I am a medieval historian of South Asia and the Indian Ocean world and committed to the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of medieval history. Originally trained in Art History, I now spend a lot of my time reading, and talking to, anthropologists, archaeologists, and textual scholars and my work engages equally with texts and ‘things,’ and with texts as material ‘things.’ I have published widely on varied aspects of the circulation of artefacts, animals, people, and ideas around the Indian Ocean area. Current research interests include: the material worlds of the ‘India Book’ (a sub-corpus of the documentary Genizah), food cultures and dietetics, emic perspectives on materiality, and equine cultures – always explored in the context of South Asia and the Indian Ocean world.
I am Professor of Material Histories at De Montfort University in Leicester (UK) where I teach specialist modules on the Indian Ocean in addition to more general courses in design history.
This website works in tandem with the formal university staff webpages and other sites that are now the mainstay of academic careers, it is a place to present my published work in a less formal manner, to circulate information about events and recent publications in this exciting and lively field, and to post ongoing research.
Dr. Elizabeth Lambourn, F.R.Hist.S. F.R.A.I.
Professor of Material Histories / Deputy Director Institute of Art and Design
Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities,
De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester LE1 9BH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)116 257 7440