John Rogers to speak on National History in a Transnational World

National History in a Transnational World? Conceptualizing the History of Sri Lanka”A public lecture by Dr. John D. Rogers, United States Director, American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies….. Organized by the Postgraduate Institute of English and the Department of Social Studies, Open University of Sri Lanka …..

Venue: Seminar Room (3rd Floor) Postgraduate Institute of English, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda

DATE: Thursday 24th November … 2.00 pm

The foundation of history as a modern discipline was connected closely to nation building.  Even today, school curricula in most countries are shaped by the desire to inculcate particular visions of citizenship.  But beginning in the late twentieth century, international scholarship, particularly that produced at elite institutions in the West, has moved away from the nation as a category of analysis.  Disillusionment with the nation, globalization, and the influence of postmodern critiques have all contributed to new genres of scholarship that emphasize transnational connections or which deconstruct national narratives.  On the other hand, as demonstrated by recent political developments in the United States and the United Kingdom, the nation has always retained relevance in public culture.  Moreover, the intellectual attack on the nation as a category of analysis has always been much stronger at elite cosmopolitan universities than in more run of the mill institutions or in policy-oriented think tanks.  In this talk, Dr. Rogers will explain his decision to write a general history of Sri Lanka.  He will also discuss his efforts to develop a conceptual framework that breaks from some of the problematic aspects of the established genre of country history

To register please email: smasa@ou.ac.lk before 23rd November 2016

John Rogers is the author of 

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Executive CommitteePresident:  Dennis McGilvray (University of Colorado–Boulder)
Vice President:  Jonathan Spencer (Edinburgh University)
Secretary:  Christina Davis (Western Illinois University)
Treasurer:  Daniel Bass (Cornell University)
Past President:  Charles Hallisey (Harvard University)
Member at-large:  Jeanne Marecek (Swarthmore College)Elected Directors
Amarnath Amarasingam (Dalhousie University)
Michele Gamburd (Portland State University)
V. V. Ganeshananthan (University of Minnesota)
Jeanne Marecek (Swarthmore College)
Dennis McGilvray (University of Colorado–Boulder)
Sharika Thiranagama (Stanford University)
Institutional RepresentativesDaud Ali (University of Pennsylvania)
Kamran Asdar Ali (University of Texas—Austin)
Sumudu Atapattu (University of Wisconsin—Madison)
Joshua Bazuin (Vanderbilt University)
Anne Blackburn (Cornell University)
Isabelle Clark-Decès (Princeton University)
Valentine Daniel (Columbia University)
Neil DeVotta (Wake Forest University)
Charles Hallisey (Harvard University)
Thomas Blom Hansen (Stanford University)
Maria Heim (Five Colleges Buddhist Studies Consortium)
Sree Padma Holt (ISLE Consortium)
Matthew Hull (University of Michigan)
Nalin Jayasena (Miami University)
Karuna Mantena (Yale University)
Vasuki Nesiah (New York University)
James Nye (University of Chicago)
Anand Pandian (Johns Hopkins University)
Geeta Patel (University of Virginia)
Sumathi Ramaswamy (Duke University)
Sanchita Saxena (University of California—Berkeley)
Benjamin Schonthal (University of Otago)
Laurence Simon (Brandeis University)

The American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS) was established in 1996. Its central objectives are to promote US research and teaching on Sri Lanka and to build links between US and Sri Lankan scholars and institutions. It has 24 institutional members and over 110 individual members.

AISLS awards fellowships for two to nine months research in Sri Lanka for US scholars who hold a doctoral degree. It also offers smaller grants for pre-dissertation study, for language instruction in Tamil and Sinhala, and for graduate student participation at selected conferences.

As the professional association for US scholars and other professionals who are interested in Sri Lanka, AISLS operates a closed listserv that enables its members to exchange information. It also sponsors workshops and small conferences in both the US and Sri Lanka, and carries out a program for the preservation and dissemination of research materials. It holds its Annual General Meeting at the Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison WI.

The staff at the Colombo center offers support for visiting researchers. In addition to advice on logistical matters such as housing and transportation, the staff helps researchers make Sri Lankan contacts and find research assistants and translators.

The AISLS library at the Colombo center is open to US, Sri Lankan and third-country scholars. In addition to books on Sri Lanka, the collection includes some general works that provide theoretical and comparative perspectives. The library also subscribes to JSTOR, a database of full-text journal articles.

AISLS is a member of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC). Founded in 1981, CAORC is a private not-for-profit federation of 24 independent overseas research centers that promote advanced research, particularly in the humanities and social sciences, with focus on the conservation and recording of cultural heritage and the understanding and interpretation of modern societies.

AISLS is also an affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies.

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One response to “John Rogers to speak on National History in a Transnational World

  1. John Rogers

    The person in this photo at the top is not me!

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