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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 rasslconference11@gmail.com 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)

ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY OF SRI LANKA

96, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 07

Sri Lanka

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“The last King of Jaffna was a Sinhalese Buddhist” Lecture by H. D. L. Mahindapala 13th February 2017, Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka

H. D. L. Mahindapala

History records King Sankilli II as the last Tamil King of Jaffna whose defeat at the hands of the Portuguese in 1619 lead to the annexation of the Kingdom of Jaffna to Portugal. But a closer examination of historical facts proves otherwise. History states that the invasion of Jaffna by King Senerath of Kandy in 1629 as the last battle for the Jaffna Kingdom from which the Portuguese had to wrestle it back.

This historical approach is made against the Tamil separatism argument justified by the Vadukoddai Resolution of 1976 by the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) stating that the Tamils handed over power to the Portuguese, the Portuguese handed it over to the Dutch and the Dutch to the British, therefore the British should have handed over power to the Tamils to run Jaffna as an independent nation instead of handing the entire country into the hands of what they call “the Sinhala state”. This historical argument became the corner stone for the separatist. The origin of this thesis goes back to Judge Weeramantry’s legal move to blast the base on which the Tamil theory for a separate state was based. History has been altered for the political agendas of the separatists in keeping with the Vadukoddai Resolution; ownership of history was a prime condition to prove ownership of territory thus alternate histories have been arguing that the Tamils were here from the ‘dawn of history’. The argument here is that those who came first have a greater legitimacy and supremacy than those who came later, this is spurious argument. If so then the Americans and Canadians must hand over their Nations to the first people, the original settlers.

One way of redeeming the nation from the ethnic impasse is to disentangle the threads of history that have distorted the political realities. It is into this context that this historical approach backed by historical facts is presented. King Senerath of Kandy for strategic and economic reasons launched an invasion of Jaffna with five thousand men under the command of Atapattu Mudaliyar in 1629, the advancing Sinhalese forces were backed by the people of Jaffna and ravaging through the region confined the Portuguese to the Fort and laid siege to it. This fact is stated by several Portuguese historians including Queyroz and Ribeiro and further states that even taxes were collected. Although this invasion failed which resulted in the destruction of the invading force including Atapattu Mudaliyar, this blasts the politico-legal myth that the sovereignty of Jaffna was passed on to the Portuguese by the last King Sankilli II and therefore the British should have handed back sovereignty to his descendants, the Tamils. But history records the last King of Jaffna was Senerath King of Kandy. And as Senerath was the last King to fight the last battle over Jaffna there could be no doubt that sovereignty passed over finally from the Sinhala King to the Portuguese. The main mission here is to present the audience with evidence for them to evaluate.

H.D.L. Mahindapala delivering his lecture at the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka

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King Sankilli II Statue Photo Credit: Jaffna City

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