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Dr. G. Oonk
Dept. of History (L3-75)
P.O. Box 1738
Erasmus University Rotterdam
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

Phone (31) 10-4082496
Fax (31) 10-4089135
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.asiansinafrica.com

Education
Ph-D.: 1998 Erasmus Universtiy Rotterdam
Advisor: Prof. Dr. H.W. van Schendel
Major: South Asian History
Minor: World History
MA: 1992 Erasmus University Rotterdam
Major field: Non-Western History
Employment
2008 Universitair Hoofddocent./ Senior lecturer. Faculty of History and Arts/ Erasmus University. FHKW
2006-now Assistant Prof. Non-Western History 0,8 fte at the FHKW
2001-2005 Senior Research-Fellow of the Dutch Foundation of Tropical Research. (0,5 fte)
1998-2005

Assistant Prof. Non-Western History. (0,5 fte)

1997 ICT project World History (0,2 fte)
1996 Lecturer Non-Western History. (0,5 fte)
Courses Taught

Introduction in Non-Western History
The History of Globalization
Diasporas in World History
Industrialization and de-industrialization in India
History of the Indian Ocean Region 1500-2000
Colonization and de-colonization in South Asia
Technical exchange in world history
Entrepreneurship in world history

PH-D commission:
Geert Castryck , University of Gent, Belgium [Juli 2006]
Wieke Vink, Erasmus University, Netherlands (September 2008)

Redactielid Geschiedenis Magazine, vanaf 2008.

Books
2009 The Karimjee Jivanjee Family: Merchant Princes of East Africa, 1800-2000, forthcoming
2007 Global Indian Diasporas. Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory. (edited) Amsterdam University Press, 294 pages
2004 Asians in East Africa. Images Pictures and Portraits. Sca producties, 60 pp.
   
Oonk G.  
1998 Ondernemers in ontwikkeling. Fabrieken en fabrikanten in de Indiase katoenin­dustrie, 1850-1930, [Entrepreneurs in Development. Mills and Millowners in the Indian Cotton Textile Industry ( Hilversum 1998) 250 pp.
Articles and book chapters
  Negotiating Hinduism in East Africa [in preparation]
  Indian Bankrupticies in Zanzibar [in preparation]
 

We lost our gift of expression. Loss of the mother tongue among Indians in East Africa, 1880-2000. [In preparation]

   
2008

Negotiating Hinduism in East Africa, 1860-1960, Transforming Cultures eJournal vol 3 (2), 93-123. ISSN 1833-8542.

‘Communal Business Families in India, 1850-1947: Three patterns in the emergence of Indigenous Industrialists,’ in Vipin Gupta (ed) Cultural-Sensitive Models of Family Business in Southern Asia. A Compendium Using the GLOBE Paradigm, the Icfai University Press, Hyderabad India, ISBN 81-314-1223-1., pp 48-67.

‘Zoektocht naar de waarheid over India’ Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis (3) 2008, 343-345. Duo recensie: Crispin Bates, Subalterns and the Raj. South Asia since 1600 (Routledge 2007) en Peter Rietbergen, Europa’s India (Vantilt Nijmegen 2007).

Gandhi’s nachtmerrie: kapitalisme in India, Geschiedenis Magazine 6 2008, 26-31.

De Kerstman kan de Sint redden, de Gelderlander, 5 december.

   
2007

‘After Shaking his hand, start counting your fingers. Trust and Images in Indian business networks, East Africa 1900-2000’, republished in Geoffrey Jones and Dan Wadhwani, in Entrepreneurship and Global Capitalism, Edward Elgar Press, pp225- 247

‘Global Indian Diasporas. Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory’, introduction in G. Oonk (ed) Global Indian Diasporas. Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory. Amsterdam University Press, 9-27.

We lost our gift of expression. Loss of the mother tongue among Indians in East Africa, 1880-2000. in Global Indian Diasporas. Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory. G. Oonk (ed) Amsterdam University Press, 31-67.

‘Industrialisation in India, 1850-1947:Three Variations in the Emergence of Indigenous Industrialists.’ In Nasreen Taher and Swapna Gopalan (eds), Business Communities Of India, the ICFAI University Press Hyderabad, pp 117-156.

