The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES)

ICES is a renowned international research centre located in Sri Lanka. It is amongst the select few institutions that are both ‘local’ to the global South and ‘international’ in orientation. ICES is in ‘special category’ consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC. The mission of ICES is “to deepen the understanding of ethnicity, identity politics and conflict, and to foster conditions for an inclusive, just and peaceful society nationally, regionally and globally, through research, publication, dialogue, creative expression and knowledge transfer”. Through the years ICES has pursued historically sensitive theoretical and empirical research on identity, inequality and conflict in relation to ethnicity, gender, and politics. ICES has been particularly influential in shaping policy and public imagination on issues of ethnic diversity and constitutional reforms in Sri Lanka. ICES has always believed in strong South- South networks and works collaboratively across Asia and Africa, but also partners with leading international development institutions across Europe and North America. ICES was chosen to house the office of the former UN Special Rapporteur for Violence Against Women. ICES has two locations, equipped with modern research and conference facilities and situated in close proximity to Sri Lanka’s most important Universities. The ICES library is one of the most sought after academic resource centres in Sri Lanka, housing a range of publications on ethnicity, culture, identity, religion, women’s studies, politics, law, and history. Good to contact for information and resources.

Address: Colombo office: 2, Kynsey Terrace, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka

Tel: +94 11 2679745; +94 11 2674884

Fax: +94 11 2685085; +94 11 2698048

Kandy office: 554/6A, Peradeniya Road, Mulgampola (Kandy), Sri Lanka

Tel: +94 81 2234892; +94 81 2232381

Fax: +94 81 2234892