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Department of Sinhala

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

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Mr. K. M. B. N. Konara

MPhil (Peradeniya), BA (Peradeniya)
Ancient Sinhalese Literature, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Modern Sinhala Poetry, Cultural Studies

bnkonara@yahoo.com
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+94 81 2392549 / +94 760544435

Biography

Mr. K. M. B. N. Konara is a Probationary Lecturer attached to The Department of Sinhala, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He earned his BA (Hons.) in Sinhala from The University of Peradeniya in 2008 and MPhil in Sinhala from The University of Peradeniya in 2016.

Education

  • MPhil (Peradeniya)
  • BA (Peradeniya)

Appointments

  • Probationary Lecturer in Sinhala, Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 17. 04. 2019 - up to date.
  • Assistant Librarian, Medical Library, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 16. 08. 2018 - 16. 04. 2019.
  • Temporary Lecturer, Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 28. 02. 2009 - 31. 05. 2012.
  • Visiting Lecturer in Sinhala Language for Russian, German, British, Thai, and Burmese students, Sri Lanka International Buddhist Academy (SIBA), Pallekele, Kandy, 2011 -2013.
  • Sinhala Instructor, ISLE Program, University of Peradeniya 2012-2018.
  • Volunteer Student Counselor, Faculty of Arts, University Of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, 2012.
  • Academic Sub warden, Marrs Hall, University of Peradeniya 2010-2011.

International Conference Full Papers

2015 A Critical Analysis of Ancient Sinhalese Textbooks Obstructing Interfaith Tolerance in 19th Century Colonial Sri Lanka, with special reference to Heladiw Rajaniya (The History of Ceylon) and Lanka Wistraya: (The Geography of Ceylon), International Conference on Religious Tolerance and Harmony, Department of Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, p. 429-438

International conference Abstracts

2015 The Geography of Ceylon: Lanka Wistraya (1853), A Critical Analysis of the Oldest Existing Sinhalese Geography Book, International Conference on Postcolonial Societies in Transition, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna, 2nd & 3rd of March, p. 72
The Commentator (Wistrakaranna): The Oldest Existing Sinhala Journal in Sri Lanka, International Conference on Postcolonial Societies in Transition, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna, 2nd & 3rd of March, p. 130
A Critical Analysis of Ancient Sinhalese Textbooks Obstructing Interfaith Tolerance in 19th Century Colonial Sri Lanka, with special reference to Heladiw Rajaniya (The History of Ceylon) and Lanka Wistraya: (The Geography of Ceylon), International Conference on Religious Tolerance and Harmony, Department of Religious Studies and Comparative Philosophy Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka, 22nd & 23rd of April, p. 79-80
Lanka Nidhanaya (The Treasure of Sri Lanka): The Second Sinhala Journal in Sri Lanka, ICH 2015 International Conference on the Humanities: New Dynamics, Divergences, and Directions, Faculty of Humanities, University of Kelaniya, 21st & 22nd of May, p. 96
Popularity and Complexities of Sinhalese Temperance Literature in 1904, iPURSE, Peradeniya University International Research Sessions, 5th & 6th of November, p. 406
An Investigation of Colonial Sri Lankan Society through the Insights of Diary Information based on 1892-93 and 1898-99 Sinhalese Diaries, IRCHSS, International Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, p. 110

National Conference Abstracts

2018 Kawikola karuwage samaja bhumikawa (Bulathsinhala Chandrasena Wickramaarachchi kawiyage kawikola esurin), Department of Humanities, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, pp. 279-281
2016 Susiriwatha: Kathrinaade saram waasala walawwe mahathmayage pinpotha (co-author) 9th Research Conference,The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 24h - 26th of March , P. 133
2015 Weragama Punchi Bandara Pandithumage Sambuddha Charithaya Kruthiyehi sithuwam pilibanda adyayanayak (co-author) National Conference on Buddhist Studies, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura & Buddhist Time Trust, 3rd & 4th of January, p. 39
Amadyapawyaparaya ha bendunu Sinhala Sahithyaya - Bauddha Kristhiyani anthar aagamika sahayogi sahithyayaka aadarshayak, National Conference on Buddhist Studies, Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies, University of Sri Jayewardhanapura & Buddhist Time Trust, 3rd & 4th of January, p. 56
A Critical Study of Alexander Moon’s Botanical Catalogue, 8th Research Conference, The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 26th - 28th of March, (in Sinhala) p. 66
Vaidiyabhidanaya: A Study of Western Medicine and Linguistics, 8th Research Conference, The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 26th - 28th of March (co-authored in Sinhala) p. 84
Uragala (1842) Jeewamana perani ma Sinhala sangarawehi sanskruthika ha deshapalana pasubima pilibanda prathyawalokanayak, Annual Research Symposium, Department of Sinhala, University of Colombo, 03 November, pp. 47-48

Peer Reviewed Academic Journal Articles

2018 20 wana siyawase Sinhala sahithya kala nirmanayanhi nirupitha keppetipola disawa, Monarawila Keppetipola wimarshitha paryeshana sangrahaya, Department of Cultural Affairs, Central Province, ISBN 978-955-0562-06-0, p. 270-299
2016 "Sinhabahu Legend: History and Dramas", Journal of Fine Arts, University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. ISSN 2449-0199, p. 8-41
2014 "Resilience of Traditional Irrigation System in Ancient DeduraOya Basin", Sambhāwana, Co-authored with Sampath D. S., and Weerakoon S. B, The Refereed Academic Journal of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. Volume 8, No. 01, Jan-June, ISSN 2465-6410, pp. 101-132

Monographs

2016 Literary Manifestations of the Temperance Movement with Special Reference to Selected Sinhalese Prose, Verse and Dramatic Texts written between 1854 - 1904 AD, a thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the Master of Philosophy degree

Memberships & Awards

  • 2014: The Gate Mudliyar A.G. Thilakaratne Research Fellowship for the requisite thesis in completion of a Master of Philosophy degree, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Life Member of the Alumni Association of University of Peradeniya, (AAUP), with effect from 15th September 2014. Membership Number is F/L/1566
  • Member of University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka (ULA) with effect from 21th August 2018. Membership ID is SLULA 153

Resource Contributions

  • Resource Person to the Sakman Maluwa Intellectual Academic Discussion organized by Kandurata FM radio of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation from 2009 - 2014
  • Resource Person to the Panhidaka Asiriya Intellectual Academic Discussion organized by Kandurata FM radio of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation from 2005 - 2009