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A conference on understanding the values embedded in burial archaeological sites in Southernmost India

This conference is focused on understanding the values embedded in burial archaeological sites in southernmost India. The objective of the conference is to discuss the importance of burial archaeology to academia and its significance in promoting postgraduate research related to archaeology in the country. It has been said that values embedded in historic buildings, archaeological sites, and other important places of the past honored all nations in South Asia in ways that would inspire and motivate present and future generations. In the past few decades, archaeologists have diligently discovered, documented, analyzed, and curated our collective past. However, this rich store of data has not yet been exploited for documenting and understanding the long-term trajectories of human societies. Investigations indicate that archaeological data can be the key to expand scientific understandings of human social dynamics, redressing injustices of the past, empowering local and descendant communities, and aiding in the formulation of solutions to contemporary problems in South Asia. For this purpose, a collaborative synthetic research, as practiced in human palaeo-ecology (environmental archaeology) and other sciences, has been a powerful driver for advancing interdisciplinary science. To use these advances, archaeologists, as a community, need the means to bring disparate data sets together and interpret them. This entails creating a vehicle by which collaborative synthetic research becomes a routine and institutionalized practice in archaeology—a budding effort we call the Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis. It is an initiative that will not only benefit the discipline but will also enable researchers to communicate to the public the richly detailed stories of humanity itself. Burial archaeological context in southernmost Asia (i.e. Sri Lanka and South India) is the theme of this particular conference.


Specific Objectives:

  1. To expose the existing knowledge, particularly the grave sites of Sri Lanka and South India
  2. To strengthen collaborative synthetic research in archaeology
  3. Help open up relevant archaeological and paleoenvironmental data collected during archaeological projects to other scientists
  4. To realize the potential of archaeological records to serve interdisciplinary research


The conference will be held on 20th and 21st December 2018 at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology, 407, Bauddaloka Mawatha, Colombo 07. Please refer to the map given below for the location and directions.

20.12.2018 (Thursday)
Start time 9.00 am

Dr. T. R. Premathilake

9.15-10.00 Keynote Lecture: Understanding the burial Archaeological context in

Sri Lanka    

Prof. Sudarshan Seneviratne

10.00-10.30 Issues raised from the Keynote Lecture and further discussion on burial archaeology in Sri Lanka

Dr. S. U. Deraniyagala

10.30-10.45 TEA
10.45-11.15 The burial ground at Ranchamadama:  archaeological and chronological evidence

Prof. Raj Somadeva

11.15-11.45 Archaeological records form Maradammaduwa and Nikawewa megalithic cemeteries

Mr. Ranjith Bandara

11.45-12.15 The Material Culture of the  Megalithic Burials in the Jaffna Peninsula

Prof. Selliah Krishnarajah

12.45-1.30 LUNCH
1.30-2.45 Understanding burial archaeological context in South India

Prof. K. Rajan + Discussion

2.45-3.00  TEA
3.00-3.45 Megalithic culture of central India and Vidarbha/Maharashtra

By Prof. Rabi Mohenty, Deccan College, Pune, India + Discussion

3.45-4.45 Final discussion: Grand challenges in conducting research on burial archaeological context in South Asia

Expertise from  India and Sri Lanka

21.12.2018 (Friday)
Start time 9.00 am
9.00-9.15 Introduction to reconstructing burial environment: experience on micro-archaeology

Dr. T. R. Premathilake

9.15-10.00 Reconstructing burial environment in southernmost Asia: integrated laboratory and microscopy approaches of archaeo-palynology in southernmost Asia

Dr. Anupama Krishnamurthy,

Mr. S. Prasad,

Mr. G. Orukaimani

10.00-10.15 TEA
10.15-10.45 Reconstructing burial environment: integrated microscopy approach of phytolith studies in southernmost Asia

Dr. T. R. Premathilake

10.45-11.15 Preservation issues related to micro-fossil content:- some experience from the sites (    ) in South India

Dr. Richard Selvasingh

11.15-12.15 Quantifying past land-cover in south India using a  pollen-vegetation modeling approach

Mrs. Navya and (Mr. J. Lazar)

12.15-1.15 LUNCH
1.15-2.00 Applications of GeoSpatial Technologies in Archaeological Research

Dr. G. Muthu Sankar + Discussion

2.00-2.30 Current progress on GIS application to Archaeology in Sri Lanka

Mrs. Resta Fernando

2.30-2.45 TEA
2.45-3.30 Poster Presentations
3.30-4.00 Final discussion with experts, and suggestions for future projects


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Call for Papers – 11th Annual RASSL Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences

11th Annual RASSL Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences

March 22-24, 2018

Call for Papers

“Heritage, Culture and Sri Lankan Society”

Research papers should be relevant to the above main theme, and under the following sub-themes:

  • Heritage, Culture and Archaeology
  • Language, Education and Communication
  • Nutrition, Health and Medical Practices
  • Science, Technology and Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Aesthetics and Social Values
  • Philosophy and Psychology

Papers may be presented in Sinhala or English

Extended Abstracts of papers should be in twelve point, Times New Roman/FM Abhaya, A4 page format, 30 mm left margin and 25 mm other margins, one and half line spacing and not exceeding 1000 words and include Title, Author/s, Institutional Affiliation/s if any, Postal Address, Tel., email address and five keywords. Sinhala abstracts should also include title and keywords in English. Extended Abstracts should be sent only by email to They should be in the prescribed format, which is downloadable from RASSL website. Extended Abstracts and Full papers should be submitted as Soft Copies only in MS Word Format.

  • Deadline for Submission of Extended Abstracts: Friday, January 12, 2018
  • Announcement of Acceptance: Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Submission of Full Papers: Friday, March 09, 2018

(Full papers will be considered for publication in the RASSL International Journal published through the past 172 years.)

  • Registration fees for members: LKR 1450/-
  • Registration fees for non-members: LKR 2,250/-

Conference Coordinator: Eng. Chandana Jayawardana

(Tel: 011-2699249)


96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07

Sri Lanka

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Programme – The 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Association for Asian Heritage

The 3rd Biennial Conference of the International Association for Asian Heritage will be held at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka on 27th -28th December 2015. The conference is being organized by the Centre for Asian Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Kelaniya in collaboration with several other Departments and Institutes interested in Asian Heritage and academic affairs.
The details on academic sessions are given below.

