Table ronde sur Sri Lanka à Edimbourg

Une table ronde consacrée à la situation politique et sociale actuelle de Sri Lanka est organisée à Edimbourg le 26 et 27 mai 2016 par Jonathan Spencer, professeur d’anthropologie à l’Université.
Nous reproduisons ci-dessous le programme provisoire de ces journées d’étude:

Sri Lanka Roundtable (DRAFT PROGRAMME)
Edinburgh 26-27 May, 2016

Thursday 26 May, Techcube, Summerhall (t.b.c)
9.00-9.15 Introduction and welcome
9.15-11.00 Youth and war Isabelle Clark-Decès (Princeton), Youth in the cultural politics of contemporary Jaffna
Dhana Hughes (Durham), Sinhala Youth and Military Enlistment
Giacomo Mantovan (CEIAS/CRH, EHESS) “They were kings…” The farewell to arms of former Tamil Tiger fighters in exile in France
Giyani Venya De Silva (Oxford) Living with continuity, waiting for change: commentaries from students in Colombo
11.00-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.45 Gender Asha Abeysekera (Colombo) Balancing Modernity and Morality in the Sinhala-Buddhist Family Exploring the Rhetoric of Sinhala-Buddhist Nationalism
Kristine Hoglund (Uppsalla) Gender and the Pursuit of Justice in Sri Lanka: Testimonies of Peace and Conflict
Jayanthi Lingam (SOAS) Gendered working lives in the post-war transition in Jaffna district, 2009-14
12.45-1.30 Lunch
1.30-3.00 Justice and Security Georg Frerks (Utrecht), Rajapakse’s Peace’: The President’s discourse on the post-war situation in Sri Lanka (2009-2015)
Ali Brown (Amsterdam), Human Security in the Era of Sirasena
Gerrit Kurtz (KCL), The evolution of post-war transitional justice in Sri Lanka
3.00-3.15 Tea
3.15-5.00 Transitional Justice and Constitutional Reform: State of Play and Future Prospects Harini Amarasuriya (Open University and Public Representations Committee on Constitutional reform), Alan Keenan (international Crisis Group), Asanga Welikala (CPA and University of Edinburgh), with Christine Bell (University of Edinburgh)
7.30 Dinner, Mother India, Infirmary Street

Friday 27 May, Seminar Rooms 1 and 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building
Please note, in the morning we will split the space to run parallel panels in the two rooms. In the afternoon, we will open up the two rooms for our final plenary sessions.

9.00-9.15 Introduction and welcome
9.15-10.45 Work and Livelihoods (Seminar Room 1) Urs Geiser (Zurich)The making of control over land in Wattamadu – local organisations, engaging the state, changing conjunctures
Charles Wilkinson and Maura van den Kommer
(Amsterdam) Living the Uncertainty: Exploring the Effects of the EU Ban on Sri Lankan Fisheries
Joeri Scholtens and Maarten Bavinck (Amsterdam) Facilitating change from the bottom-up? Reflections on civil society efforts to empower marginalized fishers in post-war Sri Lanka
Religion and transition (Seminar Room 2) Mahinda Deegalle (Bath Spa) The Vision and Leadership of the Architect of Yahapālanaya: Venerable Māduluwāwe Sobhita’s Exemplary Role in the Political Transition of Sri Lanka in 2015
Neena Mahadev (Max Planck) Notes on contemporary religio-economic linkages between Sri Lankan & Singapore
Dominic Esler (UCL) Northern Tamil society after the war: the revival of Catholic kūttu in Mannar
10.45-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.45 Work and Politics (Seminar Room 1) Sandya Hewamanne (Essex) Neoliberalism’s New Recruits: Tamil Workers, Human Rights Thrashings and ‘Mundane’ Politics in Post-War Sri Lanka
Mythri Jegathesan (Santa Clara) Is a progressive politics possible? Examining the contemporary intersections of industrial sustainability and political shifts in Sri Lanka’s plantation sector
Darshi Thoradeniya (Heidelberg/Colombo) Women Citizens in Welfare State of Sri Lanka
Past and present (Seminar Room 2) Deborah Winslow (NSF) Contexts of Caste
Alessandra Radicati (LSE) Precarious Patriots: Reflections on Past, Present and Future in a Coastal Community
Carolina Holgersson Ivarsson (Gothenburg), Religious identity, nationalism and social media among Sinhala-Buddhist youth
12.45-1.30 Lunch
1.30-3.30 Borders and Margins Vagisha Gunasekara,
Prashanthi Rasadhari Jayasekara,
Gayathri Hiroshani, Hallinne Lokuge,
Aftab Lall (Centre for Poverty Analysis, Colombo), Production of Marginality: Findings from a six-year research programme on basic services, social protection and livelihoods in the North and East
Jonathan Goodhand (SOAS/Melbourne), Vagisha Gunasekera (CEPA), Alice Kern (Zurich) and Thiruni Kelegama (Zurich), with Rajesh Venugopal (LSE), discussant, Sri Lanka’s borderlands and frontiers
3.30-3.45 Tea
3.45-5.30 Writing War and After Sunila Galappatti will read from her new book, A Long Watch: War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka, and V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthanan will read from her work in progress, The Missing are Considered Dead.

