[Re]negotiating Space, Environment, and Society



Conference – 2021

17th and 18th June, 2021

Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya

Notice : The deadline for Abstract submission is extended to 31st January 2021

NGC-2021 will be conducted at the Department of Geography of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka on 17th and 18th June 2021.


The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to rethink afresh about our relations with space, environment and society and their mutual fortifications. The precarity and uncertainty that characterizes human life at glocal scales remind us to reimagine ‘milieu’; not simply to maintain or survive the ‘new normal’ but to gaze beyond and afar.

Depleting agricultural lands and eco-systems, changing climate, repeated ecological calamities (floods, landslides, coastal erosion, droughts, pandemics), regimented physical planning, territorialized politics, forced mobilities and migrations, aggrieved nationalisms, expedited urbanity and deprived rurality - all demand us to rethink our spatial and environmental relations, scientifically but critically along with new methodological insights. This is an ideal moment to discuss and debate the work we do as geographers and the lives of communities (bio-physical and social) involved in our work. As geographers,

  • How can we utilize the powers of a discipline that outstandingly bridge social sciences and natural sciences galvanized by its geo spatial technologies with its integrative, holistic and interdisciplinary perspective towards the matters of the earth?
  • How can we invest the intellectual, technological and institutional infrastructures of Sri Lankan Geography to address the current social, spatial and environmental issues?

Against this background, the Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Association of Geographers, is organizing the 7th National Geography Conference on [Re]negotiating space, environment and society on the 17th and 18th of June, 2021. The conference is expected to initiate a dialogue among geographers, and researchers from related disciplines and to share the findings and insights of geographical research with the policy makers.

Abstracts of research presentations are solicited on the following themes relating to Sri Lanka focusing on theory, practice and policy: however, abstracts within the scope of any sub-discipline of Geography will be accommodated.


  • Theoretical, methodological and pedagogical issues of Sri Lankan Geography
  • Climatic change, disasters and social resilience
  • Geographies of soil, land, water and biota
  • GIS applications, Remote Sensing and Geo-visualizations
  • Socio-spatial dynamics and transformations of urban and rural spaces
  • Politics of territoriality: Nationalisms, mobilities and displacements
  • Socio-spatial and environmental impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic

Important Dates

Event Date
Abstract submission deadline15th January 2021 31st January 2021
Notification of acceptance15th March 2021
Conference date17th and 18th June 2021


General Guidelines

Abstract submission: Authors should submit their extended abstracts through electronic mail. All submissions will be duly acknowledged by the conference secretariat. Once an abstract is submitted, it will be subjected to a double-blind peer-reviewing process for evaluation. Accepted extended abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings of NGC2021. The authors should follow the guidelines given below when submitting their extended abstracts.

  • Authors should submit extended abstracts using the template that can be downloaded from the conference website.
  • Extended abstracts should be clearly written in British English.
  • Research work presented or published elsewhere should not be submitted to NGC2021. If plagiarism is detected in the review process, abstract will be rejected.
  • Extended abstracts should be carefully compiled and thoroughly checked for the content and also for typographical errors. Abstracts should reflect the findings of already completed research.
  • Once an abstract is accepted, it is obligatory for the author or one of the co-authors to present the paper at the conference.
  • All extended abstracts should be 4 to 5 pages. Figures, tables, and equations can be included in the abstract. If required only the source of funding of the research may be acknowledged in a single sentence.
  • Authors can submit abstracts under one of the thematic areas of the conference. However, the editorial committee of the conference reserves the right to change the theme of the abstract if deemed necessary.
  • Authors have to sign a declaration form confirming that the work reported in the extended abstract is an original research carried out by the authors and this work has not been published or presented elsewhere. A dully filled declaration form must be submitted along with the abstract, which can be downloaded from the conference website

Abstracts should be e-mailed to ngc2021@arts.pdn.ac.lk as an attachment on or before 15thup> January 2021. Please note that all communications will be carried out through e-mail.

Abstract Review: acceptance or rejection of reviewed extended abstracts will be under the purview of the editorial committee of the conference.

Presentations: Authors of all accepted extended abstracts should make their presentations at the conference in the English medium. Fifteen minutes will be allocated for each oral presentation, which will be followed by a 10-minute discussion time.

Oral Presentations

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Contact Us

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Congress Secretariat
Department of Geography
University of Peradeniya
Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka
Tel : +94 (0)81 239 2672 / +94 (0)77 570 7067
Fax : +94 (0)81 239 2672
E-mail: ngc2021@arts.pdn.ac.lk

Conference Chair
Prof. Tilak Bandara
Department of Geography University of Peradeniya
+94 71 4460893