Web Seminar
Perspectives on Post-War Sri Lanka
Thursday 16 February 2023

15:00 – 17:00 NL time
19:30 – 21:30 SL time

We invite you to participate in our
virtual (ZOOM) seminar ‘Perspectives on Post-War Sri Lanka’
on Thursday 16 February 2023, 15:00 to 17:00 hrs Netherlands and  19:30-21:30 hrs Sri Lanka time.

To commemorated 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, the Netherlands Sri Lanka Foundation of the Netherlands has and will organise web seminars delving into different aspects of Dutch-Sri Lankan collaboration in the fields of research such as Heritage, Cultural Artefacts, Conflict & Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation and similar themes.

The present seminar will address issues related to Post-War Sri Lanka.

We have 4 top speakers knowledgeable in matters concerning Sri Lanka and on issues related to the important topic of concern of this seminar.

Please see below the list of speakers and the attached PDF document for a synopsis and Bio of each speaker.

Please register in advance for this seminar by using following link
(ZOOM account is not needed to register).
After registration you will receive a confirmation email containing information
about joining the meeting on 16 February 2023.

We have 4 top speakers knowledgeable in matters concerning Sri Lanka
and on issues related to the important topic of concern of this seminar.

Please see below the list of speakers
For a synopsis and Bio of each speaker CLICK HERE
Governance during Armed Conflict:
Theoretical & empirical reflections on prominent conflict dynamics in Sri Lanka

Dr. Niels Terpstra
Assistant Professor in Conflict Studies
Centre for International Conflict Analysis and Management,
Radboud University, Netherlands
Violence against women in post-war Sri LankaDr. Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits
Assistant Professor in Conflict and Peace Studies
International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Sri Lanka’s Failed Reconciliation: Actors, Issues and Complexities

Professor S.I. Keethaponcalan
Professor of Conflict resolution,
Salisbury University, Maryland
Former Professor of Political Science, University of Colombo
The Rajapaksa regnum: Form populism to authoritarianismProfessor Nira Wickramasinghe
Chair & Professor of Modern South Asian Studies
Leiden University
Moderator :
Professor (Emeritus) Georg Frerks
Professor Emeritus of Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management, Utrecht University
Professor Emeritus of International Security Studies, Netherlands Defence Academy
See you virtually on 16 February 2023

Event completed (Web Seminar):
“Exploring Heritage, Sri Lanka – Netherlands Relation”

Thursday 20 October 2022

To commemorate 70 years of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development and the Netherlands the Sri Lanka Foundation of the Netherlands have organised a web seminar delving into different aspects of Dutch-Sri Lankan collaboration in the fields of research and heritage.

The audience will be welcomed by Her Excellency Ms. Dr. Bonnie Horbach,  Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and Her Excellency Mrs. Aruni Ranaraja, Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

During the web seminar, renowned scholars from the Netherlands and Sri Lanka will offer the audience a unique opportunity to look at the outstanding and multifaceted Sri Lankan heritage from different perspectives.

Following the talks, the seminar attendees will also be able to interact with the speakers and ask questions. 

Lists of speakers (in alphabetical order): 

Prof. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri   

What did the Dutch do in Sri Lanka?
Some observations on two facets of Dutch Administration in Sri Lanka. Maurits W. Ertsen 

The talk will be about Water systems in Sri Lanka (title tentative)

Prof. Naazima Kamardeen 

Colonial Cultural Property: Reconciliation Through Conflict?

Dr. Apoorva Nanjangud 

Promoting cultural heritage through film and tourism: Reflections on Sri Lanka

Prof. (Dr). D.A.C. Suranga Silva 

The importance of heritage for inclusive and sustainable tourism development

 Prof. Pieter ter Keurs

Collecting, right or wrong

The event is free and proudly supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Sri Lanka.

For a more details of the talks and speakers please click here

Banners of the Exhibition: Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka

We are pleased to present a collection of banners which were used for an exhibition on Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka.

