The annual Chicago Tamil Forum brings together 7-8 scholars to present on ongoing scholarly works in progress. The meetings involve a public keynote or filmscreening, and then two days of workshopping precirculated papers. Each paper has a devoted discussant (another participant in the workshop) who kicks off a ninety minute discussion period.
Past participants include: E. Annamalai, Indira Arumugam, Bernard Bate, Francis Cody, Sara Dickey, Swarnavel Eswaran, Constantine V. Nakassis, V. Rajesh, S. V. Srinivas, Perundevi Srinivasan, Rupa Visvanath, Amanda Weidman
2014 - New Directions in the Anthropological Study of Tamil Nadu, India (May 29-31, 2014)
2015 - Margins of Dravidianism (May 21-23, 2015)
2016 - Politics of Media, Media of Politics (May 19-21, 2016)
2017 - Poesis/Politics of Language and Place in Tamilagam (May 25-27, 2017)