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Kerry R. Ward
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of History
 
e-mail:kward@rice.edu
 
  • B.A. (1984) Adelaide University
  • B.A. Honours (1985) University of Cape Town
  • M.A. (1992) University of Cape Town
  • PhD. (2002) University of Michigan
 
Primary Department
   Department of History
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Asian Studies
  • Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Humanities Research Center
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    Websites
     Rice African Studies
     
    Research Areas
     South African, Southeast Asian, Indian Ocean, World/Global history
     

    Suppressing Slavery at Sea: International Cooperation in Ending the Maritime Slave Trade

     

    The suppression of the maritime slave trade began well before formal emancipation in the British empire in 1834. Abolition was also a gradual process in other sovereign states and empires during the nineteenth century. In the interim, bi-lateral treaties signed with Britain sought to suppress the maritime slave trade by allowing for mutual search and seizure of ships at sea. My research will explore these international agreements and how they relate to contemporary international initiatives against human trafficking.

     

    Slavery and Human Trafficking: The Past in the Present

     

    The twenty-first century has witnessed a global expansion of slavery and the slave trade. Long considered a relic of the past that had been dismantled during the emancipation period of the nineteenth century, coerced labor is spreading as part of the informal labor sector not only in economically depressed countries, but also in emerging industrialized economies and the most advanced industrialized and democratic societies. Recent scholarship has emphasized the protean nature of slavery up through the nineteenth century, as well as the new forms of bound labor that emerged in the twentieth. Processes of modern globalization have exacerbated this modern form of slavery and the attendant slave trading that is now most commonly referred to as human trafficking.

     

    Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company

     

    The Dutch East India Company was the first multi-national company of the moder era, in business from 1602-1799. "Imperial Networks" grapples with the nature of empire in terms of the integration and disintegration of networks. It examines the way empires are peopled in terms of free and forced migration. This case study elaborates on a new approach to the concept of diaspora to demonstrate that all empires have specific and unique networks of migration through which imperial rulers and subjects are constituted, and through which people collaborate and resist control over their bodies and their fates.

     
    Teaching Areas
     South Africa, Southeast Asia, World, Indian Ocean, Comparative Slavery
     
    Selected Publications
     Refereed articles
     

    Kerry Ward "Patrimonialism, Imperialism, and Colonialism at the Cape of Good Hope under Dutch East India Company Rule c1652-1795." Political Power and Social Theory, 28 (2015) : 94-115.

     
     

    Kerry Ward "Blood Ties: Exile, family and inheritance across the Indian Ocean in the early nineteenth century' Journal of Social History 45,2, Winter 2011: 436-454.

     
     

    Kerry Ward "Monitoring Death at the Cape of Good Hope." South African Historical Journal, January (2008) In Press

     
     

    Kerry Ward "'The "300 Years: The Making of Cape Muslim Culture" exhibition, Cape Town, April 1994: Liberating the Castle?'." Social Dynamics, 27, 1 (1995)

     
     

    Kerry Ward "'The Road to Mamre: Migration and community in countryside and city in the early twentieth century Western Cape'." South African Historical Journal, 27 (1992)

     
     Articles
     

    Kerry Ward, "Author's Repsonse" to Rountable Reviews of Kerry Ward, Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company, International Journal of Maritime History, XX1, No. 1, June 2009.

     
     

    Kerry Ward "'Exploring the History of Mamre'." Cabo, August (1990)

     
     Books
     

    Kerry Ward, Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company (New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012) paperback edition

     
     

    Kerry Ward "Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company, Cambridge University Press." Studies in Comparative World History (2009)

     
     Editor of books
     

    Ross E. Dunn, Laura J. Mitchell, Kerry Ward "The New World History: A Field Guide for Teachers and Researchers." 

     
     Book chapters
     

    ‘1745: Ebbs and Flows in the Indian Ocean’ in Helen Siu and Eric Tagliacozzo, Helen Siu, Peter Perdue eds., Asia Inside Out: Changing Times. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press 2014.

     
     

    'Africa in the World: From national histories to global connections' in Kenneth Curtis and Jerry Bentley eds., Architects of World History: Researching the Global Past. Hoboken NJ: Wiley Blackwell, 2014.

