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Instead of rooting for a comprehensive definition of futility, this workshop offered a space for comparative analysis and theorizing, from different perspectives, if allegedly futile, unnecessary, worthless and quixotic actions might point toward an alternative reading of the political per se.
The workshop was a dialogue between academic researchers, interested in the history of activism and human rights in Sri Lanka, and creative artists and activists, who have had occasion to reflect on the issue of conscience, either in their daily practice or in public interventions.
This workshop explored, scrutinised and analyses the ways in which we discuss and commemorate the lived experience of the Second World War.
What are the conditions and possibilities of dissent? How can we understand those moments when people take a public stand, often at great personal risk?