Centre for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies 


SAIOS is an interdisciplinary research centre established to study the shared culture of countries surrounding the Indian Ocean, that for centuries past have been linked together by the monsoon winds. A particular focus will be on the history, society and economy of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka)

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Management Committee and Sunway Members

The team that drives the Centre for SAIOS

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International and Local Associates

Associates from renowned universities internationally and in Malaysia

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Selected Publications

Publications on various topics and titles about South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies

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Projects undertaken at Sunway University or in collaboration with partners

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Indian Overseas Migrants in the Colonial Era

Exploring the origins and contributions of 19th-century Indian labourers

Indians migrated overseas in large numbers from the 1830s onwards following the abolition of slavery in the British empire in 1834 and in the French empire a decade later. They first left home to work in sugar plantations in the British colonies in the Caribbean and southern Indian Ocean, as well as in South Africa and Fiji, and in the French colonies of Reunion, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.

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