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Research Collaborators

Research Collaborators


Richard B. Allen, Professor, Framingham State University
Slave trade, Slavery and Indentured labour

Preben Kaarsholm, Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark
Global and International Development Studies, Diasporic resourcefulness: Comparing memorialisation among descendants of Makua-speaking slaves in the Western Indian Ocean, C18 and early C19 Danish trade between Mauritius and Tranquebar/Serampore, Makua Diaspora in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean


Edward A. Alpers, Research Professor, University of California, Los Angeles


Nigel Worden, King George V Professor of History at the University of Cape Town


George Henry Okello Abungu, Associate Professor
Cambridge-trained archaeologist and Emeritus Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya


Thomas Vernet, Associate Professor, Univ. Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne/IMAF
Slave trade database, Inventory of slavery and slave trade
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Christopher L. Ballengee, Associate Professor of Music, Anne Arundel Community College, USA


Francoise Summers, Architect
Moulin a Poudre Cultural Landscape Project

Françoise left her native Mauritius to study architecture at the University of Manchester, England. She worked on a development project in Egypt where she widened her interests in traditional architecture and appropriate technology. In 1984 she moved to Turkey and between 1992 and 2014 taught in the Department of Architecture at the Middle East Technical University with a focus on environmental design and sustainability. From 1993 to 2012, pioneering new approaches for the study of large urban sites, Françoise and her husband Geoffrey have together dedicated much of their time to all aspects of the Kerkenes Project which has now reached a final publication phase. In 2002 Françoise initiated the Kerkenes Eco-Centre Project bringing together issues concerning archaeology and community to further sustainable rural development by promoting energy efficiency, water management and appropriate building materials. Since 2002 Francoise and Geoffrey have been project leaders for several programs of research and the documentation of cultural heritage. Based now in Mauritius, Francoise is a team member of the Powder Mills survey and excavation.


Geoffrey D. Summers, Professor, Independent Archaeologist
Moulin a Poudre Cultural Landscape Project, Plantation Archaeology, Fortifications, Landscape Archaeology

Geoffrey obtained his BA and PhD from Manchester University, UK. He has taken part in fieldwork in the UK, Africa and many parts of the Ancient Near East. While Assistant Director at the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara for almost a decade he was field director of the rescue excavations at Tille Höyük on the Euphrates and published a monograph on the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age levels. In August 1993, Geoffrey inaugurated the Kerkenes Project which he directed for the next 20 years. In 2002 he was awarded an Associate Rolex Award for Enterprise and in 2009 a MBE for services to British Archaeology in Turkey. Coincidentally in 1993 he joined faculty at METU (Middle East Technical University) at Ankara where he stayed until taking up a Senior Research Fellowship at Koç University's Research Center for Anatolian Civilisations (RCAC) for 2012-13. This last position permitted completion of two volumes on the remote sensing survey and excavations at Kerkenes. His publications cover not only the archaeology of the Ancient Near East but include also post-medieval archaeology and heritage in Mauritius. Since 2002 Geoffrey has conducted research in Mauritius, where he has been based since retirement, and is involved in several heritage projects, one of which is survey and excavations at Powder Mills.


Manorama Akung, PhD, University of Mauritius


Priya Bahadoor, PhD, University of Mauritius
Indian Ocean Studies


Chaplain TOTO, PhD, Directeur, Institut du Tourisme des Patrimoines et des Territoires (ITPT), Centre d'Etudes et Recherches Ethnologiques et Linguistiques (CEREL), Université de Toamasina


Nancy Rushohora, PhD, University of Dar es Salaam, University of Exeter honorary research fellow, and a postdoctoral fellow of the Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.


Benigna Zimba, PhD, Eduardo Mondlane University
‘Origins’ Project (Mozambique)


Anwar Janoo, PhD, AGTF
Palaeontologist, Moulin a Poudre Cultural Landscape Project, Extinct Flora & Fauna


Peter A. Nicholls, PhD
Seychelles Slavery and Slave Trade Database

Klara Boyer-Rossol, PhD
Mozambican diaspora, Origins Project, Makua Diaspora in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean


Pedro Manuel Pombo, Assistant Professor,University of Goa
Connections between Portuguese Indian Ocean territories and Mauritius, Contemporary African heritages in Mauritius, Inventory of Portuguese materials


