David Lowe will be based at the Centre as Smuts Visiting Fellow from October to March 2018-19. He is Chair in Contemporary History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, Australia and is a co-founder of the Australian Policy and History network (www.aph.org.au).
His research centres on cultural aspects of the history of international relations, including Australia’s role in the world; and on remembering the legacies of modern wars and empires in comparative contexts. He is currently writing about the history of foreign aid, and his Smuts Fellowship considers the role of the Commonwealth in development ideas and practices in relation to decolonising Asia in the 1950s.
Farzana Haniffa is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Colombo. Haniffa obtained her Ph.D in Anthropology from Columbia University, New York in 2007. Her publications and activism have concentrated on gender politics, Islamic reform movements, post-civil war anti-minority sentiment, and most recently on Sri Lanka’s post-war transitional justice process. In January 2016, Haniffa was appointed by the Prime Minister’s Office to the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms. Currently Haniffa serves as a member of the Experts Committee of the University of Colombo drafting the National Policy on Women.
While at the CSAS, Haniffa will be working on a book manuscript that traces post colonial Sri Lankan Muslim political elites’ identity projects and the manner in which they drew both from local and global political trends of their times.