14th - 15th December 2017

The International Conference on 
Land Transportation, Locomotive Heritage and Road Culture

Centre for Heritage Studies | University of Kelaniya


The Centre for Heritage Studies, University of Kelaniya, proudly announces the International Conference on Land Transportation, Locomotive heritage and Road Culture to be held at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka on 14th and 15th December 2017. We accept abstracts of research papers of about 300 words to be considered for oral presentations or poster exhibition until 30th September 2017 and acceptance will be notified case by case until the 15th October 2017. Full research papers of accepted abstracts should be sent by 31st October 2017 if it to be reviewed for publication in the Conference Proceedings which will be a Peer Reviewed publication of the Centre for Heritage Studies.
Deadline for the Submission of Abstracts
Notification of Acceptance /
Review Comments

Deadline for the Submission of
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Research Themes

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   Senior Prof. Amal S. Kumarage


   94-11-265 0492




   Dept of Transport & Logistics Management,
   University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

Speech Summary

History is shaped by diverse factors among them the access to land, its occupation and use. Sri Lanka’s own history underlines the impact that emerging transport technology had on government, settlement and trade. Being an island country, the influences of maritime transport have had the greatest impact spanning several centuries. Thus, the Chinese, the Indians, the Malays and later the Europeans all left their mark on shaping Sri Lanka’s economy and culture. Much has been discovered on the ports and the maritime economy that made Sri Lanka and its geographical location important to the world over the years. Much less is documented on the land transportation that connected these ports and the capital cities that rose and fell with the different kingdoms and Chola invasions. The nature of the use of waterways and the horse tracks connecting the length and breadth of the land is also yet to be fully understood. The development of internal transport technology in ancient Sri Lanka and its global comparison is an area of immense research importance to determine its contribution to the formation of our history. Modern Sri Lanka is also intensely shaped by transport technology. The current economic concentration in the Western Province stems from the strategic use of Colombo as the gateway to Europe and its internal connectivity to a network of over 200 km of inland waterways including canals, lakes and rivers. The spice and coconut industries that supported this export economy continue even to-date as a significant economic contributor. The emergence of Colombo as the modern capital of Sri Lanka was further consolidated with the subsequent hubbing of land transport networks centered on Colombo and the port. The opening of new land to further develop the export economy of value to the Europeans was the primary basis for the development of the railway and subsequently the road transport networks.



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