Department Seminar Series 2016

Date - 08th September, 2016

Speaker : Ms. Tharindi Udalagama

Topic : Life in a Village in the Mahaweli System H: An Ethnographic Expereince

Tharindi Udalagama is at present a third year doctoral student at Durham University, United Kingdom and works with Prof. Bob Simpson and Dr. Tom Widger. She was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship in 2014 to complete her PhD in Social Anthropology. Her PhD thesis is on social suffering of farmer communities in the Mahaweli H system; the oldest system of the Mahaweli Development Program that to date stands as the only multipurpose project in Sri Lanka. Tharindi is a product of the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo where she completed her Bachelors Degree in 2010 with a First Class honours. She was awarded the N.D.S.Silva Memorial prize for Sociology for best performance at the final degree examination in Arts held in the year 2010 by the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is also a Lecturer (Probationary) in Sociology at the University of Colombo since 2012. Tharindi did her PhD fieldwork in a village in the Mahaweli H system and is now in the process of analysing the data. At this seminar, she will be sharing her ethnographic experience from the village in the Mahaweli H system, North Central Province, Sri Lanka.

The seminar will be held on Thursday, 08th September, 2016, at the Seminar Room, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, from 3.00p.m.- 4.00p.m..

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Date - 06th April, 2016

Speaker : Ms. Praveena Rajkobal

Topic : Sarvodaya - post-disaster resettlement and the 5R (Relief, Rehabilitation, Reconstruction, Reconciliation and Reawakening) framework of spirituality-based holistic development

Praveena Rajkobal, MEnvSci, BA (Sociology Honours) is currently a third year Doctoral student at Deakin University in Melbourne and works with Professor Matthew Clarke, Associate Professor Rohan Bastin and Dr Anna Halafoff. Praveena’s PhD thesis is on Reflexive Spiritual Movements and Risk Governance based on the case of the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka. Prior to her PhD, Praveena completed her Masters at Monash University, Melborune, in Master of Environmental Science, focusing on citizen participation and environmental risk governance. Praveena’s Bachelor’s degree was in Sociology, awarded by the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Praveena is also a teaching associate at Deakin University. Praveena did her PhD fieldwork in Sri Lanka for one year in three tsunami reconstruction villages in the Eastern and the Western Provinces of Sri Lanka. She is now in the process of analysing the data. In this seminar, Praveena is going to share her findings from a rural tsunami resettlement village called Vaddavan in Batticaloa District, in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

The seminar was held on Wednesday, 06th April, 2016, at the Seminar Room, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, from 2.00p.m.- 3.30p.m..

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Seminar Five - 23rd of March, 2015

Speakers : Prof. Bishnu Charan Barik and Dr. Smita Verma

Topics : ‘Agrarian Structure and Migration of Labour: Reflections on the Process of Mobility’ and ‘Gender and Sexual Assault in Contemporary India’ respectively

Prof. Bishnu Charan Barik is a Senior Professor of Sociology (former Director) in the School of Social Sciences, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded (Maharashtra State) and was the Vice-Chancellor of Sambalpur University, Jyoti Vihar, Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha from 2011 to 2014. His areas of research interest are Agrarian Studies, Migration, Weaker Sections, Dams and Displacement and Water Management.

Dr. Smita Verma is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow, India. She did her M.Phil. and Ph.D at Jawaharlal University, New Delhi. Her areas of specialization are Gender across life span and Social Gerontology. She has completed two major projects sponsored by UGC, New Delhi on the issue of Women and Leadership in India and Fertility Behavior among Slum Dwellers.

The seminar was held on Monday, 23rd of March 2015, at the Seminar Room, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, at 12 noon.

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Seminar Three - 2nd of March, 2015

Speaker : Ahilan Kadirgamar

Topic : Rethinking Capitalist Development: Engaging the work of Kalyan Sanyal

Ahilan Kadirgamar is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He holds an MPhil in Anthropology from CUNY, an MA in Economics from the New School for Social Research and BS in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Collective for Economic Democratisation in Sri Lanka and a contributing editor for Himal Southasian. He is currently based in Jaffna, and regularly writes on the political economy of Sri Lanka. He writes in various forums including the Sunday Island and Sunday Times newspapers and Samakalam Tamil magazine in Sri Lanka, as well as the Economic and Political Weekly and The Hindu in India.
The seminar was held on Monday, 2nd of March 2015, at the Seminar Room, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, from 4.30 p.m.- 6.30 p.m.

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Seminar Two 23rd of February, 2015

Speaker : Dominic Esler

Topic : 'Paddy is the hardest work': Agricultural transformations, livelihood strategies and the household economy in Mannar's rice bowl

Dominic Esler is a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at University College London, and a visiting student at the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo. He is currently conducting research on agriculture, economy, and rural sociality in Mannar. In this presentation, he presented his findings on agricultural transformations, livelihood strategies and the household economy in Mannar’s rice bowl.

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Seminar One - 16th of January, 2015

Speaker : Nathalie Metheuver

Topic : Actors towards change? How peace education influences student's motivation and strategies to contribute to social cohesion in Sri Lanka.

Nathalie Metheuver is a research master student of International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In her studies, she has specialized in education and conflict. For her master’s thesis research she spent four months in Sri Lanka as a casual student at the University of Colombo. In her research, she explores the way in which peace education is implemented in formal secondary schools in the North Western Province and how this process is influenced by the current political and cultural context of Sri Lanka. Furthermore, she tries to understand the way in which peace education programs influence student's perceptions about social cohesion and how it influences student's motivations and perceived ability to actively contribute to social cohesion in Sri Lanka. In this presentation, she presented the preliminary findings of her research.


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