PORTUGUESE INFLUENCE IN THE EAST
Tuesday 4 June 2013, 7pm
(doors open 6.30pm) at 180 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1QP
Portuguese maritime explorations which led to connecting East-West trade from the late fifteenth century onwards had unexpected effects on the sociocultural fabric of the peoples they encountered. Effects on religion have been well recognised but other areas, such as language, music and dance, are less well known. This lecture concerns the intangible Lusitanian heritage.
Dr Shihan de Silva is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London), a member of the UNESCO International Scientific Committee (Paris) and an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (Great Britain & Ireland). She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles in international journals, and has also written eight books in the fields of Portuguese Studies, Historical Linguistics, Ethnomusicology, African Diaspora Studies and Ethnography.
Admission free.Light refreshments available. Suggested donations £2.