Dr. Sanmugeswaran Pathmanesan

Senior Lecturer Grade (II)

Social Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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I am Sanmugeswaran Pathmanesan from the Department of Social Studies of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and currently working as a Senior Lecturer (Gr.II) in Sociology and a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky. I hold a BA (Hons) Degree in Sociology (2002) from the University of Jaffna and a MA degree in Anthropology (2005) from the University of Madras, India. I joined the Open University of Sri Lanka in April 2009. I was an Assistant Lecturer from 2005 to 2007 in the Department of Sociology at the University of Peradeniya prior to joining the Open University of Sri Lanka and also was a visiting lecturer at the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Peradeniya (2005-2007). I completed an international certificate course on Applied Anthropology in Development Processes at the University of Rome (La Sapienza Universita Di Roma, Italia) in 2010. I also have a Graduate Certificate in Social Theory from the University of Kentucky (2016) and received a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Kentucky (2017).

My research interests include South Asian caste system, identity, Tamil culture, religious sites (Hindu temples and other religious sites), diaspora, transnationalism, migration diaspora, place, sacred landscape, memory, and consciousness. During my stay in Jaffna in 2002, I conducted fieldwork for my BA dissertation on Kinship System and Its Changes in Jaffna Society: A Social Anthropological Study based on Inuvil Village, adopting the ethnographic research tradition. In India, I acquired research experiences among the tribes of Badagas, Malayalis and Kotas of South India. For my Master’s research, I undertook an ethnographic fieldwork in 2004-2005 among the Kotas of Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu which is on Kinship and Social Organization among the Kotas of Sholur Kokkal of Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu of South India. Basically, I have both theoretical and practical learning and training in both performing arts of Bharathanatyam and Carnatic music. In addition to my academic work, I also undertook a research among the Periya Melam musicians at Jaffna peninsula and made a presentation at the International Conference on Systematic Musicology 2010 at the University of Cambridge. I conducted a joint research with Dr. Mark Whitaker on the New Religious Sites, New Gods, and Choices among the Post-war Tamils in Sri Lanka in 2015. I have conducted a joint research with Dr. Mark Whitaker on Innovative Religiosity in Post-war Tamils in Sri Lanka in 2017. I have been conducting my Ph.D. dissertation research project among the Tamil Hindus in Naguleswaram and Inuvil villages in Jaffna, Sri Lanka from 2017 to present.

OUSL teaching and learning environment have enormously urged me to engage myself in teaching and learning activities in ODL methodology. Developing learning materials and on-line materials are milestone activities of this ODL system. As ODL learning and teaching mechanism are completely different from the conventional method, I am very much interested to learn more from this institution.

Area of Specification:

Anthropology of Religion, Anthropology of place and memory, and Anthropology of consciousness

Research Intrests:

South Asian caste system, identity, Hindu Temple Disputes, Migration, transnationalism,Diaspora, Sacred Landscape, Place, Memory, village studies,and Consciousness

Affiliations:

2017-present     Central States Anthropological Society Section, AAA

2017-present     Society for Linguistic Anthropology Section, AAA

2016-present     Association for Asian Studies

2015-present     Lambda Alpha National Honor Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology

2015-present     Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness Section, AAA

2015-present     American Anthropological Association

2015-present     Kentucky Academy of Science

2015-present    American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies

2014-present     Anthropology Graduate Students Association University of Kentucky

2013-present     International Exchange Alumni, International Visitor Leadership Program  & Alumni of the United States Department of States

2011-present     Colombo Tamil Sangam (Tamil Association) (Life member)

2010-present     Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (Life member)

2009-2010         Society for International Development

Awards:

2017    Cultural Anthropology Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, USA.

2017    Dean’s Competitive Graduate Fellowship for the Spring 2018 semester, University of Kentucky, USA.

2017   SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research) Travel Award Faculty of Music and Science, University of                       Cambridge

2017   Margaret Lantis Award for Excellence in Original Research by a Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology, University of                       Kentucky.

2016   Lambda Alpha Graduate Research Grant Award, Department of Anthropology, Ball State University, USA.

2016    SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research) Travel Award Faculty of Music and Science, University of Cambridge

2016    Teaching Assistantship, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, USA.

2016    Susan Abbott-Jamieson Pre-Dissertation Research Fund Award, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, USA.

2015   Student Research Award at the Graduate Research Competition, Kentucky Academy of Science 101st Annual Meeting, Northern Kentucky University, USA.

2015    Teaching Assistantship, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, USA.

2014    Travel Award from the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, California, USA.

2014    Teaching Assistantship, Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, USA.

2013    Honorary Citizen of the City of Pensacola, City of Pensacola, Florida, USA.

Researches:

Pathmanesan, S. Uprooted Inhabitants of Northern Sri Lanka: Questioning of Boundaries of Belongings, a chapter in the book of “Borders at crossroads: regional and International experience National University of Malaysia (Forthcoming).