Also in attendance (participating but not presenting): Ashwini Vasanthakumar
(York), Dennis McGilvray (Colorado), Anne Blackburn (Cornell), Rose Fernando (Utrecht), Niels Terpstra (Utrecht), Eric Meyer (INALGO, Paris), Oivind Fuglerud (Oslo), R.L. (Jock) Stirrat (Sussex), Kanchana Ruwanpura (Edinburgh), Anthony Good (Edinburgh), Jonathan Spencer (Edinburgh), Sidharthan Maunaguru (NUS), Tanya Ekanayaka (Edinburgh), Deborah Menezes (Edinburgh)

NYU Global South Asia Conference, 27–28 February

Please note that New York University (NYU) is holding is holding a conference on « Global South Asia: Publics and Politics » on 27–28 February.  Full details and online registration information is available at

Also note the Sri Lanka panel from 1:00 to 3:00 on Friday 27th:

« The Future of Left Politics in Sri Lanka »

  • V.V. Ganeshananthan (Bunting Fellow, Radcliffe/Harvard Univ.), “What Kind of Democracy? Rebuilding Citizenry”
  • Fathima Cader (Law, Univ. of Windsor), “How the Light Gets In: Canvasing Muslim Politics in Contemporary Sri Lanka”
  • Thushara Hewage (International Affairs, New School), “Anti-Corruption and the Left: Reflections on a Democratic Idiom”
  • Kanishka Goonewardena (Geography, Univ. of Toronto), “A Note on the Sri Lankan Conjuncture: Electoral Politics, Social Movements, and Left Political Prospects”
  • Moderator: Vasuki Nesiah, (Gallatin, NYU)

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44th Annual Conference on South Asia (Madison): CFP and new website

Dear Past participants, Attendees, and all interested in the conference:

Yesterday, we launched the new Annual Conference on South Asia website, and as can be expected with new endeavors, glitches arise quickly. Some have contacted the conference organizers about login issues, and we thank you all for your patience and cooperation in helping us get the website running smoothly. Working with our tech support contacts, we have resolved some of the issues.

If you have bookmarked the Annual Conference on South Asia website, your internet browser may not show you the updated site, so you either need to clear your cache or history or press SHIFT and Refresh page. Please keep in mind, we are still developing parts of the site, so you will notice changes frequently to content, but not to the general layout or user profile system.

To log in to the new system, please read the instructions below:

  • If you have registered for the Annual Conference on South Asia in the past, your email address should already be in the user database system, so all you need to do is RESET your password. A link will be emailed to you to reset. If your email is already in the system, when you choose to reset your password, it should recognize your email. If it does not recognize your email, you are not yet in the system.
  • If you have never registered for the Annual Conference on South Asia, you should CREATE a new account.
  • Once you have logged in, either by resetting your password or creating a new account, you can update your profile information. If you have an existing account because of past participation, you still need to update your profile information once you log in.

