Book / Sea Log: Indian Ocean to New York

Joseph, May. Sea Log: Indian Ocean to New York. Changing Mobilities Series. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2019.

ISBN-9781138088337 / Hardback / 148 pages / GBP 115

About the Book (edited): The ocean has always been the harbinger of strangers to new shores. Migrations by sea have transformed modern conceptions of mobility and belonging, disrupting notions of how to write about movement, memory, and displaced histories. Sea Log is a memory theatre of repressive hauntings based on urban artefacts across a maritime archive of Dutch and Portuguese colonial pillage.
Colonial incursions from the sea and the postcolonial aftershocks of these violent sea histories lie largely forgotten for most formerly colonised coastal communities around the world. Offering a feminist log of sea journeys from the Malabar Coast of South India, through the Atlantic to the North Sea, May Joseph writes a navigational history of postcolonial coastal displacements.

Excavating Dutch, Portuguese, Arab, Asian, and African influences along the Malabar Coast, Joseph unearths the undertow of colonialism’s ruins. In Sea Log, the Bosphorus, the Tagus, and the Amstel find coherence alongside the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

Table of Contents
Preface: Decolonial Periplus

Introduction: Writing Anthropocene

Part I. Navigations

1. Indian Ocean Affect

2. Sea of Shock

3. Ocean Ontologies

4. Contested Visuality

Part II: Periplus

5. Cochin, Dhow City

6. Dar es Salaam, Socialist Utopia

7. Hanoi Palimpsest

8. Bamiyan Pillage

9. New York: Archipelagoes of the Unseen

10. Deciphering the Indian Ocean

About the Author: May Joseph is Professor of Social Science and Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute, where she teaches a walking history of coastal New York. Joseph is Founder of Harmattan Theater and has produced site-specific performances along Dutch and Portuguese maritime routes. Joseph’s other books include Ghosts of Lumumba (2019), Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination (2013), and Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship (1999).

Reposted from Kerala Scholars eGroup

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