Links to Indian Ocean World Sites
The IOW and Global History
- The 1421 Myth Exposed was set up by an international group of academics and researchers who are greatly concerned about the myths being created and perpetuated by Gavin Menzies in his book, 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, where he claims that Chinese admiral Zheng He circumnavigated the globe, and in the process “discovered” most of the world.
Indian Ocean Region
- The East India Company at Home, 1757-1857 is a 3-year research project (beginning in September 2011 and ending in August 2014) funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The project is one of the many externally-funded research programmes developed under the aegis of Warwick University’s Global History & Culture Centre
- The British Indian Ocean Territory, which consists of the Chagos Archipelago and other small island groups, is a territory that was formed in 1965 by agreement with Mauritius and the Seychelles. One of its islands, Diego Garcia (17 sq mi), is a joint U.S.-UK refueling and support station that was used during the Persian Gulf War (1991), the war against Afghanistan (1991) and the second Iraq war (2003).
- Tufts University’s Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies is a focal point for scholarship on the South Asian subcontinent with an emphasis on history, culture, literature, religion, politics, economics and diplomacy in relation to the countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives) and comparative studies of Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
- The Indian Ocean Climatology & Oceanography (IOCO) Gateway provides information on the climate and oceanography (physical, biological, geological, chemical, etc.) of the Indian Ocean.
- The University of Pennsylvania’s Summer Institute on “Indian Ocean: Cradle of Globalization” provides many links to useful Indian Ocean sites.
- The Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Bergen has several research projects that focus on the Indian Ocean.
- The Indian Ocean Research Group (IORG) is an academic initiative based at Panjab University in Chandigarh and the University of Western Australia in Perth that provides a research umbrella for social science policy-oriented research in the Indian Ocean Rim.
- The Seacology Island Projects aim to preserve the highly endangered biodiversity of islands throughout the world.
- Stanford University’s Indian Ocean Islands resource list provides useful links to websites that focus on the Indian Ocean World.
- Madadoc is a searchable database of papers and reports about Madagascar.
- Thèses malgaches en ligne is a collection of theses and dissertations from six public universities in Madagascar.
- The Centre de Recherches sur les Sociétés de l’Océan Indien (CRESOI) was founded in 2001. The Centre is a member of the Unité de Recherches (Océan Indien : Espaces Sociétés), of the Fédération de recherches (Observatoire des sociétés de l’océan Indien), of the École doctorale en sciences humaines de l’Université de La Réunion.
- The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa.
- The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Indonesian Language Program is a good resource for learning about Indonesian language and culture.
- The University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Internet Resources about Indonesia provides links to many Indonesia-related sites.
South China Sea Region
- The Hainan Research Institute for the South China Sea is a Chinese government academic institute founded in 1996 that specializes in the history, geography, ocean demarcation and environment of the South China Sea.
- The University of British Columbia’s South China Sea Informal Working Group researches potential conflicts in the South China Sea.
- The World Wildlife Federation’s report on South China Sea Islands gives an overview of the region’s biodiversity.
- The South China Sea Virtual Library is an online resource for students, scholars and policy-makers interested in South China Sea regional development, environment, and security issues.
- Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
- The Pacific Disaster Center’s report on the Great Sumatra-Andaman Islands earthquake and Indian Ocean tsunami that occurred on 26 December 2004 provides an overview of the impact of the earthquake and associated tsunami that claimed nearly 300,000 lives across eight countries, including Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Maldives and Somalia. The site also provides maps, images and GIS data.
- Harvard University’s China Historical GIS project was launched in January 2001 to establish a database of populated places and historical administrative units for the period of Chinese history between 221 BCE and 1911 CE.
Source: Indian Ocean World Centre