Day 1- Hall- 1

27th December 2015 Sunday

Board Room of the Faculty of Social Sciences

Time: 11.30am -1.00 pm

Chairperson:           Prof. Dilkushi Wettewe

Co- Chairperson: Mr. Amalka Wijesuriya

Rapporteur:    Ms. Suvimali Rathnayake


11.30-11.50 Acoustic similarities between Sinhala language and Assamese

Gitanjali Goswami

11.50-12.10 A comparative study of Dhrupad and Borgeet

Hiranmayee Das Gogoi, Bhupen Hazarika

12.10-12.30 Constructing narratives of everyday life and aspects of Kandyan social order through personal diaries

Indika Bulankulame

12.30-12.50 Yantras of Shankara and their influence on Indian Tantric Artists With reference to G.R. Santosh and K.V. Haridasan

Soumya Manjunath Chavan

12.50-1.00 Discussion

1.00-2.00: Lunch


Time: 2.00-3.30 pm

Chairperson:         Dr. Prashanthi Narangoda

Co- Chairperson: Mr. Anuradha Piyadasa

Rapporteur:    Ms. Idunil Jayathilake

2.00-2.20 God Saman – The earliest convert to Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

Srilal Perera

2.20-2.40 Bridging the Gender Gap: Reflections on the Pronounced Femininity in the Buddhist Art of Ratnagiri, Odisha (India)


2.40-3.00 Sculptural art of Bihar

Dilip Kumar

3.00-3.20 Portable Art in Buddhist Period in Sindh and its Evaluation and Connection to Global Buddhist Community

Mastoor F. Bukhari

3.20-3.30 Discussion

3.30-3.45:                Tea Break


Time: 3.45- 5.00pm

Chairperson:         Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal

Co-Chairperson: Dr. Chandima Bogahawatte

Rapporteur:                                Rev. Pahiyangala Sumangala 

3.45- 4.05 Deconstituted Heritage: The (Un)making of a ‘Buddhist’ Heritage Site in Central India

L. Lamminthang Simte

4.05- 4.25 The Significance of Currency as a Heritage Transmission Media: with reference to Sri Lankan Rupees

Piyumi Embuldeniya, Indrachapa Gunasekara

4.25- 4.45 Beach Tourism and its Positive Environmental Impacts (Related to the Unawatuna coastal area)

M.V.R.M. Suvimali Rathnayake

4.45-5.00 Discussion


6.00- 7.00:  Cultural Show at the Cristo Hall, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya.


Day 1- Hall- 2

27th December 2015 Sunday Research Centre – Faculty of Social Sciences

Time: 2.00-3.30pm

Chairperson:         Prof. Mala Malla

Co-Chairperson:  Dr. Mangala Katugampola

Rapporteur:             Ms. Piumi Embuldeniya


2.00- 2.20 Built on Shifting Sands: Ceramic Analysis and Gender in South Asian Archaeology

Prerana Srimaal

2.20-2.40 Archaeology of North Cachar: Recent archaeological exploration in Assam

Tilok Thakuria

2.40- 3.00 First Palaeopathological Example of Dental Abscess from Pre-Historic Sri Lanka

Lanka Ranaweera and G.Adikari Study of faunal remains at Rkhigarhi Early Harappan site, Haryana, India.

Rev. Uduwila Uparathana

3.20-3.30 Discussion

3.30-3.45pm:   Tea break


Time 3.45 – 5.00pm

Chairperson:         Dr. Lanka Ranaweera

Co-Chairperson:  Dr. Tilok Thakuria

Rapporteur:             Ms. Indrachapa Gunasekera

3.45-4.05 Archaeological Landscape of the Lower Montane Region of Sri Lanka: Socio-Cultural Aspects of Archaeological Sites

Chulani Rambukwella

4.05-4.25 A study of ancient settlement in Sri Lanka through Archaeological evidence

Rev.Pahiyanagla Sumangala

4.25-4.45 Cultural Tourism and Museums

Sanjeewani Widyarathna

4.45- 5.00 Discussion


6.00- 7.00:  Cultural Show at the Cristo Hall, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya.


Day 1- Hall- 3

27th December 2015 Friday

Board Room of the Faculty of Humanities


Time: 2.00- 3.30pm

Chairperson:         Dr. Oshantha Talpawila

CoChairperson: Dr. Rashmi Condra

Rapporteur:            Dr. J.M.S.Dilinika


2.00-2.20 The need for building public diplomacy to strengthen regional cooperation –The case for South Asia

N.K. Kumaresan Raja

2.20-2.40 Developing Sri Lankan International Relations through International Communication: Use of Soft Power Resources.

Manoj Jinadasa

2.40-3.00 Traditional Fusion Dance- a solution of artistry to ethnic prejudice

Anupama Madhubhashinie Weerasinghe

3.00-3.20 Role of Religious Leaders in Post -War Peacebuilding: An Analysis of John Pol Lederarch’s Peace Building Pyramid

Oshadhi Herath

3.20-3.30 Discussion

3.30-3.45pm: Tea break



Time: 3.45-5.30pm

Chairperson:         Dr. Kumaresan Raja

Co- Chairperson: Dr. Pushpa Kulanatha

Rapporteur:             Ms. M.C.N.Jayawardana

3.45-4.05 Expressions (TCEs) of South Asia in Digital Libraries and Museums

Kamani Perera

4.05-4.25 Impact of Social Media on Creative Libraries: with special reference to Public Libraries in Sri Lanka

J.M.S Dilinika

4.25- 4.45 A semiotic analysis of the poetry of the poet Mahagama Sekara (The content analysis is based on 10 poems in the book “Heta Irak Payai” written by Mahagama Sekara)

Dineesha Liyanage

4.45-5.05 Involvement of Travel Agencies in Sri Lanka to promote Museums in tourism industry through the medium of tour packages

Indrachapa Weerasingha

5.05-5.25 Discussion

6.00- 7.00:  Cultural Show at the Cristo Hall, Department of Fine Arts, University of Kelaniya


Day 2- Hall-1

28th December 2015 Monday

Board Room of the Faculty of Social Sciences


Time: 9.00-10.40am

Chairperson:         Prof. Piyadasa Ranasingha

Co-Chairperson:  Ms. Ashirdini Bhagya Attanayake

Rapporteur:             Ms. Dineesha Liyanage

9.00-9.20 The Buddhist Relationship between Sri Lanka and Thailand: A Case Study of exhibition design of Upali Museum,Dhammaram Temple, Ayutthaya, Thailand

Sarunya Prasopchinchana

9.20-9.40 Buddhist Soft Skills as a tool for Peace and Harmony in the Multi-Cultural Society

Sarath Chandrasekara

9.40-10.00 Buddhist view of other Religions

H.R. Nishadini Peiris

10.00 10. -20 A study of Dammapada Atthakatha

Sandesh M. Wagh

10.20-10.40 Discussion

10.40-11.00:  Tea break


Time: 11.00am -1.00pm

Chairperson:         Prof.  Asanga Thilakarathne

Co-Chairperson: Dr. Sarunya Prasopchinchana

Rapporteur: Ms. Oshadi Herath



History of Jainism revealed in Pāli Literature

Bertram G. Liyanage

11.20-11.40 Right consumption – Samma Paribhojana

Daya Dissanayake

11.40-12.00 Trikāya concept – Trikāyastava Sanskrit Inscription (Mihintalaya)

Lenagala Siriniwasa Thero

12.00-12.20 METTĀ-BHĀVANĀ as a daily practice for Peace and Harmony in the Multicultural Society

Lee, Kyoung Hee

12.20-12.40 Flourishing instillation of Buddhist meditation: A classification

R.M. Rathnasiri Rathnayake

12.40-1.00 Discussion

1.00-2.00pm: Lunch


Day 2- Hall-1

Time: 2.00-3.30 pm

28th December Sunday Evening Session Board Room of the   Faculty of Social Sciences

Chairperson:         Prof. Kamani Jayasekara

Co-Chairperson: Dr. Milisa Srivastava

Rapporteur: Mr. K.A.T. Chamara

2.00-2.20 An Unknown Legacy: A Living Tribal Heritage of the Oraons

Pramila Dasture, Gregory Xalxo, Eashan Bhatt, Jaya Minz

2.20-2.40 A Journey of Inheritance: A Study of the Documentary

My Mother’s Village by Aaron Burton

Sabreena Niles

2.40-3.00 West orient Memsaabs of Indian Films in Colonial period: The history, heritage and hegemony

Rashmi Condra

3.00-3.20 An extension to Nur Yalman’s Under the Bo Tree: A Survey into Diaries of Mr. KB Nissanka, School Head Master of ‘Terutenne’

Anura Manatunga

3.20-3.30 Discussion

 Day 2- Hall-2

28th December 2015 Monday Research Centre – Faculty of Social Sciences

 Time: 9.00-10.40am

Chairperson: Prof. W.A.Weerasooriya

Co-Chairperson: Ms. Nilanthi Bandara

Rapporteur:  Ms. H.K.I. Sewwandi

9.00-9.20 Heritage Management Plan of Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (Madhya Pradesh) with special

reference to Disaster Risk Management

Vinay Kumar

9.20-9.40 Colonial Heritage of Pune: An academic and architectural heritage

Pramila Dasture

9.40-10.00 Traditional Management Systems in Temple village

Prasanna Bandara Ratnayake

10.00-10.20 Use of Natural Elements as Surface Decoration Elements: An Examination of Traditional

Earthenware Products in Sri Lanka

W.M.N. Dilshani Ranasinghe

10.20-10.40 Discussion

10.40-11.00am: Tea break


Time :11.00am-1.00pm

Chairperson:  Dr. M.G. Kularathne

Co-Chairperson: Dr. Sitha Bandara

Rapporteur: Ms. Sabreena Niles

11.00-11.20 Environmental impact of sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka

Arundathie Abeysinghe

11.20-11.40 Heritage Walks and Trails: The monumental mystique through the lanes of Delhi

Milisa Srivastava

11.40-12.00 Identification of socio- archeological responsibility of the irrigation system

Chandana Rohana Withanachchi

12.00-12.20 Demonstration Effect in Sri Lankan Tourist Destination

W.H.M.S.Samarathunga and  H.P.A.S. Pathirana

12.00-12.40 Discussion

12.40- 2.00pm: Lunch


Time 2.00-3.20pm

Chairperson:         Dr. Indika Bulankulame

Co-Chairperson:  Ms. Arundathie Abeysinghe

Rapporteur:             Ms. Harini Nawoda

2,00-2.20 The Portrayal of Women in Gandhara Art

Kiran Shahid Siddiqui

2.20-2.40 Remains and Legacy of Buddhist Monasteries in Shangla, Pakistan


2.40-3.00 An Industry in Extinction: The case of Diyatharippu Industry at Pilimathalawa in Sri Lanka

H.P. Thushanthi Karunarathne

3.00-3.20 Discussion



Day 2 – Hall No 3 28th December 2015 Monday

Board Room of the Faculty of Humanities

 Time : 9.00-10.40am

Chairperson:         Dr. Soumya Manjunath Chavan

Co-Chairperson:  Dr. Chaminda Herath

Rapporteur:      Rev. Deiyandara Pannananda

9.00-9.20 The Ethical Value of the Great Chronicle (Mahāvsa), the Prime,

The Importance of Salleka Sutta for solving contemporary social conflict

Bodagama sumana, K. Pagngnaloka, Karapikkada Sobitha

9.20-9.40 The Buddhist cultural heritage of Taxila valley: Its nature, importance,Preservation &


Ifqut Shaheen

9.40-10.00 Archaeological Site Museums of Bangladesh: Their Role and Importance in the Site

Preservation and Presentation of Moveable National Heritage

Md. Amirul Islam

10.00-10.20 The usage of metal technology according to archaeological evidences of ‘Deega Pashanaya’ at


Thusitha Mendis

10.20-10.40 Discussion

10.40-11.00: Tea break


Time :11.00am-1.00Pm

Chairperson:         Prof. Mapa Thilakarathne

Co-Chairperson: Mr. Thilina Wickramaarachchi

Rapporteur:             Ms. Sana Ranasinghe

11.00-11.20 The Role of the Media in the Promotion of Sri Lankan Cultural Tourism

T. D. Suresh Gayan Priyangana

11.20-11.40 Archeo-philately: New Dimensions in Heritage Studies

Pramila Dasture,  Ajit Vartak, Kaustibh Mudgal, Gregory Xalxo, Eashan Bhatt

11.40-12.00 Heritable and Historical Record of Asians

Yakkaduwe Sugunaseela & Niwandama Dhammissara

12.00-12.20 Traditional Practices of Aarayish in special reference to Rajasthan

Shika Bansal, Md, Ali Nasir

12.20-12.40 An ethnological study on the traditional knowledge and belief

systems of Sri Lanka which emerged when predicting the future through the indications of nature

W.M. Tissa Weerasekara

12.40-1.00 Discussion

1.00- 2.00: Lunch

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International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage 21st – 23rd August 2013 Programme


