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Programme: 12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies

12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies

Main Theme: Sri Lanka after the war: Prevention of recurrence, reaching for prosperity

18th March 2010
Venue: Gamini Dissanayake Auditorium
Mahaweli Centre
96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07

8.30 AM: Ceremonial Opening

Plenary Sessions

9.45 AM: Session I

1. Cooperation in the midst of anarchy: An analysis of trans-border human security concerns between India and Sri Lanka – Maneesha S. Wanasinghe-Pasqual

2. The impact of India’s Big Power obsession on the South Asian State system – Piyasena Dissanayake

3. China’s growing influence In Sri Lanka: Policy options for India- S.Y. Surendra Kumar

4. India’s policy towards Sri Lanka with special reference to the Tamil problem in the post-LTTE scenario – Chandrakant Yatanoor

11.05 AM: Session II

5. The illegality of the 13th Amendment – Neville Laduwahetty

6. Is the 13th Amendment valid any longer – Gamini Gunawardena

7. Foreign funded NGO’s constructing a fictional history: Questioning sovereignty, welcoming foreign intervention – Susantha Goonatilake

8. Sri Lanka’s strategic situation at beginning of the war – MM Jayawardena

12:25: Lunch

13:30 PM: Session III

9. Cybering conflicts: Sri Lanka’s cyber strategy in countering LTTE’s cyberspace – Athulasiri Kumara Samarakoon

10. Home and Homeland: The politics of narrating the exodus of 1995 – Mahendran Tiruvarangan

11. Ethnic Relations in a threatened village area: A case study of Seruwila Division in the Trincomalee District – EMS Ekanayake

12. Relating the impacts of the war on the economic and human security issues of the farmers of Northern Sri Lanka in addressing prevention of recurrence, reaching for prosperity after the War – Jayaseelan Gnanaseelan

13. The problems faced by the displaced women community and its effect on gender equality – P Selvarajan

15:10 PM: Tea

15:40: Session IV

14. Bridging the ends: A study on post conflict operations by military forces in Sri Lanka – Jagath Ranasinghe

15. Social adjustment of returning soldiers – Ravi Bamunusinghe

16. Transcending “Ethnicism” in social sciences: The challenge for the intellectuals – Shantha Hennayake

17. Reinventing nationalism in post-conflict Sri Lanka – Karori Singh

19:30 PM: Conference Dinner at Mahaweli Center Premises

Day 02 and 03
Open University of Sri Lanka, Main Campus, Nawala

Main Theme: Sri Lanka after the war: Prevention of recurrence, reaching for prosperity

Friday 19th March 2010
Room o6-HSS Auditorium
08:30 AM: Session I

1. LTTE attacks on Buddhist sites – Ramani Samarsinghe

2. The Buddha in the Kandy city: Religion, nationalism and commercial practice of
Sinhalese Buddhist traders – Desmond Mallikarachchi

3. Denigration of the Sinhala Buddhists: An institutionalized industry – H. L. D. Mahindapala

4. Tamilization of place names in the North and East of Sri Lanka – Pushpamala Iriyagolla Dharmasena

5. Desperate history writing: Observations on Tamil historical revisionism in the twentieth century – K.N.O. Dharmadasa

10:40 AM: Session II

6. Human Conflict in Sri Lanka with relation to land acquisition – Anil Amarasekera

7. Ethno-nationalism in Sri Lanka: Reverse and obverse of nation state – G.D.R.U.U. Abeyrathne

8. The nature of civil-military conflict in Sri Lanka: An attempt at an academic evaluation of the unfolding post-war drama – Bandu de Silva

9. Positive peace building in post conflict context: A comparative study of Malaysian and Sri Lankan cases – R.D. Jayaneththi

10. Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka: India’s role and perception – Rabia Begum

13:20 AM: Session III

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12. Buddhist restorative principles towards the physical and mental eudaemonia of
displaced people in post conflict Sri Lanka – Ven. Pinnawala Sangasumana