     
     

    ‘Southeast Asian migrants’ in Nigel Worden ed., Cape Town between East and West: Social Identities in a Dutch colonial town, Auckland Park, South Africa: Jacana Media, 2011: 84-100. 2nd edition. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2013.

     
     

    Kerry Ward, 'People in Motion' in Douglas Northrop ed., A Companion to World History (Hoboken NJ: Wiley Blackwell Publishers, 2012) 339-251.

     
     

    "Slavery in Southeast Asia 1420-1804" in The Cambridge World History of Slavery, Volume 3. eds., David Eltis and Stanley Engerman (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011).

     
     

     

    ‘The Politics of Burial in Post-Apartheid South Africa’ in Chandra D. Bhimull, David William Cohen and Fernando Coronil et al eds., Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge and the Question of Discipline, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011: 191-207.


     

     
     

     

    ‘The Politics of Burial in Post-Apartheid South Africa’ in Chandra D. Bhimull, David William Cohen and Fernando Coronil et al eds., Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge and the Question of Discipline, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011: 191-207.


     

     
     

     

    ‘The Politics of Burial in Post-Apartheid South Africa’ in Chandra D. Bhimull, David William Cohen and Fernando Coronil et al eds., Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge and the Question of Discipline, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2011: 191-207.


     

     
     

    ‘Bandieten and Bannelingen’ in Robert C-H Shell ed., From Diaspora to Diorama: Inside the Slave Lodge. Cape Town: Ancestory24.co.za, 2007: 2118-2166.

     
     

    ‘Knocking on Death’s Door: Mapping the spectrums of bondage and status through marking the dead at the Cape’ in Nigel Worden ed., Contingent lives: social identity and material culture in the VOC world. Rondebosch: University of Cape Town Press, 2007: 391-413.

     

     
     

    Kerry Ward, 'Tavern of the Seas? The Cape of Good Hope as an oceanic crossroads during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries' in Jerry Bentley, Karen Wigen and Renate Bridenthal eds., Seascapes: Maritime Histories, Littoral Cultures and Transoceanic Exchanges. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2007: 137-152.

     
     

    ‘Defining and defiling the criminal body at the Cape of Good Hope: Punishing the crime of suicide under Dutch East India Company rule c1652-1795’ in Steven Pierce and Anupama Rao eds., Discipline and the Other Body: Correction, Corporeality, Colonialism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2006: 36-60.

     

     
     

    Kerry Ward "'Captive Audiences: Remembering and forgetting the history of slavery in Cape Town, South Africa' in P Alhuwalia and P Nursey-Bray eds., Post Colonialism: Post-colonial identity in Africa."  (1997)

     
     

    Kerry Ward "'From Mamre to Moriavian Hill: migration and community in the early twentieth century Western Cape' in H Bredekamp and R Ross eds., Missions and Christianity in South African History."  (1995)

     
     

    Kerry Ward "'The making of Mamre: community, identity and migration in a Western Cape village c1838-1938' in N Worden and C Crais eds., Breaking the Chains: Slavery and Emancipation in South Africa."  (1994)

     
     

    Kerry Ward and Nigel Worden "'Commemorating, Suppressing and Invoking Cape Slavery' in S Nuttell and C Coetzee eds.,Negotiating the Past: The Making of Memory in South Africa."  (1998.)

     
     Book reviews
     

    Ward, K. (2016) ‘- Tieken Herman . Between Colombo and the Cape: Letters in Tamil, Dutch and Sinhala Sent to Nicolaas Ondaatje from Ceylon, Exile at the Cape of Good Hope (1728-1737). Delhi: Manohar, 2015. 322 pp. ISBN 9789350980675. $68.44.’, Itinerario, 40(3), pp. 569–571. doi: 10.1017/S0165115316000863.

     
     

    Edward A. Alpers, Gwyn Campbell and Michael Salman eds., “Resisting Bondage in Indian Ocean Africa and Asia,” Routledge, 2007. in Journal of Global History 6, 1, 2011.

