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Tropes, Territories and Competing

Over 30 scholars from North America, Europe, South Asia, and Australasia will come together for an interdisciplinary Tamil Studies conference to be held at Trinity College, University of Toronto on May 11-14, 2006. All attendees are required to register for admission.

Parvathy Kanthasamy

Instructor, South Asia Studies Program, University of Toronto
Lecturer, Tamil Academy of Culture and Technology

Panel Discussion: Pursuing Tamil Studies in North America
Saturday, May 13, 2006 | 11:30 - 13:00 EST

Dr. Kanthasamy has held various academic appointments including, Senior Fulbright Fellow, Stanford University (1989); Research Associate, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University (1994); Lecturer, Vidyalankara and University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. She currently teaches at the Tamil Academy of Culture and Technology and will also teach at New College, University of Toronto this upcoming summer. A community activist, she has extensively worked with at-risk groups in Toronto, particularly abused women, and is currently active on the advisory committees of the Tamil Mental Health Project and National Project on Refugee Children at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her research interests include teaching Tamil in the diaspora; comparative study of Tamil and English; gender and class construction in the Sri Lankan community in Canada; identity, ethnicity, nationalism and its relationship to gender, sexuality and masculinity; family, gender relations and sexuality in South Asia.