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Religion and Politics in Sri Lanka, Andreas Johansson (CTR, Lund University) 

To broaden the knowledge about the role of religion in the ethnic conflicts of Sri Lanka this project deals with the difficult historical and contemporaneous problems that the country presently suffers from. 

Project leader: Andreas Johansson, andreas [dot] johansson [at] ctr [dot] lu [dot] se 
Period: 2022–2025
Host institution: Center for Theology and Religious Studies.  

The project will run between 2022 and 2025. In its initial phase the project will focus on analysing the Muslim magazine Star of Islam. In its second phase, the project is focussed on analysing material pertaining to the Buddhist organisation Bodu Bala Sena’s social media channels. 

As a project output, Johansson wrote a piece – titled Sri Lanka’s Protests Show a Fragile Unity – about the 2022 protests in Sri Lanka, which was published by The Conversation in May 2022. In the article, Johansson tries to analyse the possible implications of Sri Lanka’s economic crisis, with an emphasis on recent ethnic tensions in the country. 

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