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Workshop | Literary Ecologies of the Indian Ocean World: Mauritian and Southern African Intersections

16 – 17 August 2018

WiSER, University of the Witwatersrand

This workshop seeks to structure an inter-regional conversation between Mauritian and southern African oceanic literary traditions.  Working within a framework of literary ecologies, the workshop aims to examine historical, aesthetic and environmental themes from a global south perspective.  The focus on southern Africa and Mauritius highlights two historically inter-related regions within the Indian Ocean world but which are seldom brought into conversation.   


The project draws on recent work from oceanic literary scholars that pioneers a post-human perspective, utilising ideas like amphibious aesthetics; littoral form; monsoon assemblages; heavy waters; hydropoetics; underwater aesthetics; trans-corporeality; and sea ontologies, all concepts that push us closer to a material engagement with water. Caribbean debates on oceanic ecologies will provide a comparative reference point while themes of media map-making in the contemporary Indian Ocean will be important.    


OHGS_Literary Ecologies of the Indian Ocean World_poster
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OHGS_Literary Ecologies of the Indian Ocean World_programme
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OHGS_Literary Ecologies of the Indian Ocean World_panels and abstracts
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This workshop seeks to structure an inter-regional conversation between Mauritian and southern African oceanic literary traditions.  Working within a framework of literary ecologies, the workshop aims to examine historical, aesthetic and environmental themes from a global south perspective.  The focus on southern Africa and Mauritius highlights two historically inter-related regions within the Indian Ocean world but which are seldom brought into conversation.   


The project draws on recent work from oceanic literary scholars that pioneers a post-human perspective, utilising ideas like amphibious aesthetics; littoral form; monsoon assemblages; heavy waters; hydropoetics; underwater aesthetics; trans-corporeality; and sea ontologies, all concepts that push us closer to a material engagement with water. Caribbean debates on oceanic ecologies will provide a comparative reference point while themes of media map-making in the contemporary Indian Ocean will be important.    


OHGS_Literary Ecologies of the Indian Ocean World_poster
.pdf
Download PDF • 5.35MB

OHGS_Literary Ecologies of the Indian Ocean World_programme
.pdf
Download PDF • 178KB

OHGS_Literary Ecologies of the Indian Ocean World_panels and abstracts
.pdf
Download PDF • 275KB

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