, materiality, and embodiment in a continuum of exchange across long temporal arcs and geographic itineraries unbounded by national borders in the Indian Ocean region. Featuring scholars, musicians, dancers, and curators from South Asia, Europe, and North America, the two-week program consisted of a series of roundtables, keynote lectures, and the screening of a silent film with accompanying live performances. The interactive nature of the capstone events reflected the richness of the interwoven paradigm of understanding, as well as point to the ways the methodologies explored will contribute to future scholarship. The panels were comprised of pre-recorded lectures by individual panelists and synchronous discussions that brought panelists together in real-time. Visit the Interwoven website to learn more.

This symposium was co-sponsored by the Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS), the Department of Art History, the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, and the Department of Music at the University of Chicago.