To view the banners on the general description of the forts please click here.

To view the banners on the Batticaloa fort please click here

To view the banners on the Colombo fort please click here

To view the banners on the Galle fort please click here

To view the banners on the Jaffna fort please click here

To view the banners on the Mannar fort please click here

To view the banners on the Matara fort please click here

To view the banners on the Trincomalee fort please click here

Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka (click here for more information)
The banner exhibition ‘Dutch Forts in Sri Lanka’ has been developed in cooperation with the Department of Archaeology of Sri Lanka, the Galle Heritage Foundation and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Colombo, with the support of the Foundation Netherlands-Sri Lanka, The Hague, and the Foundation Documentation Monuments VOC, Amsterdam. Author and compiler: Lodewijk Wagenaar, Amsterdam.

The official opening of the exhibition by Her Excellency Tanja Gonggrijp, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Sri Lanka will on Tuesday 22 March 2022. The opening venue will be the Jaffna Fort.

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Introduction to the Newsletter: Ideas of Slavery

In the introduction to the latest newsletter (June-July 2021), board member Dilip Tambyrajah reflects on our collective understanding of slavery, both within and outside of the Sri Lankan context, and introduces the newest items on our website regarding this subject. (1 July 2021)

Slavery in Pre-colonial Sri Lanka; What the literature reveals

Georg Frerks, board member of Stichting Nederland-Sri Lanka and professor emeritus of the Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University, scoured the literature in an effort to piece together the little known history of slavery in Sri Lanka in pre-colonial times. (1 July, 2021)

A new light on a Sri Lankan made betel box

In this article, Young Ambassador Doreen van de Boogaart reflects on what a Sri Lankan betel box could tell us about the lives of the enslaved in the early modern Indian Ocean World. (1 July, 2021)

Tracing bonded lives: Stories of enslaved individuals from the archive

Kate Ekama from Stellenbosch University has devoted several years of research into the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked in eighteenth-century Colombo. In this piece she reflects on some of her findings and what they tell us about the history of slavery in Sri Lanka and the Dutch colonial empire. (29 June, 2021)

Galle: A Heritage city under threat – Interview with dr. Uditha Jinadasa

In this interview with dr. Uditha Jinadasa, she explains how Galle Fort was changed significantly since it’s appointment as a UNESCO Heritage site, and reflects on how we should deal with historical architecture in general. (17 December 2020) 

A Footnote in History: the life of Willem de Melho

Young ambassador Bente de Leede writes the story of a young man who travelled from Sri Lanka to the Netherlands some 250 years ago to study theology. He would never make the journey back home. (17 December 2020) 

Invented Heritage: The Last Sri Lankan King’s Prison Cell in Colombo

In this article, archeologist Chryshane Mendis explores a case of invented heritage in Colombo: the prison cell in which king Sri Wickrama Rajasingha was supposedly kept after being captured by the British in 1815. (23 November 2020)

New Research Project: ‘Towards a Virtual Slave Island’

An exciting new research project on the historical heritage of the Colombo neighbourhood ‘Slave Island’ has recently kicked off, funded by Dutchculture’s Shared Cultural Hertiage grant. You can read all about here. (05 June 2020)

A new beginning

After a long time the Netherlands Sri Lanka foundation revives its newsletter, which is expected to be launched soon. Our Young Ambassadors are working hard to make this a quarterly appearance. Contact us if you wish to be included in the mailing list. (02 June 2020)

Questioning Heritage – Interview with dr. Jos van Beurden

Six months after the ‘Who Owns Heritage?’ session organised by our foundation, dr. Jos van Beurden agreed to speak with us about his views on the restitution of art and other objects during period of colonial rule. (30 May 2020)

An Urban Buddhist Tempe in Times of Covid, by Deborah de Koning

In this article Deborah de Koning, one of our Young Ambassadors and a PhD candidate at Tilburg University, reflects on the current state of Hinduist and Buddhist processions during the Covid-19 pandemic. (29 May 2020)