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Sanayi Marcelline

PhD candidate

S. Marcelline
+31 71 527 1443

Sanayi Marcelline is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Area Studies.

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My PhD-research, is titled ‘Racialized Identities. Community Formation and Slave Ancestry in the Creolizing Suburbs of Colombo in the late 18th and early 19th century’. This research is part of a larger NWO funded project on Forgotten Lineages: Afterlives of Dutch Slavery in the Indian Ocean World.

Racialized Identities seeks to explore the fading of slave ancestry in the city and suburbs of Colombo, amidst other forms of belonging based on ‘racial’, religious and occupational affiliations, when Sri Lanka transitioned from Dutch to British power in the late 18th and early 19th century.

Curriculum Vitae

MPhil in Historical Studies, University of Cambridge, U.K.

(DFID/Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholar)

BA in History, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


War Making and State Building. The Politics of State Reform in Sri Lanka, (Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies, 2014).

With J. Uyangoda, Politics, Debates and Discourses of State Reform in Sri Lanka: An Annotated Bibliography, (Colombo: Social Scientists’ Association, 2013).

With J. Uyangoda, “Post-civil war Sri Lanka: Dilemmas of State Reform,” in J. Uyangoda, ed. State Reform in Sri Lanka: Issues, Directions and Perspectives, (Colombo: Social Scientists’ Association, 2013) 293-338.

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS India en Tibet


  • No relevant ancillary activities
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