Name: Prof. Shirley Lal Wijesinghe
Designation: Professor
Department: Western Classical Culture & Christian Culture
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Academic Qualifications:
Dip.Phil. (Colombo).
B.Th., S.S.L. (Rome).
Élève titulaire de l'École biblique et archéologique française (Jerusalem).
S.T.D./Docteur en théologie (Louvain-la-Neuve).
Teaching Experience:
Professor, University of Kelaniya, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
Visiting Lecturer, Post Graduate Diploma/Master in Conflict Resolution, Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Visiting Lecturer, Theological College of Lanka, Pilimatalawa, Sri Lanka
Visiting Lecturer, Diploma Course in Conflict Resolution conducted in Sri Lanka by the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK and by the Social Scientists' Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Visiting Lecturer, Institute of Sister Formation of the Aquinas College of Higher Education, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Visiting Lecturer, Istituto delle scienze religiose, Bologna, Italy.
Visiting Lecturer, East Asian Pastoral Institute (EAPI), Manila, Philippines.
Visiting Lecturer, National Seminary of Our Lady of Lanka, Ampitiya, Sri Lanka.
Research and Publications:
Books: (Published in English)
Narrative, Language and Grammar. Introduction to Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek (Ecumenical Institute for Study and Dialogue, Colombo 2007).
Jeremiah 34,8-22. Structure and Redactional History of the Masoretic Text and of the Septuagint Hebrew Vorlage (Logos 37/1 & 2; Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 1999).
Books: (Published in Sinhala)
A Commentary on the Book of Job (Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2007).
A Commentary on the Book of Jeremiah (Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2007).
Aid to Biblical Studies (Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2000).
Prophets and Justice (Uva Pastoral Centre, Bandarawela, 1993) (Savana 5; Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2002).
Biblical Symbols for a People's Theology (Catholic Commission for Justice Peace and Human Development, Colombo 1993) (Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2001).
Prophets of Israel (Uva Pasotral Centre, Bandarawela 1991) (Savana 1; Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2000).
Articles in English/French (selected)
“Reception of Vatican II. Inter-Religious Dialogue in the Grassroots Communities in Sri Lanka”, Voices 35/2 (2012) 133-138. http://internationaltheologicalcommission.org/VOICES/VOICES-2012-2.pdf
“Judah and Benjamin. Evolving a Theology of Peace in Sri Lanka” Théologique 18 (2010) 217-240. http://www.erudit.org/revue/theologi/2010/v18/n1/1003551ar.html
“Justice in the Biblical Tradition. A Challenge to the Christian Mission” East Asian Pastoral Review 47 (2010) 1-14. HomeEast Asian Pastoral ReviewEast Asian Pastoral Review 2010Volume 47 (2010) Number 2
“The Oblates and the Prophetic Mission of Re-establishing Justice” Trailblazing Evangelization in the 21st Century. Challenges to Oblate Mission Today (ed. O.B. FIRTH) (Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2010) 207-229
“In Search of Symbols Beyond Science. Genesis 1,1-2,4 and the Creation-Evolution Debate”, From the Human to the Divine (FS. M. FERNANDO; ED. C. FERNANDO – K. FERNANDO) (Subodhi Institute of Integral Education, Piliyandala 2009) 144-156.
“Radical Dimensions of Biblical Justice and Re-establishing Global Justice” Dialogue NS 25-26 (2008 & 2009) 181-204.
“Formulating a Contextual Adult Catechesis in Sri Lanka”, Living Faith 8/1 (2008) 1-8.
"Training for Justice and Peace. An Exegetical Guide", Creating a Better World with the Victims of Globalization" (Logos 41, Nos 2 & 3) (Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2004) 121-128.
"Theologising with the Leadership at the Grassroots, Sri Lanka", Charting the Future of Theology and Theological Education in Asian Contexts (ed. D.K. SUH-A. MEUTHRATH-C. HYONDOK) (ISPCK, Delhi 2004) 143-163.
"Prophetic Initiatives amidst Deadly Conflict", Artisans of Peace. Grassroots Peacemaking among Christian Communities (ed. M.A. CEJKA-T.BAMAT) (Orbis, Maryknoll, New York 2003) 166-195.
