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SOAS South Asia Institute

Tamils after the Genocide

Tamils after the Genocide
Bashana Abeyawardene, Dr Madura Rasaratnam

Date: 4 December 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 4 December 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Wolfson Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Seminar


Bashana Abeyawardene speaking on "Sri Lankan Model: the nexus of counterinsurgency and genocide". 

He began his journalistic career in 1992 and later became a founding member of the Sinhala language weekly “Hiru”- a newspaper managed by journalists and funded by public donations. In 2001 he became its’ Editor in Chief and later served as its' consultant editor. His critical views on Sri Lanka's war against Tamil people enraged the regime, forcing him into exile in 2006. In Germany, he stayed as a guest writer at the Heinrich Böll Haus, before becoming a resident scholar under “Writers in Exile” programme, hosted by the German P.E.N. Centre. Currently he serves as the coordinator of the exiled campaigning group, Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS).

Dr Madura Rasaratnam is Lecturer in Comparative Politics at City University of London. Her research interests are situated in the areas of comparative politics, conflict, conflict management, and international interventions, with a regional focus on the countries of south Asia, specifically India and Sri Lanka. Her book, Tamils and the Nation India and Sri Lanka Compared (Oxford University Press, 2016), is detailed comparative study of the starkly divergent trajectories of the ‘Tamil question’ in India and Sri Lanka from the colonial era to the present day that locates the distinct patterns of nationalist mobilization and contestation in both countries in the dynamics of changing international contexts.

The event photograph is from artist Sanathanan Thamotharampillai’s archiving project called Cabinet of Resistance. This cabinet has 30 drawers and each drawer has a card that contain narratives, drawings and photographs of people who survived the war. This talk will also aim to explore some similar narratives of memory, loss, home and resistance

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