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Producing the Present

Today more than ever, nostalgia permeates heritage practices in Sri Lanka. The return to heritage in myth-building and historisation is a process that was not born in the post-civil war years but received more state sanction in the ideological setting of a triumphant Sinhala-Buddhist state victorious over un-national secessionist forces. The paper focuses on the production of a hegemonic heritage discourse, mapping briefly the parties involved, and exploring heritage in practice as a site of contest.

Danger of False Clarities

There is no global process called "terrorism": each armed group with its own strategies and recourses to violence must be understood in a given context rather than as a feature of an elusive "terrorism". The domain of realpolitik where language is a weapon must be separated from the domain of research where language itself is the object of scrutiny.

Resistance and Domination

Kandy at War: Indigenous Military Resistance to European Expansion in Sri Lanka 1594-1818 by Channa Wickremesekera; Konark Publishers, New Delhi, 2004;

The Return of Keppetipola s Cranium-Authenticity in a New Nation

Authenticity in a New Nation Nira Wickramasinghe This paper aims to show that the national identity of the new nation state, Sri Lanka, owes much to the colonial articulation of Kandyan things as authentic, by looking at one particular event of the colonial period which is the return of artefacts from British museums and private collections in the last decade of British rule, especially the return of the cranium of the Kandyan hero Keppetipola. This event is an important example of the grammar in which colonial ideologies were deployed, and suggests, contrary to nationalist academic thinking, a direct lineage between the colonial and the post-colonial state.

History Outside the Nation

History Outside the Nation Nira Wickramasinghe The privileging of the narrative of nation-as-history in post-modern historiography has overshadowed how people conceive time in terms other than nation.
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