Kandy, Sri Lanka, 23-25 August, 2009
Organized jointly by: The International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES) and the University of Peradeniya with The School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg and The Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, with financial support from Swedish South Asian Studies Network (SASNET).
The aim of the first Sri Lanka conference on Peace and Development issues is to bring together and initiate a process of dialogue among local and international researchers, doctoral students, who study about peace and development issues in Sri Lanka and practitioners of peace and development. The practitioners are professionals engaged in peace and development through working in INGOs, NGOs, and government institutions. The participants of this conference will present their practical experience, research findings, ongoing research projects and research proposals.
Sri Lanka now faces the prospects for a post-war reconstruction in the northern and eastern provinces. It is high time that the academic researchers and practitioners representing diverse views come together, take stock of the current situation, and generate a policy relevant knowledge pool and expertise necessary to facilitate reconstruction, reconciliation and long-term conflict transformation in the war-affected regions. The academic researchers with a commitment to peace and development can look in retrospect about the past failures and explore future prospects with the benefit of hindsight. The practitioners can share their assessments and experience of the ground situation with the academic researchers. This conference lays a heavy emphasis on the potential for reconstruction, reconciliation and development prospects in the war affected regions of Sri Lanka. It is obvious that at the level of planning and implementation, reconstruction and development cannot be addressed by social scientists alone. These are processes that require expertise from both social and natural sciences. Thus, this conference aims to bring together researchers from a number of fields of study; social sciences as well as natural and applied sciences. In order to facilitate the interaction among practitioners, researchers and doctoral students from a wide spectrum of disciplines, the conference is organized around the following sub-themes.
The conference invites key practitioners in the relevant fields to an open discussion or a panel in the conference. Thus, the practitioners can benefit from the knowledge that researchers have generated, while researchers can cross-check the validity of their findings with those, who work at the ground level. Since conference will invite selected state officials and representative from INGOs, NGOs, the conference will lead to better informed practical actions that can benefit local population. The ICES will publish the best papers of the conference in an edited volume.
The conference will take place at The Tourmaline Hotel, Kandy, Sri Lanka from 23rd to 25th of August, 2009. The residential guests will arrive at the hotel on the evening of 22rd and all the guests will leave after lunch on the 25th.
The conference will host 30-40 participants. The conference papers will be peer-reviewed. Therefore, each participant will be responsible for commenting on at least one paper of another participant. The organizers will nominate commentators for each paper. The conference will have separate panels dedicated entirely for practitioners and doctoral students in order for them to benefit from eminent researchers in the field.
The conference offers scholarships to local and international participants, which covers the costs of the residential participants for food and accommodation from the dinner 22nd evening to lunch on the 25th of August. The conference will provide non-residential participants with lunches and teas during the conference. In addition to the funded participants, the conference will also accept participants, who can secure funding from their own institutions for food, accommodation and local transport. The costs for full-board single and double rooms per day per room are 5000.00 LKR (US$ 42) and 6000.00 LKR (US$ 50) respectively. Participants are encouraged to secure their own institutional funding as far as possible to provide opportunities for others, who do not have such funding opportunities.
The conference cannot cover international travel expenses but covers local travel expenses of the funded participants. Travel from the airport to the hotel in Kandy will be arranged. Due to limited funding, there won’t be facilities for printing or photocopying but the conference secretariat will circulate all the papers beforehand through email.
The participation in the conference is limited to the registered participants. There is no conference fee. Since the conference will host only 30-40 participants, you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. The secretariat will select the participants based on two criteria: the relevance of the topic of presentation, and the timing of the abstract submission (first come first served basis). Applications from doctoral students will be evaluated separately. You will be notified whether your abstract has been accepted. The participation is limited to applicants whose abstract are accepted.
Please complete the registration form and send it to Iranga, the conference secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) as an email attachment. Please attach your abstract as a separate file. If you need additional information, please contact Dhammika Herath.
Prof. K.T. Silva, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka (email@example.com)
Dr. Dhammika Herath, Research Fellow, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Kandy and also a former researcher at the School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research, University of Gothenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Prof. Michael Schulz, School of Global Studies, Peace and Development Research, University of Gothenburg (Michael.email@example.com)
Dr. Kristine Höglund, The Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (firstname.lastname@example.org).