Tyler A. Lehrer (he/him), PhD Candidate in Southeast and South Asian History and current Fulbright U.S. Student Program research grantee in Sri Lanka, recently gave an invited lecture to students, staff members, and early-career instructors in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. Tyler’s lecture focused on the experiences, constraints, processes, and funding opportunities for humanities and social science researchers in American universities as well as those working in international contexts.
Tyler’s lecture was the inaugural address for a new forum on research and publication geared toward early career academics working in the Faculty of Social Sciences. His talk was sponsored by the Research Centre for Social Sciences at University of Kelaniya, and was organized by Professor Dilma Koggalage, Head of Kelaniya’s History Department, and Professor M. M. Gunatilake, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Professors Koggalage and Gunatilake hope to use the lecture and discussion forum to strengthen inter-institutional linkages between academics working in Sri Lanka and abroad, and to inspire early-career scholars to conduct research, publish, and pursue postgraduate degrees in international contexts.</
Tyler’s Fulbright-supported dissertation research explores eighteenth-century maritime Buddhist connection and disconnection between what are now Sri Lanka and Thailand as they were both mediated and exploited by the Dutch East India Company.
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