Armed uprisings, natural disasters, global recession, climate change…. The events and issues that have dominated the world scene in the first decade of the 21st century have highlighted, more than ever, the need for knowledge generation and knowledge sharing that has at its core the well-being of the human. More than ever before, social scientists and humanists have a role to play in the production of rich and nuanced "knowledges" that attend to the multi-faceted and inter-connected nature of our existence on planet earth and the fragile ecologies that we create with other life forms which inhabit that planet. In the case of Sri Lanka, recent events of both local and global reach have made it imperative that we retain the human subject at the centre of what we as scholars do and how we know. The proposed conference invites contributions on the following sub-themes from scholars whose research will help highlight the transformative potential of the humanities and social sciences and re-vision what humanists and social scientists do in Sri Lanka in the new century.


  • Knowledge, Equity and Development
    The Environment
    Governance, Rights and the Discourse of Development
    Transforming and Transformative Education
    Conflict, Mediation, Security and Human Well-being
    Sri Lanka - in the Region and in the World
    Revisionist Representations — History, Arts, the Media
    Technology and Social Transformation

    The sub-themes are meant to provide structure to the Conference and are not meant to be restrictive.

Conference Dates

The ICSSH 2011 is a two day conference scheduled to be held from 16th to 17th December 2011.

Conference Venue

The ICSSH 2011 will be held in the premises of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Please visit Travel and Accommodation for more information.


The Conference will be conducted in English.