International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage

 21st – 23rd August 2013


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21st August 2013

9.30 am                       Inauguration Ceremony

10.30 am                      Conferring of ten memorial awards by the IAAH

11.30 am                     Refreshments

12.00 pm                     Keynote Address

1.00 pm                       Lunch

2.00 – 5.30 pm            Academic Sessions (Day 1)

7.00 pm                       Cultural Show


22nd August

9.00 am – 3.00 pm      Academic Sessions (Day 2)

4.00 pm                       Valedictory Function

23rd August                Conference Tour to Galle( For Foreign delegates)


Inauguration 21st August 2013

9.30 am-9.40 am                        Lighting of the Traditional Oil Lamp

9.40 am – 9.50 am                      Welcome Address – Prof . Anura Manatunga, Director, Centre for Asian Studies

9.50 am -10.00 am                     Address by Prof. Ranjith Bandara, Chairman, Sri Lanka Foundation

10.00 am – 10.10 am                  Launching of Conference Publications

10.10 am – 10.20 am                  Address by Prof. Sarath Amunugama, Vice Chancellor, University of Kelaniya

10.20. am – 10.30 am                 Address by Mr. Wasantha Ekanayaka, Secretary, Ministry of Culture and the Arts

10.30 am – 11.00 am                  Conferring Ten Memorial Awards by the IAAH

11.00 am – 11.10 am                  Address by Hon. Dr. Jagath Balasuriya, Minister of National Heritage

11. 10am – 11.20 am                  Address by Hon. Mr. T.B. Ekanayaka, Minister of Culture and the Arts

11.20. am -11. 25 am                 Vote of Thanks

11.25 am – 11.30 am                  National Anthem

11.30. am. -12.00 pm                 Refreshments

12.00 pm- 1.00 pm                     Keynote Speech by Prof. Manique Gunasekere, Dean Faculty of Graduate Studies,  University of Kelaniya

1.00 pm  – 2. 00pm                    Lunch

21st August 2013- Academic Session 1

Bio-Diversity, Physical Anthropology, Ethnography, Prehistory and Environmental Archaeology

Venue: Lecture Hall 1

Session: 1.1: 2.00 – 3.30 pm

Chairperson: Dr. S. U. Deraniyagala

Rapporteur : Dr. Lanka Ranaweera




2.00 – 2.15 pm

 The Rathnapura Fauna of Sri Lanka and its Affinities with other South and South East Asian Faunal Elements

 G.L. Badam 2.15 – 2.30 pm

 Unique Mesolithic Creations from Animal Remains in Sri Lanka

Kelum Nalinda Manamendra-Arachchi, K.H. Sonali Rangika Premarathne, Gamini Adikari2.30 – 2.45pm

 Need for Creating Inventory of Human Skeletal Findings from Archaeological Context

Veena Mushrif-Tripathy2.45 – 3.00 pm

 Non-Metric Dental Trait Variations in an Aboriginal Vedda Population of Anuradhapura, North Central Province of Sri Lanka 

Jayaweera J.A.A, Peiris H.R.D, Arambawatta A.K.S, Nanayakkara C.D 3.00 – 3.15pm

 Roopkund Mystery “Pathology Reveals Head Injury Behind the Casualties”

Alka Barthwal Pant,  SR Walimbe,  RS Negi

 3.15 – 3.30 pm  Discussion and Chairperson’s Remarks

            3.30 pm           TEA BREAK

21st August 2013

Session 1.2: 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Chairperson : Dr. T. R. Premathilake

Rapporteur   : Dr. Chulani Rambukwella




4.00 – 4.15 pm Local Landraces of Rice from Sri Lanka      Mayuri Munasinghe

 4.15-4.30 pmEthnoarchaeological Study of Jhum Cultivation Among the Chakhesang Tribe of Nagaland

Nutazo Lohe

 4.30-4.45 pmEnvironmental Archaeology of Sri Lanka: A Site Catchment Analysis      

D.K. Jayarathne4.45-5.00 pmUse of Bamboo Shoots Among the Galo Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh                     

Bina Gandhi Deori

 5.00-5.15 pmAn Ethnographic Documentation of the Subsistence Pattern of The Paniyar Tribes of Wayanad, Kerala

S. Urmila

 5.15 – 5.30pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


Academic Session 2

Historical Archaeology, Art History and Ancient Architecture

Venue: Lecture Hall 2

21st August 2013

Session: 2.1: 2.00 – 3.30 pm

Chairperson:  Dr. Pushpa Tiwari

 Rapporteur : Dr. Rose Solangaarachchi




2.00 – 2.15 pm

 Preliminarily Investigation of the Sri Lankan Copper-Based Statues of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

K.A. Anusha Kasthuri

 2.15 – 2.30 pm

 Influence of Nalanda Bronzes on the Art of Neighbouring Countries 

     Dilip Kumar

 2.30 – 2.45pm

 Aspects of Sri Lanka’s Footprints of the Buddha                     

Kayoko Kusumoto

 2.45 – 3.00 pm

 An Investigation into Objective of Buddhist Art

R.G.D Jayawardena3.00 – 3.15pm

 Documentation of the Buddhist Cultural Heritage of District Shangla, Pakistan

Ghani-ur-Rahman3.15 – 3.30 pm 

 Discussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


            3.30 PM     TEA BREAK

21st August 2013

Session 2.2: 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Chairperson : Prof. Jagath Weerasinghe

Rapporteur : Dr. Vinay Kumar





4.00 – 4.15 pm Historical Archaeology: Recent Discovery of Some Important Temple Remains in Yamunapar Region of Allahabad District

Pushpa Tiwari 

 4.15 – 4.30 pmA Unique “Yaksha” Sculpture at “Manikdurg” Fort Maharashtra, India

Shivendra Kadgaonkar, Sachin Vidyadhar Joshi, Abhijit Dandekar

 4.30 – 4.45 pmThe Variants of the Elephant Motif in Sri Lankan Art: A Survey from the Sixth Century B.C. to the Nineteenth Century

Anuththaradevi Widyalankara

 4.45 – 5.00 pmPatronage, Composition and Iconography in Rock – Cut Temples at Badami and Aihole

