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Course on Democracy and Community Engagement (May – June 2021)

The SSA organized a short course on democracy and community engagement for 20 undergraduates and recent graduates. Sessions were led by senior academics and experts, and engaged participants on a range of concepts surrounding democracy. It also offered some technical insights into the use of certain media to engage critically with contemporary socio-political issues.

Enhancing Civic Education: TOTs and School Workshops (September 2019 – March 2020)

A two-day training of trainers was organized in two language-based phases for teachers of Civic Education in the Galle, Matara, Hambanthota and Ampara Districts. The trainings focused on preparing teachers to conduct one-day workshops for their students on selected themes from the Ordinary Level Civic Education syllabus. The trainings saw the participation of 40 teachers …

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Enhancing Civic Education: Residential Workshops for Ordinary Level Students and Teachers (January – February 2019)

The SSA organized four-day residential workshops in Colombo for students and teachers following Civic Education at the Ordinary Level. The workshops were conducted in three phases, and saw the participation of over 140 students from schools across the Galle, Matara, Hambanthota and Ampara Districts, as well as nearly 50 teachers. The sessions focused on key …

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Enhancing Civic Education: Teacher Training Programs (March – April 2018)

Training programs were conducted for teachers of Civic Education, and addressed key topics in the local Ordinary Level syllabus. The trainings were conducted in two phases based on medium of instruction. The first two-day program was held in Galle, and saw the participation of 120 teachers from the Galle, Matara and Hambanthota Districts. The second …

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දේශපාලන කාටූන් හරහා ඉදිරිපත් කෙරෙන ප්ලේටෝගේ ‘රාජ්‍ය නෞකාව’ පිළිබඳ විමසුමක් – කල්පනී දඹගොල්ල

හැඳින්වීම සහ අරමුණ කලාව, දේශපාලනය හා නගරය යන සාධක තුන විවිධ කෝණයන් හරහා එකිනෙකට සම්බන්ධකොට දැක්විය හැකි අතර එම සම්බන්ධතා දාර්ශනික මානයකින් විශ්ලේෂණය කොට, අනාගතයේ සිදුවිය හැකි දේ කීමටත්, අතීතයේදී සිදු වූ දෑ තුළින් වර්තමානය පිළිබඳ විවේචන ඉදිරිපත් කිරීමටත් යොදාගත හැකි ය. එවන් දාර්ශනික සම්බන්ධතාවක් ගොඩනැගිය හැකි බොහෝ කරුණු, ක්‍රිස්තු පූර්ව 429-347 හි ජීවත් වූ …

දේශපාලන කාටූන් හරහා ඉදිරිපත් කෙරෙන ප්ලේටෝගේ ‘රාජ්‍ය නෞකාව’ පිළිබඳ විමසුමක් – කල්පනී දඹගොල්ල Read More »

‘ද නිවුස්පේපර්’: සිනමාවෙන් නිරූපිත ගම, නගරය සහ දේශපාලනය – ආශාවරී කරුණානායක

සිනමාව සමාජ යථාර්ථය සියුම්ව ස්පර්ශ කරන්නා වූ රසාස්වාද මාධ්‍යයකි. ඒ අනුව උසස් සිනමා කෘතියක් යනු සමාජ යථාර්ථය ගෙන හැර දක්වමින් ප්‍රේක්‍ෂකයා වෙත සිතීමේ අවකාශය විවර කරන්නකි; සමාජය වෙත කිසියම් පණිවුඩයක් සන්නිවේදනය කිරීමේ කාර්යයෙහි නියැලෙන්නා වූ මාධ්‍යයකි. එහිදී සිනමා මාධ්‍යයෙහි ඇති සෞන්දර්යාත්මක ආකර්ෂණය ප්‍රේක්‍ෂකයා ඒ වෙත රඳවාගැනීමට සමත්ව ඇත. ඒ අනුව සමාජ යථාර්ථය ගෙනහැර දැක්වීමේදී විවිධ …

‘ද නිවුස්පේපර්’: සිනමාවෙන් නිරූපිත ගම, නගරය සහ දේශපාලනය – ආශාවරී කරුණානායක Read More »

Sri Lanka’s Left isn’t ‘Taking Democracy Seriously’ – Devaka Gunawardena

Image courtesy: Daily News (2018)  The Left in Sri Lanka—currently more of an aspirational idea, than an active movement—is once again at the crossroads. Those people who at least explicitly self-identify as Left appear to be split between those who see the current regime in power as heading down a dangerous path, versus those who wish to …

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A call to action against the detention of Hejaaz Hizbullah and Ahnaf Jazeem, anti-Muslim violence, and attacks on democracy

Decades of majoritarian politics, and the more recent descent towards authoritarianism and militarisation, have eroded the foundations of our democracy. They have numbed us to the violence in our daily lives and desensitised us to how sections of our citizenry are targeted. Over a year has passed since Hejaaz Hizbullah and Ahnaf Jazeem were arrested, …

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Qadri Ismail (1961 – 2021): Abiding, Acknowledging, and Accounting for Intellectual Debts – Andi Schubert

Fuck 2021. Well, that seems like an appropriately Qadri-esque way[i] to open a reflection on his untimely and sudden death, only a few months after the loss of Dr Malathi De Alwis. Qadri and Malathi De Alwis were part of a stellar generation of Sri Lankan intellectuals who came of age in the mid to late …

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