The Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS) is a national institute of higher learning affiliated to the University of Peradeniya mandated to provide postgraduate instruction and training, and engage in research in the fields of Humanities and the Social Sciences. The PGIHS which is heir to the Postgraduate programme previously conducted by the Faculty of Arts has embarked on a path of academic development that combines the conventional discipline based postgraduate education with training and skills development demanded by society. The courses and programmes on offer have also undergone changes as a result, with the introduction of not only new study programmes and courses but also new skills and competencies into the curriculum.
As part of its efforts to promote postgraduate research of the Institute, PGIHS is conducting its first Annual Research Congress on 31st March 2018 , which is another milestone for the Institute. The main objective of the Congress is to provide an opportunity for postgraduate students of the PGIHS as well as other researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences to present their work and interact with local and foreign researchers and share knowledge and experience at an internationally recognized academic forum. Even though the primary medium of instruction of the Institute is English the majority of our students have followed their undergraduate programmes in the vernacular languages and have only limited exposure to academic exchanges outside of their mother tongue. The Organizing Committee of the Congress therefore took a conscious decision to conduct the proceedings of the Congress only in English in order to give them an opportunity to acquaint themselves in the new environment. While this may be challenging to some it is an opportunity for our young researchers to have first-hand experience in the most widely used language of dissemination in the international community of researchers.
The PGIHS received a large number of contributions via the Easychair conference management system. These were subjected to double-blind peer reviewing by scholars in the respective disciplines and fifty-eight abstracts were selected for oral presentations at the Research Congress.
The Inaugural Session of the Research Congress will be held in the Conference Hall of the PGIHS with the participation of the Chief Guest Prof. Upul B. Dissanayake, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Peradeniya. The other distinguished invitees are the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Directors of Postgraduate Institutes, Deans of Faculties, Members of the Board of Management and the Boards of Studies of the PGIHS, and teachers of the postgraduate programme. Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka will deliver the Keynote Address of the Congress.
The technical sessions of the Congress 2018 are organized under five main thematic areas, namely, Demography, Economics and Management; Aesthetics, Culture and Heritage, and Language and Literature; Politics, Law and Governance; Society, Environment and Spatial Development; and Religion, Psychology and Philosophy covering fourteen sessions. In addition to the Chair and panel of discussants of technical sessions each thematic area will have a senior academic who will observe the proceedings and serve as evaluator of presentations. The technical sessions will be followed by a plenary session where the senior academics who were serving as observers will be making comments about the respective thematic areas/sessions and presentation which we believe will benefit the students/presenters. At this session, the best presenter in each thematic area will be recognized with a certificate.
The day’s events will conclude with a Fellowship Dinner which will be held from 6.30 p.m. at the PGIHS premises for all authors of papers, members of the Board of Management and the Boards of Studies of the PGIHS, Deans of the Faculties and Directors of Postgraduate Institutes of the University, members of the teaching panels including the retired academics and members of the organizing committees. We hope the Congress 2018 will be a learning experience for our students and an opportunity to share their work.
Organizing Committee


This congress provides an excellent opportunity for national and international postgraduate students in Humanities and Social Sciences to present their research findings and to provide an interactive environment to exchange their knowledge.

Thematic Areas

Demography, Economics and Management
Aesthetics, Culture and Heritage, Language and Literature
Politics, Law and Governance
Society, Environment and Spatial Development
Religion, Psychology , Philosophy andEducation
History and Archeology

Key dates
  Call for abstracts  10th September 2017
  Abstract submission deadline  31st December 2017
  Notification of abstract acceptance  15th January 2018
  Early Bird Registration   1st February to 1st March 2018
  Research Congress  03rd April 2018

Organized By

Postgraduate Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (PGIHS)
University of Peradeniya

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