Story posted March 17, 2011
This lecture is sure to be of interest to former and future ISLE students, and anyone interested in South Asia, and in Sri Lanka in particular. It will be delivered by William P. Harman, Department of Philosophy & Religion, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and will address the following questions:
- Why did so many female suicide bombers act on behalf of the Sri Lankan Liberation Tigers of the Tamil Homeland (LTTE) during the civil war?
- How could South Asian film fans of the blockbuster movie "The Terrorist" develop overwhelming sympathy and devotion for a woman who murdered the popular Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and sixteen of his colleagues?
Harman argues that the relatively high percentage of women suicide bombers in Sri Lanka must be understood in the context of Hindu devotionalism. When Tamil women have died as suicide bombers they--more elaborately and more consistently than their male counterparts--have become deities.
For more information, please see the following link: http://www.bowdoin.edu/calendar/event.jsp?bid=488448&rid=57369