black indian ocean series


The Black Indian Ocean Series, a reading and film series that visualizes the histories and futures of African descent communities in the Indian Ocean region through curated film screenings and generative pedagogy.


The inaugural event of The Black Indian Ocean series features a screening of Beheroze Shroff’s compilation documentary, Voices of the Sidis, Indians of African Descent (2004- 2012), which features the Sidi community of Gujarat and examines the intangible cultural heritage of African descent communities.

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Friday, March 19th, 2021, 7pm – 8:30pm EST Film Screening: Voices of the Sidis, Indians of African Descent (2004 - 2012) by Beheroze Shroff. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Beheroze Shroff and Jazmin Graves, Moderated by Hiba Ali. 


Pedagogical readings assigned (download here):  • Highly recommended: Shroff, Beheroze, Indians of African Descent, History and Contemporary Experience, 2009 • Recommended: Alpers, Edward A., Africa and Africans in the Making of Early Modern India, 2016  

The Black Indian Ocean Series is funded by SAVAC and the Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities.