Prof. V. Arasu, Department of Tamil Literature, University
Kannan. M, Department of Indology, French Institute of
About the Conference
" Today Tamil is classical, contemporary and is
spread worldwide. Through migrations spanning a few centuries –
of slaves, labour, kings, professionals and refugees, Tamil is
prevalent in many parts of the present day world.
Some diasporic communities, without language but with traces of
culture search desperately for their roots (Reunion, Mauritius,
South Africa, West Indies etc.) while others, retaining the
language and culture try to carve a unique identity for
themselves in the place where they live. (Malaysia and
We also have those who try hard to retain a certain “idea” of
their culture despite being totally cosmopolitan in their day to
day lives (Tamils of North America). Some others, burdened and
branded by their language and culture fight for a cause, for
their homeland or try to escape from it (Tamilians of Sri
Lanka). More importantly, how could we afford to forget history
– the diasporic experiences, recorded (in the inscriptions) in
many parts of the world?
Together these diverse experiences have done their best to make
Tamil global and to find a place for it in the world republic of
Such engagements manifest multiple dimensions in relating to the
so-called center of Tamil Culture – the state of Tamil Nadu, in
The proposed International Conference organized by the
Department of Indology, French Institute of Pondicherry and the
Department of Tamil Literature, University of Madras will engage
with such dimensions – to explore and understand the issues and
problems of the ‘Tamil Experience in Other Spaces’."
Conference Presentations [also
Prof. Francois Gros, EPHE, Paris “Tamil Diaspora
– An Academic Perspective”
Prof. P. Shanmugam “Migrations of Tamils in
early and medieval periods”
Prof. M. A. Kalam “Where were Diaspora till 1990s?”
Prof. Knut Axel Jacobsen “Ritualization in the Sri Lankan Tamil
Dr. Brigitte Sebastia “Ārōkkiya Mātā of Velankanni in France
Competition and expression of Tamil identity in the Catholic activities of the
Franco- Pondicherrian community”
Prof. Christian Barat “Tamil Culture in Reunion Islands”
Dr. Florence Callandre “La confrontation de la créolisation et de la
tamoulisation dans les mondes malbar de La Réunion et des Seychelles”
Dr. Gaëlle Dequirez “Sri Lankan Tamils in France: the role of
businesses and associations”
Dr. Anthony Goreau “The diasporisation: a tool for understanding
different Tamil historical trajectories”
Mr. Sugumaran “State of Refugees in Tamil Nadu – A Report ”
Prof. A. Marx “Refugees, Law and Tamil Politics”
Documentary Film on Poet Vilva Rathinam
Dr. Mounaguru “Theatre of the Tamil Diaspora”
Dr. Mangai “Diasporic Existence and Theatre”
Dr. Chitralakha Mounaguru “Identity in Diaspora – a search through Eelam
Dr. Ko. Palani “Theatre activities of Tamil Diaspora”
Ms. Uma Sankari “Miles apart – yet together – Net as a link
between widespread Diaspora”
Dr. Ra. Srinivasan “Internet based activities of Tamil Diaspora”
Mr. Rajesh “Reading Tamil Diasporic Aspirations from Homeland: A
Study of Few Tamil Diasporic Websites”
Dr. V. Arasu “Towards a discussion: The need to construct a
curriculum incorporating writings from Tamil Diaspora”
Dr. A. Ekambaram “Novel im by Shobha Shakti and Violence against
Dr. Y. Manikandan “Poetry of the displaced”
Dr. Va. Mu. Se. Andavar “Reflections: Tamil Short Stories from
Dr. Se. Yogaraja “The State of Women in Tamil Diaspora – a view
Ms. V. Geetha “Young women's perceptions of being Tamil – an account of
Documentary Films on Theatre
Dr. Zainab Basheer “Being Tamil in Canada”
Dr. Preetha Mani “Being in Tamil in United States”
Note on Participants:
3. Prof. Knut Axel Jacobsen, Dept. of the History of Religions,
4. Prof. M. A. Kalam, Dept. of Anthropology, University of
5. Prof. Christian Barat, Director, Dept. Language and
Civilizations of the
Indian Ocean, University of Reunion, Reunion.
6. Dr. Florence Callandre, University of Reunion, Reunion.
7. Dr. Elisabeth Sethupathy, Head, Tamil Section, Department of
8. Dr. Gaëlle Dequirez, INALCO, Paris
9. Mr. Sugumaran, Human Rights Federation, Pondicherry.
10. Prof. A. Marx, Presidency College, Chennai.
11. Prof. Mounaguru, Dept of Fine Arts, Eastern University,
12. Dr. Mangai, Dept. of English, Stella Maris College, Chennai.
13. Dr. Chitralakha Mounaguru, Dean, Dept of Languages, Eastern
14. Dr. Ko. Palani, Dept. of Tamil Literature, University of
15. Ms. Uma Sankari, Sub-Editor, Thenseide, Chennai.
16. Dr. Ra. Srinivasan, Presidency College, Chennai.
17. Mr. Rajesh, Dept. of Humanities, IIT, Chennai
18. Prof. V. Arasu, Head, Dept. of Tamil Literature, University
19. Dr. A. Ekambaram, Dept. of Tamil Literature, University of
20. Dr. Y. Manikandan, Dept. of Tamil Literature, University of
21. Dr. Va. Mu. Se. Andavar, Pacchaiappar College, Chennai.
22. Ms. V. Geetha, Editor, Tara Publishing, Chennai.
23. Dr. Zainab Basheer, University of Toronto, Toronto. Canada.
24. Dr. Preetha Mani, Dept. of South and Southeast Asian
Studies, University of
25. Dr. Brigitte Sebastia, IFP, Pondicherry.
26. Dr. Yogaraja, Dept of Fine Arts, Eastern University,
27. Mr. Anthony Goreau, University of Bordeaux III, Bordeaux,