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Embodiment and discipline: the process of becoming a Tamil Tiger

Title
Embodiment and discipline: the process of becoming a Tamil Tiger
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Dr Giacomo Mantovan # IASH
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Date and Time
6th Jun 2018 13:00 - 6th Jun 2018 15:00
Location
Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/about/events_calendar/school_events/2017_2018/embodiment_and_discipline_the_process_of_becoming_a_tamil_tiger

Dr Giacomo Mantovan (IASH) will give a talk on “Embodiment and discipline: the process of becoming a Tamil Tiger” on Wednesday June 6th at 1 p.m., at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, 2 Hope Park Square. 

This talk analyses how a non-state military organization, the Tamil Tigers (LTTE), converted boys and girls into fighters. Focusing on narratives of military training, it shows the three stages of becoming a fighter: firstly, the separation from the family, then the military drills, and lastly the integration into the LTTE. In this process, the inculcation of discipline through physical conditioning and punishments, as well as establishing an “emotional regime” (Reddy 2001), are paramount milestones for the construction of fearless and loyal fighters.

All welcome!

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