Originally founded in 1959 as the Vidyodaya University of Ceylon – although its traces dating back to the groundwork of the Institution of Buddhist and Oriental Studies in 1893 – the University was renamed as the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ) in 1979. While being one of the fifteen state-run universities in Sri Lanka, it has now dedicated more than 56 years to inspiring great minds, by committing to pursue the transmission of knowledge through teaching, scholarship and research. It is one of the largest teaching and research institutions in Sri Lanka for degrees ranging from, for instance, BA and BSc to Doctor of Philosophy. The University’s location – in the heart of the administrative capital of the country-Sri Jayewardenepura, in the suburb of the commercial capital of the country-Colombo and set within over 55 acres of beautiful land – means that anyone can enjoy the blend of experience in a campus-style environment while being part of the major cities of Sri Lanka. The University with its seven existing faculties is currently home to over 62,000 multi-ethnic and multi-religious students, of which over 10,000 are pursuing their studies as internal students. We are proud because it is the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) which pioneered the University; today, the FHSS is also touted as one of the largest and most successful faculties within the university system in Sri Lanka.
Initiated in 2012 and organised annually by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, the International Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) is a research forum for the comparative treatment of ideas, issues and problems related to Humanities and Social Sciences. It creates a space where academics, practitioners, researchers and professionals around the world come together to share their knowledge, experiences and research; it is a supportive and nurturing research environment for the dissemination of knowledge and to enable mutual critical discussion of research. The IRCHSS’s credibility has enabled it to become a genuine pioneer, and to be one of the most trusted conferences in Sri Lanka encouraging international, intercultural and interdisciplinary studies.
Now proudly into its 5th stage, the International Research Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences-2016 (IRCHSS-2016) plans to invigorate and enliven interdisciplinary dialogue across the academics from Humanities and Social Sciences, by drawing together diverse viewpoints for discriminating new ideas and supporting emerging perspectives. While continuing to stimulate interdisciplinary research and promote innovation, the IRCHSS-2016’s mission is to engage new publics in dialogue and to influence public policy. In order to reach this intent, the conference – interdisciplinary in method and internationalist in spirit – strengthens the route already taken and adds novel approaches to the IRCHSS's root. Moving beyond buzzwords, it is geared up to transform for empowerment and social innovation.