"Three Obstacles to Peacemaking in Sri Lanka", I want to Speak of Tenderness. 50 Writers for Anne Ranasinghe (ed. G. Robuchon) (International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Colombo 2003) 386-390.
"The Ecumenical Perspectives for Contextual Theologies", Ministerial Formation 100 (Jan 2003) 75-81. http://wocati.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/mf100.pdf
"Local Culture and Peacemaking in Sri Lanka", Honouring Martin Quéré o.m.i. (ed. G. Robuchon) (Viator Publications; Negombo, 2002) 257-260; revised French version "Culture locale et dialogue pour la paix au Sri Lanka. Le difficile exercise de la réconciliation", Eglises d'Asie 377 (June 2003) 25-26.
"'Nation Building' A Random Survey of Biblical Dynamics", Living Faith 2/1 (2001) 1-7.
"Marcan Baptism. A Sri Lankan Hermeneutic", Christianity and Colonisation and Globalisation (Logos 36, Nos. 3 & 4; Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 1999) 75-84.
"Tracing the Short Version Behind the Short Text (LXX). A New Approach to the Redaction of Jeremiah 34,8-22", Le Muséon 110 (1997) 293-328.
"Scriptural and Theological Basis of a Methodology for Catholic Social Teaching in Asia", Launcing the Second Century. The Future of Catholic Social Thought in Asia (ed. T. FERNANDO-H. O'SULLIVAN) (Asian Centre for the Progress of Peoples, Hong Kong 1993) 30-38.
Articles in Sinhala (selected)
S.L. WIJESINGHE, , “The Old Proverbs of the Book of Proverbs”, Sansthuthi (FS. C. PALLIYAGURU; ed. K. KUMARASINGHE a.o.) (Colombo 2009) 351-360.
“The Basic Characteristics of Pauline Thought on the Resurrection of Christ” Daham Diyamba 12 (2008) 115-119.
“A Theology Relevent to the Land”, Manawa Shashtra Pita Shashtriya Sangrahaya 5 (2008) 141-156.
“A Sri Lankan Theology of Children. Experience, Analysis and Biblical Concepts”, New Trends in Theology. Tenth Anniversary of Savana (ed. S.L. WIJESINGHE) (Savana 10; Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2007) 1-13.
“A Christological Interpretation of the Beatitudes”, New Trends in Theology. Tenth Anniversary of Savana (ed. S.L. WIJESINGHE) (Savana 10; Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2007) 122-127.
“A Christological Interpretation of the Parables”, New Trends in Theology. Tenth Anniversary of Savana (ed. S.L. WIJESINGHE) (Savana 10; Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2007) 128-135.
“Gifts of the Spirit. Analysis of 1 Corinthians 12-14” New Trends in Theology. Tenth Anniversary of Savana (ed. S.L. WIJESINGHE) (Savana 10; Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo 2007) 145-147.
“Human Body and Human Liberation”, Daham Diyamba 9 (2007) 61-80.
“Prophetism, Martyrdom and Dynamics of Liberation in the Life of Jesus of Nazareth”, Daham Diyamba 9 (2007) 49-59.
“Dynamics of Liberation in the New Testament. Approach, Methodology and Themes” Daham Diyamba 9 (2007) 35-46.
"The Golden Calf. A Narrative-Critical Reading of Exodus 32-34", Daham Diyamba 8 (2006) 73-80.
"A Narrative-Critical Reading of Exodus 19", Daham Diyamba 8 (2006) 61-72.
"Burning Bush not Consumed. A Narrative-Critical Reading of Exodus 3,1-4,17", Daham Diyamba 8 (2006) 51-59.
"A Narrative-Critical Reading of Exodus 1-2", Daham Diyamba 8 (2006) 43-50.
"The Biblical Vision of the Christian Vocation in the Present Context of Sri Lanka" Dhammina 21/1 (2004) 12-18.
"Messianic Hope and the Birth of Christ in the Prophetic Literature" Daham Diyamba 2 (Dec 2003) 1-16.
Research Interest:
Theology of Peace, Theology of Water, Old Testament Exegesis
International & National Workshop/ Seminar/ Conference & Participations (selected)
Presented a paper “Genesis 1-3: History or Theology?” at the conference Wither Humanity? Wither Asia? Wither Sri Lanka? at the Teilhard de Chardin Centre for Science, Spirituality and the Future of Subodhi Institute of Integral Education, Piliyandala Sri Lanka (24-27 April 2014).
