Performing Memories and Weaving Archives:: Creolized Cultures across the Indian Ocean

Author:   Sayan Dey
Publisher:   Anthem Press
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Pages:   114
Publication Date:   05 December 2023
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This book engages with how the Siddis in Gujarat and the South African Indians in South Africa perform different forms of creolised socio-cultural practices in the contemporary era. Since the precolonial times, India and South Africa have developed commercial relations through sharing clothing materials, minerals, precious stones, and spices. Besides exchanging physical objects, varieties of cultures, traditions, and rituals were also exchanged between these countries. With the emergence of colonisation in both these countries as Africans were brought to India as slaves and Indians were taken to South Africa as indentured laborers, a lot of objects like musical instruments, plant seeds, cooking utensils, and hand-woven clothes were carried across the Indian Ocean as cultural memories. With the passage of time, the cultural practices of the Indian Diaspora and African Diaspora got intermixed with the native local cultures of South Africa and India, respectively, and gave birth to porous, fluid, multi-rooted, and creolised cultural practices. This book brings forth some of the creolised culinary, spiritual, and musical practices of these communities, and how these performances can expand the archives of creolised cultural practices of Diaspora communities in the Indian Ocean World.

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Author:   Sayan Dey
Publisher:   Anthem Press
Imprint:   Anthem Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 0.70cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9781839986901


ISBN 10:   1839986905
Pages:   114
Publication Date:   05 December 2023
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1.Introduction: Nomoshkar- Sanibona- Vanakkam- Molweni- Hujambo; 2.Porosity: Reservations and Fluidities; 3.Spiritual Memories; 4.Musical and Dance Memories; 5.Culinary Memories; 6.Continuity: Weaving Archipelagoes of Resistance; Afterword; Index       

