In London, a peek at the Indian Ocean

London-based EddieD (Dr Eddie D’Sa) of the New Diaspora mailing list (the moderator, actually) has this interesting announcement about a seminar on Indian Ocean cultures coming up this week.

Called Indian Ocean: Cultures in Contact, the event is introduced thus: “The Indian Ocean has attracted migration from the Malays, Chinese, Indians, Arabs and Africans, and is also the area where Europe and USA came into contact with Africa, the Middle East and the Orient. This seminar aims to stimulate scholarly debate and discussion on cultures in this region.” It’s going to be held on July 14, 2006 from 2 to 6 pm, at the Menzies Room, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 28 Russell Square, London.

Some themes of relevance: 2.40-3.00 pm The Western Indian Ocean through Chinese Eyes by Clifford Pereira (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society & BASA) … 5.00-5.20 pm Goan Folk Music and Dance by Anthony Noronha (Composer, Conductor & Oboist) and Joao Paulo Cota (Musician & Conductor, Goan Music Society, UK).

There’s a £3 fee for entrance and refreshments (payable at the door). Reservations: devika.shihan(at) or cliffjpereira(at)


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