Niharika Sankrityayan

 5.00 – 5.15 pmArt and Architecture of Vishnu Temple at Janjgir

Vishi Upadhyay, Shivi Upadhyay, Bharti Shroti

 5.15 – 5.30 pm Discussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


Academic Session 3

Language, Literature and Society

Venue: Lecture Hall 3

21st August 2013

Session: 3.1: 2.00 – 3.30 pm

Chairperson: Prof. Sunanda Mahendra

Rapporteur : Dr. Bandana Mukhopadhyay Bhattacharya





2.00 – 2.15 pm Patterning Storytelling- Oral Traditions and History in Modern Animation Media in India

      Lopamudra Maitra

 2.15 – 2.30 pmMahavamsa as a Meta Narrative                

Desmond Mallikarachchi

 2.30 – 2.45 pmJaffna Tamil Society as Represented in the Stories of Alagu Subramaniam

Sivagowri Sivagurunathan Rajashanthan

 2.45 – 3.00 pmEarly Translations of the Bible into Malayalam: The Poetics and the Politics  R.K.Jayasree3.00 – 3.15 pmNew Regimes and Old Structures: An Analysis of Ideological Shifts and Strategies of Change in Raja Rao’s Kanthapura

Thilini Meegaswatta

 3.15 – 3.30 pm Discussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


            3.30 PM                      TEA BREAK

21st August 2013

Session 3.2: 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Chairperson : Prof. K.D. Paranavitana

Rapporteur : Dr. Janaki Jayawardhane





4.00 – 4.15 pm Sri Lanka: the Colonial in the Postcolonial      Buddhini Wijesuriya

 4.15 – 4.30 pmA Historical Study of the Position of Women from 13th Century A. D. to the End of the 15th Century

N. A. Wimalasena

 4.30 – 4.45 pmReligion and Politics as projected in the Mahabharata             

Supriya Banik Pal 

 4.45 – 5.00 pmDancing Bodies Through Centuries: – Analyzing Devadasis Roles as Representatives of Changes

S. Jeevanandam

 5.00 – 5.15 pmIndigenous Characteristics of Dance in Anuradhapura Period

Koshalee Kakulandala

 5.15 – 5.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks

Academic Session 4

Religious Studies

Venue: Lecture Hall 4

21st August 2013

Session: 4.1: 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Chairperson: Prof. Oliver Abeynayake

Rapporteur : Ms. Uma Bodas




2.00 – 2.15 pm What is a World?  Indigeneity, Regionalism and the Vernacular in Nagarjun

Toral Gajarawala

 2.15 – 2.30 pmPerformative Aesthetics and the Cultural Turn of Religion in India              

Saayan Chattopadhyay

 2.30 – 2.45 pmStudies in Religion, Language and Literature      Ven. Bhikkhuni Anula Devi

 2.45 – 3.00 pmThe Nath Cult  in Sri Lanka                              Bachchan Kumar

 3.00 – 3.15 pmThe Enigma of Tara Cult : An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Eastern India      Elora Tribedy

 3.15 – 3.30 pm Discussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


            3.30 PM                      TEA BREAK


21st August 2013

Session 4.2: 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Chairperson : Prof. S. Padmanathan

Rapporteur : Dr. Toral Gajarawala




4.00 – 4.15 pm The Trajectory of Culture of Human Rights and Civil Liberty in Hinduism        

N.K.Kumaresan Raja

 4.15 – 4.30 pmMusical Instruments in Hindu Traditional Life      Narayanan Mallikadevi

 4.30 – 4.45 pmA Critical Study of Saivism in India                                                    Gayathri Karthikeyan

 4.45 – 5.00 pmGoddess Shri Tuljabhawani : Kinds of Woships      Satish Kadam

 5.00 – 5.15 pmBuddhist Symbolism: Its Impact on Trans-Himalayan Art, Culture and Society                   

Morup Dorjay

 5.15 – 5.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks






































22nd August 2013 – Academic Session 1

Venue: Lecture Hall 1

Session 1.3: 9.00 – 10.30 am

Chairperson: Dr. Roland Silva

Rapporteur : Arct. Prasanna Rathnayaka




9.00 – 9.15 am The Curious Case of the Lepchas: One-Man Mission for Heritage Management of a Vanishing Tribe in Kalimpong in the Eastern Himalayas

Maitreyee Choudhury

 9.15 – 9.30 amA Call to Align the Management of Sri Lanka’s Heritage Sites with Ancient Cultural Values and UNESCO Policy

Wolfgang Dittus & Sunil Gunathilake9.30 – 9.45 amIf Pots Could Speak: Technological Studies of Pre-historic Pottery from Pañr       

Prerana Srimaal

 9.45 – 10.00 amHeritage Marketing and Historical Re-enactment: A case study of Delhi    

Milisa Srivastava10.00 – 10.15 amUnderwater Archaeological Impact Assessment of the Colombo Port City, Sri Lanka

Amalka Wijesuriya, Palitha Weerasinghe, Sanath Karunaratne, Pradeep Tennegedara

 10.15 – 10.30 amDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


10.30 am         TEA BREAK

22nd August 2013

Session 1.4: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Chairperson: Prof. N.K. Dangalla

Rapporteur : Ms. Melathi Saldin




11.00 – 11.15 am Heritage Management as a Tool for Educating Tribal Communities of India to Realize Their Identity

Vinay Kumar

 11.15 – 11.30 amHousehold Archaeology: A Theoretical Perspective                                        

Astha Dibyopama & Anura Manatunga

 11.30 am – 11.45 am‘Sited’ Movements in the Landscape: Preliminary Findings from an Archaeological Survey of Saru Maru Buddhist Stupa and Monastic Complex, Madhya Pradesh, India

L. Lamminthang Simte

 11.45 am – 12.00 noonTourism and Transition: An Understanding of Authenticity and Commodification of Culture in the Context of Ladakh (India)

Tashi Lundup

 12.00 noon – 12.15 pmA Study on Impacts of Unplanned Tourism Development in the Negombo Tourism Hub

Indrachapa Gunasekara

 12.15 – 12.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


12. 30 – 2.00 pm         LUNCH BREAK


22nd August 2013

Session: 1.5: 2.00 – 3.30 pm

Chairperson:  Prof. Ranitha Rathnayaka

 Rapporteur : Dr. Arjuna Tanthilage





2.00 – 2.15 pm Cognitive Map: An Alternative Tool to View Cultural Information                       

Pratapanand Jha

 2.15 – 2.30 pmStudy of Using 3D Models in Sri Lankan Archaeological Sites                         

M.V.M. Jayathilake & P.H.A.B. Shantha

 2.30 – 2.45 pmGIS Method: Approaches to Define Landscapes and Settlement Choice in South India During the Neolithic Period                                          

