Professors Abusharaf, Chakravarti, and Parsons Named 2nd Sonneborn Interdisciplinary Collaboration Chair

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University Provost Robert Groves recently announced the Provost Office Faculty awards, and one of the English Department’s own, Prof. Cóilín Parsons, was named alongside his collaborators:

Rogaia Abusharaf, Professor of Anthropology, GU-Q
Ananya Chakravarti, Professor, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
Cóilín Parsons, Professor, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences

This collaborative team of an anthropologist, historian, and an English professor has been actively studying the Indian Ocean region, home to nearly half the world’s population. This region has acted as a connective tissue globally through the movement of goods, peoples, religious beliefs, and intellectual ideas. The three chairs have collaborated over almost a decade, blending their specialties together for alternative perspectives on the region. This collaboration has been facilitated by the Indian Ocean Working Group founded at GU-Q in 2014. This collaboration has produced dozens of research products and most recently led to a new academic journal, Monsoon: Journal of the Indian Ocean Rim, with the team collaborating on editorial duties. The team has collaborated on teaching through the Global Classroom and Global Humanities Seminars. The team will extend their collaboration to a new set of students, Indian Ocean Fellows, creating new collaborations between students in DC and Doha, through co-taught seminars. In a real sense, this team will create a interdisciplinary laboratory on the Indian Ocean region.