Patricia Lawrence

Region of Interest

South Asia

Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Senior Lecturer


University of Colorado


Mailing Address

University of Colorado
Department of Anthropology
Boulder, CO 80309-0233 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 303-543-0097
fax: 303-492-1871

Countries of Specialization

Sri Lanka

Research Interests

Cultural Anthropology; South Asia and Sri Lanka;
Ethnicity and Identity; Religion and Ritual; Human Rights; Terror
Warfare; Peacebuilding.

Activities currently include completing a book manuscript based on
my field research in Sri Lanka's eastern war zone.

Teaching Interests

Teaching cultural anthropology classes on the intersection of human rights and anthropology; the ethnography of South Asia and Tamil culture.

In Sri Lanka, I am teaching an on-going series of workshops at the children's peace garden in Batticaloa and working as a consultant for several NGO's.


1997a. "The Changing Amman: Notes on the Injury of War in Eastern
Sri Lanka," in South Asia: Journal of the South Asian Studies
Association, Special Issue, Vol XX.

1997b. "Grief on the Body: the Work of Oracles in Eastern Sri Lanka"
in Collective Identities, Michael Roberts, ed., Delhi: Navrang Press.

1998. "The Changing Amman: Notes on the Injury of War in Eastern
Sri Lanka," in
Conflict and Community in Contemporary Sri Lanka, Studies in
Contemporary South Asia No. 3, Sage Publications.

2000. "Violence, Suffering, Amman: The Work of Oracles in Sri
Lanka's Eastern War Zone" in Violence and Subjectivity, Veena Das,
Arthur Kleinman, Mamphela Ramphele, and Pamela Reynolds, eds.,
Berkeley: University of California Press.

"Kali in a Context of Terror: Tasks of a Goddess in Sri Lanka's Civil
War" in Encountering Kali: In the Center, at the Margins, in the
West, Jeffrey Kripal and Rachael Fell McDermott, eds., Berkeley:
University of California Press (in press -- 2002).

"Activists and Oracles: Responses to Violence Against Women in Sri
Lanka's War Zone." in Human Rights Review Vol 3:2 (in press).


cultural anthropology ; ethnicity ; religion ; ritual ; human rights.