Based on a proposal of the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee, the Faculty of Arts organized the international conference on the Social Sciences and the Humanities in December 2011. Following the success of this event, post – conference evaluation conducted by the Faculty Board decided to repeat this conference periodically.
The Faculty Board identified a number of goals and objectives for the conference and recognized it as a forum for academic staff and post–graduate students to disseminate the outcomes of their research. Further it resolved that the conference theme and sub–themes should be identified considering the broad academic scope of the Faculty as well as current relevance.
The Faculty of Arts of the University of Peradeniya takes pleasure in announcing the 2nd International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (ICHSS) which will be held at the University of Peradeniya on July 27-28, 2016. The Faculty of Arts at the University of Peradeniya is the venue where the highest number of scholars and researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences are concentrated within Sri Lanka.
The theme of the Conference this year is “Unleashing Minds to Create a Sustainable Future”. We have selected this as the overall theme of the Conference to broadly reflect the roles and responsibilities of modern day intellectuals. It is clear that we the academics need not only to critically question the status quo which has led to the problems that we are faced with, but also to ‘think outside the box’, to use a popular cliché, to find realistic and effective solutions.
ICHSS is the largest academic conference on Humanities and Social Sciences in Sri Lanka. The first Conference held on December 16-17, 2011 attracted over 100 researchers from both Sri Lanka and abroad. We expect to receive even greater participation of scholars at the 2016 ICHSS.
Given the immense variety of research interests in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2016 ICHSS has identified over 15 sub themes ranging from “Geo-physical and Environmental Studies” to “Humanism, Human Rights and Cultural Relativism” to submit research papers. In addition to these we will also welcome research papers which cut across the above themes. We expect the Conference will provide an opportunity for scholars having similar research interests working in the Universities and other research institutions spread throughout the nation, and beyond to meet their fellow researchers face to face and develop closer intellectual linkages. We also hope the Conference will provide an opportunity for all the scholars in Humanities and Social Sciences to explore the wide array of research conducted on the above themes by fellow researchers.
Obviously, although this is a Conference of international reach, the majority of the papers and posters presented will be on Sri Lanka. Thus, the conference will provide a single forum for the foreign scholars who are interested in Sri Lanka to get a closer look at the knowledge being created in the wider fields of Humanities and Social Sciences in Sri Lanka and also to explore the new research frontiers opening up in post-war Sri Lanka. On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the ICHSS 2016, I extend this warm and open invitation to all scholars both within Sri Lanka and in other parts of the world who are researching on various topics within Humanities and Social Sciences to submit their abstracts and to attend the conference and experience the intellectual challenge and vibrancy offered by the Conference.
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Prof. Shantha K. Hennayake
Department of Geography.