Hidden Voices is based in, and supported by, the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. Hidden Voices has several institutional and academic partners across the US, UK, Sri Lanka and Colombia including:
Established in 1982 the International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) is one of the country’s leading research centres, focusing on ethnicity, identity politics, conflict and conflict resolution, post-war reconstruction, democracy and governance, human rights, development and gender. 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. Our key partner here is Dr. Mario Gomez, Executive Director.
Shantiham in Jaffna promotes, facilitates and supports the development of well-being and positive mental health for all individuals, families and communities in Sri Lanka. It’s vision is to ensure all individuals, families and communities in Sri Lanka experience well-being and positive mental health; enabling them to flourish in all aspects of their lives, and can contribute to society in a meaningful way. Our key partner here is Dr. Daya Somasundaram.
The University of Rosario in Colombia was established in 1653. Our key partner here is Professor Oscar Palma, Faculty of Political Science, Government and International Relations.
Meghan Horvath, UK
Hidden Voices is working with film maker and producer Meghan Horvath who will be documenting our project throughout Colombia and Sri Lanka. An experience film maker, Meghan is interested in the stories and people who exist just beyond the lens of the mainstream media.
Members of Hidden Voices formal advisory board include:
- Dr. Kirsten Ainley, Assistant Professor in Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Department of International Relations, London School of Economics
- Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy, and Society Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Human Rights Centre, University of Minnesota
- Professor Mats Berdal, Professor of Conflict, Security and Development, King’s College London
- Professor Karen Smith, Professor of International Relations, the London School of Economics
- Professor Kimberly Theidon, Professor of International Humanitarian Studies, Tufts University
Joana Cook, PhD Candidate in War Studies, is a research assistant for Hidden Voices.
We would also like to thank the Arts and Conflict Hub and the Conflict, Security and Development Research Group based in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, for their support. I am also currently carrying out field research in Colombia. Here, I am very grateful to the Grupo Regional de Memoria Histórica UTB for their support (especially Professor Pablo Abitbol, Leonardo Alba Mejia, Karina Hernández Luna, Loraine López Torres and Elsa Garzón Ruiz). I also thank Corporación Desarrollo Solidario (CDS) in Cartagena and Dejusticia in Bogotá for research support for Hidden Voices.
Women walking to work in Uchuraccay, Peru. Photo taken by author.