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Culture and Commerce in the Indian Ocean

Funding: 2002: $50,000

Project Member(s): Ghosh, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2002

Summary: The project examines trade cultures in a region which was the hub of the major world economic system in the pre-colonial period, and is now restrengthening. It thus links the earliest global system with current globalisation studies, giving those analyses historical depth. The first cultural studies project in Indian Ocean studies, it matches new theory to the empirical diversity of the region, analysing the way cultural forces add value to commodities, while creating diverse forms of transnational culture and identity. The project makes major contributions to cultural/historical and postcolonial thought, with the potential to create a new field of study.''


Muecke, S 2006, 'Boxer Deconstructionist' in Rose, DB & Davis, R (eds), Dislocating the Frontier in Contemporary Australia, ANU E Press, Canberra, pp. 165-176.

Ghosh, D 2005, ''Harem women seem the happiest to me' Novel women, fictions of domesticity and national development in India' in Mikula Maja (ed), Women, Activism and Social Change: Stretching Boundaries, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 157-178.

Ghosh, D 2003, ''I can make chutney out of anything': young Indians growing up in Sydney' in Butcher, M & Thomas, M (eds), Ingenious: emerging youth cultures in urban Australia, Pluto Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 66-84.

Keywords: Indian Ocean Economic History Cultural studies Transnationalism Postcolonialism and Aboriginality Globalisation

FOR Codes: Postcolonial and Global Cultural Studies, Cultural Theory, Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies, Understanding the pasts of other societies, Economic issues not elsewhere classified, Understanding international relations, Globalisation and Culture, International Relations not elsewhere classified, Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies