Research papers

On (not) Knowing One’s Place: A Critique of Cultural Relativism

ICES Working Paper No. 4
By Qadri Ismail
August 2013
The paper was presented at Ethical Futures: Dialogues on state, society and ethical existence organized by the International Centre for Ethnic Studies. Held on 30th May to lst June 2013 ...

What Lessons Are We Talking About? Reconciliation and Memory in Post-Civil War Sri Lankan Cinema

ICES Research Paper No. 10
By Dinidu Karunanayake and Thiagaraja Wardas
September 2013
A collaborative research publication by a Sinhala Buddhist and a Tamil Christian. ...

Only Until the Rice is Cooked? The Domestic Violence Act, Familial Ideology and Cultural Narratives in Sri Lanka (Sinhala)

ICES Working Paper No. 1
By Chulani Kodikara
September 2013
This paper maps contemporary discourses on domestic violence in Sri Lanka, especially in connection with the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 2005 (PDVA) ...

History After the War: Historical Consciousness in the Collective Sinhala Buddhist Psyche in Post War

ICES Research Paper No. 9
By Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri
July 2013
The focus of the essay is the way in which the historical consciousness of Sinhala Buddhists operates in the post-war context. ...

Post-War Sri Lanka: Is Peace a Hostage of the Military Victory?

Dilemmas of Reconciliation, Ethnic Cohesion and Peace-Building

ICES Research Paper No. 8

By Gamini Keerawella

June 2013


The Political Economy of Post War Sri Lanka

ICES Research Paper No. 7
by Sunil Bastian
May 2013
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how deepening capitalist relations in post-war Sri Lanka will accentuate the social contradictions associated with capitalist development ...

Victorious Victims: An Analysis of Sri Lanka’s Post-War Reconciliation Discourse

ICES Research Paper No. 6
By Andi Schubert
March 2013

The Promise of the LLRC: Women’s Testimony & Justice in Post War Sri Lanka

ICES Research Paper No. 4
By Neloufer de Mel
February 2013
This essay raises some issues about justice in post-war Sri Lanka in relation to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and selected women who testified ...