Events & Activities

Book Review: Women’s Movement in Sri Lanka – History, Trends and Trajectories by Dr. Shermal Wijewardene

By: Selvy Thiruchandran 318pgs Published by: Social Scientist’ Association “Women’s Organizing in Sri Lanka and the Place of the Movement History” By: Dr. Shermal Wijewardene In the project to write a history of a country’s women’s movement, Dr. Selvy Thiruchandran’s book, Women’s Movement in Sri Lanka: History, Trends and Trajectories (2012) begins by asking whether …

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Discussion on Gender and Democracy in Pakistan

SSA and the Women and Media Collective co-hosted an informal discussion on “Gender and Politics in Pakistan” on the 23rd of May 2013 at SSA. The main discussant was Ms. Nighat Khan, a prominent feminist scholar and activist from Pakistan. She is also the Executive Director of the Applied Socio-Economic Research (ASR) Resource Centre, Lahore, …

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Workshop/Training of Enumerators

The workshop was held from 27-29th July 2012 at the Sarvodaya Development Educational Institute, Aluthgama- Bandaragama. In total 57 enumerators were trained in field research and survey methodology. Two prominent Indian scholars, Prof. Sandeep Shastri and Prof. Sanjay Kumar from the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, (CSDS) New Delhi participated as resource persons …

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1992: Women – The State, Fundamentalism and Cultural Identity in South Asia

In March 1992 a conference was held in Sri Lanka organized by the SSA with participation of delegates from Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. The papers presented were published in 1996 by Kali for Women in a book entitled “Embodied Violence: Communalising Women’s Sexuality in South Asia” edited by Kumari Jayawardena and Malathi de Alwis. …

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1987: Facets of Ethnicity

Following the success of “Ethnicity and Social Change” (1984), the SSA in 1987 published another book Facets of Ethnicity edited by … on the themes of nationalism, ethnicity. The contributors were Serena Tennekoon, Newton Gunasinghe, Radhika Coomaraswamy, V. Nithyanandan, Sunil Bastian, K. Sivathamby, Kumari Jayawardena and Gamani Samaranayake.

1979: SSA Projects

The SSA held a seminar on Nationalism, and History in December 1979, where historians and social scientists presented papers. These were published in three languages in 1984 under the title “Ethnicity and Social Change in Sri Lanka”. The writers were Senake Bandaranayake, Leslie Gunawardana, W.I. Suraweera, Susantha Goonetilake, Neil Kuruppu, K. Kailasapathy, Kumari Jayawardena, K. …

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