Ben Hildred: “Cricket in Post-War Sri Lanka: an Ethnographic Study of Sport and Reconciliation”

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My work looks to critically assess the impact sport has on reconciliation in post-conflict states. To do this, I will be carrying out long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Sri Lanka from 2018 onwards. My interests lie in the way sport configures concepts of personhood, identity and the self, and how these concepts can be mobilised in the process of enacting reconciliation. I aim to move past the taken for granted maxim that ‘sport unites’, instead questioning exactly how and why sport is a useful tool for reconciliation, which should suggest how it can be better implemented in the future.

I am interested in exploring innovative modes of dissemination for social science research and particularly in enlarging Anthropology’s impact as a discipline. I was the head organiser of the RAI Student Conference held at Durham in 2017, entitled ‘People in Context: Anthropological Reflections in the Post-Truth World’. I am currently working on a media platform for Anthropological research and am looking forward to working on the upcoming NINE DTP journal.