     
     

    Review of "Cultures of Confinement: A History of the Prison in Africa, Asia and Latin America," eds., Frank Dikotter and Ian Brown (Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 2007) in Social History, 35, 2, 2010.

     
     

    Review of "Slavery, Emancipation and Colonial Rule in Southern Africa" by Wayne Dooling. (Scottsville, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2007) Journal of Southern African Studies, 36, 1, 2010.

     
     

    Kerry Ward "Norman Etherington ed., Mapping Colonial Conquest: Australia and Southern Africa." Transformation (May 2008)

     
     

    Kerry Ward "Kirsten McKenzie, Scandal in the Colonies: Sydney and Cape Town, 1820-1850." H-Net Book Review (March 2007)

     
     

    Kerry Ward "Pamela Scully and Diana Paton eds., Gender and Slave Emancipation in the Atlantic World." International Journal of African Historical Studies, 40, 1 (2007)

     
     

    Kerry Ward "Russel Viljoen, Jan Paerl, a Khoikhoi in Cape Colonial Society, 1761-1851.." H-Net Book Review (May 2007)

     
     

    G J Schutte "Hendrik Cloete, Groot Constantia and the VOC 1778-1799." Itinerario, XXIX, 1 (2005)

     
     

    Kerry Ward "Review of John Edwin Mason, Social Death and Resurrection: Slavery and Emancipation in South Africa." International Journal of African Historical Studies

     
     

    Kerry Ward "Review of Pippa Skotnes ed., 'Miscast: Negotiating the Presence of the Bushmen." African Studies Quartley, 3, 2 (8/1999)

     
     Other
     

    Kerry Ward "Batavia." Convict Voyages: A global history of convicts and penal colonies

     
     

    Kerry Ward and Nigel Worden "Indonesia, The Philippines, Southeast Asian slavery, Southeast Asian slave trade in P Finkelman and J Miller eds., Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery."  (1998)

     
     

    "British Colonial Africa and South Africa sections in R Scott, T Holt, F Cooper and A McGuiness eds., 'Societies After Slavery: A select and annotated bibliography...."  (2001)

     
    Creative Works
      Exhibitions - Group - 300 Years: The Making of Cape Muslim Culture
     Exhibition at the Castle of Good Hope, William Fehr Collection, Cape Town (April 1994)
     
    Presentations
     Conference Committee Member
     

    "Social Science History Association." (November 2009)

     
     Conference Paper
     

    "‘Indian Ocean Upheavals: Impacts and limitations of the global on the local at the Cape of Good Hope from the mid-18th to mid-19Cs’ paper and panel at the World History Association Annual Meeting Savannah." (30 June-3 July 2015)

     
     

    "‘Translating “Lost Girls” in Houston: Anti-trafficking Organizations and Research Agendas’ Plenary Roundtable, 2015 Historians Against Slavery Conference, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati.." (24-25 September 2015)

     
     Invited Papers
     

    "‘Protecting Labor, Protecting Laborers: Official Offices of “Protection” at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, in the Emancipation Era’ paper presented at the Protection and Empire Workshop, Harvard University.." (2 April )

     
     

    "1745: Ebbs and Flows in the Indian Ocean", paper presented at the Asia Inside Out conference, Institute for Humanitites, University of Hong Kong, 21-22 December 2010.

     
     

    "Asian Experiences of Exile at the Cape." (17 December 2009)

     
     

    invited paper presentation.  "Patrimonial Politics and Imperial Networks at the Cape of Good Hope under the Dutch East India Company, c1652-1795." Lineages of Patrimonial Politics: Then and Now, Yale University, New Haven. (9-10 May 2008)

     
     

    "'Tavern of the Seas?': The Cape of Good Hope as an oceanic crossroads during hte seventeenth and eighteenth centuries." American Historical Assocation, Library of Congress, Washington DC. (13-15 February 2003)

     
     

    "An Imperial Diaspora - The Cape of Good Hope during the Dutch East India Company period." History Department and the Institute for Historical Research, University of the Western Cape. (14 October 2003)

     
     

    "Networks of Empire: Forced migration from Batavia to the Cape of Good Hope under the Dutch East India Company 1652-1795." Southeast Asia Program, Brown Bag Lecture Series, Cornell University. (15 March 2001)

