Prof. S.V.D. Gamini Samaranayake
 

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Department of Political Science,
University of Peradeniya,
Peradeniya,
Sri Lanka.

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Educational Qualifications:
  • BA (Peradeniya)
  • MA (Peradeniya)
  • PhD (University of St. Andrews)
Appointments (Selected) :
  • University of Peradeniya Assistant Lecturer 1977-1983
  • University of Peradeniya, Lecturer 1983-1991
  • University of Peradeniya, Senior Lecturer 1991-2000
  • University of Peradeniya Associate Professor Chair 2000-2005
  • Senior Professor- 2006 onwards
  • University of Peradeniya Head of Dept. Pol. Sc 2003- March 2005
  • University of Rajarata Vice Chancellor April 2005 March 2006
  • University Grants Commission Chairman March 2006- January 2013
Memberships & Awards :
  • Commonwealth Fellowship in the United Kingdom , from 1996-97.
  • Visiting Fellow, Dept of International and Business Law, Yokohama National University , Japan , June-September 2001.
Research Intersests :
Research Publications :
  • Papers Presented at Seminars and Conferences:
  • 1

    Political Ideology of the people's Liberation Fronts (PLF) 1964-197. A Paper Submitted for, Seminars of Asian Studies, University of Peradeniya, April 1985.

    2.

    The Gramodaya Mandalaya Scheme and its Impact: A Case study. A paper Submitted to the University of Peradeniya . (University research grant No.RG/35/85/A)

    3

    The Ethnic Problem and Peoples Liberation Front (JVP), Paper Presented at the Seminar, Social Science Association, Colombo , May 1985.

    4.

    The Left and Political Violence in Sri Lanka . A Paper Submitted at the Conference on Marxism and Left Movement in Sri Lanka 1953-1983, Organized by Seminar for Asian Studies, December 1985.

    5

    The Changing Pattern of Student Politics in Sri Lanka : A Case Study of the University of Peradeniya , Paper Presented at the Jubilee Seminar, University of Peradeniya , December 1991.

    6

    Preconditions of Political Violence: A Case Study of Sri Lanka, (A Paper Presented for a Conference on the “Democratization Process in South Asia ” held from 19-22 August 1992, Colombo .

    7

    Conflict in South Asia and Role of the United States . A Paper Presented at the Seminar Organized by the USIS on 8 th April 1993 at Colombo , in Sri Lanka .

    8

    The Role of Class and Caste in Youth Rebellions in Sri Lanka : 1971 – 1992, (A Paper Presented at the Conference Organized by the Sri Lanka Studies Conference, from August 10-13, Colombo , in Sri Lanka .

    9

    “Student Unrest in Sri Lanka : 1965 – 1992. A Paper Presented at the Annual Research Sessions of the Art faculty, at the University of Peradeniya , November 1993.

    10

    “The Role of the Trade Unions in the Structural Adjustment Process”. A Paper Presented at the ICFTU-APRO/CWC Seminar on “Research Documentation Analysis” in October 1993, at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo .

    11

    Human Rights and Independence and Impartiality of the Judiciary in Sri Lanka . A Paper Presented at the Workshop in Leiden held 11-15 April 1994 in Leiden , the Netherlands .

    12

    Ethnic Conflict Sri Lanka. A Paper Presented at the International Seminar on Ethnicity and Constitutional Reform in South Asia , by Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS), Colombo , 19-20 February 1995.

    13

    “The Impact of Political Violence on Education in Sri Lanka : A Case Study of University Education in Sri Lanka ”. A Paper Submitted for the 5 th Sri Lankan Conference held from 10 th -13 th August, 1995 , at the University of New Hampshire in Durham , New Hampshire .

    14

    Student Unrest and Youth Rebellions in Sri Lanka: Problems and Prospects, A Paper Presented at the Workshop for Senior Officials on Student Youth Programs, 06-11 November, 1995, New Delhi, India

    15

    Student Politics and Left - Wing Insurrection in Sri Lanka : An Empirical Inquiry. A Paper Presented at Annual Research Sessions 1995, Faculty of Art, University of Peradeniya , 2 nd March 1996 .

