‘Meet the Authors’ Speaker Series (MASS) in Asian Studies, Spring 2021 (Prof. Jatin Dua, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)
Prof. Jatin Dua is an associate professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and director of the University of Michigan Center for South Asian Studies. His research explores processes and projects of law and economy along the East African coast and the wider Indian Ocean region. His book, Captured at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean (2019), winner of the 2020 Elliott P. Skinner Book Prize from the Association for Africanist Anthropology, is a multi-sited ethnographic and archival engagement with contestations over legitimate and illegitimate commerce and exchange. Focusing on the ransom economy of Somali piracy, the book places protection as central to global mobility to see how a variety of actors from pirates and diya kinship groups in Somalia, to naval ships and Indian dhow captains at sea as well as insurance agents and security consultants in London create and regulate order and disorder within economies of piracy and counter-piracy.
Prof. Dua will discuss the following chapter of his book with us:
Dua, Jatin. 2019. "Encounters at Sea: Pirates on Dhows." Capture at Sea: Piracy and Protection in the Indian Ocean. Berkeley: University of California Press.
‘Meet the Authors’ Speaker Series (MASS) provides a new virtual forum for faculty, staff, and students at Rice University to critically engage with 5 prominent scholars whose work strives to re-define the research paradigm in Asian Studies. MASS will present a series of discussion-centric events in which the invited speakers will circulate and discuss their recent publications, especially those that unsettle the confines of a particular time period, the geography of Asia, and disciplinary boundaries. MASS will be open to all registered participants and the speaker’s publication will be sent to participants one week before the event.