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“Sri Lanka Otherwise?: Resituating Topography and Temporality”:
2014 Sri Lanka Graduate Student Conference

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 Asia, Stanford. As with the four previous graduate conferences, this workshop will bring together graduate students both in the final writing up stage and pre-research/planning stages from a variety of disciplines and institutions. The graduate conference aims to enhance intellectual exchange on Sri Lanka; emphasize the production of empirical and non-sectarian knowledge; focus attention on recent transformations of key concepts; strengthen and build a new cohort of researchers (and research) across disciplines and institutions; and strengthen relationships between American graduate students and local intellectual circles in Sri Lanka.

In 2014 our theme is Sri Lanka Otherwise? Resituating Topography and Temporality. In keeping with the term, “otherwise”, we suggest a speculative theme for this year. “Otherwise” as an adverb suggests that we think in circumstances different than those present or considered, or, that we think of what has been left apart. “Otherwise” as an adjective suggests that we ask ourselves what it would be like to be in a different situation, what other paths have, could, and should be at our feet. How might we re-imagine Sri Lanka’s temporal schemas and its dominant island topographies?