History, Sport and Nation
Dr. Oonk is project leader of a new (2016) interdisciplinary research project on History, Sport and Nation, which is titled 'Sport and National Identity: Changing Citizenship and the Global Battle for Talent'. The central research question in this project is: How and why did the number of migrant athletes change over time and how did this shape the debate on the ‘nation’ in the state and citizenship? We will focus on nationality transfers of talented athletes in football and the Olympics. The project solidifies interdisciplinary collaboration between three departments: the Department of History and the Department of Media and Communication as well as the Department of Sociology contribute to this new and innovative project.
History of the Hindu Lohana community
Dr. Oonk is also writing a monography on the ‘globalisation’ of the Hindu Lohana. The history of this community will be described from its origins in current Afghanistan. Their migration and ties with Gujarat (India) will be portrayed in the context of the emergence of a global Lohana community in the twentieth century. Proposed outcome: a monography in 2020.
South Asians in Diaspora
This project, funded by the Dutch Foundation of Tropical research (NWO/WOTRO), resulted in a monograph: Settled Strangers: Asian Business Elites in East Africa 1800-2000 (Sage Publication 2013).
Oonk also edited the book Global Indian Diasporas: Exploring Trajectories of Migration and Theory (Amsterdam University Press, 2007). In this volume the contributors critically review the concept of diaspora. This volume is available as an open access publication.