The Sri Lanka Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (SLACLALS) is a chapter of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS). ACLALS was started in 1964 with a conference at the University of Leeds and was officially accredited to the Commonwealth in 2005.
The Sri Lanka branch of ACLALS, SLACLALS was created in the late 1970s under the guidance of Ashley Halpé who was Professor in English at the University of Ceylon at the time. The aims of SLACLALS shall be to encourage the study of and research into Commonwealth Literature and Language with special reference to Sri Lanka and to support creative writing in English. SLACLALS has held several conferences and seminars over the years in Peradeniya, Colombo, Kandy, and Sabaragamuwa. The conference scheduled for October 2016 will be the 8th organized conference by SLACLALS.
Other than organizing Conferences, SLACLALS has also focuses on creative writing. This year it has organized a Short Story Competition [Read More].
The current SLACLALS executive includes academics from the University of Peradeniya and elsewhere who have specialized in Commonwealth/Postcolonial Literature in English. (See the full Committee of SLACLALS)
Upcoming Conference (2016):
The 8th Conference and Triennial General Meeting of SLACLALS will be held in Kandy at the Royal Mall, on the 29th and 30th of October 2016.