PLEASE REVIEW NEW SUBMISSION POLICIES: We have detailed the new policies for individual and panel submissions on the website here. Reminder: Preconference proposals are now decided on a competitive basis. The site is open to preconference submissions at this time.

CALL FOR PAPERS: A reminder that the call for papers was also sent yesterday:

The theme of this year’s conference is trust.

Intangible yet essential, trust helps scholars gain insight into the lived experience of others. From anthropology to journalism and oral history to religious studies, trust sits at the heart of scholars’ interpretive work and credibility. More broadly, its absence between individuals and communities–ethnic or religious, linguistic or gendered–permeates the literature, economics, politics, and history of South Asia.

We welcome panels that explore the theme and its opposite in relation to a wide variety of methodologies, locations, texts and practices. We also encourage proposal submissions that do not address the conference theme.

Again, we thank you all for your patience as the conference continues to grow, and as always, we appreciate the support of all participants and attendees each year.

If any major changes to system occur, we will send an email with instructions to help troubleshoot any errors you might encounter. Please distribute this message to relevant email lists.

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Conference « Hindus and Others in Sri Lanka and in the Diaspora », organised by CEIAS and CERIAS, Paris, February 17th

The Center for South Asian Studies of Paris (CEIAS, UMR 8564 EHESS/CNRS) and the Center for Studies and Research on India, South Asia and its Diaspora of Montréal (CERIAS/UQÀM), jointly organise a Conference on « Hindus and Others in Sri Lanka and in the Diaspora » on 17 February 2015, in Paris.

You will find below the poster, a summary and the program.

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Contacts /organization : Mathieu Claveyrolas ( ; Delon Madavan ( ; Pierre-Yves Trouillet (

Mathieu Claveyrolas is a anthropologist, permanent research fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Delon Madavan is a geographer, Post Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Studies and Research on India, South Asia and its Diaspora of Montréal (CERIAS/UQÀM) and associate researcher fellow at Center for South Asian Studies of Paris (CEIAS, UMR 8564 EHESS/CNRS)

Pierre-Yves Trouillet is a geographer, permanent research fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

« Il y a 10 ans… le tsunami » – expo photos – Puteaux (92) – janvier 2015

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La mairie de Puteaux (92) et l’association Suravi organisent une exposition de photographies pour commémorer les 10 ans du tsunami du 26 décembre 2004.

40 photographies N&B de Jean-Michel Delage sont exposées au Palais de la Culture de la ville.

Pour en savoir plus sur le tsunami de 2004, l’exposition et le photographe, visitez la page suivante :

Du 8 au 31 janvier 2015
19/21 rue Chantecoq – 92800 Puteaux
Entrée libre.

« New Evidence on Cultural Exchange between the Roman and Indic Worlds: The Discovery oh the Second-century BCE shipwreck at Godavaya » by by Prof. Osmund Bopearachchi

We would like to share this link to a video lecture, on the ancient Godavaya shipwreck near Hambantota, by Prof. Osmund Bopearachchi (CNRS Paris), presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013.  His presentation includes extensive photos and maps that situate the Godavaya wreck in the larger context of Roman and South Indian maritime trade in the Indian Ocean.

Lien audio pour écouter la conférence sur « Cinéma sri lankais : Autonomie et engagement de la nouvelle génération » qui s’est tenue le 23 janvier 2014 à l’auditorium de la Bulac

Nous avons le plaisir de partager un lien pour écouter l’enregistrement audio de la conférence sur « Cinéma sri lankais : Autonomie et engagement de la nouvelle génération » qui s’est tenue le 23 janvier 2014 à l’auditorium de la Bulac. Cette conférence s’était tenue sous l’égide de la BULAC, de l’ONG INMALANKA et du Festival du Film Sud Asiatique Transgressif (FFAST).

