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Making ‘Delete Nothing’: Making a Feminist Internet – Zainab Ibrahim and Sachini Perera

Delete Nothing is a trilingual platform that aims to document technology-related gender-based violence (GBV) in Sri Lanka, particularly—but not limited to—the experiences of girls, women, and queer and trans people. It also attempts to break down what technology-related violence looks like; ways of dealing with such violence including and beyond the law; and connect survivors …

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World Class City – Abdul Halik Azeez

“Here is the City Paranoiac. All these long centuries, growing over the country-side? like an intelligent creature. An actor, a fantastic mimic. Pointsman! Counterfeiting all the correct forces? the eco-nomic, the demo-graphic? oh yes even the ran-dom…” Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow I built Colombo in a dream. Clean streets, spotless floors, spotless walls, and well-dressed …

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‘The Oddest of Odd Corners’: Rosa Luxemburg’s Afterlife in Ceylon – B. Skanthakumar

Source Rosa Luxemburg, the early 20th century Polish-Jewish revolutionary born in Zamosc 150 years ago on March 5th this year, had no reason in her frenetic political, intellectual, and literary activism to attend to an inconsequential island in the Indian Ocean. However, decades after her murder in Berlin on 15th January 1919, Ceylon (as it then was) would …

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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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Identity Formation in the Sinhalese Transnational Community in Toronto, Canada – Sankajaya Nanayakkara

The current literature on diaspora makes a break from the old assimilationist and methodologically nationalist perspective on migration. The older perspective took the nation-state as the unit of analysis, assumed immigrants severed relations with their homelands, migration trajectories as unidirectional, migration ended in assimilation (Brubaker 2005: 8), and eventually immigrants become citizens of the host-state. …

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30 Years Later: Reading the Southern Mothers’ Front with Malathi de Alwis – Chulani Kodikara

 Meeting of the southern Mothers’ Front. Photo: Stephen Champion In Malathi de Alwis’ analysis the southern Mother’s Front which emerged from the ruins of the second southern insurrection, demanding truth and justice for disappearances, was “the single largest women’s protest movement of its time and arguably one of the most effective in the history of …

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