[UPDATE - EXTENDED DEADLINE] Relations and Networks in Indian Ocean Writing

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

The Indian Ocean needs to be regarded as a unifying element, connecting peoples and events across the ocean and at the same time a divisive element that fragments and distances communities through space and time. It is a mine of cultural experience with multiple connections that link the countries of its western shores with the Indian subcontinent. We invite papers that focus on the relations and networks that bind the communities that inhabit the shores of the Indian Ocean and which generate debate on notions of integration and fragmentation in Indian Ocean writing.

Suggested topics for discussion include:

· Hybridity in Indian Ocean cultures: in the visual arts, cinema, dance, music
· Indian Ocean Languages: creolization, code-switching, translation
· Indian Ocean Identities: South-South relations, diasporas from India to Africa or vice versa
· Convergence and Polarization: gender, class and ethnicity in the Indian Ocean
· Subversive Relations: queerness in gender, class and ethnicity in the Indian Ocean
· Networking in the Indian Ocean: from the monsoon trade to the digital age

Submissions that do not directly deal with the aforementioned topics will also be considered.

Papers should be no longer than twenty minutes.

Abstracts between 200-300 words should be sent to

Author information is to be provided on a separate sheet, including name, affiliation, contact address, title of paper and short bio-note (100 words).

EXTENDED DEADLINE for abstracts : JULY 3rd 2015.
Notification of acceptance: 1st September 2015

A selection of papers will be published in Issue 4, "Indic Crossings" of Indialogs Spanish Journal of India Studies, in 2017.