Monday, February 24, 2014

CFP: “Trade in Animals and Animal Products in the Indian Ocean World”

The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, will sponsor a conference on October 23-24, 2014, on "Trade in Animals and Animal Products in the Indian Ocean World from Early Times to c.1900." According to the call for papers:
Recently, much public attention has focussed on the lucrative yet often illegal trade in the Indian Ocean world (IOW) of animal parts, including elephant tusks, rhinoceros horns, and tiger skins. However, the trade in exotic animals and animal parts in the IOW, from Africa to China, is not a modern phenomenon. Its roots can be traced back centuries and is reflected in the traditions, folklore, medicinal practices and religious beliefs of many different societies across the IOW. It has also impacted on the environment. By exploring the long-distance trade in animals and animal products as economic, cultural, and ecological phenomenon, this conference will seek to interrogate the concept of the Indian Ocean as a "world."
For a fuller discussion of the conference themes and submission information, please see the conference home page. The deadline for submission of abstracts (title and 1-2 paragraphs) is May 1, 2014. All queries should be sent to the conference organizer, Omri Bassewitch (
    Those interested in the economic history of this area might also wish to visit the website of the Centre's major research initiative, "The Indian Ocean World: The Making of the First Global Economy in the Context of Human-Environment Interaction."