International Conference on
Sri Lanka Studies

  “Sri Lanka after the War: Prevention of recurrence, reaching for prosperity

Dates: 18th - 20th March 2010
Venue: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Organized jointly by:
Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka and the Open University of Sri Lanka

Introduction to ICSLS
12th ICSLS Theme
Royal Asiatic Society of  Sri Lanka
Open University of Sri Lanka
Importnat Dates
Submission of Abstracts
Submission of Panel Proposals
12th ICSLS Contacts
Sri Lanka Studies Network

ICSLS Current News
Conference registration now open [ READ MORE ]

[ Extended  ] Abstract submission period extended upto February 15th 2010 ...................[ NEW DATES ]

[ New Policy  ] Abstracts in Sinhala or Tamil languages are accepted for presentattion ...................[ READ MORE ]

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Introduction to the ICSLS

International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies (ICSLS) is a bi-annual meeting of scholars researching on historical, socio-economic, cultural, and political aspects of  Sri Lanka. After its humble beginings at a gathering of 25 scholars at Sussex, the UK in 1987, the ICSLS was held in venues across the globe.  The Conference  continued its scholarly spirit and tradition and has now grown into a major academic event.  10th ICSLS held at the University of Kelaniya marked the largest social science conference held in Sri Lanka with participation of about 250 scholars.The most recent conference was held at the University of Portsmouth  in  England in November 2007.   11th ICSLS was held in 2007 at the University of Portsmouth, the UK. A detailed description of past ICSLS is available at the Sri Lanka Studies Network Homepage

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12th ICSLS in Sri Lanka

12th ICSSL will be held in Sri Lanka at a time decisive to the country. The country marked the end of the war that disturbed the lives of people for more than 35 years. Scholars have gathered knowledge of the processes that lead to  continuation and ending of the war. Use of this knowledge in planning the future prosperity of the country is imperative. 12th ICSLS, following its long held tradition of openness will provide a scholarly  forum  to debate and to faciliate emergence of new knowledge useful in shaping the country in the future. The conference will be held from 18th to 20th March 2010.  Theme for the 12th ICSLS will be “ Sri Lanka after the War: Prevention of recurrence, reaching for prosperity “. 

The conference will also provide a forum to present and discuss in a scholarly enviornment,  studies conducted and thoughts to guide the future directions of research in topics other than the theme on the past, and contemporary society in Sri Lanka  as well as the Sri Lanka in a global context.

Scholars are invited to contribute by submitting papers.  In addition to the main theme individual papers are also invited on a broad variety of disciplines such as; anthropology, archeology, architecture, culture and society, defense studies, demography, development studies, diasporic studies, distance learning; economics, education, ethnic studies, environmental studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, information science, languages and literature studies, library and information studies; management studies, media studies, philosophy, political science, post-tsunami studies, psychology, religious studies, risk studies, science and technology policy; and sociology. 

Contributed papers will be organized into several sub themes.  Please share your ideas with the Secretary to the National Organizing Committee for the 12th ICSLS.   

[ New Policy  ] Abstracts in Sinhala and Tamil languages will also be accepted. They will be published in English. Presentors can be done in English, Sinhala or Tamil. Arrangements will be made to concurrently translate presentations conducted in Sinhala or Tamil to English. 

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12th ICSLS will be jointly organized by the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka and the Open University of Sri Lanka. A national organizing committee comprising of representatives from other academic institutions will be responsible for various activities related to the organizing of the conference.

Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka

Established in 1845, the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) is the oldest academic society in “modern” Sri Lanka.  The society played a pioneering role on research on the history and culture of the land and its people.

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Open University of Sri Lanka

TThe Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) was established in 1979 with the aim of facilitating access to education for all by embracing the principles of open and distance learning that breaks the barriers of age, gender, previous educational background. Academic activities of the OUSL are organized around four faculties, Engineering Technology, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Education.

The Open University of Sri Lanka Website: http://www.ou.ac.lk

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Important Dates

Final Date for Submission of Abstracts

[ Extended  ]
15th February 2010

Notification of Acceptance Ongoing


Early Bird Registration Period Ends

[ Extended  ]
15th February 2010

Submission of Full Papers
28th February 2010

12th ICSLS
18th -20th March 2010
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Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts Content Guidelines

Abstracts should be based on previously unpublished empirical or theoretical work and should preferably give a concise overview of the presentation, including objectives, scope of the problem, major issues addressed, and conclusions.  Abstracts should contain 250-300 words.  Authors are requested to identify and submit five key words to be used for indexing purposes.

Prefered Mode of Submisson

Abstracts and brief resume/s of author/s should be send as MS-Word attachments of a single e- mail to abstracts.12thicsls@slageconr.net   filenames for abstracts and resume should respectively follow the format,  Lastname_abstract.doc and Lastname_resume.doc . Please  use the subject line " Submission of Abstracts".

Abstract  Submission Deadline is  31st January 2010.

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12th ICSLS Abstract Submission Page

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Submission of Panel Proposals

Brief proposals (450-500 words)  justifying the relevance  of the topic to the context of Sri Lanka Studies,  tentative list of topics and the areas to be covered should be  sent to the Secretary/ National Organizing Committee-12th ICSSL.   A list of proposed speakers, and their brief resume should also be included.
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Conference Registration

Registration is mandatory for all  presentors and participants. Conference registration is now open.

Registration fee is US$  250  for participants from developed counrries and SLR 2,500  (US$25) for participants from developing countries.  The fee will cover lunches, refreshments and conference dinner.

Early-Bird Registration
Early-bird registration rates of US$ 150 (US$15) and SLR 1500 will be applicable respectively to participants from developed and developing countries if they register before 15th February 2010.

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12th ICSLS Registration and Pre-arrival Information Page

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12th ICSLS Contacts

For inquiries, Please contact:

Secretary to the National Organizing Committee
12th ICSLS
Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka
Mahaweli Center,
Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha,
Colombo 07 - 00700
Sri Lanka.

Telephone: +94-077-725-7020

Fax: +94 (011)-269-8249

E-mail: 12thicsls@slageconr.net

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