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Writing on Water: Peripheries, Flows, Capital, and Struggles in the Indian Ocean

Writing on Water: Peripheries, Flows, Capital, and Struggles in the Indian Ocean This essay constitutes a proposition toward a remapping of the AsianAfrican world of exchanges. It is an exploratory piece in which I, building on primary research, suggest looking at the reemerging discourses and practices of south-south connections and asking: What practices of cultural translation exist between Asia and Africa? How is “Asia” constructed in “Africa” and vice versa? What kinds of informal routes of transaction and exchange have developed alongside formal ones? Who are the practitioners of informal exchanges? What has been preserved of the 1960s rhetoric of south-south cooperation? What has been added? What kinds of projects are funded? What kinds of expertise are offered? Through a series of examples of current Asian-African exchanges, I intend to justify why we might want to study these new emergences and why they should matter to postcolonial scholars. My interest in these emerging formations stems from two connected fields of research. One is a project I coordinated with regional scholars and completed in December 2001. Entitled “Mapping A Contact-Zone,” this research received funding from the Council for the Development of Research in Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA)–MacArthur Foundation Program on “Real Economies in Africa.”1 The report explored the diasporic economies http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png positions asia critique Duke University Press

Writing on Water: Peripheries, Flows, Capital, and Struggles in the Indian Ocean

positions asia critique , Volume 11 (1) – Mar 1, 2003

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2003 by Duke University Press
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1067-9847
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1527-8271
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10.1215/10679847-11-1-241
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This essay constitutes a proposition toward a remapping of the AsianAfrican world of exchanges. It is an exploratory piece in which I, building on primary research, suggest looking at the reemerging discourses and practices of south-south connections and asking: What practices of cultural translation exist between Asia and Africa? How is “Asia” constructed in “Africa” and vice versa? What kinds of informal routes of transaction and exchange have developed alongside formal ones? Who are the practitioners of informal exchanges? What has been preserved of the 1960s rhetoric of south-south cooperation? What has been added? What kinds of projects are funded? What kinds of expertise are offered? Through a series of examples of current Asian-African exchanges, I intend to justify why we might want to study these new emergences and why they should matter to postcolonial scholars. My interest in these emerging formations stems from two connected fields of research. One is a project I coordinated with regional scholars and completed in December 2001. Entitled “Mapping A Contact-Zone,” this research received funding from the Council for the Development of Research in Social Sciences in Africa (CODESRIA)–MacArthur Foundation Program on “Real Economies in Africa.”1 The report explored the diasporic economies

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positions asia critiqueDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2003

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