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Cultures of Trade in the Indian Ocean

Funding: 2006: $7,500

Project Member(s): Ghosh, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage International)

Start year: 2006

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. The project 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 transnational and interdisciplinary methods to the empirical diversity of the region. It analyses the way cultures add value to commodities, while creating diverse forms of transnational culture and identity. A core aim is to use the language of cultural studies to establish a new network of scholars.

Keywords: Trade, Culture, Indian Ocean, Globalisation, Postcolonialism, Security,

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