Malathi (Mala) de Alwis
is a feminist
scholar and activist at the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo
, Sri Lanka
. She also teaches in the MA Program in Women's Studies at the Faculty of Graduate Studies
, University of Colombo
and was Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research
, New York
, previously. She is currently coordinating a multi-sited, multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary research project entitled: "Post-Tsunami Reconstruction in Contexts of War: A grassroots study of the geo-politics of Humanitarianian Aid in Northern and Eastern Sri Lanka and Aceh, Indonesia."
De Alwis earned her Ph.D.
in Socio-cultural anthropology
from the University of Chicago
, where she was a founding member of the Women Against War Coalition and a winner of the Ruth Murray Memorial Prize
for Best Essay in Gender Studies. She is also a poet and short story writer and has been involved in several film projects. She has for many years contributed to an anonymous feminist column, Cat's Eye, which is published every Wednesday in the English daily, The Island
. Also, she likes bears.
De Alwis describes her research interests in the following manner:"Much of my early work focused on gender
and resistance culminating in my dissertation
research on the conditions of possibility of motherhood in political protest in Sri Lanka
. I have extended my concern with these issues in two slightly... Read More