The panel will be an activity of the AEGIS collaborative research group on 'Africa in the Indian Ocean'. It will have three strands: 1) Islands and cosmopolitanism, 2) Diasporas and life histories, 3) Oceanic politics, religion and security.
Eight papers will be presented within the three panel strands - Strand one: Islands and cosmopolitanism: 1) Cosmopolitanism and insularity in Zanzibar (Kate Kingsford, University College, London), 2) and 3) Visual culture and the photographic archive in Zanzibar a and b (Pamila Gupta, University of the Witwatersrand, and Meg Samuelson, University of Cape Town), 4) What makes Creole society? Creolization on the Comorian island of Ngazidja (Iain Walker, Oxford University). Strand two: Diasporas and life histories: 5) Donas da terra: Her-story on gendered power relations in the Zambezi valley, Mozambique (Carmeliza Rosario, University of Bergen), 6) Indian Traders in East Africa (Gijsbert Oonk, Erasmus University, Rotterdam). Strand three: Oceanic politics, religion and security: 7) Islamic authority in Northern Mozambique (Christian Laheij, London School of Economics), 8) Gender violence in Indian Ocean fictional writing (Felicity Hand and Esther Pujoràs-Noguer, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).