The Business of Empire. The East Indian Company of Imperial Britain, 1756-1833, Cambridge University Press, 1756-1833, recensie in Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, (1) 2007, 136-137.

Global South Asians, Introducing Modern Diasporas, by Judith Brown (Cambridge University Press): the Encyclopaedia of the Indian Diaposra, by Brij Lal (Didier Millet) recensie in Journal of the Social and Economic History of the Orient 50 (4) 2007, 577-579.

   
2006

South Asians in East Africa (1880-1920) With a Particular Focus on Zanzibar. Towards a historical explanation of economic success of a middlemen minority. Journal of African and Asian Studies, 57-89.

South Asians in East Africa. Contribution in The Encyclopaedia of the Indian Diaspora. Edited by P. Reeves, Brij Lal and Rajesh Rai, eds, Singapore: Éditions Didier Millet, 254-262.

Exotisch Hollywood. Verbeelding van andere culturen in recente films van jaap van Ginneken, recensie in Tijdschrift voor mediageschiedenis 9 (2) 2006, issn 1387-649x, 121-122.

   
2005

Gujurati Business Communities in East Africa. Success and Failure Stories, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol XL (20), 2077-2082.

2004

The Changing Culture of the Hindu Lohana Community in East Africa, Contemporary Asian Studies , 13 (1) 2004, 7-23.

 

After Shaking his hand, start counting your fingers. Trust and Images in Indian business networks, East Africa 1900-2000, Itinerario…

2002 ‘Het globaliseringsdebat met of zonder geschiedenis?’ In Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, (1) 2002, 78-92. [Globalization debate with or without history, Journal of History]
2001 ‘Motor or Millstone? The Managing Agency System in Bombay and Ahmedabad, 1850-1930, ‘ in the Indian Economic Social History Review 2001 (4) , 419-452.
1999

‘De armoede van Landes over de Rijkdom van India,’ Tijdschrift voor Sociale Geschiedenis ’ 25 (1), 78-87. [The poorness of Landes about the Richness of India]

1998

Bosma, U./ Oonk G. ‘Bombay-Batavia. Parsi and Indo-European variations in mediating 1800- 1947’, in Randeraad, N.(ed.), Me­dia­tors be­t­w­een Sta­te and So­ciety in Co­m­pa­rati­ve Perspective, Hilversum 1998, 17-40.

Others
2005

www.asiansinafrica.com

Small historical video documentary: 13 minutes.

Bookreviews
2002

John Tomlinson, Globalization and Culture, Polity Press Cambridge Oxford 1999. Pp vi-238 and Birgit Meyer and Peter Geschiere, Globalization and Identity. Dialects of Flow and Closure, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford and Malden 1999. Pp 338. Reviewed in the Journal of World History 13 (2), 532-537.

Claude Markovits, The Global World of Indian Merchants, 1750-1947. Traders of Sind from Bukhara to Panama. Cambridge University Press 2000, recensie in Neha-bulletin 16 (2002) 1, 39-40.

Convicts in the Indian Ocean: Transportation from South Asia to Mauritius, 1815-1853, McMillan 2000, reviewed in Contemporary Asian Studies 11 (1), 89-90.

   
2001

Convicts in the Indian Ocean. Transportation from South Asia to Mauritius, 1815-1853, by Clare Anderson (McMillan Press LTD, London/ New York 2000), review in Contemporary South Asia, 2001 10 (2).

2000

‘Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization’ door A. Appadurai (University of Minnesota Press 1996), recensie in Journal of World History, 11 (1) 2000, 157-159.

 

‘Mughal India and Central Asia,’ door Richard C. Foltz (Oxford University Press 1998) in Contemporary South Asia 2000 9 (1), 88.

  ‘Indians in Britain. Anglo-Indian Encounters, Race and Identity, 1880-1930’ door Shompa Lahiri (Frank Cass Publishers London) recensie in Contemporary South Asia 2000 9 (4) pp, 383-384.