Pathmanesan, S. (2016). The Role of Communication Strategy in Tribal Development Research: The Case of Malayali Tribal Community in Tamil Nadu, South India, VISTAS- Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Open University of Sri Lanka, Volume-10, December 2016, ISSN 1391-7943

Pathmanesan, S. (2016). Cosmopolitanism, Migration, and Transnationalism: An Interview with Nina Glick Schiller (Co-author with Lauren Copeland and Agata Grzelczak), disClosure: A Journal of Social Theory, University of Kentucky, Vol-25, May 2016, Article-17, pp.181-192

Pathmanesan, S. (2016). Ethnographic Research Methods, Social Science Research Methods Block 1 and 2, Lesoon-9, Colombo: The Open University of Sri Lanka (ISBN: 978-955-23-1596-1)

Pathmanesan, S. (2014). Peasant Production and Rural Development, Understanding Sri Lankan Society and Culture, Lesson-9, Module 1 Colombo: The Open University of Sri Lanka, ISBN: 978-955-23-1474-2

Pathmanesan, S. (2015). Conservation and Development, Environmental Communication, Block-1, Colombo: The Open University of Sri Lanka, 2015, ISBN: 978-955-23-1514-5.

Pathmanesan, S. (2012).Thavil Master of V.Thadchinãmurthy: An Ethnomusicological Analysis of the Contribution of a Tamil Musician, Under Construction: Trans- and Interdisciplinary  Routes in Music Research, Wewers, Julia and Seifert, Uwe (Ed) epOs-Music, Studies in Cognitive Musicology, Vol-1, pp. 159-176, Universitat Osnabrück 2012, ISBN 978-3-940255-32-7

Pathmanesan, S. 2012). Sri Lankan Immigrants in the City of Rome: A Sociological Study on Migration and Livelihood Nexus, The International Journal’s Research Journal of Social Science and Management, Singapore, Volume-1, Number-12, April 2012, pp 32-39 Old ISSN- 2010-257X, New ISSN-2251-1571, Available at http://www.theinternationaljournal.org/

Pathmanesan, S. (2010). A Social Anthropological Analysis of a Temple-Centered Community: Jaffna in Northern Sri Lanka”, a volume of the Annual Research Conference, the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, 2010, ISBN: 978-955- 0585-01-04.

Pathmanesan, S. (2010). Migration as a Livelihood Option of the Poor: A Study of the Sri Lankan Immigrants in the City of Rome, Immigrants in Rome:  Case Studies of selected Immigrant communities and Issues prepared by graduates of the 2nd   International Course on Applied Anthropology in Development Processes, Paolo Palmeri (ed), published by Nuova Cultura, Roma, 2010, ISBN: 9788861344402.

Pathmanesan, S. (2009). Ethnic conflict, Displacement, and Poverty in Sri Lanka: A Sociological Investigation VISTAS- Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Volume-5, December 2009, ISSN 1391-7943

Pathmanesan, S. (2009). Education as a Social Institution”, Foundation of Sociology, study volume-01,Colombo: The Open University of Sri Lanka, 2009, ISBN: 978-956-23-1134-6.

Ongoing Research:

Ph.D. Dissertation Research Project among the Tamil Hindus in Naguleswaram and Inuvil villages in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Multireligious Sites in Post-war Sri Lanka

Innovative Religiosity in Post-War Sri Lanka

 

Publications:

Pathmanesan, S. (2014). Social Exclusion, Manudam-06, Sociological Society. Jaffna: University of Jaffna (in Tamil)

Pathmanesan, S. (2013) Tamil Diaspora and Rural Development: A Sociological perspective on the Rasiah and Rasama Information Technology Center, Rasiah and Rasama Information Technology Center Building Opening Ceremony Special Issue, August 24. Jaffna: Inuvil Public Library

Pathmanesan, S. (2011) Marriage in the East and Life in the West:  A Social Anthropological Perspective Chenkathir (a Tamil journal), Batticaloa, Issue: 47, November

Pathmanesan, S. (2010) Jaffna Temple Society:  An Introduction and Social Anthropological Discours Chenkathir (a Tamil journal), Batticaloa, Issue: 34, October.

Pathmanesan, S. (2010) The event of VŽ?lveduthal in Tamil Marriage: A Social Anthropological Discourse Chenkathir (a Tamil journal), Batticaloa, Issue: 31, July.

Pathmanesan, S. (2010) Cultural Interpretation of Water: A Social Anthropological Perspective. Chenkathir (a Tamil journal), Batticaloa, Issue: 29, May.

Pathmanesan, S. (2009) An Introduction of New Glossary Terms in Tamil Marriage System: A Social Anthropological Perspective, Chenkathir (a Tamil journal), Batticaloa, Issue: 24, December.

Pathmanesan, S. (2009) An Introduction to Self-Selection System in Tamil Marriage: A Social Anthropological Perspective, Chenkathir (a Tamil journal), Batticaloa, Issue: 18 June.

Pathmanesan, S. (2009) Inuvil Sri Pararajasekara Pillaiyar Temple: A Social Anthropological Perspective Jaffna: Inuvi Sri Pararajasekar Pillaiyar Temple Thiruneriya Tamil Maraikazham.

Pathmanesan, S. (2009) Exiting Thaipongal Festival for a survival of Tamil Culture, in Sunday Thinakkurl Newspaper Dated, 11.01.2009, Colombo: Thinakkural Pvt.Ltd.

Pathmanesan, S. (2006). An Introduction to Sociology of Islam, Muslim Majilis Journal. Kandy: University of Peradeniya (in Tamil).

Pathmanesan, S. (2006) Tree worship: An anthropological perspective, Hindu Dharmam, Hindu Students’ Union. Kamdy: The University of Peradeniya (in Tamil)

Pathmanesan, S. (2006). An Introduction to Sociology of Violence, Ilankathir-37, Tamil society. Kandy: The University of Peradeniya. (in Tamil)

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