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Narrating Civil Conflict in Post-War Sri Lanka: Counter Memory, Working-Through and Implications for North–South Solidarity

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State Crime Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2022)

Vihanga Perera, Visiting Lecturer, University of Peradeniya

This article examines survivor/witness narratives of the Sri Lankan civil conflict (1983–2009) and their potential as counter-memories that contest and challenge authorized history dictated by the state. In situating the significance of these narratives the article draws on the prevailing conditions in post-conflict Sri Lanka, especially the surveillance and intimidation against public memory in the former war regions and the dominance of Sinhalese-Buddhist nationalism within state power. In orientation, the study is future-oriented and is preoccupied with how survivor narratives can be utilized to strengthen reconciliation and solidarity among different victim groups. It advocates for survivor/witness narratives to be incorporated as classroom material and for frameworks that appreciate comparative readings of conflict to be developed and adopted… (read more)

State Crime Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2 (2022)