Lien pour écouter la conférence:

« Histoire et contemporanéité des communautés sud-asiatiques à Montréal », le 20 janvier 2015, de 12h30 à 14h00 à l’UQÀM

Longtemps discriminée au Canada, l’immigration sud-asiatique au pays a connu une progression spectaculaire au cours des quarante dernières années. Si la majorité des nouveaux arrivants de l’Inde, du Pakistan, du Sri Lanka ou du Népal se dirige toujours vers l’Ontario et l’Ouest canadien, plusieurs se sont tout de même établis dans la région montréalaise. Ce portrait succinct des communautés sikhe, népalo-bhoutanaise et tamoule met en exergue les aspects historiques sous-tendant leur migration, ainsi que des facettes importantes de leur intégration, notamment l’importance de la religion et le renouvellement identitaire en contexte post-migratoire.



– Mark Bradley      chargé de cours et candidat au doctorat, Département de sciences des religions, UQAM

– Béatrice Halsouet           candidate au doctorat, Département de sciences des religions, UQAM

– Julie Vig             candidate au doctorat, Département de Asian Studies, University of British Columbia.

Présidence :        Mathieu Boisvert, directeur du CERIAS

QUAND :    Mardi  20 janvier 2015, de 12h30 à 14h00

LIEU :        Salle des Boiseries (J-2805), Pavillon Judith-Jasmin,

 Université du Québec à Montréal (405, Ste-Catherine Est, coin St-Denis), Métro Berri-UQAM



« Representing the Unrepresentable: Contemporary “Sri Lankan” Art » by Sinthujan Varatharajah

“Serendipity Revealed” is an exhibition of modern art from Sri Lanka currently showing at Brunei Gallery in the heart of London. It is an exhibition that, in its own words, tries to tell Sri Lanka’s untold stories through the island’s “foremost and emerging contemporary artists.” Annoushka Hempel, the exhibit’s London-born curator — and who I assume is not Sri Lankan — presents the country’s diverse arts scenes as having thrived in the shadows of war despite little international recognition.


Madison summer program for Tamil, Sinhala and other South Asian languages

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu. Applications for Summer 2015 are now being accepted. The summer 2015 program will run from June 15 – August 7.



There are three funding options available to students:

1)      $1000 Fee Remissions, indicate interest when submitting the SASLI online application

2)      SASLI Half and Full Remissions, deadline March 15, 2015  – Half/Full Fee Remission Application

3)      FLAS Fellowships, deadline February 13, 2015 – FLAS Application

Further information about funding can be found on the SASLI website at:


Apply to SASLI

Instructions for submitting a complete application packet and the SASLI web application can be found on the SASLI website at Please apply or encourage your students to apply as soon as possible, as faculty hiring is based on student interest.

Any questions can be addressed to SASLI by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at

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Journée d’étude « Forced migrations in South Asia », organisée par le Centre d’Etudes sur l’Inde et l’Asie du Sud » le 16 décembre 2014


9h30 : Welcome coffee

9h45-11h :

Joël Cabalion (CEIAS – University of Mauritius)
“‘Not one piece of cloth but many shredded pieces’: Indian new villages and the endless search for rehabilitation”


Paolo Novak (SOAS, University of London)

“Afghans in Pakistan: Refugee status as productive tension”


Anthony Goreau-Ponceaud (ADESS, Université de Bordeaux)

« Refugees and Rapatriates in Tamil Nadu: a Sri Lankan perspective »


Marie Percot (LAU/IIAC – EHESS)
“Rural-urban migration in Bangladesh in a context of environmental stress: voluntary or forced migration?”

16h30: Concluding remarks


Journée co-organisée par David Picherit (LESC-Université Paris Ouest), Aurélie Varrel (Institut Français de Pondichéry), Joël Cabalion (CEIAS – University of Mauritius)

La journée d’étude se déroulera en salle 638 au 190 avenue de France 75013 Paris

4eme Festival de films de l’Asie du Sud à Montréal coorganisé par le Centre Kabir et IEIM

Le Centre Kabir de Montréal en collaboration avec l’IEIM notamment

présente son 4e Festival de films de l’Asie du Sud

 Du 13 septembre au 26 octobre 2014

 Certaines projections auront lieu à l’Université Concordia.

D’autres à l’UdeM ou à l’UQAM.

 Admission gratuite.

Les dons sont acceptés.

Certains films seront présentés avec sous-titres anglais/ ou français.

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