Team 1- Campbell

Team 1: The Development and Structure of the IOW Global Economy


Team 1 focuses on 5 themes: 

  • the development and structure of the IOW global economy
  • connections and exchanges within Africa and between Africa and the wider IOW
  • relationships between the environment and enslavement/slave trades in the IOW
  • human migration across the Western IOW
  • Western IOW environmental history.


Team 1 Leader and Project Principal Investigator: Gwyn Campbell, McGill University


Campbell holds a Canada Research Chair in Indian Ocean World History at McGill University. Born in Madagascar, he grew up in Wales. He holds degrees in economic history from the universities of Birmingham and Wale, has taught in India (Voluntary Service Overseas) as well as at universities in Madagascar, Britain, South Africa, Belgium and France, and served academic consultant for the South African Government in negotiations resulting in the formation of an Indian Ocean regional association in 1997. His specialities are the history of Madagascar, slavery, the IOW, and the nineteenth century missionary impulse and impact. 

Team 1 Collaborators

Name  Affiliation Focus

Martha Chaiklin

Independent curator and historian, USA

Ivory trade

Amitava Chowdhury

Queen’s University, Canada

South Asian indentured labour 

Sally K. Church

University of Cambridge

Chinese diplomatic relations

Ulrike Freitag

Zentrum Moderner Orient, and Freie Universität, Berlin

Islamic studies

Amenah Jahangeer Chojoo

Mahatma Gandhi Institute, Mauritius

Culture of Western IOW

Pedro Machado

Indiana University

Economic History of western IOW

Gijsbert Oonk

Erasmus School of History Culture and Communication, Rotterdam

Economic History of western IOW

K. Rajan

Pondicherry University

Archaeology of South India

Himanshu Prabha Ray

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

History and Archaeology, IOW

Himla Soodyall

Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research Unit (HGDDRU), Johannesburg

Human genetics

Alessandro Stanziani

École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris

History of labour

Lakshmi Subramanian

Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

Maritime history of IOW

Hideaki Suzuki

Nagasaki University, Japan

Trade in the western IOW

Jonathan Walz

Center for India and South Asia, Rollins College, Florida

Anthropology and Archaeology of Western IOW

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