CURRICULUM VITAE

 

1.                    NAME: Ranaweera Appuhamilage Leslie Herbert GUNAWARDANA

                                                                                

2.                    DATE OF BIRTH: 17th August 1938

 

3.                    NATIONALITY:  Sri Lankan

                                                                                  

4.                    CIVIL STATUS: Married, one son

 

5.                  PRESENT POSITION: Emeritus Professor of History (since 2001), University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

 

6.         INTERESTS: Music (Western and South Asian Classical, Jazz); Films, Photography, Art and Architecture.

 

7.         CONTACT DETAILS:

 

                             D119 Heeressagala Road, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka.

Tel: 94-81-2218041 / 2218100;

E-mail: leslie.gunawardana@gmail.com / lesliehg999@live.com

 

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9.         UNIVERSITY EDUCATION AND ACADEMIC AWARDS

 

      9a)    University of Ceylon 1956-1960

 

1956 University Entrance Examination

 

Awards:

1956   University Entrance Arts (Open) Scholarship awarded for the most outstanding performances at the University Entrance Examination

1956  Government University Scholarship for undergraduate studies

 

1960     Passed the B.A. Degree Examination with First Class Honours in History

 

Awards:

1960  University Arts Research Scholarship awarded for the most outstanding performances at the Final Degree Examination in Arts at the University of Ceylon at Peradeniya

1960  Government University Scholarship for postgraduate studies awarded for the most outstanding performances at the Final Degree Examinations in Arts at all Sri Lankan Universities

1960   Mabel Jayasuriya Prize for History

1960   F.H.M. Corbett Prize for Ceylon History

 

      9b)     School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1962-1965

      1965   Awarded the Ph.D. degree in History, University of London

 

 

 10.      PROFESSIONAL   CAREER:

 

2001-           Appointed Emeritus Professor of History, University of Peradeniya

1998-9       Chairman, Association of Commonwealth Universities, London

1997-2000 Vice-Chancellor, University of Peradeniya

1992           Appointed Senior Professor of History, University of Peradeniya

1991 (Jan)-1992 (Oct)  Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya

1982           Merit Promotion to a Personal Chair of History, University of Peradeniya

1976           Merit Promotion to the grade of Associate Professor of History, University of Sri Lanka (Peradeniya)

1971           Promoted to Senior Lecturer

1965           Promoted to Lecturer

1960           Appointed Assistant Lecturer in History, University of Ceylon

 

 

11.       VISITING APPOINTMENTS AT POSTDOCTORAL AND PROFESSORIAL LEVELS

 

1993            Numata Visiting Professor, University of Chicago

1993          Rockefeller Fellow, Institute on Culture and Consciousness in South Asia, Chicago

1993            Visiting Professor, Carleton College, Minnesota

1992          Directeur Associé de Recherche, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris

1988            Visiting Professor of Humanities, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

1987            First Visiting Professor of Asian Studies, Bowdoin College, Maine

1980-1981 Visiting Research Scholar, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, University of    Kyoto

1973            Visiting Fellow at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

1972            Commonwealth Fellow affiliated to Gonville and Caius College, later elected a member of the College, University of Cambridge

 

 

 

12.       SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS

 

1998-2000   Member of the Editorial Board, Encyclopaedia Britannica (South Asia edition)

1991            Member of the Silk Routes of the Sea Expedition sponsored by UNESCO

1989            Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka

 

 

 

13.       SERVICES TO THE NATION AND THE PROFESSION:

 

2001            Advisor to Her Excellency the President of Sri Lanka

2000 - 2001 Member of Parliament and Minister of Science and Technology

            1999-          Member of the Editorial Board, History of Religion, journal of the University of Chicago

1999- 2001 Director, India-Sri Lanka Foundation

1999-2000  Chairman, Advisory Committee to the Provincial Council, Central Province

1998-9        Chairman of Council, Association of Commonwealth Universities, London

1998-2000  Member of the Executive Committee and the Council, Association of Commonwealth Universities

1999-2000  Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Directors, Sri Lanka

1996-8        President, Sri Lanka Historical Association

1992-          Member of the Editorial Board, Sri Lanka Studies in the Humanities and the Social

