The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura held the 8th International Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS 2023) on 16th (Thursday) and 17th (Friday) March 2023 successfully. The conference was conducted as a hybrid event, with the inauguration ceremony held at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura senate board room, while the speeches and presentations were held virtually.
The conference, which was guided by the theme “Seeing through Testing Times and the Future,” aimed at providing a platform for renowned intellectuals and emerging scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research on all aspects of Humanities and Social Sciences. The conference encouraged research that investigates both the challenges and opportunities posed by the current socio-economic situations and analyzes their implications to propose strategic plans.
IRCHSS 2023 hosted several tracks, including Buddhist Studies, Religion and Philosophy, Communication, Media and Society, Economics, Governance and Development, Geography and Environment, History, Culture and Heritage, Language and Literature, Technology, Innovation, and Education, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, and English Language Teaching. The conference also had a special symposium on English Language Teaching and Learning and welcomed abstracts pertaining to all aspects of English Language Teaching and Learning.
The inauguration ceremony was graced by the presence of Mr. Tetsuta Yamuda as the Chief Guest, Prof. S M C U P Subasinghe, Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Keynote Speaker Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Emeritus Professor of Sabaragamuwa University, and Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda – Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) as the guests of honor. The conference also had several other senior professors, professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, and temporary lecturers attached to the FHSS on 16th of March.
The conference also featured several invited speakers, including Keynote Speaker Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, Emeritus Professor of Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka, Plenary Speaker Prof. Charmalie Nahallage, Department of Anthropology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka, and Plenary Speaker Prof. Rajesh Bhatt, Department of Linguistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA.