Human Geography: Mapping Tamil Diaspora Engagement through Narratives with Tanuja Thurairajah
The Tamil diaspora living in Switzerland is predominantly an asylum diaspora. Using narratives from two generations of Sri Lankan Tamils living in Switzerland, we are able to understand how they interact with their homeland as well as their host-land, Switzerland, after the end of the war in 2009. This sheds light on characteristics of the Tamil diaspora, as complex, diverse groups with different visions of belonging and identity.
Tanuja Thurairajah is reading for her PhD at the Human Geography Unit, Department of Geography of the University of Zurich. She has a MA in Peace & Conflict Studies from the University of Innsbruck. Tanuja’s current research looks at Swiss Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora engagement and agency. Her research interests include diasporas, migration and conflict. Tanuja has over a decade of experience working in the development and humanitarian sector in Sri Lanka.
Theatre: After Becoming an Alien – A Lecture Performance with Anupras Jucius
As a lecture performance, Anupras Jucius will present a short contextual retrospective and self-reflection about some first experiences and observations of being in Zurich. He will present sketches about cultural shock and some thoughts on system effects and their influence on empathy.
Anupras Jucius is an actor from Lithuania. Since finishing his Bachelor studies (Stanislavski method) at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, he has been part of the ensembles at two State theatres and been working in parallel as a freelance actor and stage light designer/technician in various performances, movies and TV-series productions.
In 2019, he became the CEO of the municipal theatre «Menas» in Lithuania, and subsequently was awarded the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars and Artists. He has started a Master’s degree in acting studies at the Zurich University of the Arts.
Anupras currently lives in between two countries, is experiencing as much as possible and plans to start an international performance festival.