RASSL 7th Annual Sessions next week
Posted on March 22nd, 2014

The Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka (RASSL) will hold its 7th Annual Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences on Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March 2014 at the Mahaweli Centre, 96 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha (Nelum Pokuna Mawatha), Colombo 7. Registration will be from 7 AM to – 8.15 AM the 27th, the sessions commence at8.15 AM. Around 370 abstracts have been submitted to this year’s Research Conference on the following subject areas: Sociology, East-west Encounters, Media, Education, Gender, Governance, Economics, History of Science and Technology, Archaeology, History, Buddhist Studies/Philosophy, Aesthetic Studies, Library Science and Language Studies. 

  On the 27th at 9 AM a Special Symposium on “Dharmapala, Ambedkar and the revival of Buddhism in India and the world” will be held.

 The speakers are:

 Dr Ananda Guruge “Dharmapala and the Buddhist revival in the world”

 Prof Y.S. Alone, Jawarhalal Nehru University “Ambedkar’s embracing of Buddhism and the transformation among Indian Dalits”

 Venerable Balangoda Sobhitha Thera “Vidyodaya monastery reception of Dalit Buddhist delegation from South India in the late 19th century”

Susantha Goonatilake “Misunderstanding and distorting Dharmapala by anthropologists and others”

 M. Vairawamutthu, Jaffna Tamil Buddhist Association “The Dalit temple entry issue among Jaffna Hindus and the Jaffna Buddhist movement”

Members of the public are welcome to participate. Contact RASSL Tel: 011-2699249; rassrilanka@gmail.com.

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