Aotearoa Migration Research Network Seminar

Date Tuesday 2 November 2021
Time 11am - 12pm
Presenter Cayathri Divakalala
Contact Shemana Cassim
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Admission Cost Free

Young Womxn’s Social Activism in Lanka: Revisiting Feminist Consciousness from the Global South

The brutality of colonisation combined with a ruthless ethnic war from the early 1980s to May 2009, an insurgence of Sinhala youth in the South in the 1970s, natural disasters, internal and external displacements, and many forms of oppression and rights violation have occupied Lanka’s long history. Alongside the experiences of oppression exist the powerful instances and stories of resistance. Womxn’s activism is one of the main pillars of resistance and resurgence against various forms of oppression. In the post-war context, womxn’s activism emerges from specific locations of class, caste, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and religion to substantiate their claims as subalterns with dignity and agency and to advocate for change. My doctoral research focuses on such powerful experiences of resistance. In this talk, I will be sharing some insights on the relevance of this study, methodology and some preliminary thoughts on findings.

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