Patricia Lawrence

Domaine de recherche

Asie du Sud

Pays de résidence

États-Unis d'Amérique


Senior Lecturer


University of Colorado

Adresse électronique


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


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

Pays de spécialisation

Sri Lanka


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 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.