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Gauvin Alexander Bailey
Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6 Canada)
Architecture and Urbanism in the French Empire in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, 1643-1830

Research leading to publication of a book and open access website about French colonial architecture and urbanism in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from 1643 to 1830.

This project will be the first comprehensive study of the architecture and urbanism of the early Modern French Empire in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, from the first foundation in Madagascar in 1643 to the end of the Bourbon Restoration in 1830. By examining and comparing French architecture and urbanism in India, Madagascar, and the Mascarene Islands, and the French missionary and commercial centres in modern Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, this project (1) will challenge the common misconception that early Modern French architecture in the Indian and Pacific Ocean region was simply equivalent to that of other European powers in Asia; (2) demonstrate that French architectural activities in the oceanic Eastern and Western hemispheres were closely interrelated, even if different in many ways; and (3) show how early Modern French colonial architecture anticipated aspects of the built environment of France’s Modern empire.

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Project fields:
Architecture; Art History and Criticism; East Asian History


Research Programs

$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 6/30/2019