Maanudam Research Conference 2022
29 July 2022

One Hundred Years of Humanities and Social Sciences Education: Trajectories, Continuities and Discontinuities

The centenary anniversary (1921 – 2021) of the founding of tertiary education in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Sri Lanka falls at a time when the country is reeling under a pandemic and the crises it has caused in various domains including education. As part of re-visiting and inquiring into this one-hundred-year history, marked by both radical openings and vexing challenges, and as a way of approaching and understanding the present moment in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the light of this history, the Faculty of Arts at the University of Jaffna hosts the Maanudam Research Conference 2022 as a satellite conference of the Jaffna University International Research Conference 2022 (JUICE 2022) under the theme “One Hundred Years of Humanities and Social Sciences Education – Trajectories, Continuities and Discontinuities”.
The organizers of the Conference invite full papers from scholars, researchers, teachers, students, artists, activists and the larger public that focus on but not necessarily restricted to one or more of the following sub-themes:

  • The scope, content and nature of education and research in the Humanities and Social Sciences in pre and post-1921 Ceylon
  • The trajectories these disciplines have taken and the continuities, discontinuities and shifts that have marked their lives within Sri Lanka’s universities
  • Philosophies, frameworks and paradigms that have informed and shaped teaching, learning and research in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ceylon/Sri Lanka
  • Social, political, economic and cultural factors that impinged on the trajectories the Humanities and Social Sciences have taken in Ceylon/Sri Lanka
  • The role of the Humanities and Social Sciences in imagining, inspiring and bringing about democratization, community development, social justice, gender justice and cultural coexistence in Ceylon/Sri Lanka
  • The interventions made by the University of Jaffna and its community to support and strengthen local, regional and national struggles for diversity and pluralism, land, free education, de-militarization, memorialization, human rights, justice, equality, self-determination and coexistence
  • The cooptation of the Humanities and Social Sciences into hegemonic, chauvinistic, and neoliberal projects that have caused and furthered inequalities of ethnicity, religion, culture, region, class, caste, gender and sexuality in Ceylon/Sri Lanka
  • Centers and peripheries and dominant and resistant currents within the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ceylon/Sri Lanka
  • The crisis caused by the pandemic in Humanities and Social Sciences education and the resilience shown by these disciplines and the teaching, learning and research communities associated with them
  • The place and role of the Humanities and Social Sciences in today’s Sri Lanka and the world at large, and the directions these disciplines ought to take in the future
Important dates:
Important Dates:
Call for Papers 29 January 2022
Deadline for Submission of Full Paper 29 March 2022
29 April 2022
Notification of Acceptance 29 April 2022
Deadline for Submission of Camera-Ready Paper 29 May 2022
Last Date for Registration 10 June 2022
Conference Date 29 July 2022
Tracks
  • Language, Culture and Creativity
  • Religion and Society
  • Humans and Environment
  • Law, Governance and People
  • Community, Resistance and Social Movements
  • Economy and Development
  • History, Archaeology and Narration
  • Education and Educational Practices