11th International Conference

Seminar on Tamil Studies

May 26 to 28, 2023 , Singapore

Dear Scholar

Ever since the International Association of Tamil Research (IATR) was formed in 1964, ten (10) International Conference- Seminars on Tamil studies have been held in different countries of the world. In continuation, to maximize and to uphold the importance given to Tamil research, the 11th International Conference – Seminar on Tamil Research (“Conference”) is being held in Singapore between May 26th and 28th, 2023. Many of these previous conferences were co-sponsored by political or government entities, but this conference is sponsored by IATR and “The Millennial Tamils” of Singapore.

The principal objective of IATR is “to promote multi – disciplinary research on modern scientific lines in all aspects of Dravidian studies in general, and of Tamil studies in particular, and in allied fields with active collaboration of international organizations and scholars interested in such studies.” Consistent with this objective the Academic Committee of the Conference has come up with the following theme for this Conference:

“The New Historicist Study to rewrite the history of the Tamils, Tamil Language, Literature, Culture and Civilization based on Tamil Classics and revaluations of early and recent excavations and other scientific evidences.”

Specific topics that cover the conference theme are attached to this letter with guidelines for the submission of abstracts and research papers. The same can also be obtained by visiting the IATR website at www.iatrofficial.org or https://www.wtrc.org or email contact@wtrc.org.

We wish you the best in your research and hopefully we will see you at the Conference.

11th International Conference – Seminar on Tamil Studies May 26 – 28, 2023, Singapore

(Research Topics)

The aim of the 11th International Conference – Seminar of IATR (“Conference”) to be held at Singapore in May 2023 is to motivate and initiate the rewriting of the history of Tamils, Tamil Language, Literature, Culture and Civilization by re-evaluating Tamil Classics and also based on early and recent excavations and other scientific evidences. The conference also encourages scholars to focus on modern trends in Tamil literature, technology and performing arts and the contribution of the Tamil diaspora to Tamil. With a view to achieving this, well researched and well-written articles on the following topics are welcome for presentation.

Conference Theme

“The New Historicist Study to rewrite the history of the Tamils, Tamil Language, Literature, Culture and Civilization based on Tamil Classics and revaluations of early and recent excavations and other scientific evidences.”

Topic Categories

  1. Tamil ClassicalLiterature
  2. Ancient TamilCivilization
  3. Tolkaappiyam
  4. Tirukkural
  5. Contributions of Tamil during the Middle Ages (5th – 12th Century) to World Civilization
  6. Contributions of very distinguished individualscholars
  7. Tamil Music and PerformingArts
  8. Modern TamilLiterature
  9. Tamil Language, Linguistics, Manuscriptology and Early PrintingHistory
  10. The flourishing of music, dance, painting, sculpture and architecture in ancient Tamilnadu

Topics – Detailed

Tamil Classical literature

  1. Tamil Classical literature as compared with any other classicalliterature.
    1. Puranaanuru, Patirruppattu, Pattuppaattu, and other Sangam texts as culturaldocuments.
    1. Nature in SangamClassics.
    1. Egalitarianism in the SangamEra.
    1. Women in SangamClassics.
    1. The marginalized in SangamClassics.
    1. Education during the Sangamperiod.

The ancientness and the global spread of Tamil civilization.

  1. Study of the origin and spread of the Tamils based on genetic and genographicdata.
  2. Historical, literary, archeological and geological evidences for the existence of the ancient land of “Kumari Kandam”, the home of Tamil Sangams and civilization, and Port city ofPoompuhar.
  3. Ancient Tamil Culture as compared with any classical culture including, Egyptian, Hebraic, Hellenic, Roman andChinese.
  4. The contribution of Tamils to any of the other ancient civilizations: Indus Valley, Sumerian, Mesopotamian and Acadian, Egyptian and Mediterraneancivilizations
  5. The findings of Rev. Fr. H. HerasS.J.
  6. The findings of AskoPurpola.
  7. The findings of Professor K. Rajan of PondicherryUniversity.
  8. Adichanallur, Porunthal, Keezhadi and other recent excavations in South India.
  9. Engineering and Technology in ancientTamilnadu.
  10. Epigraphy

Tolkaappiyam

  1. Tolkaappiyam and Westernlinguistics.
  2. The Date ofTolkaappiyam.
  3. Interpolations inTolkaappiyam.
  4. The concept of Tinai and the Tamil Akamtradition.
  • Tolkaappiyam as compared with other grammatical works in Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and other classical or modernlanguages.
  • The continuity of Tamil grammatical tradition from Tolkaappiyam toNannul.

