Events & Activities

Course on Democracy and Community Engagement (May – June 2021)

The SSA organized a short course on democracy and community engagement for 20 undergraduates and recent graduates. Sessions were led by senior academics and experts, and engaged participants on a range of concepts surrounding democracy. It also offered some technical insights into the use of certain media to engage critically with contemporary socio-political issues.

Enhancing Civic Education: TOTs and School Workshops (September 2019 – March 2020)

A two-day training of trainers was organized in two language-based phases for teachers of Civic Education in the Galle, Matara, Hambanthota and Ampara Districts. The trainings focused on preparing teachers to conduct one-day workshops for their students on selected themes from the Ordinary Level Civic Education syllabus. The trainings saw the participation of 40 teachers …

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Enhancing Civic Education: Residential Workshops for Ordinary Level Students and Teachers (January – February 2019)

The SSA organized four-day residential workshops in Colombo for students and teachers following Civic Education at the Ordinary Level. The workshops were conducted in three phases, and saw the participation of over 140 students from schools across the Galle, Matara, Hambanthota and Ampara Districts, as well as nearly 50 teachers. The sessions focused on key …

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Enhancing Civic Education: Teacher Training Programs (March – April 2018)

Training programs were conducted for teachers of Civic Education, and addressed key topics in the local Ordinary Level syllabus. The trainings were conducted in two phases based on medium of instruction. The first two-day program was held in Galle, and saw the participation of 120 teachers from the Galle, Matara and Hambanthota Districts. The second …

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Call for Papers: Environment And Society In Sri Lanka

  The Social Scientists’ Association invites submissions of between 2,000 and 5,000 words on the general theme of ‘Environment and Society in Sri Lanka’ for the forthcoming issue of its biannual English-language online and print journal, Polity. As of mid-2017, some 1.2 million people are affected by many months of drought conditions particularly in the …

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Shashik Dhanushka Presents Paper on Local Democracy & Social Inclusion

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text]   Shashik Dhanushka Presents Paper on Local Democracy & Social Inclusion Shashik Dhanushka Silva, a Senior Researcher attached to the SSA, presented a paper titled “Democratic institutions in Sri Lanka’s Clientelistic Politics: Challenges to Social Inclusion” at the South Asia Workshop of Social Inclusion/ Exclusion. The conference was jointly organised by the …

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Call for Papers: 1977 and After – 40 Years of the Open Economy in Sri Lanka

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text]   Call for Papers: 1977 and After – 40 Years of the Open Economy in Sri Lanka Polity, the online and print magazine of the Social Scientists’ Association, invites submissions marking the 40th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s ‘open economy’ reforms for its next issue which will be published in March in 2017. …

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Second Dialogue Session on Democracy, Citizenship and Justice

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text]   Second Dialogue Session on Democracy, Citizenship and Justice The SSA organized its second dialogue session with the participation of 30 Sinhala medium students from the Faculty of Arts, of the Open University of Sri Lanka on the 30th of September and 1st of October. This is the second in a series …

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The Promise of January 8th in Perspective: Polity Launch Invitation

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text]   The Promise of January 8th in Perspective: Polity Launch Invitation The SSA is proud to announce the re-launch of its English language journal Polity as both an online and print periodical. The latest issue of the journal critically explores the radical promise of the January 8th election which brought President Maithripala …

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Neoliberalism and Healthcare in South Asia: A Talk by Susana Barria

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text]   Neoliberalism and Healthcare in South Asia: A Talk by Susana Barria ] Shaped by interventions of international financial institutions, the healthcare sector in South Asian countries has seen significant restructuring with an increase in private sector participation in provisioning. In Nepal and India these reforms have led to cost cutting measures …

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