Leiden Centre for Indian Ocean Studies

The Leiden Centre for Indian Ocean Studies brings together people and methods to study the ‘Indian Ocean World’. Supported by numerous individual and institutional collaborations, we aim to provide a global platform for scholars working on connections and comparisons across this axis of human interaction. We are interested in scholarship that cuts across borders of places, periods and disciplines.

The presence of a strong Indian Ocean-focused community within the dynamic scholarly environment of Leiden University, along with IIAS as a global facilitating platform, can paradoxically contribute to re-introducing notions of global interactions and the importance of rehabilitating local agencies in context. Leiden University has historically been crucial to intellectual engagements on the Indian Ocean and today it hosts a great variety of relevant resources and expertise, spread across different departments and disciplines. The Centre not only unites the multitude of local resources, but also links them to national and international experts in the field.

With some exceptions, the study of the Indian Ocean has mainly taken place in Europe and North America. The Centre, however, aims to facilitate interactions between scholars from the Indian Ocean World by co-organizing conferences and workshops with institutions in the region. Such collaborations have been initiated with the University of St Denis, Université de La Réunion, Ibn Battuta Foundation in Colombo, University of Calicut, National University of Singapore, and others.

To learn more about the Leiden Centre for Indian Ocean Studies, visit their website at https://iias.asia/research/leiden-centre-indian-ocean-studies