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The conference will host over 40 scholars of various disciplines from North America, Europe, South Asia, and Australasia:


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Abraham, S.
Ambalavanar, D.
Arasu, V.
Champakalakshmi, R.
Cheran, R.
Fukao, J.
George, G.
George, U.
Ghose, R.
Guruge, S.
Jegathesan, M.
Kanaganayakam, C.
Kanthasamy, P.
Karunakaran, K.
Karunanithi, G.
Kingsolver, A.
Mason, R.
Maunaguru, S.
Maunaguru, Sitralega
McNaughton, S.
More, J.B.P.
Orr, L.
Pai, G.
Palaniappan, S.
Pandian, M.S.S.
Rajesh, V.
Renganathan, V.
Sangarasivam, Y.
Seylon, R.
Shanmugam, K.
Sivalingam, H.
Sriramachandran, R.
Sundar, A.
Tambiah, S.J.
Tyyskä, V.
Vaitheespara, R.
Vivekananthan, P.
Whitaker, M.
Xavier, S.
Young, K.
Younger, P.

Siddharthan Maunaguru

Department of Sociology
University of Peradeniya

Brokering Marriages:
War, Displacement and Production of Futures among Jaffna Tamils
Saturday, June 2nd | 3:00 - 5:00 PM

There is a long tradition of studying kinship in Sri Lanka. But there is a relative dearth of literature that maps out kinship and marriage in this time of political violence in Sri Lanka. In my research, in 2004/2005, I engaged with brides and grooms who get married to members of the Tamil diaspora and leave Sri Lanka. My field research prompted questions on whose Tamil marriage are we talking here? What kind of documentation is produced and circulated, at and from sites such as embassies, and make Tamil marriage? What is the role of the state in constituting Tamil marriages? I argue that one has to break away from the classical conceptual framework of kinship and marriage which limits our understanding of the complicated process of movements of Tamils and Tamil kinship and marriage in this time of political violence. This paper foregrounds notions of state, citizenship and family in order to rethink kinship and marriage.

Mr. Maunaguru has conducted research on internal displacement and ethnic identity, a case study of Jaffna migrants to Colombo since 1990 and submitted as dissertation for the B.A (Hons) Degree 2000. His publications include “Negotiating Tamilness" in Building local Capacities for Peace: Rethinking Conflict and Development in Sri Lanka (2003) ed. Mayer, M., Thangaraja, Y., and Rajasingham, D.; "Brides as Bridges? Tamilness through movements, documents and anticipations" in Formations and Transformations of Tamil Nationalism ed. Cheran, R.