Review: Smriti Srinivas, Bettina Ng'weno, and Neelima Jeychandran (eds.), Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds. Abingdon: Routledge, 2020

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Yoonus Kozhisseri


The edited volume, Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds, collects chapters that explore new ways of engaging with Indian Ocean studies, a remarkably evolving field of concern in recent academic discourse. The chapters have in common a dialogical and memoir-like disposition, and they harp on prospective methods of understanding human existence as essentially intersectional, heterogeneous, and interconnected. In substance, the volume insists to pre-empt a plain conjecture of the Indian Ocean as a physiographical unit that delineates and thus disconnects the continents and modern nation states which are centred landward rather than seaward. In effect, the oceanic spaces are considered intersecting terrains for people who experience the two different sides of the same waves that interweave their mutualities through narratives of movements, migrations, labours, translations, and more.

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