International Conference on
Sri Lanka Studies

  “Sri Lanka  after 500 Years of Western Colonization and Future Perspectives”

Dates: 16th - 18th December 2005,
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

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10th ICSLS  at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

10th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies was held in Kelaniya Sri Lanka from 16th to 18th December 2005 under the theme “Sri Lanka after 500 Years of Western Colonization and Future Perspectives” .

Both the year 2005 and the 10th ICSLS were historic events. The former as it marks the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of the  Portuguese and marked the beginnings of an era of unequal interactions with the West.  The ICSLS to be held in 2005 is the 10th in a chain of academic conferences on Sri Lanka studies.  Holding the conference in Sri Lanka at this important year facilitated wider participation of scholars from Sri Lanka and elsewhere.

 Kelaniya University,  the direct successor to the Vidyalankara Pirivena, the seat of higher learning and the cradle of the contemporary nationalist political thought provided an ideal venue for this important event.  Sri Lanka Studies Network Secretariat  facilitated the initial logistics in conference organizing.  Research Center for Social Sciences ( RCSS ) of the Kelaniya University hosted the conference.  Dr. K. Karunatilaka co-ordinated the conference.  Sri Lanka National Organizing Committee for the 10th ICSLS comprised of 14 scholars representing universities and other academic institutions in Sri Lanka.  Eight-member International Advisory Committee played a major role in the conference.

The conference  theme  explored various facets of the past and the future of Sri Lanka in the global context. 
The gathering was  diverse and representative and marked the largest social science conference held in the history of modern Sri Lanka.

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10th ICSLS Organizers

10th ICSLS National Organizing Committee

Prof. M. J. S. Wijeyaratne (Convener)            -(University of Kelaniya )

Prof. Dayalal Abeysekera                     -(University of Sri Jayawardanapura)

Mr. Chandima de Silva                           -(University of Kelaniya)

Prof. Chandra Gunawardena                  -(Open University of Sri Lanka)

 Dr. Shantha Hennayaka                         -(University of Peradeniya)

Prof. Ramanie Jayatillake                       -(University of Colombo )

Mr. M.M. Jayawardena                          -(Kotalawala Defense Academy)

Dr. K. Rajendran                                     - (University of Jaffana)

Maj. Gen. Upali Karunaratne                   -(Formerly Kotalawala Defense Academy)

Prof. Sunanda Maddumabandara              -(University of Kelaniya)

Mr. H.M. Navaratne Bandara                  -(University of Sri Jayawardanapura )

Dr. Nelakshi Premawardana                    -(University of Kelaniya)

Dr. P.M.C. Thilakarathne                          -(Kelaniya University)

Dr. Anushiya Senadhiraja                         - (Southeastern University)


10th ICSLS International Advisory Committee

Prof. Sarath  Amarasinghe                    -(University of Ruhuna - Sri Lanka)

Prof. Chandra de Silva                          -(Old Dominion University - USA)

Prof. Siri Gamage                                 -(University of New England - Australia)

Dr. Susantha Goonatillake                      -(Fellow, World Academy of Arts and Sciences)

Prof. Siri Hettige                                   -(University of Colombo - Sri Lanka)

Dr. Jayasinghe Karunaratne                   -(Karlstads University - Sweden)

Prof. Karori Singh                                 -(University of Rajasthan - India)

Mr. Parakrama Weligamage                   -(International Water Management Institute)

10th ICSLS Contacts

For inquiries, Please contact:

Dr. K. Karunathillake,
Co-ordinator of the 10th ICSLS
Department of Sociology,
University of Kelaniya
Sri Lanka 

E-mail: kkaru@kln.ac.lk
Telephone: 94-11-2914490
Fax: 94-11-2911915

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