Sharika Thiranagama’s research has focused on various aspects of the Sri Lankan civil war. Primarily, she has conducted research with two different ethnic groups, Sri Lankan Tamils and Sri Lankan Muslims. Her research explores changing forms of ethnicisation, the effects of protracted civil war on ideas of home in the midst of profound displacement and the transformations in and relationships between the political and the familial in the midst of political repression and militarization. She has also conducted other research on the history of railways in Sri Lanka, on the political culture of treason amongst Sri Lankan Tamils, the BBC World service in South Asia etc. She is currently undertaking new research in Sri Lanka on post war life in the Jaffna Peninsula mapping new post war social configurations. The second fieldwork project that she is preparing and planning (currently undergoing language training) will be entitled ‘The Cultural Life of Communism in Kerala’ and will be based in Kerala, South India. The project will investigate how a distinct form of Keralan communism has evolved within everyday practices of family life, local public spaces, and ideas of personhood and self-improvement.
2011 In My Mother’s House: Civil War in Sri Lanka. Foreword by Gananath Obeysekere. University of Pennsylvania Press. http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14939.html.
2010. Traitors: Suspicion, Intimacy and the Ethics of State-Building Co-Edited with Tobias Kelly. University of Pennsylvania Press. http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/14939.html.
Co-Edited with Ozlem Biner. Forthcoming, 2012. “Reconciliation, Popular Aspirations, and the State” (working title) Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development.
2010. ‘South Asian Diasporas and the BBC World Services: Contacts, Conflicts, and Contestations’, Marie Gillespie, Sharika Thiranagama, Alasdair Pinkerton and Gerhardt Baumann (ed). South Asian Diaspora 2(1).
Forthcoming 2012. “The Railway to the Moon: Everyday Technology in Monsoon Asia”. Special issue “Everyday Technology in Monsoon Asia”, David Arnold (eds) Modern Asian Studies.
Forthcoming 2012 ‘“The Self at a Time of War”, Special issue “The Self in South Asia”, Mookherjee, N (ed). Journal for Historical Sociology Vol 25, No.1.
2011. ‘“Ethnic Entanglements: BBC Tamil and Sinhala services amidst the civil war in Sri Lanka”. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Vol 12 (2): 153-169.
2010. "Partitioning the BBC: From Colonial to Postcolonial Broadcaster" South Asian Diaspora 2 (1): 39-55.
2007 "A New Morning? Reoccupying home in the aftermath of violence in Sri Lanka" Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 49, No. 1:45-61.
2009 ‘A New Morning? Reoccupying home in the aftermath of violence in Sri Lanka’ in Struggles for Home: Violence, Hope, and the Movement of People. Stef Jansen and Staffan Löfving (eds.) Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books.
Forthcoming 2011 “Muslims, Ethnicity and Minority Identity in Sri Lanka” in Jaffrelot and Arif (eds) Religion and Politics in South Asia. Purushartha. Sciences Sociales en Asie du Sud.(Paris) EHESS
2010 with Tobias Kelly "Spectres of Treason" in S. Thiranagama and T. Kelly (Eds) Traitors: Suspicion, Intimacy and the Ethics of State-Building. University of Pennsylvania Press.
2010 "In Praise of Traitors: Intimacy, Betrayal and the Sri Lankan Tamil Community" in S. Thiranagama and T. Kelly (eds) Traitors: Suspicion, Intimacy and the Ethics of State-Building. University of Pennsylvania Press.
2009 "A New Morning? Reoccupying home in the aftermath of violence in Sri Lanka" in Struggles for Home: Violence, Hope, and the Movement of People. Stef Jansen and Staffan Löfving (eds.) Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books. Reprint of article in Focaal.
2007. "Moving on? Memory, generation and home for displaced Northern Muslims in Sri Lanka" in Ghosts of Memory: Essays on Remembrance and Relatedness. J. Carsten (ed). Blackwell Publishing.