Department of Economics & Statistics

Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

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Kalpa Rajapaksha
Lecturer (Probationary)

Department of Economics & Statistics
Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya
Peradeniya, 20400, Sri Lanka

 
rajapaksharkm@gmail.com
rajak966@newschool.edu
https://humansofcapitalism.home.blog/

Biography


         Kalpa Rajapaksha teaches Marxist Political Economy at the Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Peradeniya as a lecturer (probationary) since 2015. He received his Bachelor of Arts in economics with honours from the same department and then served as a Temporary Assistant Lecturer for two years since 2013. His BA dissertation, A Deconstruction of Sri Lankan Government’s Postwar Economics and Human Development Model and Its Ideology (2013) was supervised by the retired Professor in economics, Sumanasiri Liyanage. Currently he is reading for the doctoral degree at the Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research, NYC, USA, from where he received his Masters of Arts degree in Global Political Economy and Finance in 2018. At the New School for Social Research he teaches Karl Marx’s The Capital volume one as a teaching fellow and hold a Research Assistant position under Professor Anwar Shaikh. He is deeply interested in Marxism, Political Economy, Philosophy, History of Economic Thought and Capitalism studies and actively engaged in galvanizing the philosophy and politics of class struggle, praxis and liberation.


Educational Qualifications


  • PhD – Reading at The Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA (Focus: Marxist Political Economy, Dialectics of Liberation and Political Economy of Sri Lanka)
  • MA in Global Political Economy and Finance, The New School for Social Research, New York,USA, 2018
  • BA in Economics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 2013

Positions Held


  • Teaching and Research Fellow at The New School for Social Research, NYC, USA 2020
  • Lecturer (Probationary) 2015
  • Temporary Assistant Lecturer 2013-2015


Memberships & Awards


  • Academic Honors, Awards and Fellowships
  • The Harry Magdoff and Paul Sweezy Fellowship for PhD studies, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA 2018
  • Outstanding Master of Arts Graduate in Economics award, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA, 2016
  • Dean’s Fellowship for MA studies, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA, 2016
  • The Best Student in Economics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2013
  • P.D. Khan Gold Medal for Economics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2013
  • SPACE Scholarship (Saga University Program for Academic Exchange), University of Saga, Japan, 2009


Research Interests


  • Marxism
  • Political Economy
  • Philosophy
  • Capital
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Capitalism and Class Struggle
  • Class struggle in Sri Lanka


Research Publications


Articles

  • 2014 Rajapaksha Kalpa, A Deconstruction of Sri Lankan Government’s Postwar Economic and Human Development Model and Its’ Ideology, Volume I, Ruhuna University Journal of Social Sciences (RUJSS), Ruhuna University, Matara, Sri Lanka.
  • 2014 Rajapaksha Kalpa and Samaranayake Isuru, ‘Power Summons Power’: Global Hegemonic Stability Theory vs. Hegemonic Proxy: Through the Prism of Postwar Sri Lankan Discourse, Volume I, Ruhuna University Journal of Social Sciences (RUJSS), Ruhuna University, Matara, Sri Lanka.
Abstracts
  • 2015 Rajapaksha Kalpa, The Structures of Desire and Dispossession: class nature of neo-urban structuralism in postwar Sri Lanka (A revisit to David Harvey’s conceptualization on capitalist city), proceedings volume III, Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium 2015, pp 125-131
  • 2015 Rajapaksha Kalpa and Jahan Israt, The Edges of Capitalism: Where Shipbreakers meet Gully-gold miners; on the remnants of capitalist mode of production and the vicious conditioning of alienated labour: with special reference to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Proceedings volume III, Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium 2015, pp 84-91
  • 2015 Rajapaksha Kalpa and Samaranayake Isuru, ‘Flying High beneath the Wings of the Red Dragon’: Cat-paw States and Rising Chinese Hegemony in South Asia, Proceedings volume III, Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium 2015, pp 107-113)
  • 2014 Rajapaksha Kalpa, A Short Conceptual Study on Consumer Fetishism, Class Consciousness and its’ Compelled-political Space in the Postwar Sri Lankan Capitalist Realism, Proceedings volume II, Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium 2014, pp104-109
  • 2018, The Shifting of the Epicenter of Capitalist Crisis from Labour to Finance: On David Harvey’s The Brief History of Neoliberalism and The Enigma of Capital, International conference on the humanities and social sciences, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
Working papers
  • 2017, From One-Dimensional Man to Trump: A Marxist Critique on Capitalist Scientifico Militarism (Working paper).
Conference Presentations
  • 2015 Rajapaksha Kalpa, The Structures of Desire and Dispossession: class nature of neo-urban structuralism in postwar Sri Lanka (A revisit to David Harvey’s conceptualization on capitalist city), Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium 2015
  • 2015 Rajapaksha Kalpa and Jahan Israt, The Edges of Capitalism: Where Shipbreakers meet Gully-gold miners; on the remnants of capitalist mode of production and the vicious conditioning of alienated labour: with special reference to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium 2015
  • 2014 Rajapaksha Kalpa, A Short Conceptual Study on Consumer Fetishism, Class Consciousness and its’ Compelled-political Space in the Postwar Sri Lankan Capitalist Realism,. Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium 2014
  • 2013 Rajapaksha Kalpa and Liyanage Sumanasiri, A Deconstruction of Sri Lankan Government’s Postwar Economic and Human Development Model and Its’ Ideology. Peradeniya Economics Research Symposium 2013
  • 2011 Rajapaksha Kalpa, Labour Migration Present day Trends, Issues and Challenges of Sri Lanka, South Asian Economics Students Meet (SAESM) 2011, Ramjas College, New Delhi, India.


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