Recap: Archipelagic Memory Conference

Intersecting Geographies, Histories and Disciplines

For the past years, the MSA has been supporting the Archipelagic Memory Conference, which took place from 2-4 August at the University of Mauritius.

Over 50 academics from different disciplines and stages of their career, based in institutions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Indian Ocean region, North and South America, and the Pacific region, converged at the conference, where Professor Stef Craps was a keynote speaker along with Professor Ananya Jahanara Kabir, Professor George Abungu and Associate Professor Vijaya Teelock.

The conference was key in the production of knowledge on the intersection of archipelagic thinking and memory studies across geographical areas, including Atlantic, Indian and the Pacific Ocean islands as well as continental spaces. It showcased Mauritius as a research hub and the Global South as a place from where and on which to do research. An inter-institutional endeavour between the University of Mauritius, King’s College, London and the University of the Witwatersrand, the conference demonstrated the benefits of international collaborations between Western and non-Western institutions.

Another event the University of Mauritius offered was the webinar Conceptualising Archipelagic Memory: An online seminar with Michael Rothberg and Vijaya Teelock in conversation with Ananya Jahanara Kabir, you can re-watch it here.

Now the Book of abstracts of the Conference and more detailed information are available on their website.  Additionally, they invite all to join the Facebook group to build on the success of these two events and solidify their network on archipelagic memory