Professor Sharika Thiranagama of Stanford University will be presenting a talk on “In My Mother’s House: Reflections on Civil War in Sri Lanka” at the Department of English, on 6th July 2018 at 4.00 pm. Drawing from a decade of research and writing on Sri Lanka, this talk will reflect upon the consequences of political violence and militarization on contemporary social landscapes. In particular, the talk will discuss post war and wartime relationships between northern Tamil and northern Muslim communities and continuing forms of ethnic polarization, purification, and potential violence in contemporary Sri Lanka.
Sharika Thiranagama is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Sakurako and William Fisher Family Faculty Scholar at the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. She has written on displacement, ethnicization, militancy and civil war in Sri Lanka, focusing on both northern Tamil and Muslim experiences. Currently, her fieldwork is on the histories of emancipation and transformation in Kerala through ethnographic research with female Dalit agricultural laborers in Palakkad district.