Dr. S D Amarasekara

Dr. S D Amarasekara

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications :

PhD in English (Manchester, UK); MA in English and American Studies (Manchester, UK); MA in Linguistics (Kelaniya); BA English Hons.(Peradeniya)

Professional Qualifications:

Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE), University of Colombo (2012)
Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Accreditation for Teaching in Higher Education, UK (2012)

Teaching areas:

Children’s Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Sri Lankan Writing in English, Romantic and Victorian Poetry, Research Methodology

Research interests:

Childhood Studies, Postcolonial Literatures and Culture Studies, Sri Lankan Writing in English

Awards and Grants:

  • Overseas Studentship (MA), School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK (2005-2006)
  • Overseas Studentship (PhD), School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, University of Manchester, UK (2006-2009)
  • University Scholarship, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Leigh Smith Memorial Prize for English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Pettah Library Prize for English, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Mervyn Kulathilake Prize for Western Classical Culture, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Involvement with Other Organizations:

  • Member of the panel of judges for the State Literary Award 2016, Department of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka( 2017)
  • Chairperson (Technical Session) –Engineering Social Transformation through Research & Development. The Annual Research Symposium, National Centre for Advanced Studies (NCAS)(2015)
  • Member of the panel of judges for the State Literary Award 2013, Department of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka (2014)
  • Member of the panel of judges for the Gratiaen Award for English Literature in Sri Lanka (2013)
  • Member of the panel of judges for the H.A.I. Goonetileke Prize for Translation, sponsored by the Gratiaen Trust (2012)
  • Member of the panel of judges for the Inter-school Shakespeare Drama Competition (Finals) organised by the Rotary Club and YMCA, Colombo (2012 and 2014)
  • Coordinator for the University of Colombo- Ministry of Higher Education 100 Scholarships Scheme for Foreign Students (2011-2014)

Executive and other positions on boards of International, National Organizations:

  • Member – SLAIHEE (Sri Lanka Association for Improving Higher Education Effectiveness)
  • Member – RAASL (Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka)

Editorial work :

  • Editor (University of Colombo), Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium – Empowering Humanity: Challenges and Responses University of Colombo, 2016
  • Editor, Proceedings of the International Conference of the Faculty of Arts – Changing Socio-Economic Dynamics in Sri Lanka: Contexts, Cultures and Imaginations, University of Colombo, 2015
  • Editor, Proceedings of the International Conference of the Faculty of Arts – Revisiting Social Responsibility in Contexts of Crisis: Challenges and Possibilities in Sri Lanka, University of Colombo, 2014
  • Editor, Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium of the Faculty of Arts – Higher Education through the State Sector of Sri Lanka in a Competitive Knowledge Economy, University of Colombo, 2013
  • Editor (University of Colombo), Proceedings of the Annual Research Symposium – Converging Technologies and Sustainable Communities, University of Colombo, 2012
  • Editor, The University of Colombo Newsletter (2013 to 2015)
  • Review Editor, National Centre for Advanced Studies (NCAS)
  • Review Editor, Journal of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL)
  • Review Editor, Journal of the Kothalawela Defence University (KDU)
  • Review Editor, Women’s Education and Research Centre (WERC)

Book Chapters and Web Documents :

‘Reading the Child in postcolonial sri Lankan Literature’ in Annual Research Symposium, University of Colombo, 2011 (http://www.cmb.ac.lk/annual-academic-symposium-faculty-of-arts2/reading-the-child-in-postcolonial-sri-lankan-literature)

Refereed Journal Articles:

‘Review of  Shakespeare and Childhood ed. by Kate Chedgzoy(Cambridge University press 2007)’ in ManuScript: the journal in English and American Studies, University of Manchester2008

Conference papers:

  • ‘Scientific Inquiry as Colonialist Discourse? John Davy’s An Account of the Interior of Ceylon and of its Inhabitants with Travels in that Island (1821)’, 8th Research Conference of the Royal Asiatic Society of Sri Lanka, 2015.
  • ‘Childhood, Disability and the Social Responsibility of Storytelling in Lal Medawattegedara’s Playing Pillow Politics at MGK’ International Conference of the Faculty of Arts (Revisiting Social Responsibility in Contexts of Crisis: Challenges and Possibilities in Sri Lanka), University of Colombo, 2014.
  • ‘Reading the Child in postcolonial Sri Lankan Literature’, Annual Research Symposium, University of Colombo, 2011.
  • ‘Reading the Child in Sri Lankan Literature in English: Constructions of Childhood in Shyam Selvadurai’s Fiction’, the University of Manchester Childhood Symposium, 2010.
  • ‘Marginal Ethnicity and the Construction of the Child in Postcolonial Sri Lankan Literature’, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Conference, University of Bristol, 2007.

Graduate supervisionI would be interested in supervising students working in the areas of childhood studies and postcolonial literatures