2021 Sri Lanka Graduate Student Virtual Workshops

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2021 Sri Lanka Graduate Student Workshops

February 26 and March 12, 2021

Hosted by Cornell University



In February and March 2021, the South Asia Program at Cornell University will host two virtual workshops for graduate students working on Sri Lanka, co-sponsored by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies. The Pre-Dissertation Workshop will occur on Friday February 26 at 11:00 am EST and the Research Interrupted Workshop will take place on Friday March 12 at 11:00 am EST. The exact times are potentially subject to change, depending on the time zones of workshop participants, but the dates are firm.


For each of these closed-door workshops, a group of four to six students will meet with several faculty mentors from Cornell and elsewhere. The workshops aim to enhance intellectual exchange on Sri Lanka, emphasize the production of empirical knowledge linked to precise analysis, build a new cohort of researchers (and research) across disciplines and institutions, and strengthen intellectual relationships across geographic, linguistic, and institutional borders. We invite students from all disciplines to participate.


Pre-Dissertation Workshop

Pre-research students in Masters or PhD programs working on Sri Lanka may apply for the February 26 pre-dissertation development workshop. Students should submit a research proposal (up to 1,000 words), describing research plans and methods, and expected contributions to Sri Lankan studies and any other relevant fields. Applicants should also include a brief CV indicating institutional affiliation, degrees earned, current address, and any other relevant information.


Research Interrupted Workshop

The March 12 workshop is for graduate students who were in Sri Lanka doing research in 2020, but had to leave early due to the pandemic, and those who intended to go to Sri Lanka in 2020 or 2021 for their research, but have yet been unable to do so owing to pandemic conditions. This workshop will support students’ reconfiguration of  their projects, including the use of  alternative research methods and archives, combinations of Sri Lankan and non-Sri Lankan research locations, etc.


Applications should include the student’s original research proposal (up to 1,200 words), as well as a 300-500 word statement indicating how original research plans were interrupted, and what alternative avenues they are considering. Applicants should also include a brief CV indicating institutional affiliation, degrees earned, current address, and any other relevant information.


Application Procedure

Please send proposals as PDF or Word attachments, with “Sri Lanka Graduate Student Workshop” in the subject line, to the South Asia Program at sap@cornell.edu by Monday January 11, 2021. Inquiries prior to that date are most welcome. Please indicate which workshop for which you are applying in your email. Students may only apply to one of the two workshops.



Daniel Bass

Manager, South Asia Program

Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

170D Uris Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York 14853-7601

+1 607-255-8923

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