Carien Minakshi, PhD
Carte d’identité des indo-descendantes


Rafaël Thiébaut, PhD
European Slave trade Madagascar 17th -18th centuries
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Vina Ballgobin, University of Mauritius
Musical Heritage of Indian Ocean Islands

Jayshree Mungur-Medhi, Independent Archaeologist
Moulin a Poudre Cultural Landscape Project
Heritage Management, Plantation Archaeology, Ceramic Analysis, Intangible Heritage


Stephan Karghoo, NMCAC
Liberated Africans, Family History

Satyendra Peerthum, Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund,
Indentured Immigration Database, Liberated Africans

Satyendra Peerthum is Historian at the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund (AGTF) which manages the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site. He holds a B.A Hons (1st class) in History from the University of Cape Town, an M.A with distinction in History from the University of Mauritius. His areas of interest include the history and heritage of indentured labour, slavery, Liberated Africans, the history of Port Louis and labour movements. He has been a part-time lecturer in History at the University of Mauritius since 2002. In 2011 and 2014, he coordinated 2 international indentured labour conferences. He has worked as a research consultant for the Truth and Justice Commission, the Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture and the National Heritage Fund of Fund. He has published several books and pamphlets: namely From Captivity to Freedom (on the Liberated Africans of the Aapravasi Ghat) andForbidden Freedom (on the vagrants of the Vagrant Depot).His latest publications include ‘The Struggle of the Descendants of the Indentured Labourers in Early Modern Mauritius, 1921-1945’


Boodhoo Raj, Independent Researcher
Politics, Indians and Health, Epidemics


Maurina Soodin Runghen, AGTF
Inventorying Materials on Slavery and Indenture, Mapping Slave and Indentured Populations, Pamplemousses Heritage Trail


Jean Yves Le Lan, Retired engineer
French East India Company

Jean-Yves Le Lan est un ancien ingénieur en construction navale qui s’implique dans les recherches sur la Compagnie des Indes française. Il a publié aussi de nombreux ouvrages sur Lorient et le Morbihan aux éditions Sutton. Il a été associé au CRSI depuis 2010 et a participé au Slave Trade Database. Président du Groupement des associations d’histoire locale du Pays de Lorient et du Comité d’histoire du Pays de Plœmeur.
Address: 2 rue des Ajoncs 56270 Plœmeur France – e-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tél. 02 97 86 0 5 18


Munish Pandit, Conservation architect, Sanrakshan
Conservation architecture in Mauritius, Heritage Management


Urvanee Dookhorun, Independent researcher
Indenture in the 1880s, Immigration database

Joel Edouard, Independent researcher
Rodriguan Slavery, Dutch Slavery

Anne Lise Levasseur Elizabeth, Independent researcher
Maritime Maroonage

Pooja Ramchurn-Jokoo, Independent researcher
Tribal Indian Immigration, Indentured Immigration Database

Hoolash Cheshta, Independent researcher

Collet Marie Christelle, Independent researcher


Doorga Ujodha, University of Mauritius Press



Collaborating institutions


Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund (AGTF)
The Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund is a parastatal organization under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Culture. Ever since 2002, AGTF has undertaken a multi-disciplinary approach in the study and conservation of the Aapravasi Ghat, other indenture sites such as the Vagrant Depot, Trianon, and Flat Island and the establishment of a state-of-the-art interpretation centre. AGTF has also studied the experience and lives of the Indian and non-Indian indentured workers, vagrancy, the descendants of indentured workers, and indentured labour in regional and global perspectives. Over the past 14 years, AGTF has launched around 20 publications and booklets, 14 editions of its newsletters, 2 international conferences on indentured labour, and has successfully managed dozens of projects dealing with the history and tangible and intangible heritage of indentured labour and of the indentured workers.

The Institut des Mondes Africains (IMAF) is an interdisciplinary joint research unit (Unité Mixte de Recherche or UMR) which research focuses on the whole African continent, within the fields of history, anthropology, political science and archaeology. It is under the authority of six institutions: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Aix-Marseille Université, CNRS, IRD, EHESS and EPHE. From the number of its researchers and Ph.D. students, IMAF is one of the largest institutes in the field of African Studies in Europe.

SLAFNET/IRD/University of Nice

Nelson Mandela Centre for African Culture (NMCAC)