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About Nira Wickramasinghe

Nira Wickramasinghe is a professor in the department of history and international relations, the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She grew up in Paris and studied at the Université de Paris IV-Sorbonneand at Oxford University, where she earned her doctorate Among her books are Civil Society in Sri Lanka: New Circles of Power (New Delhi, Thousand Oaks/ Sage, 2001);Dressing the Colonised Body: Politics, Clothing and Identity in Colonial Sri Lanka(New Delhi, Orient Longman, 2003); and Sri Lanka in the Modern Age: A History of Contested Identities(C Hurst and University of Hawaii Press, 2006). 

Articles by Nira Wickramasinghe

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Adam Ramsay is editor of oD-UK.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Aimé Césaire: poetry as weapon

The passionate, lyrical voice of the poet from Martinique was part of a lifework that embraces négritude, Marxism and surrealism all in one, says Nira Wickramasinghe. (This article was first published in openDemocracy on 21 April 2008)

Aimé Césaire: poetry as weapon

The passionate, lyrical voice of the poet from Martinique was part of a lifework that embrace négritude, Marxism and surrealism all in one, says Nira Wickramasinghe.

(This article was first published on 21 April 2008)

Multiculturalism: a view from Sri Lanka

The perspective of war-torn Sri Lanka casts a different light on the multicultural framework advocated in Tariq Modood's new work, says Nira Wickramasinghe.

Sri Lanka: the politics of purity

The exclusivist politics and mindsets of those who have drowned Sri Lanka in civil war must be challenged by a creative recovery of the island's hybrid identities, says Nira Wickramasinghe.
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