Hubs and Spokes: Connectivity in the western Indian Ocean
The networks that link the different sites across the Indian Ocean – ports, islands, people – are constructed of overlapping, intersecting and interconnected hubs and spokes that weave a web of relationships across the region. These relationships may be based on religious affiliation, economic interests or kin links. The Hubs and Spokes project explores Comorian networks as the product of relationships of various kinds that link these nodes: the Comoros themselves, Zanzibar, Mozambique, Kenya and Madagascar, as well as places further afield. Through collecting life histories, personal narratives and drawing on archival sources, this project will explore the history and the contemporary manifestations of the various nodes and networks that bind Comorians together.