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Writing transitions: Changing and changeable texts (Panel discussion)

Today (Sunday, 16th), 5.30-7pm, Park Street Mews, Warehouse D, Colombo, Sri Lanka Free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets. Limited seating. What role can and does art in general play in memorialising violent events, and how has this played out in our country? More generally, what is the role of cultural production and […]

NO WAY, MR. RAJAPAKSA

Photo by AP Photo/Sanka Gayashan, via Japan Times A slogan from one of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign websites for tomorrow’s election reads, “Let’s start afresh”. Looking at it harder, the slogan is as audacious as it is insulting. When you strip away its optimistic posturing, the slogan’s meaning becomes clear: Just imagine the former president, as […]

PANEL DISCUSSION: Transforming politics for transitional justice

Today (Saturday, 15th), 5.30-7pm, Park Street Mews, Warehouse D, Colombo, Sri Lanka Free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets. Limited seating. What role does mainstream politics have to play in memorialising the inconvenient and the violent? How can the responsibility to serve the best interests of all those in a constituency override more […]

Panel Discussion: The Art of Memorialisation

Today (Friday, 14th), 5.30-7pm, Park Street Mews, Warehouse D, Colombo, Sri Lanka Free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets. Limited seating. How do we see our past, and thereby choose to learn from or repeat that which gave rise to violence? In framing histories, what are the politics of selection and exclusion? In […]

Sights of violence, sites of memory: Reframing the past

Keynote on ‘Sights of Violence, Sites of Memory: Reframing the Past’ delivered on the 13th of August, 2015 for ‘Framing the Past: Untying the Future’, 11th -17th of August 2015, Park street Mews, exhibition curated by Senior Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives and Editor of Groundviews, Sanjana Hattotuwa, in collaboration with Artraker (United […]

KEYNOTE: Sights of violence, sites of memory: Reframing the past

Today (Thursday, 13th), 5.30-7pm, Park Street Mews, Warehouse D, Colombo, Sri Lanka Free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets. Limited seating. Should sites of violence have new lives and under transformation or remain a memorial to the crimes committed there? How should we remember the violence of the state? The interest of a […]

ART, BEAUTY, PAIN AND HEALING

Keynote address delivered at the opening night of ‘Watch this space‘ exhibition at the Park Street Mews. The exhibition runs till the 16th of August. Details of the event and the associated public talks, keynotes and theatre here. ### When Sanjana Hattotuwa asked me to give the keynote today on the topic “Beyond Violence and War- […]

Parliamentary Elections and the Political Emancipation of Sri Lanka

As, in private life, the distinction is made between what a man thinks of himself and says, and that which he really is and does, so, all the more, must the phrases and notions of parties in historic struggles be distinguished from the real organism, and their real interests, their notions and their reality. Karl […]

Resurrecting a Supremacist

Photo from Ceylon Today If there is a man in this country, apart from Mahinda Rajapaksa, with a conscience more impervious to ethical and moral  considerations, a conscience so thickly armour plated that it can blithely adopt the most unprincipled position, then that must be Sarath Nanda Silva, former Chief Justice. This is the man […]

THE VISION THING: WHAT KIND OF COUNTRY ARE WE VOTING FOR?

Photo AP Photo/Sujeewa Kumar via The Guardian The phrase ‘regime-change’ is often used to describe the dramatic result of the presidential election on 8th January 2015, both in the sense of a democratic change of government, as well as at a deeper level, to denote the electorate’s expression of a choice between two competing conceptions of […]

Citizens should decide carefully after weighing the pros and cons

English translation of article published in the Sunday Silumina on 19th of July. Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images via Time. The Parliamentary election is getting closer.  The submission of nominations has been completed.  Voters look on with surprise at the antics of some candidates. Some people are confused due to views expressed through the media […]

Open Letter to President on the conduct of Sir Desmond de Silva

04th August, 2015 His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka Your Excellency, We the undersigned members of Sri Lankan civil society write to you pursuant to credible information made available to us that the Bar Standards Board of the United Kingdom has decided to initiate a formal investigation into the conduct of Sir Desmond […]

News that matters: Groundviews and Twistilled

After months of planning, development and close collaboration, Groundviews is pleased to announce that it is now live on Twistilled. Featured as one of Twistilled’s key communities on its homepage, check out and bookmark our page here. Twistilled analyses what’s being talked about among key influencers to give a live feed of what is most […]