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Backgrounder:

The conference is organised by the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Toronto and University of Windsor.

Wise Words:

"உள்ளத்தின் உள்ளும்
உடலின் அணுவெங்கும்
கொள்ளப்படாது
குவிந்து கிடந்த
இளமைத் தருவின்
இளந்தளிர்கள் எத்தைனையோ...?"
(MA Nuhman)

Art e-Exhibit:

The organisers are pleased to electronically showcase the works  of artists Vasuki, Kiko and Vasan, all based in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.
[:kiko:]

Introduction

The Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor jointly host "Imagining Collectives: Continuities, Changes and Contestations," the second annual Tamil Studies Conference from May 31 - June 2, 2007. This conference will bring together Tamil Studies scholars from North America, Europe, South Asia, and Australasia. Over 40 scholars from disciplines ranging from Anthropology, Archaeology, Diaspora Studies, History, Linguistics, Literature, Political Studies, Psychology, Public Health, Religion, Sociology and Theatre Studies will present papers.

The annual conferences have the following goals:

 

Theme

Contemporary scholarship raises challenging questions in understanding the continuities and transformations of Tamil collectives. Yet questions of "nation" and "identity" are critical to political and social movements and self-fashioning in the Tamil regions. The continuities and disruptions of "nation" and "identity" are also particularly salient to diasporic Tamil communities engaged in articulating and transforming a sense of "Tamilness" they can inhabit.

The conference organisers have, therefore, invited scholars to submit papers about the history of the formation, elaboration, transformation, interpretation and contestation of collectives and identities within the Tamil speaking regions of Southern India, Sri Lanka and the Diaspora throughout history and in our scholarly disciplines.

In keeping with our emphasis on the Tamil diaspora as a critical subject within Tamil Studies there are certain panels concentrating on the study of linguistic practices and social issues in the diaspora.