The annual Chicago Tamil Forum brings together a small group of scholars to present on ongoing scholarly works-in-progress regarding Tamil language, society, and culture, widely construed. The meetings involve a public keynote or filmscreening, followed by two days of workshopping pre-circulated papers.  

Past participants include: E. Annamalai, Indira Arumugam, Bernard Bate, Francis Cody, Whitney Cox, Sonia Das, Christina Davis, Sara Dickey, Sascha Ebeling, Swarnavel Eswaran, Stephen Hughes, Kajri Jain, Mythri Jegathesan, Damodaran Karthikeyan, Rajan Kurai Krishnan, Preetha Mani, William Mazzarella, Constantine V. Nakassis, V. Rajesh, Bhavani Raman, Srilata Raman, Sumathi Ramaswamy, Anna Seastrand, Martha Selby, Susan Seizer, David Shulman, Michael Silverstein, S. V. Srinivas, Perundevi Srinivasan, Torsten Tschacher, Rupa Visvanath, Amanda Weidman