Lectures Mon 10th August

Dr Soraj, Prof. at Chulalongkorn University, is announcing a double header lecture day. He always finds interesting speakers in the academic line. Click here for the weblink or see below:

Two Public Lectures

Monday, August 10, 2009, 1 to 4 pm

“Thai- Sri Lanka Relations: A Historical Overview”


Dr. Hema Goonatilake


“Possible Approaches in Social Sciences using Buddhist Epistemology”


Prof. Susantha Goonatilake

Dr. Hema Goonatilake received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and served as Senior Faculty Member at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. In 1989, she joined the United Nations, New York as a Gender Expert. From 1993 to 2003, she served as Senior Advisor to the Buddhist Institute and to the University system in Cambodia. During this time, she did extensive research on Sri Lanka relations with Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, and has published several journal articles on the subject. She was given by the Government of Cambodia the highest honours awarded to foreigners- the title of ‘Sahamitra’.

She has served as consultant to UN agencies such as UNDP, UNIFEM, UNESCO, ESCAP, FAO.

She is currently the Editor of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the Founder and Hony. Secretary of Red Lotus, the International Buddhist Humanitarian Organisation.

Prof. Susantha Goonatilake is current President of the Royal Asiatic Society, Sri Lanka. He was first trained in electrical engineering in Sri Lanka, Germany and Britain and later in sociology in Sri Lanka and Britain (Ph.D.Sociology) ; M.A.(Sociology); B.A (Sociology); A.M.I.E.E. (London); B.Sc. (Engineering).

Among Dr. Susantha Goonatilake’s books are Anthropologizing Sri Lanka: A Civilizational Misadventure (Indiana University Press, 2001); Foreign funded NGOs in Sri Lanka and the Death of Civil Society (forthcoming); ; Toward a Global Science: Mining Civilizational Knowledge (Indiana University Press 1999, Sage India 2000); Merged Evolution: the Long Term Implications of Information Technology and Biotechnology (Gordon & Breach. New York, London 1999); Technological Independence: the Asian Experience (ed. the United Nations University, Tokyo 1993); Evolution of Information: Lineages in Genes, Culture and Artefact (Pinter Publishers, London, and PBS Publishers, New Delhi 1992), and many others.

Dr. Susantha Goonatilake has taught or researched among others at the University of Exeter , University of Sussex, UK ; Columbia University; New York ; New School for Social Research, New York ; Institute of Developing Economies , Tokyo ; University of Philippines, Manila ; University of Trondheim, Norway ; University of Linkoping, Sweden, the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague , University of Malaya). He was the founder Director of the Research Department of the Peoples Bank, Colombo and founder editor of its development journal Economic Review. He was appointed Professor of Industrial Management University of Ceylon in 1976, a post he did not take up. He has worked at the UN. He has also being a senior consultant for all the UN organs dealing with knowledge and science and technology issues (such as UNU, UNESCO, UNDP, ILO, FAO, ESCAP, APDA, etc).

Dr. Susantha Goonatilake is the President of the 164 year old Royal Asiatic Society Sri Lanka, a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former General President of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.

Room 706, Boromratchakumari Bldg., Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Monday, August 10, 2009, 1 to 4 pm

All are welcome. No registration fees. Refreshments will be served.

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Here is the view as you come through the correct entrance to the university. Turn right as you enter (taxis are forced to turn left and circle round).


Boromratchakumari Building  Entrance. It is the tallest building on the campus: