Call for papers:

« Maritime realities and imaginations in the Indian Ocean » (OSOI)

The Observatory of Indian Ocean Societies -OSOI- is a research federation gathering researchers specialized in law, economics, management, humanities, social sciences and literature. It was created in 2010 at the University of La Réunion. The Observatory team brings together six Research Units, more than 150 researchers and weaves an important network of international partnerships.

Les Carnets de Recherches de l’océan Indien is the daughter of the ocean. This E-journal created by the OSOI will take advantage of the singular geographical location of our institution by engaging with an all-round reading and understanding of the sea. The immense maritime space, which the Indian Ocean represents is, sometimes an invitation to travel, sometimes a source of repulsion, sometimes a symbol of conquest, or a source of inspiration for the imagination. It is within its vast fold that there nestles an array of cultures and peoples bordered by more than twenty states, with a generous sprinkling of islands. What are the relationships between these riparian societies, either as continents or islands, which have settled and shared this space? The diversity of possibilities and uses offered by the Indian Ocean has made it a vast reservoir of attractions, arousing both interest and tension. From the Mozambique Channel to the Western Australian Coastal Edge, from the Indian facades to the islands of the South-West Indian Ocean, what potentialities are offered by this maritime expanse of water? And how have they been exploited and deployed? The main thrust of this third issue of Les Carnets is the oceanic interface of the Indian Ocean, as both a real and an imagined space. While academic inquiry has largely focused on its resources and marine reserves, this third issue endeavours to widen the existing perimeter and bring together texts that shed new light on the maritime dimension of the Indian Ocean. The proposals in the areas of geography, law, history, literature, linguistics, and economics are welcomed. Proposals of a page are to be sent before the 10th of September 2018. Read more…