    16

    Pattern of Political Violence in Sri Lanka : An Inquiry of Huntington's Modernization Theory. A Paper Submitted for the 6 th Sri Lankan Conference held August 1997 Kandy , Sri Lanka .

    17

    Bandaranaike – Chelvanayakam Pact of 1958: An Evaluation, (SWRD Bandaranayake Commemoration Lecture), 26 th September, London , in Daily News, 8 th and 15 th October 1997 .

    18

    Political Violence and Response of Government in Sri Lanka . A Paper Presented for Symposium on the Psychological Impact of Trauma in Sri Lanka , Organized by the Sri Lanka Medical Association on 29 th May 1998 in Colombo .

    19

    Ethnic Conflict and Guerrilla warfare of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE). A Paper Submitted to the Ceylon Study Seminar, October 28 th 1998 .

    20

    Victims of Political Violence in the Hambantota District: A Case Study of Agunakolapalassa. A Seminar Paper Presented on the 8 th of November at the University Research Seminar 1998.

    21

    “Critical Reflection on Youth Polices in Sri Lanka ”. A Paper Presented at the Conference on “Rethinking Youth Policies in Sri Lanka , Organized by Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, and South Asian Institute, Dept. of Sociology, University of Colombo , On 11 th October 1999 , Colombo .

    22

    “Responses of Governments Towards Disappearances in the Hambantota District”. A Paper Presented at the Annual Research Sessions of the University of Peradeniya , November 1999, Peradeniya.

    23

    “Victims of Political Violence in Sri Lanka . A Paper Presented at the 7 th Sri Lanka Studies Conference on Asia , Sri Lanka and the Diasporic Community, from 3-6 December Canberra , Australia , 1999.

    24

    “Responses of the State Towards the Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka ”. A Paper Presented at the International Conference on International Perspectives on Ethnicity, Identity and State in South Asia , from 15-17 June 2000, Hyderabad , India .

    25

    “Government's Response Towards Electoral Violence in Sri Lanka : 1977-1999”. A Paper Presented at the Annual Research Sessions – 2000, 22 nd October, Faculty of Art, University of Peradeniya .

    26

    “ Sri Lanka : One Year After The Peace Accord”. A Paper Presented At the Conference of Sri Lanka Peace Process: The Role of External Powers, by Observer Research Foundation, Chennai, 27, September, 2003.

    27

    “Children in Insurrection with Special Reference to the Ethnic Insurrection of Sri Lanka ”. A Paper Presented at the 9 th International Conference on Sri lanka Studies “ Sri Lanka at Crossroads: Continuity and Change: at University of Ruhuna , Matara, 28-30 November, 2003.

    28

    “Conflict Management and Conflict Reconciliation “. A Paper Presented at the Workshop on Conflict and Peace Organized by International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy , (ICES) 11the March 2004.

    29

    “The Causes and Effects of Political Violence on the Behaviour of University Students of Sri Lanka ”. A Paper Presented For the Leonard Woolf Memorial International Conference, at the University of Ruhuna , Matara, 18-19, December 2004.

    30

    Causes and Patterns of Insurrections of South Asia : A Case Study of Sri Lanka ”. A Paper Presented at the Conference on Economic Growth and Security” Organized by Delhi Policy Group in Collaboration with Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore, October, 8-9, 2004.

    31

    “Approaches to Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka ”. A Paper Presented at Conference on Security Dimensions of India and Southeast Asia , Organized by Centre for Security Analysis, At Chennai on 25-16 November 2004.

    32

    “ Norway 's Role as a Third Party in the Peace Process in Sri Lanka ”. A Paper Presented at the Conference on Conflict Resolution and Peace Building , at Chennai, on 10-11 December 2004.

    33

    “Political Terrorism of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam”. A Paper Presented at the Conference of Hydrabad, 28-29, February 2006.

  • Articles Published in Books and Journals
  • 1

    The Ethnic Problem and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) 1964 – 1971. Article Published in Lanka Guardian Vol.8, No. 4, and June 15 th 1985 .

    2

    The Changing Attitude Towards the Tamil Problem within the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), in Facets of Ethnicity in Sri Lanka, (eds) Charles Abeysekera, Newton Gunasinghe, Social Science Association, Colombo 1987, pp.272-295.

    3

    Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka and Prospects of Management: An Empirical Inquiry, in Political Violence and Terrorism , Vol. 3, No 2, 1991

    4

    The Changing Pattern of Student Politics in Sri Lanka: A Case Study of the University of Peradeniya, in More Open Than Usual , (ed) R.A.L.H. Gunawardana, Colombo, Aitken Spence Printing Ltd. 1992, pp. 101-113.

    5

    The Role of the Third Parties in Peace Processes: A Comparative Study of Afghanistan , Guatemala , and Sri Lanka . (A Joint Paper Published in “ Experiences from Conflict Resolution in the Third Word, (eds) Goran Lindgren, Kjell-Ake Nordquist and Peter Wallenteen, Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University , 1993.

    6

    “Conditions that Contributed to the Origin and Development of the Political Violence Movement (P.V.M) in Sri Lanka : The Case of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)”. An Article Published in the Journal of the Modern Ceylon Studies , Vol. 9, No 2, 1997, pp 99-119

    7

    “Political Violence in Sri Lanka : A Diagnostic Perspective”. An Article Published in the Journal titled Terrorism and Political Viole nce, Vol.9, No 2, 1997, pp. 99-119

    8

    Political System in Sri Lanka , in World Encyclopedia of Political Parties and System, (ed) Deborah A. Kaple, 3 rd Edition, Facts on File, New York , 1997.

    9

    Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka : Reconstituting the Polity Through Constitutional Reform, in Ethnicity and Constitutional Reform in South Asia , (ed) Iftekharuggaman, Manhar, New Delhi , 1988, pp.159-190

    10

    New Era Dawned in 1956, in 50 th Anniversary of Sri Lankas Independence , (Eds) Galyaye Piyadasi and Laksman S. Perera, Sri Lanka Educational, Cultural and Independence , 1988, pp. 90-91

    11

    “Impact of Political Violence Towards Estate Village Integration in the Central Province ”, Publication Issues by the Central Province to Commemorate 50 th Years of independence, 1988, pp. 321-334

    12

    Ethnic Conflict and Processes of Resolution in Sri Lanka : 1958- 1996, in the Journal to Terrorism and Political Violence , Vol. 11, No 1, Spring, 1999

    13

    “A Comparative Study of Hobbes, Locke Rousseau” Parthiba , Vol 2, April – September, 1996 pp. 51-55

    14

    “Patterns of Political Violence and Responses of the Government in Sri Lanka , 1971 –1996, Terrorism and Political, Violence , Vol.11, No. 1, Spring, 1999, pp. 110-122

    15

    “ Conflict Resolution in Sri Lanka” in Celebrating 20 years of Commitment, (eds), Sunila Abeysekara and Sunanda Deshapriya, Merge, Colombo, 1999, pp. 28 to 37.

    16

    “ Response of Government Towards Disappearances in the Hambantota District: A Case Study Approach”, Award Winning Papers of the Annual Research Secessions 1999, University of Peradeniya, November, 1999, pp.41-52.

    17

    “ Response of the State Towards the Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka”, in Ethnicity, Identity and The State in South Asia, (Ed) Kousar J Azam, South Asian Publisher, New Delhi, 2001, pp. 124-145.

    18

    “Political Violence in the Third World with Special Reference to the Left Wing Insurrection in Sri Lanka ”. Yokohama Law Review , Vol. 10, Number 2, December 2001. pp. 69-88.

    19

    Ethnic Conflict and Guerrilla Warfare of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, in Ethnicity and Polity in South Asia , (ed) Girin Phukon, South Asian Publishers, New Delhi, 2002, pp.149-169.

    20

    “Demogragraphic Trends and Political Violence in Sri Lanka ”. Sri Lanka Journal of Population Studies, Vol. 5, July 2002, pp. 107-117.

    22

    “ Ethnic Conflict and the Process of Decentralization and Devolution of Power in Sri Lanka”, in Decentralization & Power Shift , (Eds) Alex B. Brillantes, Simeon A. Ilago, Eden V. Santiago and Bootes P. Esden, CORSIA, Philippines, 2003, pp. 289-304.