Opangtula Imsong

 2.45 – 3.00 pmDiminishing or Vanishing Cultures in Sri Lanka                       

Subathini Ramesh                                                                                                              

 3.00 – 3.15 pmThe Operation System of the Ancient Irrigation System in the Dry and Proximity Zone: A Study of Ancient Canals in Sri Lanka

Chandana Rohana Withanachchi

 3.15 – 3.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


3.30 pm      TEA BREAK


22nd August 2013

Session 1.6: 4.00 – 5.30pm

Chairperson : Prof. Daya Edirisinghe

Rapporteur :Dr. Lopamudra Maitra




4.00 – 4.15 pm Revealing Antiquities from Kolhua (Early Vaishali)

Badar Ara

 4.15 – 4.30 pmConservation of Urban Heritage, Tourism and Living Communities: A Study of Planning Policy and Social Exclusion in Agra (India)

Kapil Kumar Gavsker 4.30 – 4.45 pmOwin: A Lost and Ruined Fortress and Defense Watch Tower in Kashmir at the Edge of Punjab, Pakistan

Samina Saleem

 4.45 – 5.00 pmPatola – The  Mystery  Craft : A  Case  Study  of  the  Salvi  Community of  the  Patan,  Western  India

Sanghamitra Rai Verman

 5.00 – 5.15 pmIron : From Antiquity to Culture                      Saravanan, R.

 5.15 – 5.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


Academic Session 2

Heritage, Museums and Tourism

Venue: Lecture Hall 2

22nd August 2013

Session 2.3: 9.00 – 10.30 am

Chairperson: Mr. Sirinimal Lakdusinghe

Rapporteur : Dr. Anuththaradevi Widyalankara




9.00 – 9.15 am The Role of Museums in Cultural and Heritage Tourism for Sustainable Economy in Developing Countries

Kamani Perera9.15 – 9.30 amThe Role of Sanskriti Museums: Popularizing of Terracotta, Textiles, and      Everyday Art and Crafts

Nidhi Saryal9.30 – 9.45 am

Museums in Sri Lanka: from the Colombo Museum to the Colombo National  Museum and Beyond

Chulani Rambukwella

9.45 – 10.00 amConceptualising Religious Repositories and Communities into Living Museums: 120  Beyond Aspects and Perspectives

Abantika Parashar & Mrinmoy Das10.00 – 10.15 amThe Significance of Colombo Dutch Museum as a Tourist Attraction 

K. Anupama Damunupola10.15 – 10.30 amDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks

          10.30 AM        TEA BREAK

22nd August 2013

Session 2.4: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Chairperson: Prof. Chandra Wickramagamage

Rapporteur : Ms. Kayako Kusumoto




11.00 – 11.15 am Sinhala Buddha Images and Political Legitimation in Southeast Asia

Hema Goonatilake

 11.15 – 11.30 amHindustani Influences in the Architecture of South-West Asia

Iván Szántó11.30 am – 11.45 amThe Seductress and Ascetic: Two Female Archetypes in the Traditional Murals

Asoka de Zoysa

 11.45 am – 12.00 noonRaktamrittika Mahavihara (chiruti) – a Newly Discovered Buddhist Site in Murshidabad, West Bengal, India

Bela Bhattacharya &  Ahana Bhattacharya

 12.00 noon – 12.15 pmWhat’s in a Name? Capitalizing 18th & 19th Centuries’ Buddhist Murals of Sri Lanka

Jagath Weerasinghe

 12.15 – 12.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


12.30 – 2.00 PM         LUNCH BREAK




22nd August 2013

Session 2.5: 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Chairperson : Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri

Rapporteur :  Ms. Sivagowri Rajashanthan




2.00 – 2.15 pm Spectrum of Culture & Heritage Reflected Areas in India                                           Jayaram Gollapudi &  N.R.Giridhar

 2.15 – 2.30 pmNewly Discovered Rock Art Sites in North Karnataka, India                             

Mohana R

 2.30 – 2.45 pmThe Aesthetic of Painting in the Visnudharmottarapurana                 

Reeta Bhattacharya

 2.45 – 3.00 pmThe Archaeological Evidences on A Hospital in The Ruins of Mihintale        

Nadeesha Gunawardana

 3.00 – 3.15 pmRemnants of Chola Art from Sri Lanka          Swati Raikhy

 3.15 – 3.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


3.30 PM          TEA BREAK


22nd August 2013

Session 2.6: 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Chairperson : Dr. Mala Malla

Rapporteur : Dr. Dilip Kumar





4.00 – 4.15 pm Art and Architecture in the Asokan Inscription      Suchitra Ray Acharyya

 4.15 – 4.30 pmCultural Landscape in Ancient Southern Anuradhapura

Thusitha Mendis

 4.30 – 4.45 pmThe Role of Iconographic Terminology in Documentation of Indian Sculptures

Indra Vats

 4.45 – 5.00 pm

Representation of Picturesque Paradise – CaseStudy of Sri Lanka

Priyantha Udagedara


5.00 – 5.15 pmSome Observations on Dutch Leprosy Hospital Complex in Sri Lanka                     

Sānā Medhāli Ranasinghe

 5.15 – 5.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks




Session 3

Literary Heritage, Intangible Culture and Gender

22nd August 2013

Session 3.3: 9.00 – 10.45 am

Chairperson: Prof. Manique Gunasekere

Rapporteur :  Mr. Axel Diaz Maimone





9.00 – 9.15 am Charıty: A Parsı Constructıon of “Good Thought, Good Words and Good Deeds”

Kreeti Goswami

 9.15 – 9.30 amA Critical Discourse Analytical Approach to Interpretation of Heteroglossic                                                        42 Situations in Fiction

EA Gamini Fonseka9.30 – 9.45 amInterpretation of  the Word “Sālakaañkata”

Radhika S. Adivarekar

 9.45 – 10.00 amCultural Aspect of Printing Press in Bengal: A Case Study of Serampore Mission and Indigenous Responses

Amrita Mondal10.00 – 10.15 amA Critical Study of the Metre and Rhetoric of Mànàvulusandesaya

Ven. Moragollagama Uparathana

 10.15 – 10.30 amDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks

          10.30 AM        TEA BREAK


22nd August 2013

Session 3.4: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Chairperson: Prof. K.N.O. Dharmadasa