 

‘Colonialism in Action: Trade Development and Dependence in Late Colonial India’ door Debdas Banerjee (Londen, Hyberabad Sangam Books) recensie in Contemporary South Asia 2000 9 (3), 369-370

   
1999

‘Miners and Millhands: Work and Politics in Princely Mysore,’ door Janaki Nair (Thousanad Oaks, New Delhi/ Sage Londen),in Contemporary Asia 8 (3), 399-400.

‘Indian Traffic. Identities in Question in Colonial and Postcolonial India’, door Parama Roy, (California University press 1998), in Contemporary Asia 8 (2), 260-261.

‘Maratime Commerce and English Power (Southeast India 1750-1800),’ door S. Arasaratnam (New Delhi, Sterlin 1996) in Contemporary South Asia 8 (2), 223-224.

‘Writing Cultural History in Colonial and Postcolonial India, door H. Schwarz (University of Pennsylvania Press 1997) reviewed in Contemporay South Asia (8) 1, 112-113.

   
1998

‘Small Industries, Big Ambitions’, door P. Gorter (Cambridge 1997) recensie in The Indian Economic and Social History Review 35 (2), pp216-219.

 

‘Asian Entrepreneurial Minorities’, door C. Dobbin (Curzon 1996) recensie in Contemporary South Asia, 7 (2) , 217-218.

   

1996

Haan, A./ Oonk G. ‘The Origins of Industrial Capitalism in India: Business Strate­gies and the Working Classes in Bombay, 1900- 1940’, door R. Chandavarkar (OUP 1995), recensie in The Journal of Entrepre­neurship in India, (2) 1996, 136-138.

Publications in popular magazines

2006

Pennywise Pound Foolish: Towards a historical explanation of economic success of a middlemen minority, Awaaz Magazine, December 2006, 4-7.

De laatste Canon, Erasmus Magazine, 2 November 2006, 12.

   

2005

South Asian Diasporas: the creation of unfinished identities in the modern world, International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter 36 2005, 34.

Asian in Africa: Images histories and portraits, International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter 39 2005, 18.

Conference presentation [Selection of]
2008

The Historian, the Anthropologist and the thinker. Three reflection on the emergence of a transnational trading elite in East Africa (VU Amsterdam, 26-28 Januari, invitation Tijo Salverda)

Inclusion and exclusion in Asian African business networks in East Africa, 1880-2000. European Economic Social History Conference, Lissabon.

   
2005

Negotiating Hinduism in East Africa. Indian Ocean World Conference, UCLA Los Angeles. [Invitation Prof. Dr. Edward E. Alpers] April 2005.

Indian Bankrupticies in Zanzibar [London School of Economics, invitation, Dr. Gareth Austin]. Januari 2005.

We lost our gift of Expression. Loss of the Mother Tongue among Indian Migrants in East Africa, presented at the South Asian Diasporas conference Rotterdam, 23-24 June.

   
2003 Characterizing the Changing Culture of an Asian Business Elite in East Africa, 1880-2000. Pa per presented at the Association for Asian Studies Conference, New York , 27-30 march 2003.
2002 Indians in Creolisation in East Africa. Paper presented at the ‘Creolisation and Globalisation conference, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 21-23 March 2002.
2000 Industrialization in India. Three patterns. Paper presented at Entrepreneurship and Institutions Conference, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Invited Presentations [Selection of]

2008

Why are Asians in East Africa Rich? Why are Africans poor? Jawarlal Nehru University, Delhi India. Faculty of International Relations, invited by Prof. Dr. Ajay Dubey. 12 January.

2006

Changing Gujurati culture in Zanzibar, invited by the Gujarat Association/ Soas, London. Chairing the session: Religion and Migration (19-5)

The African origins of Jazz, Studium Generale on the occasion of the North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam (18-6)

   
2005

January: Indian Bankrupticies in Zanzibar, invited by Gareth Austin London School of Economics/ editor African History. 23 Januari.

Negotiating Hinduism in East Africa. Indian Ocean World Conference, Invited by Prof. Dr. Ned Alpers. 15-16 april 2005.

   
2003

Globalization and History from a non-western perspective: University of Dar es Salaam. Invited by Dr. Yusuf Lawi.

