Tamil Academic Journal publishes its first issue

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The Tamil Academic Journal (TAJ), the first academic journal run by the Tamil diaspora, has published its first issue online under the title “Tamil Resistance in the Twenty-First Century”.

(Photo by TAJ Lecture at Kingston University on July 6, 2019)

The April 14 publication follows a successful conference at Kingston University where leading academics on a range of issues from academic freedom; caste discrimination; the colonization of northern and eastern Sri Lanka; Tamil linguistics in Singapore; and, Tamil identity across diaspora and homeland.

Learn more here: Tamil Academic Journal launches its first conference

Speaking to Tamil Guardian, TAJ representatives explained that the theme of resistance was chosen in 2019 to mark ten years since the end of armed conflict in Sri Lanka, “there has been no truth, accountability or justice for the atrocities committed against Eelam Tamils ​​in Mullivaikkal”.

They further explained that TAJ “is the first institution of its kind in the Tamil Diaspora that promotes original research concerning Tamils ​​globally. Founded by UK-based Tamil university students in 2019, it is dedicated to publishing of peer-reviewed articles from all disciplines, including the arts, humanities, social and applied sciences”.

“In addition to promoting scholarly research and knowledge transfer, the journal hopes to create a community for scholars around the world to collaborate inside and outside their fields,” he added.

Published articles include:

“Resistance will not be televised – the role of the Tamil academic in times of academic resistance” by Dr. Thamil Ananthavinayagan

“Memory and Resistance in London’s Tamil Diaspora: Reflections from the Exhibition ‘Tamils ​​of Lanka: A Timeless Legacy'” by Dr Rachel Seoighe, and

“The Place of Tamil in the Linguistic Landscape of Singapore’s Little India” by Ms. Davini Laksmi Jayagomar.

They are accessible here.

Speaking to Tamil Guardian on how TAJ intends to move forward, they explained that they are in the middle of their second call for submissions. This time, the focus would be on “Tamils ​​and climate change”.

“We chose this theme because climate change threatens to trigger more frequent, worsening and extreme weather events both in the traditional homelands of Tamils ​​and in all other countries where Tamils ​​reside. In the absence of a nation-state, Tamils ​​are unable to directly address the adverse effects of climate change on their people or represent themselves as sovereign equals on the international stage”.

TAJ has partnered with Puhar 15, a research firm specializing in climate change in the North East.

Read more here.

See their call for papers here.

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