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Indian Ocean – Transformation of a Seascape

Dr. Katrin Bromber

The project investigates the transformations that re-shaped the maritime influenced social and cultural landscape (seascape) of the western Indian Ocean between the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 and the end of the Second World War. Following up on the project "Indian Ocean – Space on the Move", the focus is now on the flow of people, goods and information that experienced fundamental change during the period under review. The project seeks to identify different socio-economic transformations and to reconstruct overlapping temporal layers and chronologies, thereby considering the various entrepreneurs. In this respect, it also studies the spatial re-organization of the Indian Ocean seascape and its constituent elements.

Travelling through the War. Discursive Strategies for Encouraging Transoceanic Mobility in the Swahili Military Press of the King’s African Rifles in World War II

Dr. Katrin Bromber

The incorporation of the King’s African Rifles (KAR) in Britain’s military strategies led to an increased mobility of East African combat units within the Indian Ocean region during World War II. The necessary changes in Britain’s colonial and information policies, which were introduced and implemented from 1940 onwards, form the background for the central question of the project: what discursive strategies were applied in the Swahili military press to address KAR soldiers as mobile units of combat and to legitimize their out-of-area employment. Applying Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), the project sets up a typology of strategic topoi and their linguistic realization. Newspaper reports criticizing out-of-area employment will be analysed with regard to the existence of a selected or channelled debate on KAR mobility, e.g., by the selection of letters to the editor. Moreover, the project studies the institutional history of the KAR Swahili military newspapers.