The Re-Centring Afro-Asia Project, convened from 22 – 24 November 2020 for its 5th annual conference. The conference began with an exhibition, opened by CHR Acting Director, Heidi Grunebaum and an accompanying musical performance by the AfroAsia ensemble entitled A Sea Drift of Songs. The members of the Project hail from UCT, Wits University, the CHR as well as from India, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The Project approaches the pre-colonial in an interdisciplinary way, including project members who work in music, history, archaeology, sociology, visual arts, literature and philosophy. A central point of interest emerging from the conference considered the way/s in which we approach, read and translate texts from the precolonial.