2003

Characterizing the Changing Culture of an Asian Business Elite in East Africa, 1880-2000. Paper presented at the Association for Asian Studies Conference, New York , 27-30 march 2003.

2002

Indians in Creolisation in East Africa. Paper presented at the ‘Creolisation and Globalisation conference, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 21-23 March 2002.

2001 The changing Culture of Asians in East Africa. National Museum of Nairobi, invited by Dr. S Somjee.

Awards and Honours

2006 Funding for the Karimjee family history project; 2 years 0.4 fte and reserach expenses for India, East Africa, UK and Mauritius. Funded by K.J Karimji family trust. Private funding source.
2005 Funding International Conference: South Asian Studies. Dutch Academy for scientific research; International Institute for Asian Studies and Trustfund, Erasmus University.
2001 Research grant for 4 years (0,5 fte) Dutch Foundation for Tropical Research (WOTRO)
1994

Posthumus diploma [social science researcher]

1992 Research grant for 4 years (Ph-D, full time) Dutch Foundation for Tropical Research (WOTRO)

Long term research abroad

2007

4 weeks Tanzania, Kenya and Mauritius, fieldwork/ archival work.

2006

6 weeks visit to London. Indian Office Library and Colonial Office (Kew) and fieldwork

2002-3

12 months fieldwork and archival research in East Africa, especially, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Nairobi and Mombasa.

2001

3 months fieldwork Dar es Salaam; 6 weeks archival research in London [Colonial Office, Kew; and the Indian Office Library]

1992-3

14 months fieldwork and archival research in Bombay, Ahmedabad, New Delhi and Calcutta.

Management experience

2008- Secretary to the Director of the History- Teaching Department. Preparing teaching programs s of the BA- history program and the MA- history program.
2005-06 Member of the Organizing Committee of the 19th European Conference of Modern South Asian Studies, Leiden 2006.
2005 Organise an two-days international conferencence: South Asians in Diaspora. Financed by the International Institute of Asian Studies and Erasmus University, Trustfonds. Together with Prof. Dr. H. Schult-Nordtholt.
2004-current

Active member of the ‘faculteitsraad’.

2002-current

Member of the Exchange Committee, which evaluates financial request of students for research and / or studies abroad.

2001-02 Supervising the ‘Asians in Africa’ team. Four MA students who managed to raise funds for their fieldwork in Uganda, Kenya, Mauritius and Tanganyika, 2001-2002. All of the completed their thesis –under my guidance- with 8 [very good] or more within the scheduled timeframe.
2002 Organizing one panel within the International Workshop the ‘Creolisation and Globalisation conference, Erasmus University Rotterdam, 21-23 March 2002. Organizer Prof. Dr. A. van Stpriaan-Luïscius.
1998-2001 Member of de OPCIE, which evaluates our course programms.
2001

Creating and implementing a new teaching traject ‘World History’ including subjects like Migration and Multiculturality; Non-Western regions in world history, Group cultures, and Globalization and World History. In this project teachers from various disciplines in our faculty have to work together in order to develop an integrated teaching programme.

1998-04

Active member of the ‘Interfaculty research group’ Business History. We organised half-yearly meetings. Occasionally with international guests

1996

Organizing an International Workshop in Calcutta: Labour and Industries. Together with Dr. A. de Haan.

Internationalisering:

 

Asians in East Africa Project
Dr. G.Oonk

Affiliated to:

2007- current

Affiliated to the Department of International Relations, Jawarlal Nehru University, [Prof. Dr. Ajay Dubey]

2005- current

The Gujarat Studies Association (GSA), London. An academic network aimed specifically at the study and research of Gujarat and Gujaratis. Erasmus University Rotterdam

1994- current

Member of the World History Association [Hawai].

1992- 2000

The History Department of the University of Gujarat, Ahmedabad, India. [Prof. Dr. M.M. Mehta]

2002-03

Lectured at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Globalisation and History.

2003-current

History of the Indian Ocean World program. Ned Alpers, UCLA California USA.

2004-2006

Member of the Organizing Committee of the European Conference of Modern South Asian Studies. [Leiden]