13. Rebuilding relationship between the winners and defeated groups in a post war period an Islamic approach (With special reference to Sri Lanka) – M.M.M. Sabir, N. Gafoordeen, U.L.A. Ameer and S.A.F.Shanaz

14. Laughter therapy for the upliftment of mental health of war affected people – Ven. Wegama Sudhamma Thero

15. Relevance of Gandhian non-violence with special reference to Sri-Lankan society – W Vijayalakshmi

15.30 AM: Session IV

16. Positive peace building in post conflict context: comparative study of Malaysian and Sri Lankan cases. – R.D. Jayanetti

17. Expansion of national defence and its impact on employment – M.M. Jayawardena

18. Ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka : India’s role and perceptions – Rabia Begum

19. The military strategy and tactics employed by Rajasinha I – C. Gaston Perera

Saturday, 20th March 2010

08:30: Session V

20. Redistributing the Population for Sustainable Development in the Post-War Development of Sri Lanka – Veranjan Kurukulasooriya

21. Sarvodaya as a strategy for development – Midatala Rani

22. Democratic decentralization and the people’s participation in development: A lesson from Indian experience – U. Sreeramulu

23. Shramadana movement in Sri Lanka – Mother of Sarvodaya- Ramani D.Wickramaratne

24. Promoting dairy industry after the war: A case study of the project of the SEED in the Vavuniya District – Mangleswaren Thampoe and Jeyaseelan Gnanaseelan

10:40 AM: Session VI

25. The use of E-repositories in Defence Studies – Kamani Perera and Dinesh Chandra

26. The arrest in 1981 of Kuttimani: The story, missed opportunities, implications – NGA Fernando

27. The use of GIS to find out LTTE camp locations – A case study of Thoppigala
area in the Eastern Province – H.W.W. Ranasinghe and S.D. Udayasena

28. Saving lives with emergency airway in battle field – Rajeev Pagoda

29. Rapid increase in the agriculture field in Seruwila Divisional Secretariat Division after civil war: A geographical study – P.P. Rivas

13:50: Session VII

30. Tamil-Muslim conflict and post-war resettlement: A special view on Musali Secretariat Division – K.M. Finuskhan

31. Muslims in Sri Lanka after the War: Ruvaiz Hannifa

32. The social, economic and cultural impact of tourism after the war: With reference to Bentota area – Ruwini Wickramarachchi

33. Challenges of reintegrating ex-combatants into mainstream social life – Samitha Hettige

34. IDPs in Sri Lanka: Past present and future – Bindu Urugodawatte

15:30: Session VIII

35. Gender aspects of the post conflict reconciliation challenges in Sri Lanka – Shobana Rajendran and Aruna Jayathilaka

36. Historiography and ethno-nationalist ideologies in post colonial Sri Lanka –
Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri

37. Kinniya in Trincomallee after the war: A study on livelihoods – Thumira Gunasena , Damith Chaturanga, Kolitha Bandara

General Archaeology
Friday 19th March 2010
Room 05 – HSS Board Room
08:30: Session I

1. Identification of an Unknown Painting Technique in Ancient Sri Lanka: Technique, Interpretation and Social Background – Amila Indika
2. Minature Art on Ancient Artifacts – Seals, Sealants, Intaglios and Coins – 300BC to 1000AD – Siri Munasinghe
3. Thai Art of Painting with and without Sri Lankan Influences- Miriswaththe Wimalagnana
4. Cupid in Sri Lanka Buddhist Art – Bindu Urugodawatte
5. The Statues without Bimbamana or Iconometry: A Study of the Craft Technology and Social Background of the Traditional Art of Brass Statues in Sri Lanka – Mahinda Karunaratne
10.40: Session II

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12th International Conference on Sri Lanka Studies

A 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.

Scholars are also invited to submit proposals to organize panels on relevant topics related to Sri Lanka.

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