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International Centre for Ethnic Studies

The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) is one of the country’s leading research centres, focusing on ethnicity, identity politics, conflict and conflict resolution, post-war reconstruction, democracy and governance, human rights, development and gender. The mission of ICES is to deepen the understanding of ethnicity, identity politics and conflict, and to foster conditions for an inclusive, just and peaceful society nationally, regionally and globally, through research, publication, dialogue, creative expression and knowledge transfer. 

ICES engages in academic research and advocacy and endeavours to create a critical mass of people who believe in cultural pluralism and tolerance. For three decades, ICES has strived to evolve a model of historically sensitive theoretical and empirical research, publications and debate on key socio-political issues. ICES has been particularly influential in shaping policy and public imagination on issues of ethnic diversity and constitutional reform in Sri Lanka.  ICES provides a vibrant and dynamic intellectual environment for academic and policy dialogues, discussions, seminars, publications and socially-engaged literature, art and cinema. 

The ICES libraries in Colombo and Kandy are among the most sought after academic resource centres in Sri Lanka, housing a range of publications on ethnicity, culture, identity, religion, women’s studies, politics, law, and history. 

Twitter: @iceslk

Hub project(s):
Gender, Governance, and Peacebuilding: Institutional Reform in Jordan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka
Gender and Transitional Justice in Sri Lanka
Justice in post-war Sri Lanka
Legacies of the Disappeared: Missing Children and Parental Harm in Protracted Social Conflict

Hub member(s):
Mario Gomez