Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana

A Sri Lankan national, Dr Chamindra Weerawardhana is an international LGBTQIA+ rights activist, political lobbyist and academic. Her research interests focus on the intersections on decolonial intersectional feminist epistemologies, politics of deeply divided societies, women in politics, and global South/intersectional feminist IR. She completed her undergraduate and early postgraduate education at Université François Rabelais in Tours [France], and her PhD [International Politics] at Queen’s University Belfast. In Sri Lanka, she is a Board Member of the Venasa, Sri Lanka’s oldest and most grassroots-oriented trans equality network, and an Advisor to the Community Welfare Development Fund. She is the Secretary to the Regional Steering Committee of the Bangkok-based Asia-Pacific Transgender Network. In May 2018, she was  invited by a collective of Sri Lankan SOGIESC organisations to deliver the Inaugural Annual Pride Speech, a queer political advocacy initiative, Sri Lanka’s first queer-political event of its kind. In February 2017, she was elected LGBT+ Officer of the Labour Party in Northern Ireland, where she developed an activist framework based on intersectional inclusion that combines SOGIESC advocacy with a strong emphasis on reproductive justice. Her first single-author monograph, Decolonising Peacebuilding: Managing Conflict from Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka and Beyond, was published in 2018. Her second book, on a decolonial perspective on non-cis-hetero-normative parenting, will be published in Turtle Island in 2019. She is a political journalist with a portfolio of over 250 articles on a range of issues, from international diplomacy to electoral politics and SOGIESC advocacy, published in the Sri Lankan and international press. Dr Weerawardhana has previously held teaching and research assignments at Université Paris 13, INALCO Paris, Université Lille 1, Utrecht University, Queen’s University Belfast and at the University of Victoria. Dr Weerawardhana is a prolific public speaker, and regularly travels internationally for guest lectures and teaching assignments, as well as for other speaking engagements.

Languages: Sinhala [native], English, French, German

Refereed Publications:

Weerawardhana, Chamindra, 2018. Decolonising Peacebuilding: Managing Conflict from Northern Ireland to Sri Lanka and Beyond. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars

Weerawardhana, Chamindra, 2018. ‘What is it about “fuck off” you don’t understand?’ The NILRC and politics of the Left in Northern Ireland, Labor History, DOI: 10.1080/0023656X.2018.1467300 [https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0023656X.2018.1467300]

Weerawardhana, Chamindra, 2018. ‘Decolonising Development work: A Transfeminist Perspective’. In Corinne L. Mason [Ed.] Routledge Handbook of Queer Development Studies. London: Routledge. [https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Queer-Development-Studies/Mason/p/book/9781138693753]

Weerawardhana, Chamindra, 2017. ‘Profoundly Decolonising? Reflections on a Transfeminist Perspective of International Relations’. Meridians, 18:1, 184-213.

Weerawardhana, Chamindra, 2017. Gender and ethnic politics in Sri Lanka’s Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Socialism and Democracy, 31:2, 73-94.

Weerawardhana, Chamindra, 2017. Paradigms of [in]tolerance? On Sri Lanka’s Bodu Bala Sena, #prezpollsl2015, and transformative dynamics of lived religion’ in Ganzevoort, R. and S. Sremac, (Eds) Lived Religion and the politics of (in)tolerance. Basingstoke: Palgrave, pp 19-39.

Weerawardhana, Chamindra, 2016. Just ordinary citizens? Towards a comparative portrait of the political immigrant. Edited by Antoine Bilodeau. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016: ISBN 9781442646483. Ethnic and Racial Studies (published online on 16 September 2016:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01419870.2016.1232429).

Weerawardhana, C. 2016. Navigating Colonial Orders: Norwegian Entrepreneurship in Africa and Oceania. Edited by Kjerland, K.A. and B.E. Bertelsen. (New York and London: Berghan Books. ISBN  978-1-78238-539-4). Scandinavian Journal of History, 41:1, 135-140.

Weerawardhana, C. 2015, ‘Economic reform, Infrastructure development and bridge-building? Terence O’Neill, J.R. Jayewardene and managing conflict in deeply divided societies’. Working paper, Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast.

Weerawardhana, C., and Siriwardane, R. 2015. ‘Reis Mafia in Colombo: Wahlkampf um das Präsidentenamt’. Südasien, 35 (1), Spring 2015, pp. 91-97.

Weerawardhana, C. 2015. Ganiel, Gladys Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot (Eds.) 2014, Religion in Times of Crisis. Leiden: Brill. Numen, 62:4, pp. 484-486.

Weerawardhana, C. 2013, From Ottawa to Colombo: Conceptualising Canada’s international role at the hour of Eastphalia” Revue française d’études canadiennes, Vol. 75, December 2013, pp. 97-127.