                  Sciences, Amsterdam: Free University Press

1990-1991  Head of the Department of History, University of Peradeniya

1990-1991  Vice President, Sri Lanka Historical Association

1986-1987    Head of the Department of History, University of Peradeniya

1982-1986    Director, Seminar for Asian Studies

1975-1980    Editor, Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities

1970-1972    Member of the National Advisory Committee on Education

1970-1972    Member and Section Chairman of the National Committee for UNESCO

1970-1972    Joint-Editor of the Sinhala version of Courier, the journal of UNESCO

1970-1972    President of the University Teachers’ Association, Peradeniya

 

 

14.       PARTICIPATION    IN   INTERNATIONAL     CONFERENCES   AND    MEETINGS OF SPECIALISTS

 

2008             Delivered the Invited Plenary Lecture titled “Science, Technology and History, with special attention to the History of Science and Technology in Premodern Sri Lanka,” 20th Conference of the International Association of Historians of Asia, Delhi, 15th November 2008.

 2006            Participant at the Conference on Law, Buddhism and Social Change, State University of New York at Buffalo, September 2006.           

2006             Participant at the Conference on the problem of Theft in Buddhist Thought organized by the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and the Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, Italy, March 2006.

2005             Participant and session chairman at the Conference on History of Agriculture organized by the Indian Council of Historical Research, Delhi, February 2005.

2004             Participant at the Workshop on “Locating Law in Buddhist Cultures” organized by the State University of New York, Buffalo, June 2004.

2002             Participant and session chairman at the 17th Conference of the Association of Historians of Asia, Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 2002.

2002             Participant at the Seminar on Buddhism and the  Ethnic  Conflict in  Sri  Lanka, University of Bath, U.K., June-July, 2002.

2001             Participant at the Conference on Cultural Exchange between Thailand and Sri Lanka, October 2001, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand

2001             Address before the Distinguished Statesmen=s Forum at the Potomac Institutions, Washington, USA

2000             Participant and session chairman at the 16th Conference of the Association of Historians of Asia, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

2000             Participant at the Special Symposium organized by the Association of Commonwealth Universities on the theme “Converting Linkages into Partnerships,” Glasgow, UK

1998             Keynote address, Madison conference on Asian Studies

1998             Participant at the Congress of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Canada

1996             Member of the panel of speakers at the inaugural plenary session of the conference titled “Reconceptualizing Asia, Old Territories, New Places,” sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the University of Chicago and the Ford Foundation, December 5-7.

1996             Sri Lankan Representative at the Expert Group Meeting to review the Chairs, Fellowships and Scholarships Scheme sponsored by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Colombo, July 1996.

1994             Convener of the International Seminar on the City in Asian History, 13th Congress of the International Association of Historians of Asia, Tokyo

1993             Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington

1993             Annual Conference on South Asian Studies, Madison

1991             Participant and Chairman of Session, International Colloquium on Cultural Interaction in South Asia in Historical Perspective, New Delhi, November 1991.

1991             Convener, Symposium on the City in Premodern Asia, 12th Congress of the International Association of Historians of Asia, Hong Kong

1991             International Seminar on the “Integral Study of the Silk Roads,” Bangkok, Thailand

1991             International Seminar on “Harbour Cities along the Silk Roads,” Surabaya, Indonesia

1991             International Seminar on “Malaysian Maritime Traditions,” Melaka, Malaysia

1990             Participant and Chairman of Session, International Seminar on the Maritime Silk Route sponsored by UNESCO, Colombo, Sri Lanka

1990             International Seminar: Towards the Second Century of Archaeology in Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka

1989             Advanced Seminar on “Expanding States and Indigenous Warfare,” sponsored by the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation in association with the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1988             Participant and President of Session at the First History Conference sponsored by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1986             World Archaeological Congress, Southampton, England

1985             Vice-President and Co-Rapporteur at Session on grand theme: The Indian Ocean, 16th International Congress of Historical Scien­ces, Stuttgart, Federal Republic of Germany

1985             International Seminar on the Indian Ocean, New Delhi, India

1982             International Conference on Asian Studies, Moscow, USSR

1981             Intercongress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

1979             International Conference on “Traditional Asian Medicine,” Canber­ra, Australia

1978             7th Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological

                     Sciences, New Delhi, India

1971             International Congress of Orientalists, Canberra, Australia