South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Fall 2017

"The Life of Tamil Literature in Translation: Histories and Controversies"

Friday September 15, 2017, 10 am - 4pm
Saturday September 16, 2017, 10 am - 4pm; 6 - 7:30pm reading
Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118)

This two-day international conference will be devoted to the state and status of Tamil literature in translation. Translation in the academy in general occupies a very troubled category. Despite the emphasis that is placed on language acquisition across humanities and social science disciplines, translation is often viewed as second-level intellectual work; as more of a “craft” than as true intellectual activity. Yet, in area studies fields, translations of literary texts are crucial components of our curricula – we cannot teach without them, nor can many of us conduct fieldwork without thinking about “translation” and how it acts as a constant mediating device between “scholars” and their “subjects.” This conference will address issues of translation in terms of its historical specificity and its social ramifications. Participants in this conference will include scholars from the fields of philology and classics and who also write on issues of translation and its relationship to ethnography and the social sciences, and translators of emerging literatures, such as Dalit fiction and poetry, who often grapple with problems of genre, voice, and representation. A special roundtable discussion among several well-known Tamil authors and the translators of their works will be a key feature of this conference.


E. Annamalai, University of Chicago
Matthew Baxter, Harvard University
David Buck, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
Sascha Ebeling, University of Chicago
George Hart, University of California, Berkeley
D. Dilip Kumar, Author
C. S. Lakshmi, Author and Director, Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women, Mumbai
Preetha Mani, Rutgers University
Perumal Murugan, Arinar Anna Government Arts College, Attur
Martha Ann Selby, University of Texas at Austin
Perundevi Srinivasan, Siena College
Aniruddhan Vasudevan, University of Texas at Austin
Rebecca Whittington, University of California, Berkeley

Sponsored by the South Asia Institute, the Department of Asian Studies, and the Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Texas Asia Conference 2017: The New Normal

Friday September 22, 2017, 9:00 am - 6:45 pm
Saturday September 23, 2017, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Glickman Conference Center (CLA 1.302B)

The Texas Asia Conference (TAC) is a biennial and international graduate student conference organized on the initiative of the graduate students of The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Asian Studies. The conference provides a space to present and engage with graduate research work centered on Asia as a regional focus from various disciplinary perspectives. With this year’s conference theme, The new normal, panels will confront and explore various definitions of and approaches to the term “normal” and “normativity” in the study of Asia through different disciplinary approaches. These disciplines include but are not limited to: anthropology, art history, linguistics, dance performance, ethnomusicology, film studies, history, literature, philology, political science, religious studies, sociology and women’s studies.

Sponsored by: South Asia Institute, Department of Asian Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, and the Department of History