Legacies of Trade and Empire- Session 1

Trade and empire building over several centuries created contact zones for encounters across the oceans changing the landscapes of territories. Historical conditions created diasporic communities that continue to confront challenges as they rebuild their lives. How have the legacies of trade and empire shaped the lives of contemporary diasporic communities? Despite silencing mechanisms, muted voices emerge from the margins. Encounters affected the epistemologies of colonisers themselves, whereas narratives of the colonized reveal subaltern sensibilities. This conference explores the crossing of geographic and cultural boundaries in postcolonial spaces and considers narratives and experiences that draw upon concepts such as epistemology, identity, hybridity, creolisation, silence, resilience and the carnivalesque.

Session 1

Chair: Beheroze Shroff (University of California, Irvine, USA)

Food practices under slavery and indenture: Indonesian culinary influences in Sri Lanka, South Africa, and Suriname
Dr Tom Hoogervorst (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Netherlands)

Indigenisation of Leonard Woolf’s The Village in the Jungle – Reflections on Ceylon (Sri Lanka)
Dr Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Not by the Cross Alone: Understanding the Role of Asia’s First Printing Press
Dr Frederick Noronha (Independent Researcher, Goa, India)

Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Dr Tom Hoogervorst , Dr Shihan de Silva and Dr Frederick Noronha
Event date: 
Wednesday, 21 April 2021 - 2:00pm