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AISLS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND RECEPTION, 28 OCTOBER 2017

The AISLS Annual General Meeting and Reception is being held in the Capital Ballroom B, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin, at 6 PM on Saturday, October 28.  All persons interested in the academic study of Sri Lanka are welcome!

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CFP: 2017 SRI LANKA GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE

The 2017 Sri Lanka Graduate Conference will be held on October 13-14 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Hosted for the first time by Cornell’s South Asia Program, the conference is co-sponsored by the American Institute for Sri Lanka

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MESSAGE FROM AISLS PRESIDENT ON PASSING OF ISABELLE CLARK-DECÈS

It is with shock and sadness that I convey the news that Isabelle Clark-Decès, Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies, has died in an

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AISLS COLOMBO LIBRARY LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE CATALOGUE

The American Institute for Lankan Studies (Colombo) has announced the launch of its new online library catalogue.  Patrons will now be able to identify very easily the books held in our collection, and locate them on our shelves.  The catalog

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LECTURE BY GARRETT FIELD ON SINHALA SONG, POETRY AND POLITICS IN 20TH CENTURY SRI LANKA, AMERICAN CENTER, COLOMBO, 6 JULY 2017, 4 PM

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AISLS AGM AND RECEPTION, MADISON, SAT. OCT. 22, 2016, 7 PM

The AISLS Annual General Meeting and Reception will be held in the Capital Ballroom B, Concourse Hotel, Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at 7:00 PM.  All with an academic interest in Sri Lanka are very welcome to attend.

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CFP: SRI LANKA GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE, NOV. 4-5, 2016

The 2016 Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference will be held on November 4th and 5th at the Center for South Asia at Stanford University. The conference is co-funded by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and the Center for

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VAGISHA GUNASEKARA APPOINTED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE AISLS COLOMBO CENTER

Vagisha Gunasekara begins her tenure as the Executive Director of the American Institute for Lankan Studies (the AISLS Colombo Centre) on October 3, 2016. Vagisha studies particular entanglements of gender and conflict in rapidly changing situations in the South Asia

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DENNIS McGILVRAY ELECTED AISLS PRESIDENT

Dennis McGilvray, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has been elected AISLS President.  His term will run to October, 2016. McGilvray is the author of Crucible of Conflict: Tamil and Muslim Society on the East

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AISLS GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP HOLDS SESSION ON THE LIFE AND WORK OF STANLEY TAMBIAH

The life of  the distinguished anthropologist Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah (1929-2014) was celebrated in a session at the 5th AISLS graduate student workshop, which was held at Stanford University on November 7th, 2014.  AISLS would like to thank Charles Hallisey, Thomas

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AISLS PUBLISHES GUIDE TO LOCATING PHOTOGRAPHS OF COLONIAL CEYLON

AISLS is very pleased to announce the publication of A Guide to Locating Photographs of Colonial Ceylon, compiled by Benita Stambler, Coordinator of Asian Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida.  This guide documents

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AISLS PUBLISHES ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS OF THE READING PASSAGES IN JAMES W. GAIR & W.S. KARUNATILAKA’S LITERARY SINHALA TEXTBOOK

AISLS is pleased to announce the publication of Theresa McGarry & Liyanage Amarakeerthi’s English Translations of the Reading Passages in James W. Gair & W.S. Karunatilaka, Literary Sinhala (Ithaca: Cornell University South Asia Program and Department of Modern Languages and

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AISLS MAKES M.W. SUGATHAPALA DE SILVA’S COLLOQUIAL SINHALESE READER AVAILABLE ON ITS WEBSITE

The linguist M.W. Sugathapala de Silva (1931-1980) was a leading figure in the study of South Asian linguistics, producing works on the Sinhala, Sanskrit, Telugu and Vedda languages.  AISLS is very grateful to his heirs for granting us permission to

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CFP: SRI LANKA GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP, 7–8 NOVEMBER 2014

The 2014 Sri Lanka Graduate Conference will be held on November 7th and 8th at the Center for South Asia at Stanford University. The conference is co-funded by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and the Center for South

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WORKSHOP ON THE PRACTICE, PERFORMANCE AND POLITICS OF SUFI SHRINES IN SOUTH ASIA AND BEYOND

On August 1–4 2014, fourteen scholars from eight countries met near Aurangabad, Maharashtra in a workshop on Sufi shrines sponsored by six American Overseas Research Centers and organized and hosted by the American Institute of Indian Studies.  Participants included two

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JAMES GAIR AND W.S. KARUNATILLAKE — PHOTOS ILLUSTRATING DECADES OF COLLABORATION PROMOTING THE STUDY OF SINHALA

Two distinguished scholars, Professor James W. Gair of Cornell University and Professor W.S. Karunatillake of Kelaniya University, worked together to promote the understanding and study of Sinhala and South Asian linguistics for nearly five decades, from 1965 until Professor Karunatillake’s

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AISLS HOLDS COLOMBO WORKSHOP ON THE SIDAT SANGARA

On 14 July 2014, AISLS held a full day workshop in Colombo on the Sidat Sangara, a medieval Sri Lankan scholastic work written as a guide for the composition of Sinhala poetry. This text had a long-standing influence on Sinhala

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5TH SRI LANKA GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 7–8, 2014

The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies and the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, announce that the 5th Sri Lanka Graduate Student Workshop will take place at Stanford University on November 7–8 , 2014.  The theme for this year’s

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2014 AISLS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND RECEPTION WILL BE HELD ON 18 OCTOBER

The 2014 annual general meeting and reception of the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies will be held on Saturday 18 October, at 6 PM, in University Rooms A/B at the Concourse Hotel, Madison WI, the site of the Annual

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AISLS AWARDS FOUR FELLOWSHIPS FOR RESEARCH IN SRI LANKA

AISLS has awarded four fellowships for scholars to carry out research in Sri Lanka. Catherine Becker (Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago), Miracle-performing Monks and Relocated Relics: Artistic Exchange between Buddhist Communities in Andhra Pradesh and Sri Lanka. Mythri

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AISLS AWARDS KALYANI RAMNATH A DISSERTATION PLANNING GRANT

AISLS has awarded a dissertation planning grant to Kalyani Ramnath (History, Princeton University) for her project on “Mrs. Senewiratne’s Suicide: Lawyers, Jurors and Medical Experts in the British Empire”.

