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South Asia Research and Information Institute, Dallas,

Asian Studies & the Tower Center for Political Studies at SMU


Tamils in Sri Lanka: Rethinking Political Futures

9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Saturday, September 19, 2009

McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University

Welcome by James F. Hollifield, Director, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, SMU


Tamil Nadu and Tamil Eelam: Divergent Paths of Tamil Identity

Dr. S. Palaniappan, President, SARII, Dallas

From Tamil Consciousness to Tamil National Consciousness

Dr. Dagmar Hellmann-Rajanayagam, Reader, The University of Passau, Passau, Germany

Decolonizing Tamil Nationalism: Self-Determination as an Act of Love

Dr. Yamuna Sangarasivam, Asst. Professor of Anthropology, Nazareth College, Rochester, New York

Self-Determination in Sri Lanka: Anachronism or a Principled Way Forward?

Dr. Hurst Hannum, Professor of International Law, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

China and the Civil War in Sri Lanka

Dr. Jianwei Wang, Eugene Katz Letter and Science Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

After the Military Triumph: Helping Sri Lanka Win Peace

Dr. Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India

The Rationale for a Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam

Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran, Attorney-at-Law, New York City 

chaired by

Dr. Seyom Brown

John Goodwin Tower Distinguished Chair in International Politics and National Security, SMU

Conference parking is free in the lot north of Dallas Hall on Daniel Avenue. For Directions to Southern Methodist University, see

Registration for the conference is closed.

For more information, visit or call:

Dr. Steven Lindquist (214) 768-2105

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