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Fearsome and Familiar: Buddhist Majoritarianism and Anti-Muslim Attacks in...

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Another Story Bookshop

315 Roncesvalles Ave

Toronto, Ontario M6R 2M6

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Since Sri Lanka declared its war on the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam over in 2009, coordinated mass attacks by Sinhalese Buddhists on Muslims have been on the rise. Perpetrators have included monks and the police. How do these ongoing attacks flow from the historic anti-Muslim violence of 1915, the island’s first reported ethnic riots? How does this new violence reflect or diverge from the anti-Tamil riots of 1956, 1977, and 1983? Understood in conjunction with the 1983-2009 war, what do these attacks tell us about Sinhala Buddhist majoritarianism? How has the global War on Terror shaped responses to these attacks? What might this political moment in Sri Lanka teach us about the neo-Nazi rise in Canada?

Importantly: how have communities organized? How have people protected each other? What does friendship look like in moments of acute violence? Who and what is community? Would Tamil-Muslim solidarity be useful in Toronto or in Sri Lanka? What would it look like? What has it looked like?

Join us on April 25, 2018 at at Another Story Bookshop, 315 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto for a conversation with Dr. Farzana Haniffa, Senior Lecturer at the the University of Colombo, who will join us via video-conference. Our co-panelist, Dr. Aparna Sundar (Asian Institute at the University of Toronto) will discuss anologous and divergent concerns with anti-racist mobilizing in India and Canada.

Doors will open at 6:30pm. The talk will begin at 7:00pm. There will be snacks. Admission is free. Space is limited, so please register here.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dr. Farzana Haniffa obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University in New York in 2007. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her research and activist interests currently concentrate on the politics of Muslim communities in Sri Lanka.

Aparna Sundar teaches in the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto. Her research is broadly on questions of democracy, citizenship, and social justice, with a focus on South Asia and the South Asian disapora in Canada.

ABOUT THE SRI LANKA SERIES

The Sri Lanka Series features activists and scholars based in or around the island, live-streaming into Toronto, Canada for discussions about the possibilities and strategies of leftist mobilizing locally and transnationally. For event updates, please sign up for the Series' low-traffic mailing list.

For their generous support of this event, we thank the Federation of Muslim Women; the Institute of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto; the Tamil Workers’ Network; and the Transnational Law and Justice Network at the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor.

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