Rapporteur :Dr. Amrita Mondal






11.00 – 11.15 am Festivals Celebrated by Newaras of Kathmandu Valley                                    

Mala Malla

 11.15 – 11.30 amRabindranath Tagore and Victoria Ocampo       Axel Díaz Maimone

 11.30 am – 11.45 amMixed Language in the Print and Electronic Media in Sri Lanka  

Chamindi Dilkushi Senaratne Wettewe

 11.45 am – 12.00 noonStudy of Words ‘duhkha’ and ‘kaa’      

Madhavi S. Godbole12.00 noon – 12.15 pmSanskritization of the English Lexicon: the Influence of Sanskrit on the Word-stock of the English Language

Rusiru Kalpagee Chitrasena

 12.15 – 12.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks

12.30 – 2.00 PM         LUNCH BREAK

22nd August 2013

Session 3. 5: 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Chairperson : Prof. Maithree Wickramasinghe

Rapporteur : Dr. Indika Bulankulame




2.00 – 2.15 pm Women in Kuṭṭanmata: Courtesan and Wife in the Socio-Cultural Context  

Joyshree Nath

 2.15 – 2.30 pmRewarding the Female Compliance Through Fairy Tales Vs Encouraging Female Potential Through the Life Stories of Buddhist Lay Women

T.M.W.P.Tennakoon2.30 – 2.45 pmCoir work and the Rural Women- A Study of a Traditional Craft and Home Industry of Bengal, India

Rokaiya Begum

 2.45 – 3.00 pmAn Analysis of Ancient Sri Lankan Female Clothing Details Depicted from Selected Sculptures from the Anuradhapura Period to the End of the 19th Century

Ayesha Wickramasinghe3.00 – 3.15 pmThe Mat Weavers of Henawala: Integrating a ‘Feudal” Craft to the 21st  Century

Ninel Fernando3.15 – 3.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


                        3.30 PM          TEA BREAK


22nd August 2013

Session 3.6: 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Chairperson : Dr. K.D.G. Wimalarathne

Rapporteur : Dr. Dilkushi Wettewa




4.00 – 4.15 pm The Usage of Art and Traditional Sinhala ‘Serasili’ for the Surface Decoration of Earthenware Clay Vessels in Sri Lanka

W.M.N.D. Ranasinghe

 4.15 – 4.30 pmNational Heritage and Ethnic Problem in Sri Lanka                        

Ven. Uduwila Uparathana

 4.30 – 4.45 pmFashion Traditions: Reading the Hybridization of Dress in Sri Lanka           

Priyanka Virajini Medagedara Karunaratne

 4.45 – 5.00 pmArtistic Craft and the Craftsmen of Bengal

Sekh Rahim Mondal

 5.00 – 5.15 pmCulture and Fashion                               Gayathri Madubhani Ranatunga

 5.15 – 5.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks


Session 4


Rituals, Beliefs and Spiritual Wellbeing

22nd August 2013

Session 4.3: 9.00 – 10.30 am

Chairperson: Dr. Hema Goonatilake

Rapporteur : Dr. Satish Kadam




9.00 – 9.15 am Management Thought  in Sanskrit Literature      Uma Bodas
9.15 – 9.30 am Critical Studies of Buddhist Biomedical Literary Ethics and its Application in Modern Society

Bandana Mukhopadhyay (Bhattacharya)

 9.30 – 9.45 amIdiosyncratic Wordings in the Mahavagga-Paḷi:  A Critical and Historical Scrutiny

Aruna K. Gamage

 9.45 – 10.00 amModern Concept of Ethics and Morality behind Ancient Indian Puranic Tales

Shiuli Basu

10.00 – 10.15 amComparative Study of Pacceka Buddhas of MN and Former Leaders of Jainism

S.Vijitha Kumara

 10.15 – 10.30 amDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks

          10.30 AM        TEA BREAK

22nd August 2013

Session 4.4: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Chairperson: Prof. Asanga Thilakarathne

Rapporteur : Dr. Morup Dorjay




11.00 – 11.15 am An Exposition of the Cognitive, Behavioural and Psychotherapeutic Aspects of the Sevenfold Purity 

R. M. Rathnasiri

 11.15 – 11.30 amDeul Temple: Initial of Pandvas of Dakshina Kosala           

Shivi Upadhyay Joshi, Vishi Upadhyay

 11.30 am – 11.45 amThe Portuguese and Menikkadawara                                                                                                 Dhanushka Kumara Jayaratne11.45 am – 12.00 noonRituals and Beliefs of the Nawagamuwa Paththini Dewalaya              

Piyumi Embuldeniya

 12.00 noon – 12.15 pmLocating the Importance of Yogini  Temples of Odisha

Koumudi Malladi

 12.15 – 12.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks

12.30 – 2.00 PM         LUNCH BREAK




22nd August 2013

Session 4.5  : 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Chairperson : Dr. Sandagomi Coperahewa

Rapporteur : Dr. Prashantha Perera




2.00 – 2.15 pm Tibetan Buddhist Literature: Traces, Transmission and Translation

Padma Tsomo

 2.15 – 2.30 pmMaterial culture of Death, Grief and Memory: A Case Study     

Thilanka Manoj Siriwardana


 2.30 – 2.45 pmLegal issues regarding archaeological sites used for religious purposes

     Prashantha Lal de Alwis

 2.45 – 3.00 pmHistory and Collection of Carpets in India Md. Ali Nasir

 3.00 – 3.15 pmSir James de Alwis and his contribution to Sinhalese literature

     Chinthaka Ranasinghe3.15-3.30 pmDiscussion and Chairperson’s Remarks

3.30-4.00 PM TEA BREAK

22nd August 2013 Valedictory Function

6.00 pm – 7.00 pm      Chairperson:  Prof. Sarath Amunugama,



 Prof. G. L. Badam, Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, Pune

Prof. A.H.M.H. Abayarathna, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Kelaniya

Prof. Gamini Adikari, Director General, Central Cultural Fund

Dr. Senarath Dissanayake, Director-General, Department of Archaeology

 Short Speeches by participants

Distribution of gifts and certificates

Vote of Thanks – Dr. Pushpa Kulanatha, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo

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Call for Papers – International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage Colombo, Sri Lanka 21st-23rd August 2013

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts April 20, 2013
Acceptance of Abstracts May 10, 2013
Submission of Full Papers June 15, 2013
Conference August 21-23 2013

The Centre for Asian Studies of the University of Kelaniya is pleased to announce the “International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage” organized in collaboration with the International Association for Asian Heritage (IAAH) and the Ministry of Culture and the Arts  which will be held from 21st to 23rd of August 2013 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, Colombo , Sri Lanka. All interested academics are invited hereby to submit the abstracts of their research papers on or before 20th April 2013 on the following themes to be considered for presentation at the conference.

