Undergraduate Research Symposium 2020 – 24th July

Undergraduate Research Symposium 2020 – 24th July

The Faculty of Arts organised their 2nd Undergraduate Research Symposium – Humanities and Social Sciences 2020 on 24th July 2020 via zoom. It is the first attempt to host an undergraduate research symposium virtually in the University of Colombo and possibly in Sri Lanka.  The Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo, Senior Professor Chandrika N. Wijeyaratne was the Chief Guest and the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Senior Professor Premakumara de Silva was the Guest of Honour forthe event.

Professor Nihal Perera, Professor of Urban Planning, Ball State University, USA, delivered the Keynote address on the topic ‘Sri Lanka’s Spatial System: Colonialism, Education, and Cities’.

At the inauguration, the welcome speech was delivered by Dr. Pradeep Peiris, Conference Co-Chair and the vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Wimal Hewamanage, Conference Co-Chair, URSHSS 2020.

At the symposium eighty-two  research papers  were presented by undergraduates in 16 parallel sessions under  the following themes:


Environmental Economics

Identity and the Economy

Infrastructure and the Economy

Practices for Economic Growth
Technology, Economy and Human Security

Language and its Social Impact
Language and Culture

Religion and Society
Buddhist Interpretations
Geography and Politics
Space, Architecture and Politics
Gender and Family
Society and Health
Contemporary Social Issues
Disaster Management

The Faculty will be publishing the best 32 abstracts  as full papers in an edited volume  subsequent to the symposium.