Research Themes

Identifying Post-War Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women in Sri Lanka

Poverty levels among women in the war-affected Northern Province are among the highest in the country. Since the end of the war in 2009, there have been several initiatives by the Government, the non-governmental and ...

Filling the Gaps: Giving Shape to Sri Lanka’s Transitional Justice Process

ICES 2016 project on transitional justice is a continuation from the previous transitional justice projects. This focus this year will be on the themes of truth-seeking prosecutions reparations and ...

Fostering Pluralistic Memories and Collective Resilience in Fragile Transitional Justice Processes

In the aftermath of protracted civil conflicts, as in Sri Lanka’s case, truth and reconciliation processes have come to be accepted as the normal process forward to ...

Building Resilient Communities

The ending of the war was seen by many as a paradigm-shifting moment in the country’s history. But more than four years since the end of the war Sri Lanka remains a troubled nation. New forms of conflict are emerging along with new majority-minority configurations. This project seeks to address ...

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 ...

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 ...