    23

    Political Violence and Human Rights in Sri Lanka : An Account From 1971-2000. In Rights and Right to Participate: Democracy, Development and Human Rights in Post Colonial Sri Lanka . Sisira Pinnawela (Ed), Fredrich Ebert Sriftung, Colombo , 2003, pp.76-96.

    24

    Social Conflict: Definitions and Nature in Conflict Settlement: Theory and Practics, Ranjith Dickwella, et al (eds), Ariya Publishers, Wariyapola, 2003,pp.3-27.

    25

    The Role of the Municipal Council in Preserving Kandy as a World Heritage City: Problems and Prospects, in Professor A.D.P. Kalansooriya Felicitation Volume, D. Amerasekara, H. Dheerananda and R. Dissanayake, (eds) Ariya Publishers, Warakapola, 2004, pp.723-746.

    26

    Approaches to the Resolution of Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka: 1994to 2004”, in Security Dimensions of India and Southeast Asia, V.R. Raghavan, and K. Fischer, (Eds), Tata McGraw-Hill Publishing Company Limited, New Delhi, 2005, pp. 59-79.

    27

    Third Party Mediation of Norway in the Conflict Resolution of Sri Lanka: Problems and Prospects, in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Sri Lanka, V.R Ragjavan, and Karl Fischer, (eds), Tata McGraw-Hill Company, New Delhi, 2005, pp. 49-67.

    28

    “Political Terrorism of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, South Asia; journal of South Asian Studies, Vol. xxx, no. 1, April, 2007. pp. 171-183. Republished in South Asia : The Spectre of Terrorism, (eds) P.R. Kumaraswamy and Ian Copland, Routledge, London , 2009, pp. 175- 187.

    29

    “Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka”, in World Encyclopedia of Political Systems and Parties, (eds), Neil Schlager and Jane Weisblatt, 4 th Edition, Vol. 3, Facts on File, New York, 2006, pp. 1253-1261.

    30

    “ Political Terrorism: An Introduction”, To be Publish in Sri Lanka After the War, Special Issue of Economic Review, People Bank,

  • Book Reviews
  • Stanley J. Tambaiah, Leveling Crowds, Ethno-nationalist Conflicts and Collective Violence in South Asia , (Comparative Studies in Religion and Society, 10) Berkeley
  • os-Angeles and London . Review Published in the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London , Oxford University press, Volume. 61, Part I, 1998, pp. 172 - 173.
  • W.A Wiswa Warnapala, Provincial Politics in Sri Lanka -and the Analysis of the Southern Provincial Council Election, 1994. Book Review. Published in the Daily News , 16 th May 1998 , pp.20 to 21.
  • Milton J. Esman and Ronald J. Herring (Eds), Carrots, Sticks and Ethnic Conflict, Rethinking Development Assistance, Published in the “ Nationalism and Ethnic Politics” , Vol. 10.Issue 4, 2005.
  • Books
  • Revolutionary Movement in Sri Lanka : Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP ), Author Publication, Graphic Land , Kandy , 2002. (A Book in Sinhala Language).
  • Origin and Evolution of Political Theory , Author Publication, Kandy Offset, Kandy , 2005. (A Book in Sinhala Language)
  • Political and Social Theory, Author Publication , Kandy Offset, Kandy , 2005. (A Book in Sinhala Language)
  • Political Violence in Sri Lanka , Gyan Publishers, New Delhi , India , 2008.
Other Credentials : International Conferences and Workshops
  • A

    An Advanced International Training program, held at the Dept. of Peace and Conflict Research, at the University of Uppsala , Uppsala , Sweden , from 20 th of April to 6 th of june 1992.

    B

    The International Visitor Program on “Managing Regional Tensions in South Asia” Sponsored by the United States Information Agency from October 11 – November 7, 1992

    C

    The PIOOM Workshop on the Project “ Independence and Impartiality of the Judiciary” held at the University of Leiden , at Leiden in Netherlands from 11 April to 14 April 1995 .

    D

    The Workshop on “Student, Youth” held in New Delhi , India from 6 th to 11 th November 1995 .

    E

    Seminar on Ethnicity, Identity and State in South Asia , from 15-17 June 2000, Hyderabad , India .

    F

    Second International Conference on “Federalism: The Future of Decentralizing States”, held in Manila , The Philippines, 25-27 July 2002.

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