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Interpreting Folklore: Historical and Anthropological perspectives of N. Vanamamalai (1917-1980)

November 22, 2023 | 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Asian Institute, Centre for South Asian Studies

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This event took place in-person at Room 208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
Stephen presented on the historical and anthropological perspectives of N. Vanamamalai from 1917 to 1980.
G. Stephen, PhD, is a scholar of Tamil studies and folklore, will discuss the contributions of N. Vanamamalai to the inter-disciplinary study of History and Anthropology. A renowned Marxist intellectual, activist and researcher, Vanamamalai’s scholarship in folk literature transformed Tamil studies through an interdisciplinary approach animated by cultural Marxism. He played a key role in Tamil literary progressive and radical movements; founded the Nellai Research Group; mentored generations of students and a research journal in Tamil, Aaraicci.
Co-Sponsors: Centre for South Asian Studies, and the Tamil Worlds Initiative, Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC
Asian Institute, Centre for South Asian Studies


G. Stephan

Retired Professor, Department of Tamil Studies, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University