Tirukkural

  1. Tiruvalluvar as “the Bard of the UniversalMan.”
  2. Tirukkural as the treasure trove of ancient Tamil culture andcivilization.
  3. Tirukkural and ‘the art ofliving.’
  4. The relevance of Tirukkuraltoday.
  5. Tirukkural in comparison with Book of Ethics of otherlanguages
  6. The reception of Tirukkural in other countries of theworld.
  7. Tirukkural as the “Book of theWorld.”

Contributions of Tamil during the Middle Ages (5th – 12th Century)

  1. The uniqueness ofCilappatikaaram
  2. Kamban’s Ramayana compared with the epics in Greek, Latin, Italian and Sanskrit
  3. The contribution of Bhakti literature to the cultural and literary traditions in India

Contributions made by the following scholars to studies in ancient, medieval and modern Tamil language, literature and culture:

R E AsherThiru. Vi. KalyanasundaranarPulavar Nannan
George L HartMaraimalai AdikalDr. M. Rajamaanikkanaar
Gregory JamesMayilai Seeni VenkatasamiA. K. Ramanujan
IlakkuvanarT.P. MeenakshisundaramTevaneyappavanar
Kalaignar Mu. KarunanidhiParitimaar KalaignarThani Nayaga Adikal
Kamil ZvelebilRev. G.U. PopeVipulanantha Adikal

Tamil Music and Performing Arts

  1. The Ancientness of Tamil Isai and PerformingArts
  2. The impact of Tamil Isai on Carnaticmusic
  3. Musical instruments of ancient Tamilsociety
  • Impact of Sangam literature on the lyrics of Tamil filmmusic

Modern Tamil Literature

  1. Contemporary Tamil literature – Prose, Poetry Drama andFiction.
  2. Computer technology and its potential contributions to Tamilstudies
  3. Learning and teaching Tamil to the Tamil diaspora including Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, North America, Europe and othercountries.
  4. Tamil literary works by the Tamil diaspora: Creative and Critical Writingsin Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, North America, Europe and othercountries.

Tamil Language, Linguistics, Manuscriptology & Early Printing History

  1. Linguistic insights inTolkaappiyam.
  2. The contribution of the Tamil Nikantus tolexicography
  3. Manuscriptology and early printinghistory.
  4. Beschi’sCaturakaraati.

The flourishing of music, dance, painting, sculpture and architecture in ancient Tamilnadu

Abstract and Research Paper Guidelines

  1. The research paper should contain original research not publishedelsewhere.
  2. Prior to submitting the actual research paper, the scholars must submit an Abstract of the proposed paper. The Abstract should be a Microsoft Word document double spaced, with font size not less than 12, in Unicode format and shall not exceed two pages in length. The Abstract can be in English or in Tamil.
  3. The Abstracts should be submitted electronicallyto

academic-committee@wtrc.org on or before October 15, 2022. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a committee of experts and the authors will be notified on or before November 15, 2022 whether their Abstract is accepted or not.

  • Authors of the selected abstracts must submit their research papers on or before January 31, 2023. The Research Paper shall be a Microsoft Word document in double space, with font size not less than 12, in Unicode format and shall not exceed 30 pages in length. The Research paper can be either in English or Tamil. However, the research paper shall be in the same language as the original Abstract.
  • Each Research paper should include a brief biodata (not more than 200 words) of the author
  • The number of papers that are selected for presentation at the conference and the respective authors shall be notified on or before February 28, 2023. The Conference organizers shall be responsible for the cost of registration for the conference, accommodation, food and local travel for the invited authors. Other details related to travel will be provided later.

Other Information

  • The authors invited to make presentation at the conference are encouraged to meet their own travel expense or secure travel aid from the government, or the other foundations and charitable organizations. In case the author is not able to find a sponsor for travel aid, the organizers will try to identify a sponsor for the primaryauthor.
  • The authors are advised to get their Passports ready by February 28, 2023 so that if their paper is selected there will be no delay in obtaining the Visa for travel toSingapore.
  • The authors must also procure health insurance on their own to meet any costs related to any sickness or medical emergencies during theconference.
  • All selected papers will be posted in the Conference website. Papers selected for presentation will be included in the ConferenceProceedings.

For Student Researchers

  1. In order to encourage student researchers, IATR and the organizers are working to sponsor the travel for ten (10) individual students, less than 30 years of age, whose research papers areselected.