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AISLS HOLDS AAS FORUM ON “A SRI LANKAN SUFI COMMUNITY IN PHILADELPHIA: THE BAWA MUHAIYADDEEN FELLOWSHIP”

On March 28, 2014, AISLS held a forum at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Philadelphia.  The topic was the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship, a transnational Sufi order established in Philadelphia in 1971. The Fellowship is based

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COLOMBO CENTER HOLDS WORKSHOPS ON “SINHALA LIGHT-CLASSICAL SONG”, “VISUAL NARRATIVES FROM CONTEMPORARY SRI LANKA”, AND “UP-COUNTRY TAMILS IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY”

The AISLS center in Colombo held three workshops in 2013. “Sinhala Light-Classical Song, Sociopolitical Change, and Sinhala Literary Culture in 20th Century Sri Lanka,” convened by Garrett Field, Colombo, August 2013.  This Sinhala-language workshop comprised two panels with papers, each followed

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OVER FIFTY PERSONS ATTEND THE 2013 AISLS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND RECEPTION

Over fifty persons attended the 2013 AISLS Annual General Meeting and Reception at the Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, Wisconsin. It was held on Saturday 19 October at 6 PM.  The conference program included around 35 presentations related to Sri

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DENNIS MCGILVRAY DELIVERS A LECTURE AT HEARTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

On 26 September 2013, AISLS sponsored a lecture by Dennis McGilvray on “A House for Every Daughter: Tamil and Muslim Marriage in Sri Lanka Today” at Heartland Community College, Normal, Illinois.  About 80 students attended the talk.  Partial funding for

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COLOMBO CENTER HOLDS WORKSHOPS ON “CHANGING GENDER ORDERS IN SRI LANKA”, “MESSENGER POETRY IN SINHALA LITERARY CULTURE”, “HISTORICAL INTERPRETATIONS”, AND “THE BHIKKHUNI REVIVAL IN SRI LANKA”

“Changing Gender Orders in Sri Lanka: Challenge, Backlash and Change,” convened by Jeanne Marecek, Colombo, December 2012. The workshop brought together 20 scholars, students and employees of NGOs to consider the different ways in which young women from different social

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AISLS HOLDS SYMPOSIUM ON “SRI LANKAN CINEMA AND ITS DIASPORA”

The pre-conference to the Annual Conference on South Asia was held in Madison WI on Thursday, October 11, 2012.  It featured the most recent manifestations of a film movement called the “third revolution”, whose concerns have revolved around the socio-political

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AISLS MEMBER GARRETT FIELD FEATURED ON DERANA TV

On 3 May 2012, Garrett Field, the holder of an AISLS language grant, was featured on the “100% A to Z in Youth” program on Derana TV.  The filming was done at the American Institute for Lankan Studies center in

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AISLS HOLDS AAS FORUM ON “TAMIL TORONTO: TODAY AND TOMORROW”

AISLS held a forum on “Tamil Toronto: Today and Tomorrow,” at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, Toronto, 16 March 2012. Toronto is home to some 170,000 Tamils from Sri Lanka, the largest such community outside the

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AISLS JOINS WITH THE CENTER FOR KHMER STUDIES TO HOLD WORKSHOP ON “COLONIAL LEGACIES AND CONTEMPORARY SCHOLARSHIP IN SRI LANKA AND CAMBODIA”

This workshop, which was held in Siem Reap on 11-13 January 2012, was a joint project between AISLS and the Center for Khmer Studies. The goal was to compare the twentieth-century historical trajectories of the two countries, and consider how

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AISLS AND CONNECTICUT COLLEGE HOLD SYMPOSIUM ON “SUFISM AS A MEDIATING FORCE IN SOUTH ASIA”

This symposium, which was held on 13-14 October 2011, was convened by Frank Korom (Boston University) and Sufia Uddin (Connecticut College). It was designed as a follow up to an earlier AISLS workshop held in Colombo in November 2010, where

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COLOMBO CENTER HOLDS WORKSHOP ON “GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES IN SRI LANKA”

“Gender and Sexuality Studies in Sri Lanka,” 2011, convened by Jeanne Marecek and Monica Smith. The workshop juxtaposed the practical and experience-based knowledge of practitioners with the theoretically grounded knowledge of academics.

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COLOMBO CENTER HOLDS WORKSHOP ON “HISTORICAL METHODS”

“Historical Methods,” convened by John Rogers, Colombo, 19-20 August 2010.  The workshop included presentations by Prachi Deshpande, Nirmal Dewasiri, Janaki Jayawardena, Liyanage Amarakeerthi, Bhavani Raman, Harshana Rambukwella, Ronit Ricci and John Rogers.  

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COLOMBO CENTER HOLDS WORKSHOP ON “PERSPECTIVES ON SRI LANKA’S HISTORIOGRAPHY”

“Perspectives on Sri Lanka’s Historiography,” convened by John Rogers, Colombo, September 10-11, 2009.  The workshop included presentations by Zoltan Biedermann, Alan Strathern, Premakumara de Silva, Sujit Sivasundaram, John Rogers, Mark Frost, Nira Wickramasinghe, Sandagomi Coperahewa and Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri.

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