Introduction by Sharika Thiranagama, Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University
This graduate conference aims to enhance intellectual exchange on Sri Lanka, emphasize the production of empirical and non sectarian knowledge, focus attention on recent potential transformation of key concepts, and strengthen and build a new cohort of researchers (and research) across disciplines and institutions as well as strengthen relationships between American graduate students and local intellectual circles in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, in 2012 our theme is “In- tersections”. To intersect is both to cut across and also to create new meeting points. As with previous conferences, our focus is thus wide-ranging and we welcome panel and paper proposals on Sri Lanka that cross disciplines and bring new or old themes and concepts together in unusual ways.
The workshop takes place over 2 days. On November the 8th, the first session will be a small closed pre-disserta- tion development seminar for selected participants (see below for details). In the afternoon, the Sri Lanka Graduate Conference and the Center for South Asia will present a jointly hosted public event on literature and war with new young South Asian novelists. On November 9th, we will host three student panels.
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