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The S. J. V. Chelvanayakam Fonds at the UTSC Library Archives: Virtual Launch Webinar
On Friday, February 26 the S. J. V. Chelvanayakam archive will be launched through a free, virtual webinar.
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On Friday, February 26 the S. J. V. Chelvanayakam archive will be launched through a free, virtual webinar. The webinar will bring together international scholars and researchers who will speak about the Chelvanayakam archive, colonial and postcolonial history, justice and law, historical memory, and the significance of digital archives in the modern world. This webinar introduces the Chelvanayakam fonds and is envisioned as an invitation to future community and research collaborations, storytelling, and the sharing of memory.

When:  Friday, February 26th, 9am-12pm EST 

Speakers: 

  • Bruce Matthews, Acadia University (Emeritus), “S. J. V. Chelvanayakam”
  • Thamilini Jothilingam, UTSC, “A Return to Words: Metadata, Metahistory, and Digital Memory”
  • Sujith Xavier, University of Windsor, "They're talkin' 'bout a reconciliation: Listening to the Whispers in the Chelvanayakam Archives"
  • Vasuki Nesiah, New York University, "Towards a Larger Freedom"
  • T. Sanathanan, University of Jaffna, “Translations of a Document”

This event marks the launch of the archive of S. J. V. Chelvanayakam, an extraordinarily significant political leader of the Tamil community in postcolonial Sri Lanka. As a leader, lawyer, and parliamentarian, Chelvanayakam’s life bears witness to significant political events in the island from the 1950s to the 1970s. His papers, consisting of voluminous correspondence, along with documents and pamphlets, were meticulously collected by Mr. Chelvanayakam’s daughter, Susili Chelvanayakam Wilson. The archive was then donated to the University of Toronto Scarborough Library by Susili Chelvanayakam Wilson and Mr. Chelvanayakam’s granddaughter, Malliha Wilson.

This webinar is free and open to everyone and will take place via Zoom. The webinar will be in English and Tamil with live interpretation in both languages. 

Register for the Zoom link:  https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eWITmA6uT66hV3jcvb9LOw

Also presented by: 

  • UTSC Library 
  • Tamil Worlds Initiative 
  • Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
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