     
     

    "Rethinking Indian Ocean diasporas and South African history." Historical Studies Department, University of Cape Town. (25 July 2002)

     
     

    "Tavern of the Seas? The Cape of Good Hope as an oceanic crossroads during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries." Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town. (10 October 2003)

     
     

    "The legal context of the Cape of Good Hope in the VOC Empire." European History Colloquium, Cornell University. (24 April 2003)

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "Undercurrents: British Perceptions of Human Smuggling and Slaving in the Western and Eastern Indian Oceans in the mid-Nineteenth Century, University Lecture & CSEAS Friday Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison.." (26 February 2016)

     
     

    " ‘Comparing Abolition in the Indian Ocean’ History Forum, History Department, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu.." (2 October 2015)

     
     

    "Transnational imperial networks in the Indian Ocean" UCLA African Studies Center

     
     

    'Scholars and Activists Roundtable on Contemporary Slavery and Human Trafficking' Annual Conference, Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Yale University, 8-10 November 2012.

     
     

    'Transitional Networks of Empire: From Slave Trading to Anti-Slave Trading at the Cape of Good Hope in the Early Nineteenth Century', Global History Seminar, History Department, Northeastern University, 29 November 2012.

     
     

    "Africa in World History", World History Initiative, International Institute, University of Michigan, 13 December 2010.

     
     

    "Networks of Empire: The Dutch East India Company as an Imperial Diaspora" Center for Historical Research, Ohio State University, 16 April 2010.

     
     

    "Becoming a World Historian." (6 November 2009)

     
     

    "Graduate Programs in World History: Recent Trends and Potentials." (19 November 2009)

     
     

    Lecturer.  "Disciplining Empire: Soldiers, sailors, servants and slaves in the Dutch East India company's colony at the Caape of Good Hope, c1642-1795." Atlantic World Workshop, New York Univ.. (April 2004)

     
     Keynote Speaker
     

    "‘Maritime Bondage: From Anti-Slave Trading to Anti-Human Trafficking’ Keynote Address, “Asia Unmapped” The Fourth Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madiso.." (27 February 2016)

     
     

    "Comparing Abolition Across the Indian Ocean  ‘Abolition and the Idea of Slavery in Global Perspective, 1750-1950’ Second Cosmopolis Conference. Leiden U and the U of the Orange Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa.." (18-19 June 2015)

     
     

    'Panic, Disease and Empire in South Africa from the 18th to the 20th Centuries' in Panic, Disease, and Empire conference, Center for the Humanities and Medicine, University of Hong Kong, 10-11 December 2011.

     
     Lectures
     

    "‘Ground Zero: Anti-Human Trafficking in Houston,’ seminar presented at the Glasscock School of Continuing Education, Rice University.." (3 November 2015.)

     
     

    Paper presenter.  "Disciplining Empire: Soldiers, sailors, servants and slaves in the Dutch East India company's colony at the Cape of Good Hope, c1652-1795." Discipline of History Seminar, Univ. of Adelaide, South Australia. (November 2004)

     
     

    Paper presenter.  "Linking Research and Teaching on Forced Migration in World History." World History: The Next Ten Years, Northeastern Univ. World History Center, Boston, MA. (March 2004)

     
     

    Paper presentation.  "Muslim Exiles at the Cape as part of an early modern Islamic diaspora in the Indian Ocean." African Studies Association 47th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. (November 2004)

     
     Other
     

    Conference Organizer: "Conceiving African Identities: A Workshop Honoring E.S. Atieno Odhiambo" Co-sponsored by the African Studies Workshop, Humanities Research Center, Rice Univesity, and the Houston Area African Studies Group. Rice University, 4 June 2010.

