SENKU-seminar med Sidharthan Maunuguru
Marrying for a future
The civil war between the Sri Lankan state and Tamil militants, which ended in 2009, lasted more than three decades and led to mass migration, mainly to India, Canada, England, and continental Europe. In the presentation, I will argue that the social institution of marriage has emerged as a critical means of building alliances between dispersed segments of Tamil communities, allowing scattered groups to reunite across national borders. I explore how these fragmented communities were rekindled by connections fostered by key participants in and elements of the marriage process, such as wedding photographers, marriage brokers, legal documents, and transit places.
Sidhrathan Maunuguru is associated professor of anthropology in the South Asian Programme and Department of Sociology at the National University of Singapore.