The conference organizers would like to thank all those of you who attended
Territories and Competing Realities," the first annual Tamil Studies conference
held at the University of Toronto on May 11-14, 2006. We wish to thank the
scholars who presented their work at the conference. They eagerly welcomed the
idea of a conference in Toronto when it was first broached to them and we are
delighted that they were able to come and present their work ranging from
medieval era Tamil literature and history to the challenges of contemporary
diaspora communities. We also wish to thank all those who participated
throughout the three days of the conference. In particular, we were delighted to
see other scholars and graduate students, members of the Tamil community, and
young students engaging in the debates and questions over the three days.
We owe a special thank you to all our sponsors whose generosity made the conference possible. It is the support of academic institutions and community members that make such conferences possible and we are grateful for their commitment to bringing Tamil Studies scholars to Toronto. Lastly, we are deeply indebted to the numerous volunteers who gave freely of their time and energy to make this possible. They worked so that others could showcase their work and their good humour, high spirits and drive made this conference not only possible but a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thank you all very much and we look forward to seeing you in Toronto next year.
Chelva Kanaganayakam / R. Cheran / Darshan Ambalavanar