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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The historical and cultural importance of the international pearling industry is the focus of a new study ARC-funded Discovery Project at Murdoch University. The project will provide the first major comparative history of pearling in the Indian Ocean World (IOW). Investigators will follow the trajectory of pearls and/or mother-of-pearl, looking at production, trade and exchange, consumption, and the associated cultural dimensions of pearling. “By using pearling as an approach to illustrate larger-scale processes of social and economic change, this project will provide new insights on the economic and cultural unity of the IOW and new understandings of the impact of European imperialism,” said lead researcher Professor James Warren. The research will contribute to a number of planned Western Australian Museum exhibitions and displays and also be developed into a major documentary film by Academy Award nominated director Dr Martin Mhando.

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