In May 2022, the Indian Ocean Exchanges program hosted its first international study tour with 12 of its participants. Professors Prita Meier, Trinidad Rico, and Nancy Um served as mentors. The week ended in a conference hosted by VCUarts Qatar, which was live-streamed.

Read our participants’ contributed reflections on the experience.

Emerging Voices in Indian Ocean Art & Culture: Flashtalks from Doha, May 22, 2022

In this full-day conference, broadcast from Doha, a group of emerging scholars delivered snapshots of their current research on Indian Ocean art, culture, architecture, and heritage. The speakers were participants in the Indian Ocean Exchanges project and students in Professor Prita Meier’s NYU seminar on Africa in the Indian Ocean in Spring 2022. The speakers that are marked with an * delivered their presentations remotely.


Welcome and Introductions: Radha Dalal, VCUarts Qatar

Panel 1: Moderated by Prita Meier, NYU

Between Covers

  • Tara Sami Dutt* (UCLA)
  • Ali Akbar (The National Research and Innovation Agency)

Beliefs and Practices across the Seas

  • Jessica Rahardjo (Oxford)
  • Helina Gebremedhen (NYU)
  • Faisal Husni* (Asian Civilisations Museum)
  • Mohammed Salih Cholakkalakath (NYU)

Panel 2: Moderated by Trinidad Rico, Rutgers

Architectural Cultures

  • Dhaval Chauhan (Nirma University/UCSB), with Rupinder Singh (Jagron Lakecity University)
  • Shaheera Pesnani (Historic England)

Entangled Objects

  • Simon Mwaniki (University of Cape Town)
  • Celso Simbine* (Eduardo Mondlane University)
  • Simone Struth (Museum of Islamic Art, Doha)
  • Nada Fatima Raza (Courtauld)

Panel 3: Moderated by Nancy Um, Binghamton University

Porcelain Legacies

  • Khalfan Bini Ahmed (National Museums of Kenya)
  • Megan Gatton* (NYU)

Archival Silences

  • Vanessa Chen (University of Cape Town)
  • Kinaya Hassane* (NYU)
  • Gitanjali Pyndiah (University of Mauritius)

Textile Itineraries

  • Vidhita Raina (University of Kansas)
  • Emily E. Mangione* (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Closing Remarks