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Amitava Chowdhury

chowdury.jpgAssociate Professor

Global, World and Transnational History; British Caribbean; British Colonial History 19th-20th centuries; Indian Ocean World; Atlantic History; Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Labour; Diasporas.

Contact

Office: Watson Hall 231
E-mail: a.chowdhury@queensu.ca
Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74368
Fax: 613-533-6298
Twitter: @amitava8

Education

Ph.D., Washington State University
M.A., Deccan College Research Institute
B.A., Jadavpur University


About

Amitava Chowdhury is an historian and historical archaeologist of agrarian labour regimes and colonial plantations in the British Caribbean and the Indian Ocean, and is interested in the meaning and theory of Global History and diaspora theories. He is particularly interested in issues of identity, nationalism, and diaspora formations of the Indians overseas. Previously, between 2001-2004, Dr. Chowdhury worked on historical archaeology of colonial Mauritius, and two of his excavated sites, Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne Brabant, were subsequently inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. He has also published several works on the history and archaeology of fugitive slaves in Mauritius and the Caribbean.

Dr. Chowdhury is the Managing Editor of The Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is a collaborating member of the Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill University, and previously was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

Dr. Chowdhury is a co-convener of the Global History Initiative at Queen’s University.

Graduate Supervision

Non-Hispanic Colonial Caribbean (18th-20th centuries); Indian Ocean; British Colonial History (19th-20th centuries); South Asian Diasporas; Global, World, and Transnational History.

Courses

Undergraduate

HIST 122: Making of the Modern World
HIST 205: The Atlantic World
HIST 303: History of the Caribbean in a Global Perspective
HIST 404: Themes in Diaspora History
HIST 435: World History ? Theory and Methodology

Graduate

HIST 804: The Atlantic World
HIST 825: Approaches to World and Transnational History

Publications

Books:

Horizons of Memory: Indian Indentured Labor and Identity in the Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. [Completed book manuscript under review]

2003. Aapravasi Ghat: Past and Present: Archaeological Investigations. Port Louis, Mauritius: Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund. ISBN: 9990373108.

Editor of Journal Special Issue:

Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, volume 38, issue 76. Autumn 2014.

Chapters and Articles:

2016.“Between Dispersion and Belonging: At Home in the Diaspora.” In Between Dispersion and Belonging: Global Approaches to Diaspora in Practice edited by Amitava Chowdhury and Donald H. Akenson. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

2016.“The Diaspora Symptom: Global Projection of Local Identities.” In Between Dispersion and Belonging: Global Approaches to Diaspora in Practice edited by Amitava Chowdhury and Donald H. Akenson. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

2016. “Narratives of Home: Diaspora Formations Among the Indian Indentured Labourers.” In Between Dispersion and Belonging: Global Approaches to Diaspora in Practice edited by Amitava Chowdhury and Donald H. Akenson. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

2016.“Diaspora as Global History.” In Between Dispersion and Belonging: Global Approaches to Diaspora in Practice edited by Amitava Chowdhury and Donald H. Akenson. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.

2016.“Maritime Marronage and Trans-imperial Diplomatic Consequences of the British Emancipation, 1834-1848.” In “Abolitions” as A Global Experience edited by Hideaki Suzuki, pp. 149-160. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press, 2015.

2014. “Maroon Archaeological Research in Mauritius and its Possible Implications in a Global Context.” In Lydia Wilson Marshall, ed. The Archaeology of Slavery: Toward a Comparative Global Framework. (CAI, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2014).

2014. “Le petit marronnage comme processus d'adaptation épisodique dans l'île Maurice : les données relevées sur le terrain et leur pertinence globale.” In Archéologie de l’esclavage colonial edited by André Delpuech and Jean-Paul Jacob, 261-273. Paris: Éditions La Découverte, Paris, 2014.

2012. “Exploring an “old verbal ambiguity”: East Indian ethnicity and identity in Trinidad and the British Caribbean.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 37, no. 73 (Spring 2012): 209-220.

2007. “Marronage in Mauritius and its possible implications for Caribbean Archaeology.” Proceedings of the Twenty-first congress of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology, Volume 2, pp. 567-572. (with Candice Goucher)

2006. “The symbolic and archaeological significance of Le Morne Brabant: A fugitive slave site of Mauritius.” Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology 3: 50-61.

2005. “Handedness: The archaeological record.” Man and Environment 30 (2): 90-96. (with Manas K. Mandal)

2003. “Towards an Archaeological Heritage Management of Aapravasi Ghat.” Journal of Mauritian Studies, New Series Vol. 2 (1): 87-104. 2003. “Theoretical Reflections on Maroon Archaeology in Mauritius.” Revi Kiltir Kreol. Vol. 3: 55-59.

2003. “Theoretical Reflections on Maroon Archaeology in Mauritius.” Revi Kiltir Kreol. Vol. 3: 55-59.

Short Articles and Occasional Writing

2016.“British Indian Ocean Empire,” in John MacKenzie ed. Encyclopedia of Empire, pp. 315-321. Wiley Blackwell.

2013.“Looking Back and Moving Forward—Reflections on Latin American and Caribbean Studies—Jamaica as the prototypical transnational space: Conversations with Orlando Patterson and Birte Timm.” Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 38, no. 2 (fall 2013): 325-336.

2008. 'Indentured labor' in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Volume 3, 93-95.

2008. 'Coolie Trade' in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Volume 2, 339-341.

2008. 'Diasporas: An overview' in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Volume 2, 510-13.

2008. 'Slavery: Antislavery in Britain' in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Volume 7, 23-25

2008. 'Slave Trade: Abolition in Britain' in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Volume 7, 35-37.

2007. 'Marronage in Mauritius' in Encyclopedia of Slave Resistance and Rebellion, Edited by Junius P. Rodriguez. Volume I, pp. 313-315. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.

Consultancy Reports

2004. Le Morne and Black River Gorges World Heritage Site Nomination dossier: Document of Archaeological Significance, submitted to the Ministry of Arts of Culture, Government of Mauritius.

2003. Maroon Slave Archaeological Investigation Project in the Republic of Mauritius. Submitted to the National Heritage Trust, Mauritius.

2002. Scientific Survey and Archaeological Heritage Management of Aapravasi Ghat. For Ministry of Arts and Culture, Government of Mauritius.

2002. Report on Archaeological Investigations of Maroon Slave sites on Le Morne, Mauritius, for NHTF, Ministry of Arts and Culture. Various reviews in World History Connected; Itinerario; Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Research groups and workshops organized

2013. Queen's University Initiative in Diaspora Studies. Inaugural Workshop, September 19, 2013.

          Canadian Caribbean Studies Research Group. Inaugural Workshop, March 2013.

2011. Queen's University Symposium on Oceanic History, March 2011.