Research

From War to Peace – People’s Perceptions from the North and East

This is a context analysis that traces the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka since May 2009 to December 2012, from the prism of people’s perceptions, especially that of the resettling communities in the North and East directly affected by the war. This report is ...

Post-War Justice, Reconciliation and Development

Since the end of the war in 2009, ICES has been exploring the complex and contested nature of building peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, taking into account the history of the conflict and the current socio-political and economic configurations. While the term reconciliation is easily and often invoked by politicians, civil society organisations, international ...

The South Asia Regional Project on Justice

Through a series of vectors the project will interrogate how the practices of law both inhibit and forward a more nuanced knowledge on what constitutes justice in South Asia. If, on the ...

State, Politics and Power

Over the years ICES research has made a significant contribution to policy debates on state reform and power, both nationally as well as internationally. The publications “Sri Lanka: The Devolution Debate (1996)” which covered the period up to the enactment of the 13th Amendment and establishment of provincial councils in Sri Lanka and “Ideology and ...

Justice and Struggle for Peace

ICES works for people excluded from access to resources, politics, and means to a dignified life. We link rights to the theme of Justice emanating from permanent discrimination, vulnerability, powerlessness, and disenfranchisement from politics – of women, immigrants, internally displaced, minorities and indigenous communities, racially discriminated groups, refugees and the stateless- consequently relating to the ...

Gender & Sexuality

ICES, from its inception, has considered gender a core category in the analysis of ethnic identity and conflict. Hegemonic ethno-nationalisms frequently seek to degrade and feminize the “other” and while women and men within an ethnic group might be segmented in various ways according to class, caste, age, status etc., they are also invariably socialized ...

Ethnicity, Identity and Violence

The category of Ethnicity, and the associated field of knowledge ‘ethnic studies,’ has been both a strategic position and a perspective for the Centre since its inception. Scholarship on the newly-independent Ceylon, like many postcolonial ‘new nations’ of Asia and Africa was dominated by ideas of ‘nation building,’ ...

Arts, Media & Culture.

Since its inception in 1982, ICES has been unique in its integrated approach, which has viewed aesthetic engagement as an integral part of its research, advocacy and policy work. Throughout its 25 years, ICES has worked to promote arts and culture generally, as well as specifically in terms of promoting social transformation. This work has ...

Promoting Religious Harmony and Inter-Faith Dialogue

Through research, dialogue, education, and community interventions, this project will enhance understanding between and amongst different religious groups in Sri Lanka ...
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