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Migration and Global African Diasporas

November 3, 2015 @ 5:15 PM - 7:45 PM

| Free

Chair: Annabel Jackson (School of Oriental & African Studies)


5.15 pm Indian Ocean Memories and African Migrants

Dr Shihan de Silva (Institute of Commonwealth Studies)

Presentation and Film which explores the cultural memories of the largest Afro-Sri

Lankan community. Dances and songs (in creolised Portuguese, the language of trade

and commerce for 350 years on the island), connect the Afro-Sri Lankans to Africa, now

no longer an imagined homeland.  Africans were prominent in the Indian Ocean World

in various spheres but now the majority of Afro-Asians are pushed to the margins

Performing tradition enables Afro-Sri Lankans to carve out a niche in the

cultural arena of their hostland.   Fading memories of slavery and the slave trade can

still be heard in the narratives of their oral histories.


6.30 pm Migration and Diaspora in Precolonial West African History

Dr Toby Green (King’s College London)

The focus of this presentation is on the way in which diasporas and migration shaped both statebuilding in West Africa and also the Atlantic diaspora.


Entrance free.  For reservations please contact: shihan.desilva@sas.ac.uk


November 3, 2015
5:15 PM - 7:45 PM
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Institute of Commonwealth Studies
University of London, Bedford Room (G37) Senate House, Malet Street
London, WC1E 7HU.


Institute of Commonwealth Studies