Peace breaks out in 2009. What is the state of the island now?

From artists documenting displacement to lawyers challenging anti-terror laws, from plantation workers unionizing in the hills to women leading demonstrations for their missing loved ones in the north, join us as we map some of the social justice movements currently unfolding in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Series will feature activists and scholars based in or around the island, live-streaming into Toronto, Canada for discussions about the possibilities and strategies of leftist mobilizing locally and transnationally. Talks will thereafter be archived in video and transcript format on this website. Primarily designed for post-secondary students, the Series is open to anyone with an interest in Sri Lankan contemporary issues.

Our inaugural event will be on Sept 19: Olive and Palmyra: Resistance, Art, and the Archive in Sri Lanka and Palestine, featuring Rohini Mohan, author of The Seasons of Trouble Life: Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War, and moderator May El-Abdallah on transnational considerations on the strategies, ethics, and goals of documenting war-time violence. Get tickets and more information here: https://oliveandpalmyra.eventbrite.ca

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