The S. J. V. Chelvanayakam Fonds at the UTSC Library Archives: Virtual Launch Webinar

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Friday, February 26th, 2021

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Please join us for the launch of the S. J. V. Chelvanayakam digital archive. S. J. V. Chelvanayakam (1898-1977) was 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.

• 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”

The webinar will be in English and Tamil with live interpretation in both languages.

The Chelvanayakam papers 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.


Centre for South Asian Studies

Tamil Worlds Initiative

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