Spring 2017 Conference

"Labour, Working Animals, & Environment in the Indian Ocean World"

Spring 2017 Conference original Call For Papers

4 May 2017

Peterson Hall, room 116

5 May 2017

Leacock Building, room 721


09:30-10:00: Registration & Breakfast

10:00-11:00: Keynote Speech by Subho Basu, McGill University

"Self-narration of Bonded Work: Environment, Colonialism, Dalit Labour in Bengal"


Panel 1: Labour, Disease, & Medicine in the Indian Ocean World

Chair: Michael Christopher Low, Iowa State University


  • Anna Winterbottom (University of Sussex)

"Labour Circulation and Transplantation: the case of Azadirachta Indica"

  • Gwyn Campbell (McGill University)

"Labour, Disease and the Environment in Imperial Madagascar c. 1810 1895"

  • Yoshina Hurgobin (McGill University)

"Workers, Malaria and the Colonial State in the Indian Ocean World"

13:00-13:30: Break


Panel 2: East Africa: Migration, Sustenance, & Environment

Chair: Gwyn Campbell, McGill University


  • David Bresnahan (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

"Bulk Grains and Game: Food Procurement and Abundance in Indian Ocean Africa before ca. 1000CE"

  • Philip Gooding (SOAS University of London)

"Cattle, Human-Environment Interaction, and Trade in nineteenth-century East and Central Africa: A Preliminary Case Study from Lake Tangayika"

15:00-15:30: Break


Panel 3: Environment, Human & Animal Labour in the Modern Middle East

Chair: Jacob Shell, Temple University


  • Zozan Pehlivan (McGill University)

"Peasants Became Amele: Environmental Stress and Labour Relations in the Ottoman East"

  • Michael Christopher Low (Iowa State University)

"The Steamship of the Desert: Camel Labour, Pilgramage Transport, and Bedouin Resistance in the Age of Steam"

19:30-xx-xx: Dinner


09:00-09:30: Breakfast


Panel 4: 'Wild Beasts' & Animal Labour

Chair: Yoshina Hurgobin, McGill University


  • Jacob Shell (Temple University)

"Wild for 16 hours-a-day: Working Elephants, Mahouts, and Roadless Labour in the Indo-Burmese Borderlands"

  • Peter Hynd (McGill University)

"The Campaign Against Dangerous Wildlife in Late 19th-Century India"

  • Rebekah McCallum (McGill University)

"The Fixation of Captain Ahab: The Whale and its Labour in 19th and 20th-Century New England to Indian Ocean Whaling Voyages"

11:30-13:00: Break


Panel 5: Environment & Exchange of Practices: South Africa & Australia

Chair: Jennifer Craig, McGill University


  • Chelsea Davis, George Washington University

"Defeating Phylloxera: South Africa, Australia, and Global Exchanges in Knowledge"

  • Ruth Morgan (Ludwig Maximilians Universitat)

"Monsoon Empire: Climate and Water in the British Indian Ocean, 1780-1914"

14:30-14:45: Break

14:45-16:00: Rountable Discussion

16:00-17:00: Closing Remarks