4/30 – “Pirates, Rogues, and Renegades Across the Early Modern Indian Ocean” (College of Staten Island)

The 16th-early 18th centuries witnessed a remarkable flourishing of piracy and other maritime outlaw activity across much of the globe. While not always as well-known as their counterparts in the Caribbean, pirates and renegades played vital roles in the history of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Rim during this period, alternately subverting and supporting the agendas of European colonial powers and indigenous peoples. In this talk, we will investigate the lives of trans-national maritime “outlaws” across the early modern Indian Ocean, exploring ways in which the intersectional study of such individuals can nuance our understanding of the region’s history.”


A talk and discussion with Professor Bryan Averbuch. Moderators: Professor Eric A. Ivison and Adjunct Assistant Professor Joseph Frusci

Bryan Averbuch researches and teaches Indian Ocean and Islamic history at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island. His thematic interests include cross-cultural trade, the intertwined histories of the silk and spice routes, outlaw studies, and intersectionality. His current book project explores ways in which the Indian Ocean spice trade transformed the culture and expanded the geographical horizons of the early Islamic Middle East, while setting the stage for the advent of Islam across maritime India and Southeast Asia. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and his M.A. and B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle.


Friday April 30, 2021, @ 3:00 – 4:30 pm on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdO2qqjssHdzsqrie9SgLM7VMs_v7dWPD

Please register prior to the start of the event to ensure you arrive before the lecture starts.


Sponsored by the History Department of the College of Staten Island (CSI)


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