The Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Toronto and the University of Windsor jointly host "Being Human; Being Tamil: Personhood, Agency and Identity," the third annual Tamil Studies Conference from May 15-17, 2008. This conference will bring together Tamil Studies scholars from North America, Europe, South Asia, and Australasia. Over 50 scholars, writers and artists from disciplines ranging from Anthropology, Dance Studies, Diaspora Studies, Environmental Studies, History, Literature, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology will present papers.

Plenary Speaker:

David Shulman
Renee Lang Professor of Humanistic Studies
Faculty of Humanities
Hebrew University

Prof. Shulman's main research is on the history of the imagination in South India, particularly in the Andhra and Tamil areas; he is preparing a book on this topic, focusing largely on the cultural transition of the 16th and 17th centuries. A companion volume will deal with the Tenkasi poets (Ativiraramapantiyan and Varatunkaramapantiyan) and with the 16th-century renaissance more generally. Some of his significant publications include, Dark Hope: Working for Peace in Israel and Palestine (2007), with Velcheru Narayana Rao and Sanjay Subrahmanyam Textures of Time: Writing History in South India (2002), The Hungry God: Hindu Tales of Filicide and Devotion (1993), Songs of the Harsh Devotee: The Tevaram of Cuntaramurttinayanar (1990), The King and the Clown in South Indian Myth and Poetry (1985), and Tamil Temple Myths: Sacrifice and Divine Marriage in South Indian Saiva Tradition (1980). More... 


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Bama is a pioneering Dalit novelist from Tamil Nadu, India. Her first novel Karukku (1992), is not only the first autobiographical work of its kind but written in the Dalit dialect of her community it broke new ground in both fiction writing as well as in the use of the spoken language in fiction. Karukku rendered visible a reality that is seldom acknowledged - the persistence of caste in places that are meant to banish it altogether. Karukku has won several awards and has been translated into many languages. Bama has subsequently written two more novels, Sangathi (1994) and Vanmam (2002) and two collections of short stories, Kusumbukkaran (1996) and Oru Tattavum Erumaiyum (2003). More...

Call for Papers: Tamil Studies Conference 2009: Home, Space and the "Other" on May 21-23, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. More...

Publication: History and Imagination: Tamil Culture in the Global Context, a compilation of selected papers from the 2006 conference will be sold at a discounted price at the conference. Buy now...

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