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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.

Patricia Lawrence

Lecturer, Peace and Conflict Studies
Department of Anthropology
University of Colorado

Batticaloa's Shadows: Violence and Recovery
Saturday, May 13, 2006 | 16:30 - 18:30 EST
* Presenter has withdrawn paper.

This paper brings an ethnographic perspective to bear on the intersection of violence and social recovery in Batticaloa District. Fine-grained, local level anthropological research in villages devastated by the Tsunami and the unrelenting shadows of war forms the basis of case studies and analysis in this presentation. The perspectives offered in the paper are drawn from recent and on-going research.

Dr. Lawrence's ethnographic research has continued in eastern Sri Lanka from 1991 to present. Her research has focused on how people creatively draw from cultural resources to survive, heal war's injury, and to redeem life. A MacArthur, Fulbright, and Rockefeller scholar, she teaches anthropology and peace and conflict studies at the University of Colorado, and works as a consultant for grass roots civil society endeavors in eastern Sri Lanka. She is the author of The Ocean of Stories (2003), and a number of scholarly articles. She served as the consultant for documentary films about everyday people caught in the 1990's violence in Batticaloa.