1′         Recent studies in Archaeology

2.         New perspectives in History

3.         Trends in Heritage Management, Museology and Tourism

4.         Critical studies in Religion, Language and Literature

5.         Aspects on Arts, Culture and Society

The abstracts should be between 250-500 words in font size 12 Times New Roman and should contain the title of the paper, name of the author, the text and a few Keywords. A brief CV not exceeding one page including educational qualifications and institutional affiliations should also be sent along with the abstract.

Abstracts and all other correspondence should be channelled through which is exclusive for this conference.  Acceptance of abstracts will be notified case by case till 10th May 2013. Full papers of the accepted abstracts are required on or before 15st June to be considered for publishing.


All participants should be registered before attending the conference by paying the registration fee according to the category they belong to. Registration fee includes the conference kit, food and beverages during the conference.

Sri Lankan South Asians  Non- South Asians
Students Rs. 500 $ 20 $ 30
IAAH Members Rs. 1000 $ 50 $ 100
Others Rs. 2500 $ 100 $ 150



Basic accommodation will be provided for foreign students and IAAH members.  Request for accommodation for other participants may be considered according to the availability of hostel facilities at the Sri Lanka Foundation where the conference will be held. Accommodation will be arranged on first come first served basis and therefore payment of the registration fee at the earliest is encouraged to secure accommodation.


Post Conference Tour:

All foreign Participants are invited to attend the Post Conference Tour to the historic city of Galle on

the final day of the conference. The Galle Fort is the best preserved Dutch Fort in Asia and a good example of living heritage site in the country. An additional fee of $15 from students and $30 from others will be charged for the tour.

Anura Manatunga,

Director/ Centre for Asian Studies,

University of Kelaniya,

Sri Lanka.

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Ananda Coomaraswamy Memorial Conference on Asian Art and Culture – Call for papers

Ananda Coomaraswamy Memorial Conference on Asian Art and Culture
University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
8th -10th September 2012


Ananda Coomaraswamy

An international conference to mark the 135th birth anniversary and 65th death anniversary of Ananda Coomaraswamy will be held on 8th-10th September 2012 at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. The conference is being organized by the Centre for Asian Studies and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Kelaniya with the collaboration of several other National and International Institutes. It will be inclusive of a two day academic session and a buy viagra professional online day tour.
To be considered for presenting at the conference, we would like to invite academics to submit their abstracts of research papers on the following themes before the 15th of June 2012. The abstracts should be in English and about 300-500 words in twelve point, Times New Roman. It should include the title of the paper, name of the author, institution affiliation, e-mail id, text and a few keywords. A short bio- data of the author or authors, not exceeding one typed page should be sent along with

the abstract. The acceptance of the abstracts will be notified by 30th June 2012. The abstracts should be sent to, the official e-mail address of the conference secretariat on or before the closing date. Any other details could be obtained via the same mail address.


1. Coomaraswamy: his life and work
2. Art History: Paintings, Sculpture and Minor Art
3. Ancient Architecture
4. Traditional Crafts: Metallurgy,

Carpentry, Pottery etc.
5. Pre-Modern Society
6. Buddhism and Hinduism
7. Social Philosophy

All conference participants should be registered by paying the fee prescribed below. The registration fee can be paid at the conference secretariat on or before the 8th of September, before attending the conference.
We regret to inform you that we are unable to assist you with your travel expenses. However, we are able to provide accommodation with limited facilities for those who are unable to make their own arrangements.

Registration fee:

(The registration fee includes the conference kit and meals during conference days.)
Foreign Delegates (Non South Asian) – 50 $
Foreign Delegates (South Asians) – 30 $
Foreign Delegates (Students) – 20 $
Sri Lankan Delegates – 1500 SL Rupees
Sri Lankan Students – 500 SL Rupees.

Professor Anura Manatunga
Centre for Asian Studies
University of Kelaniya
Sri Lanka

Please note: In addition to the conference proceedings, we are planning to launch a commemoration volume on Ananda Coomaraswamy. If you are interested in having your paper published in this volume, please be kind enough to send it in for consideration, by the 15th of July 2012.


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RASSL 5th Annual Research Conference March 30<sup>th</sup> and 31<sup>st</sup> 2012- Call for Papers

The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka is convening its 5th Annual Research Conference on the Humanities and Social Sciences on March 30th and 31st 2012. The 2012 Research Conference will also launch as a component the 1st Aesthetic Studies Conference and includes the 2nd Philosophy Studies Conference and the 4th Sinhala Studies Conference.

Research papers may be presented, among others, under overnight canadian viagra the following themes:

Aesthetic Studies: art, music, dance, drama, new media. Philosophy Studies: Buddhist, Hindu,

Western philosophies; Sinhala Studies: Languages Sinhala/English, comparative linguistics, literary criticism, literature and society; Humanities and Social Sciences: Sri Lankan society, past and present, history of science and technology, history, archaeology and numismatics, trade and cultural relations.

Papers can be presented in Sinhala

and English.

Abstracts of papers should not exceed 350 words and must include Title, Author(s), Affiliation, Address, Tel/Fax, e-mail address and five keywords. Abstracts can be sent by e-mail to as attachment in Word, or by fax to Fax No: 2699249 or by post to the Secretary, Royal Asiatic Society, Mahaweli Center, 96 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7. Sending of abstracts by using online submission or e-mail is preferred.

A committee of scholars will be selecting the papers, and acceptance will be notified.

Deadline for submission of abstracts:                       15th January 2012 

Notification of acceptance:                                         31st January 2012

Submission of full papers:                                             15th February 2012

Participation is open to members of the public.

Dr. Malini DiasGeneral Convenor

4th Research Conference

Prof. Ratnasiri ArangalaConvenor

4th Sinhala Studies Conference

Prof. Oliver Abeynayake                                               Prof. Uda Hettige

Convenor                                                                            Convenor

2ndPhilosophy Studies Conference                        1st Aesthetic Studies Conference

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6th National Conference on Buddhist Studies – Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th December 2010

Call for Papers

The 6th National Conference on Buddhist Studies will be held on Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th December 2010. The Conference is organized by the Dept. of Pali and Buddhist Studies, Sri Jayewardenepura University in association with the Buddhist Times Trust and Buddhist Activities Fund. Continue reading 6th National Conference on Buddhist Studies – Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th December 2010