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Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya

Linguistics

University of London



Dr Shihan de Silva Jayasuriya is a Senior Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland. She has done so whilst being an United Nations expert on Afrodescendants in Asia, a former member and rapporteur of the UNESCO International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route Project (Paris) and a Convener for the Global Portuguese symposium, at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

In addition to numerous articles in academic journals, websites and chapters in books, Shihan is the author of 8 books. She is also the Director/Producer of three ethnographic films - Voices of Afro-Sri Lankan (2014), Indian Ocean Memories:  African Migrations (2014), Creole Cultures in the Indian Ocean (2018).

Shihan graduated from the University of London with a BSc (Honours) (Economics) and MSc (Finance) and obtained a PhD (Linguistics) on the “Indo-Portuguese of Ceylon:  History, Linguistics and Literature” from the University of Westminster.

She is a pianist and holds a Diploma in Piano Performance from the London College of Music/University of West London. Shihan also performs African-influenced music of Sri Lanka: baila and kaffrinha.