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"""""Killing with Kindness"": Political Icons, Socio-cultural Victims: Visual Coloniality of the Siddis in Karnataka"" in Political Communication as decolonisation and performance: Africa and the diaspora. Edited by Beschara Karam and Bruce Mutsvairo. Routledge, 2021. Link: https://www.routledge.com/Decolonizing-Political-Communication-in-Africa-Reframing-Ontologies/Karam-Mutsvairo/p/book/9780367544300.   “How African communities preserve their ancestral knowledges through dance and culinary practices in India.” Published by Counter Currents, India (15th October 2021). Link: https://countercurrents.org/2021/10/how-african-communities-preserve-their-ancestral-knowledges-through-dance-and-culinary-practices-in-india/. “The Incredible Story of How East African Culture Shaped the Music of a State in India.” Published by The Conversation, Africa (2nd February 2023). The link to the article: https://theconversation.com/the-incredible-story-of-how-east-african-culture-shaped-the-music-of-a-state-in-india-198412.   https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.13169/intecritdivestud.5.2.0017 Performing Memories, Weaving Archives is a tour de force exemplar of transdisciplinary scholarship. Sayan Dey painstakingly challenges reductionism through revealing the complex story of African Indians in India and Indian Africans in Africa alongside the many erasures Euromodern colonial practices and rationalizations imposed upon both. From the opening examination of the power of being greeted by strangers in one’s own language and the generous act of learning involved in linguistic and other cultural practices of reciprocity, the power of communicative practices, and their creolizing effect—all cultural encounters flow, after all, in many directions and in many ways—Dey offers a provocative methodological framework, through demonstration, in which spiritual memory, music and dance, the joys of culinary memory—in a word, life—and the ever-crucial resistance of reclaimed and transformed humanity come to the fore with breathtaking clarity. Every page is a proverbial gem. Lewis R. Gordon, Professor, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor and Global Affairs, University of Connecticut, United States and author of Freedom, Justice and Decolonization and Fear of Black Consciousness The book pushes us with delight and dexterity into the world of moving cultures and cultures in motion, where being in cultures is being creolized. Dey is a buoyant, moving citizen as he 'senses' experiences across borders, seas, communities, territories, food, music, and the rest, making for an inviting weave. Ranjan Ghosh, author of The Plastic Turn & Thinking Literature Across Continents (with J Hiller Miller) Dr. Dey welcomes us on a journey of diasporic meanderings as he travels through time, space, geographies, cultural encounters, and hidden histories to explore. Dey also explores how and why invisibilizations are a part of yesterday’s colonial Master narrative and today’s post-colonial enterprise, both rooted in global anti-Blackness. Dr. Irma McClaurin, Anthropologist and Founder of Irma McClaurin Black Feminist Archive, United States Weaving together rich literary and historical sources, Dey builds a compelling argument on the performative power of greetings by exploring transoceanic interconnections and its resultant creolization between India and South Africa through a multi-sited lens of indigenous memories and spirituality. Dr. Papia Sengupta, Faculty, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India A timely intervention, Performing Memories and Weaving Archives brings the suppressed and marginalized Creole communities back to the center stage of history. Sayan Dey calls attention to our biases and discriminations and argues for a wider recognition of the border crossing groups. Mediating through rituals, music, language, and food practices, the book successfully demonstrates that Creole is actually the norm rather than exception. A great contribution to reshape our understanding of historical cultural practices. Dr. Kuan-Hsing Chen, author of Asia as method: Towards de-imperialization Performing Memories and Weaving Archives is an enchanting and informative medley of voices at once, primal, and quite contemporary. It evokes transoceanic ties, between India and South Africa, especially in music, food, and the sacred. These are stories of transcendence in everyday immanence, showing the triumphant spirit of Ubuntu against the imposition of historical fences. Dr. Devarakshanam Govinden, Academic, Poet, and Historian, South Africa Weaving complex questions about social relations between people in South Africa and India, Sayan Dey provides a provocation to readers: Who are you? Who am I? How are we related? A must read for understanding race, power and nation in contemporary times. Dr. Melanie Bush, Professor of Sociology, Adelphi University, United States Deploying decolonial perspective as both an overarching conceptual framework and a methodology mixing it with creolization as an analytical unit, Sayan Dey`s Performing Memories and Weaving Archives enlightens us than never before on the lives and histories of African Indians in India and Indian Africans in South Africa. Dey opens the analytical canvas wide to cover spiritualities, culinary traditions, music and politics. The shelf life and indeed virtual life of this book on the burgeoning Indian Ocean Studies is secured and guaranteed. Dr. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni is Chair of Epistemologies of the Global South and Vice-Dean of Research in the Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence, University of Bayreuth, Germany Sayan Dey’s study of inter-religiosities and oceanic human landscapes unearths a tacitly shared history between South Asia and South and East Africa in research uniquely placed at the grassroots level of Afro-Indian and Indo-African subalternities. Exploring their cultural expressions and religious practices, fresh insights on community resilience and adaptation to displacement and migration unfold. Dey compellingly explores the notions of creolization and oceanic cultures as pathways to decolonizing knowledge on (post)colonized communities, mirroring each other in their amalgamation of migration and indigeneity. This is commendable research of global South-South exchange, unconcerned with global northern hegemonies and epistemologies. Dey engages the reader in the complex and rich realities of subaltern communities and their resistance to casteism and racism, concluding with a call to rewind the erasure of their histories from both Indian and South African national memory and heritage. Dr. Ophira Gamliel, Lecturer, Theology and Religious Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland In this riveting cultural history, Sayan Dey’s explorations of religion, music, dance, and culinary crossings between Africa and India offers much food for thought. A unique investigation of how African and Indian cultures have informed each other over many centuries, Performing Memories and Weaving Archives offers a decolonial contribution to many fields, from food studies to musicology to religious studies. Extensively researched and thoughtfully written, this book will command the attention of global historians, Indian Ocean historians, and all those interested in the detailed linkages between Africa and India in the past and continuing into the present. Dr. Neilesh Bose, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of History, University of Victoria, Canada"


"""""Killing with Kindness"": Political Icons, Socio-cultural Victims: Visual Coloniality of the Siddis in Karnataka"" in Political Communication as decolonisation and performance: Africa and the diaspora. Edited by Beschara Karam and Bruce Mutsvairo. Routledge, 2021. Link: https://www.routledge.com/Decolonizing-Political-Communication-in-Africa-Reframing-Ontologies/Karam-Mutsvairo/p/book/9780367544300.   “How African communities preserve their ancestral knowledges through dance and culinary practices in India.” Published by Counter Currents, India (15th October 2021). Link: https://countercurrents.org/2021/10/how-african-communities-preserve-their-ancestral-knowledges-through-dance-and-culinary-practices-in-india/. “The Incredible Story of How East African Culture Shaped the Music of a State in India.” Published by The Conversation, Africa (2nd February 2023). The link to the article: https://theconversation.com/the-incredible-story-of-how-east-african-culture-shaped-the-music-of-a-state-in-india-198412.   https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.13169/intecritdivestud.5.2.0017"


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Sayan Dey is from Kolkata, India, and is currently working as as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literature, School of Liberal Arts, Alliance University, Bangalore. His areas of research interests are postcolonial studies, decolonial studies, critical race studies, food humanities, and critical diversity literacy.

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