Research

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 ...