prof. anura manatunga



Senior Professor in Archaeology
Department of Archaeology
Director of the Centre for Heritage Studies
University of Kelaniya
Sri Lanka.

Speech Title: ” Rocks, Trees, and Water in the landscape of Sigiriya “

Prof. Anura Manatunga is a Senior Professor in Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology and the Director of the Centre for Heritage Studies, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. He has been working at the teaching faculty of the University of Kelaniya since 1986 and was the Head of the Department of Archaeology of the University during 1996-2001. He was the consultant and Director of the Polonnaruva World Heritage site project under the Central Cultural Fund of Sri Lanka from 1999-2014. Prof. Manatunga is a Founder member and Fellow of the Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists. He was an Honorary Librarian of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, Senate Member of the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka and member of the Board of Governors of the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology of the University of Kelaniya. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Archaeology, Government of Sri Lanka and working as a consultant or a resource person in various institutions related to Heritage in Asia. Professor Manatunga is the Founder and General Secretary of the International Association for Asian Heritage [IAAH] which is one of the promising academic associations in the field of Heritage studies in the region.


The Scientific Committee consists of the experts in the field from many different countries in the world. The Committee Members evaluate your abstracts and provide insights to improve those further. According to the final decision given by them, you would be able to process further tasks for attending the conference.


Scientific Committee Members

  • Dr. Ravindra N. Singh,Banaras Hindu University, India
  • Prof. Anura Manathunga, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Sushama Deo, Deccan College Post Graduate and Reearch Institute, India
  • Prof. Sonia Jasrotia, University of Jammu, India
  • Prof. Clara Samanto, Centre for Intercultural Studies (CEI),Portugal
  • Prof. Ram Nandan Singh, University of Jammu, India
  • Prof. Robin Coningham, Durham University,United Kingdom
  • Dr. Saumya Chavan, SAARC Cultural Centre
  • Prof. Atul Tripaty, Banaras Hindu University, India
  • Prof. Vasant Shinde, National Maritime Heritage Complex, India


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Country Representatives

Alexis Thouki

[Country Representative]

University of Sheffield

Alexis hold an Archaeology degree from the Aristotle University in Greece (BA) and he holds a postgraduate degree (MA) in Heritage Studies from Newcastle University (UK). Since 2019 Alexis is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sheffield UK. His research examines the phenomenon of heritagization of religious sites (the process in which pre-existing sites with alternative uses and values, acquire new functions and are venerated for different values). The primary focus of his research is a critical reflection of the production and consumption of ecclesiastical heritage, looking at how competing discourses and processes legitimize certain practices as opposed to others. The study explores the political, social, and cultural impact of international cultural tourism and world heritage designation on the management and interpretation of religious sites in Cyprus. However, he is equally interested in exploring how religious tourists define and practice what they understand as religious heritage and how they formulate responses towards the sociocultural change taking place at religious destinations.
Alexis is interested in contributing widely to the museum and heritage modules with a growing interest in qualitative research, social science, and the application of Critical Realist epistemology in heritage studies. His work seeks to connect theoretical debates with practical concerns.
His professional experience in commercial archaeology begun in 2016. Since Alexis worked on various projects across the British Isles while currently holds the position of Project Supervisor.

Ishani Sinha 

[Country Representative]

Delhi University, India

Ishani Sinha is a Historian from Delhi University, India and an archaeologist who is a recipient of Indian Council for Historic Research for her M.Phil in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology from Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, India. Currently she is working as a Senior Project Assistant for National Virtual Library of India. She also serves as an honorary senate member of the Centre for History and Archaeology as the director of the department of Conservation and preservation branch.
Being an ardent researcher and academician she has presented, published and contributed her researches at International levels in countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia and have got best paper award at CITIES conference 2020: Bridging the Past and the future of Urban Landscape in Asia Pacific.