|Restrictions||No 2024 2023|
|Core Area||Communities & Identities|
What is Sri Lanka? How does this faraway, “island,” nation state inform different identities and belongings? Students are introduced to key questions on the study of Sri Lanka and its identity formation using cinematic, literary, historical, textual and visual scholarly materials. Students address themes such as: notions of kinship, gender, political conflict, religion, nationalism, colonialism, sexuality, and forms of belief and belonging. The course is meant for a beginner student who may have heard of Sri Lanka’s ethnic war or the recent protests against the government but is not familiar with the living cultures of the people of the land. Students have an opportunity to investigate topics of interest to them, in the form of research essays as well as curatorial or media projects.