Centre for Social Integration, Soft Skills and Language Enhancement Research (CSISLER)
Prof. Dr. Ananda Kumar A/L Palaniappan (Leader)
Prof. Dr. Ananda is a former professor at University of Malaya for 24 years teaching and researching in Educational Psychology, specialising in Creativity and Entrepreneurship. He has published numerous books and articles on Creative Teaching, Creative Perception, Innovative Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Creativity, and Creative Problem Solving. He was also consulted by several universities and organizations on research and publication. Prof. Dr. Ananda also lectures in research methods and statistics and has been conducting SPSS and AMOS workshops since 1995. He is on the review and editorial board for several international journals. He has given numerous invited keynote addresses at both local and international conferences and has presented papers on creativity, creative teaching/training and motivation for numerous groups. Prof. Dr. Ananda’s international affiliations where he has spent his sabbaticals include University of Georgia, USA, University of Connecticut, USA, University of California, Berkeley, USA and Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His overall goal is to help students, educators and researchers acquire the right knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to contribute to the nation and humanity.
Dr. Jeslyn Sharnita Amarasekera
Dr. Jeslyn Sharnita Amarasekera's main research interest is in transnational literature in English, specifically transnational Sri Lankan literature in English. She is particularly interested in Buddhist perspectives within literary and cultural texts, especially with reference to individual identity and ethnic diversity. Her past research includes publications on reconciliation and trauma in transnational Sri Lankan novels as well as the role of creative imaginary in identity and crisis. She has also presented at numerous conferences and webinars on the role of the creative imaginary in literary studies. She is also the author of the book, Sinhalese Perspectives in Transnational Sri Lankan Literature (2018). She is currently working on research related to identity and ethnoscapes in Malaysian contexts as well as postmodern culture.