Legacies of Trade and Empire- Session 2

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 2

Chair: Dr Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Portuguese presence in India and Siddis of Karnataka
Beheroze Shroff (University of California, Irvine, USA)

Speaking from Silence. The Afro-Canadian writer M. Nourbese Philip’s Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence
Dr Xin Li (University of Bayereuth, Germany)

Sega, Moutya, and Maloya: Music of the Slaves in the Indian Ocean Creole Islands. A Perspective from the Seychelles
Dr Marie-Christine Parent (Independent Researcher, Montreal, Canada)

Institute of Commonwealth Studies
Beheroze Shroff, Dr Xin Li and Dr Marie-Christine Parent
Event date: 
Wednesday, 21 April 2021 - 2:00pm