     
     

    Paper presentation.  "Pulo Kap: Imagining the Cape of Good Hope in Javanese literary traditions." Northeastern Workshop on Southern Africa, Burlington, VT. (April)

     
     

    Paper presentation.  "Rethinking Indian Ocean diasporas and South African history." History Dept. Research Seminar, Univ. of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa. (July)

     
     

    Paper presentation.  "Technologies and Protocols of Sovereignty in the Dutch East India Company Era." African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. (December)

     
     

    "'Empire and Exile in the Indian Ocean: The Cape of Good Hope as a Penal Colony under the Dutch East India Company (VOC)'." Cultural Encounters in the Indian-Pacific Region, 1200-1800, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. (10-13 July 2001)

     
     

    "'Sheikh Yusuf: Scholar, Sufi, Saint, Soldier - and Subaltern?' ." "Metamorphoses - People, Places, Times" ANZAMEMS Conference 2001., University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. (5-8 July 2001)

     
     Panelist
     

    'Indian Ocean history as world history' California World History Association Annual Conference, University of Portland, 12-13 October 2012.

     
     

    'People in Motion' Roundtable on World History, World History Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 28-31 June 2012.

     
     

    conference paper presentation.  "Cape Town as a Global City." World History Association Annual Conference, Queen Mary's College, London. (26-29 June 2008)

     
     

    conference paper presentation.  "Communication from South Africa across the Indian Ocean before 1800." Anglo-American Conference, University of London. (2-4 July 2008)

     
     

    "Imperial Networks: Free and Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company." World History Association 14th Annual Conference, Ifrane, Morocco. (27-29 June 2005)

     
     

    "Imperial Discipline: Defining and defiling the criminal body in the Dutch Cape." History Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. (18-20 April 2003)

     
     

    "Technologies and Protocols of Sovereignty in the Dutch East India Company era." African Studies Association Conference, Washington DC. (5-8 December 2002)

     
     

    "Unfree Labour in the Indian Ocean." Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town. (16-20 August 2003)

     
     

    "Moderator, Shifting Terrains: Translations and Identity Formations in an Era of Transnationality." Dept. of English Graduate Student Symposium, Rice Univ.. (February)

     
     Seminar Speaker
     

    "Blood Ties: Exile, family and inheritance across the Indian Ocean in the early nineteenth century" Center for Southeast Asian Studies, International Institute, University of Michigan, 5 November 2010.

     
     

    "Networks of Empire: Forced Migration in the Dutch East India Company" Scientia Colloquium, Rice University, 16 March 2010.

     
     

    "Conceptualizing Regions in Africa thorugh World History." (29 May 2009)

     
     Session Chair
     

    "World History Roundtable, Social Science History Association Conference." (November 2009)

     
    Editorial Positions
     Editor, Journal of World History. University of Hawaii Press. (2016 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Global Slavery. Brill. (2014 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, History Compass. Wiley-Blackwell. (2009 - 2009)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Indian Ocean Studies Series. Ohio University Press. (2013 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, Slavery Since Emancipation Series. Cambridge University Press. (2013 - 2016)

     Member of the Editorial Board, South African Historical Journal. Routledge/ UNISA Press. (2010 - 2016)

    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Muneeza Aumir, BA Honors The Search for a Solution: British Asylum Policy Debates at the turn of the 1990s. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Muneeza Aumir, B A Honors The Search for a Solution: British Asylum Policy Debates at the turn of the 1990s. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Muneeza Aumir, Honors The Search for a Solution: British Asylum Policy Debates at the turn of the 90s. (2003) (Thesis Director)

     Amna Kalique, Honors Peoples of African Descent in Pakistan: Sheedis and their Role in Sindhi History. (2007) (Thesis Co-Director)

    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Local Arrangements Committee Member for the 44th Annual Meeting, African Studies Association (15-18 November 2001)

     Conference Co-organizer and Panel Commentator: Reimagining South Africa and the Political Imagination of South Africans, Africa Workshop, University of Michigan (13 January 2001.)

     Contributor: Museum Exhibition on the World of Islam, Milwaukee Public Museum (November/December 2001)

    Positions Held
     Executive Committee Member, World History Association. (2010 - 2010)

     Secretary, World History Association. (2010 - 2010)

     Secretary, World History Association. (2012 - 2012)

     Executive Council Member, World History Association. (2010 - 2010)

     Executive Council Member, World History Association. (2007 - 2007)

     Visiting Lecturer, Department of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town. (2003 - 2003)