"Sri Lanka: Remaking Society" 2011 Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference (March 25th and 26th, 2011)

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India-China Institute, the New School for Social Research, New York

"Sri Lanka: Remaking Society"
2011 Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference
The 2011 Sri Lanka Graduate Conference will be on March 25th and 26th at the India- China Institute, the New School for Social Research, New York and funded by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies. As with the highly successful first Graduate Conference in April 2010, this workshop will bring together graduate students both in the final writing up stage and pre-research/planning stages from a variety of disciplines and institutions. In 2011 we will look at Sri Lanka's (contemporary and historical) variegated social formations and their processes, flux, renewals, and aphasias. We particularly welcome panel proposals focusing on the following broad themes: family, marriage, and kinship; civil society actors and institutions; notions of the civic and/or the public in Sri Lanka; intersections of gender, caste, class; aesthetics and aesthetic production; ecology and environment; displacement, resettlement and return; citizenship and/or transnational communities; reconciliation; youth, generation, and youth cultures; the spheres of and or intersections between education, law, religion.
The workshop 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. The workshop takes place over 2 days. The first day will be open to the public and comprise of three student panels. The second day will be two private sessions, a small closed pre-dissertation development seminar for selected participants (see below for details), and a roundtable discussion for all participants. The pre-dissertation development seminar is to assist graduate students in developing their research projects. This will be a closed session for 6 participants. Students in Masters and PhD programs across the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply. You can find this information also at https://sites.google.com/site/srilankagraduateconference/home
We would like to invite paper presenters as well as graduate students who wish to participate without giving a paper. Please send emails with "Sri Lanka Graduate Student Workshop" in the subject line. Panel proposals and single papers proposals are due on February 14th. Those interested in the Pre-dissertation Development Seminar should email a 300 word explanation of your interests and why you would like to participate for the same dates. Please send all emails to Sharika Thiranagama (thiranas@newschool.edu), Mark Balmforth (meb2212@columbia.edu) and Mariyahl Hoole (mmh2192@columbia.edu) ccing everyone in your emails. Those who wish to participate in the conference without presenting must send expressions of their interest by February 21st. We have some limited funding for travel from outside the New York area, please let us know if you are unable to access departmental funding by February 14th. Places are limited so please apply soon.