What is happening in Sri Lanka? Panel debate on the economic and political crisis
Do you want to learn more about what spurred the current economic and political crisis in Sri Lanka? How can it be understood through the lens of modern Sri Lankan history and the country’s post-conflict development?
Join this panel debate where we will get perspectives on the crises from the Nordic region’s Sri Lanka experts.
Sri Lanka has for the first time since independence defaulted; unable to withstand an unsustainable debt burden. Prior to this, deteriorating living standards had led to unforeseen mass mobilization of protests, with outbreaks of visible fury against the country’s political leaders.
The intense insecurities, inequalities and austerity is connected to both economic mismanagement and a global economy in meltdown. These conditions have resulted in a reclaiming of citizen's democratic deficit and calls for basic socio-economic security and political rights for all. However, what was a peaceful public protest movement until May 9th 2022 risks becoming ugly.
In this panel discussion, we will focus on the politics and corruption that led to a democratic deficit and economic crisis; how the current crisis relates to Sri Lanka’s other still unresolved conflicts, and the tactics used by communities to reclaim their rights
Join us 16 September 2022, 13.15-15.00 in Lund, where we will get perspectives on the crises from the Nordic region’s Sri Lanka experts.
Kanchana N Ruwanpura, Professor at Human Geography, University of Gothenburg. More information.
Camilla Orjuela, Professor at School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. More information.
Iselin Frydenlund, Associate Professor, Norwegian School of Theology. More information.
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