PLACE Lecture Series


Transforming Oneself, Transforming Society?: Tamils, Tigers, and Militancy in Sri Lanka

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1 hour 32 minutes 11 seconds

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Anthropology | Asian Studies | Ethnic Studies | Peace and Conflict Studies | Politics and Social Change | Social and Cultural Anthropology | South and Southeast Asian Languages and Societies


Dr. Sharika Thiranagama (Sakurako and William Fisher Family Faculty Scholar in the School of Humanities and Sciences and assistant professor of anthropology at Stanford University) discusses how Tamil and Muslim identities are shaped and re-shaped through conflict and its aftermath. Thiranagama addresses what the shaping of identity reveals about how people engage with fundamental questions of who they are while simultaneously reconciling themselves with notions of who they've been.

This lecture is the 15th annual anthropology lecture at Linfield College. The annual anthropology lecture showcases diverse perspectives from all four subfields of anthropology.


Sponsored by the Linfield College Sociology and Anthropology Department and PLACE.