My latest article, co-authored with Rapi Siriwardane, was recently published in the German-language journal Südasien (35.Jahrgang, Nr. 1/2015). The article, entitled “Reis-Mafia in Colombo: Wahlkampf um das Präsidentenamt’, explored the significance of the rice processing business to the Maitripala Sirisena election campaign of late 2014/early 2015. A summary of the article and the very colourful journal cover appear below (credits: Südasien). The journal cover:
[Peer reviewed] “Reis-Mafia” in Colombo: Wahlkampf um das Präsidentenamt
The plight of families, and very especially mothers of disappeared/abducted people (especially youth) in Sri Lanka, nearly ten years after the end of the war, is simply shameless and deeply problematic. As a country, and as a people rich in our diversity, we Sri Lankans need to take a long and hard look at ourselves and take stock of the continuing suffering of a segment of the most underprivileged and vulnerable of our own. In terms of government policy and accountability, we have failed the mothers who have been waiting for many years - and who continue to desperately wait - to hear about what happened to their children. It is our collective responsibility to stand in full solidarity and never lose sight of their plight, which is also our plight. We should stand for the right of our own fellow citizens to know the truth about what happened to their children and loved ones. #justice #equality #lka #disappeared #missingpersons #accountability #fightagainstinjustice✊🏿 #SriLanka #belfast Chapeau to the excellent @hxmsi_ for organising the solidarity vigil in Belfast earlier today.
This refereed article focuses on an eventful episode of politics of Labour Representation in Northern Ireland. Writing about politics of the left in Ulster was indeed a very exciting experience. It was an effort, albeit incomplete and parsimonious, to document a time of much political excitement among party members and some of Northern Ireland Labour's most committed activists. This article is also one that provides testimony to the commitment of a group of people in Northern Ireland to genuinely work towards cross-community consensus, and move beyond zero-sum sectarian politicking [which has for many months brought Stormont to a standstill]. Writing this article began during a very busy time, right in the middle of my mandate as Northern Ireland Labour's LGBT+ Officer/EC Member. Its completion marks my own 'moving on' within politics of the left and advocacy of social and very especially gender justice, developing further critical perspectives on what could be broadly termed 'politics of the left'. This article, needless to say, is also an example of what I call 'reverse' area studies - as in, a person with their roots in the global South immersing herself in the politics of a deeply divided society in the global North. My thanks go to the many friends in the Labour Party in Northern Ireland and in the province's Labour mouvement for their friendship, critical discussions, arguments, disagreements and wisdom. Very special thanks go to a distinguished party senior, Comrade Sam R. Gibson, Chair of the Labour Party's North Down Branch, and a co-convenor of Save Our Services Northern Ireland, for his insight, wit, and decades-long commitment to inclusive politics in Northern Ireland. All errors and shortcomings remain mine. #PoliticsOfTheLeft #NorthernIreland #Ulster #NorthOfIreland #Labour_Representation_in_Northern_Ireland #LPNI #NILRC #RightToStand #CLRNI #SamGibson #lka #PoliticalParties
Last Thursday, it was a pleasure to be part of a ‘first’ in Sri Lanka. I had the great pleasure of delivering the inaugural ‘Pride Speech’ co-hosted #ERP #Chathra and #CWDF. #lka #genderjustice #homecoming #reprojustice #SriLankan #politiquederassemblement #criticalperspectives Photo credits: Chathra/ERP
Some snapshots from my talk at the Decolonial Platform @universitycollegedublin on Tuesday 10th April 2018. This talk led to a stimulating discussion on decolonial épistémologies, managing professional relations within the academy, the work to be done in the global south, white privilege in the academy, new approaches to knowledge production and much more. #decolonize #knowledgeproduction #dublin #ucd #ireland #lka #chamindraweerawardhana #internationalism #globalengagements
New publication/vient de paraître : discussion on a #Transfeminist perspective on development work in the Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies #genderjustice #developmentResearch #WorldPolitics #chamindraweerawardhana #lka #ireland #sibeal #womenInpolitics #scholaractivist #internationalism #globaloutreach
Intervention à l’université du Québec à Montréal - @uqam -le jeudi 22 février 2018, organisé par le Réseau québécois d’études féministes. J’ai surtout souligné ce que signifie les « solidarités transféministes » pour nos luttes féministe-intersectionnelles collectives. #femmeraciséeUniversitaire #chamindraweerawardhana #solidaritéstransféministes #AuDelàduBinaire #montreal #québec #canada #lka #internationalisme #srilanka #afroféminisme #transféminisme #sudSglobalS #RéQÉF je suis également intervenue lors d’un cours de 2ème année de bac (licence en France), où j’ai appuyé sur les mêmes enjeux.
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