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About this event

South Asia and its Diaspora:

Musical Performances in the Cultures of Decolonisation

Keynote speaker: Professor Tina K Ramnarine

Decolonisation is a creative process, as well as a historical and political one. Interdisciplinary critical attention to creative processes offers insights into the cultures of decolonisation. This conference reflects on these creative processes by focusing on the musical performances of South Asia and its diaspora. It takes a broad view of musical performances, encompassing auditory experiences in cross-arts projects, dance and sacred expressions. It is hosted in connection with the Horniman Museum and Gardens' summer series. The season featured music, dance, installations and film screenings and highlighted creative practices ranging from traditional music to urban electronic experimental projects. In addition, the series promoted community engagement as musicians performed on examples of various instruments housed within the Horniman. The programme extended to the centre of Forest Hill - and culminated in a carnival. This conference informs critical listening and thinking around these performance events.


Please download the Call for Papers (closed)

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Please direct any questions regarding the conference to mbirley@horniman.ac.uk

Programme Committee

  • Margaret Birley, Horniman Museum and Gardens;
  • Dr Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, Centre for Postcolonial Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London;
  • Dr Barley Norton, Goldsmiths, University of London.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

Tickets and booking information 

Conference registration fee - £20.00

Student and RAI members registration fee - £10.00

Speakers will not be charged a registration fee.