Attended the seminar “The Pentateuch” (Seminario di aggiornamento per studiosi e docenti di Sacra Scrittura) at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, Italy (20-24 January 2014).
Presented a paper in collaboration with Rev. Dr. Nihal Abeyasingha" Asian Churches amidst Asian Conflicts: The Impetus of Vatican II on Peacemaking" at the conference Revisiting Vatican II: 50 Years of Renewal at Dharmaram College, Bangalore, India (31 January – 3 February 2013).
Attended the consultation “Compromise After Conflict” of the University of Aberdeen, UK held in Belfast (December 2010).
Attended the World Forum on Theology and Liberation at the Fundacio Cultural do Para Tancredo Neves - Centur, in Belem, Brazil (21-25 January 2009).
Attended the Workshop on Naming, Unmasking and Engaging with Principalities and Powers organized by the Christian Conference of Asia and National Christian Council of Sri Lanka in Kandy, Sri Lanka (7-8 February 2008).
Attended the Consultation on Ethics in Action organized by the Asian Human rights commission, Hong Kong (December 2007).
Attended the Consultation on Transforming Theology and Life-giving Civilization organized by the World Council of Churches and the Council for World Mission in Changseong, Republic of South Korea (12-17 August 2007).
Presented a paper "Judah and Benjamin. Evolving a Theology of Peace in Sri Lanka" at the international consultation on Sri Lankan Theology: Retrospect and Prospect sponsored by the Theological College of Lanka, Pilimatalawa, in Kandy, Sri Lanka (26-28 June 2006).
Attended the 6th Asian Theological Conference (ATC VI) of the Ecumenical Association of the Third World Theologians in Colombo, Sri Lanka (24-31 March 2006).
Presented a paper "The Exodus and the Biblical Jubilee: An Asian Reading" at the conference Reading the Bible at the Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve), Belgium (27-29 October 2005).
Attended the Workshop on The Teaching of Religious Studies in Asia at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (7-10 July 2005).
Attended the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil (26-31 January 2005).
Attended the World Forum on Theology and Liberation at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (21-25 January 2005).
Presented a paper "Theologising with the Leadership at the Grassroots: A Sri LankanExperiment" at the Conference Teaching Theology in Asian Contexts. A Conference to Evaluate the Curricula, in Bangkok, Thailand (Sponsored by the Asian Christian Education Institute, Hong Kong and Institute of Missiology, Missio, Aachen, Germany) (1-6 December 2002).
Attended the third research conference on "Response of Grassroots Christians in Situations of Violent Conflict" at the Center for Mission Research and Study at Maryknoll, New York (July 2001).
Attended the first research conference on "Response of Grassroots Christians in Situations of Violent Conflict" at the Center for Mission Research and Study at Maryknoll, New York (October 1999).
Presented a paper "Political and Economic Alternatives in the Bible" at the international
conference on Christianity and Colonisation and Globalisation organised by the Centre for Society and Religion, Colombo, Sri Lanka (April 1998).
Presented a paper "Scriptural and Theological Bases of a Methodology for Catholic Social Thought in Asia" at the Asian Seminar on the Future of Catholic Social Thought at the Asian Center for the Progress of Peoples, in Hong Kong (12-21 March 1992).
Attended the conference on Palestinian Theology at Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies, Israel (March 1990).
Attended the South Asian Workshop on the Reign of God at the National Biblical, Catechetical and Liturgical Centre (NBCLC), Bangalore, India (11-14 October 1989).
Scholarships and Fellowships:
A scholarship from the Institute of Missiology, Missio, Aachen, Germany to pursue doctoral studies at the Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (1993-1997).
A scholarship from the French Embassy , Colombo, Sri Lanka to pursue post-graduate research at the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, Israel (February 1990-January 1991).
A scholarship from the Institut Catholique de Paris to study French at the same institute (July 1988).
A scholarship from the institute Kreuzberg, Bonn to study German at the same institute (July-September 1986).
A scholarship from the institute Kreuzberg, Bonn to study German at the same institute (July-September 1985).
A scholarship from the Help to the Church in Need, Königstein, Germany to complete the Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome (1985-1988).