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Tamara Fernando, “Mapping Oysters and Making Oceans in the Northern Indian Ocean, 1880–1906”

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In the first episode of our fall season, Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) is in conversation with Prof. Tamara Fernando (Stony Brook). Taking Prof. Fernando’s 2023 paper, “Mapping Oysters and Making Oceans in the Northern Indian Ocean, 1880–1906,” as their starting point, they discuss her research into the 19th-century pearl trade around the Indian Ocean World, which spans several historical subfields—animal and labour histories; the histories of science and empire—and calls us to reexamine the role of non-human actors and indeed of the ocean itself in Indian Ocean World studies.

Prof. Fernando completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2022 and has recently joined Stony Brook University in New York as Associate Professor in the Department of History.




Image Credit: “Mannar Lighthouse” by Chinthana Prabhashitha Rajapaksha, via Wikimedia Commons

The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”