Professor (Mrs.) Neluka Silva

Professor (Mrs.) Neluka Silva

Professor

Qualifications : PhD in English (Leeds), Msc in Applied Linguistics (Oxon), Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict Resolution (Uppsala), BA Hons (Colombo)

Teaching areas : Postcolonial Literature, Modern Drama, Shakespeare Studies, Linguistics

Research interests : Postcolonial Literatures and Cultural studies, Sri Lankan Writing in English, Television, Postcolonial Literatures and Cultural studies, Sri Lankan Writing in English, Popular culture, Bilingualism in Sri Lanka

Awards and grants : South Asia Research Council (SSRC) Award 2003

Involvement with other organizations :

  • Have been conducting writing workshops for school children in the Galle District as a part of the Galle Literary Festival Outreach programme 2009, 2010.
  • Judged the Drama section of the entries for the State Literary Awards.
  • Moderator –Galle Literary Festival 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010.
  • Committee Member, Social Sciences Committee, National Science Foundation. 09/2003-10/2004
  • British Council, Colombo –Presenter of Book Buzz, 2006 and 2008.
  • Judge – Interschool Shakespeare Drama Competition 2013 and 2014.
  • Judge – Interact Drama Competition, 2015
  • Judge – CBB Drama Competition, 2017

Executive and other positions on boards of international, national organizations

  • Member of the Standing Committee on English of the UGC.
  • Member of the International Research Committee of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS)
  • Member, Board of Management, Postgraduate Institute of English (2009- 2016)

Editorial work

  • Editor, Partners, Journal of the National Committee on Women, Sri Lanka
  • Reviewer for the Women’s Education and Research Centre, Sri Lanka
  • Reviewer for the Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka
  • Reviewer for the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka
  • Editorial Board of the University of Colombo Review (2007 to date)
  • Member of the Editorial Board, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Post-colonial Writing and Theory, University of Leeds, 2005 onwards.
  • Member of the Editorial Board, National Science Foundation, Sri Lanka (2001 – 2004)
  • Guest editor for the “Women in Conflict Zones” (Vol. 1 and 2) of the Canadian Women Studies Journal, York University, Toronto 2000-2003.
  • Co-editor of Women Facing War: A Comparative Study of Women in Conflict Zones- Sri Lanka and the former Yugoslavia 2003.

Books

  • The Iron Fence (Bay Owl Publishers), 2011
  • Our Neighbours and Other Stories (Vijitha Yapa Publishers), 2010.
  • The Rolled Back Beach (Zeus Publishers), 2009.
  • The Gendered Nation: Contemporary Writings from South Asia (Sage: New Delhi, London and Thousand Oaks, USA), 2004.

Edited:

  • Feminists Under Fire: Exchanges: A Comparative Study of Women in Conflict Zones- Sri Lanka and the former Yugoslavia, Wenona Giles, Edith Klein, Malathi de Alwis, Maya Korac Djurdja Knezevic and Zarana Papic, (Toronto and London: Between the Lines), 2004.
  • The Hybrid Island: Culture Crossings and the Invention of Identity in Sri Lanka, (Colombo and London: SSA and ZED), 2002.
  • Across Cultures: Contemporary Sri Lankan and British Writing (Colombo: British Council), 2002.

Book Chapters and web documents

  • Contemporary Sri Lankan Poetry-Chapter in forthcoming in Thiru Kandiah
  • “A Piece of Soap: Representations of Peace and Conflict in Popular Teledrama in Sri Lanka” in South Asian Media Cultures Audiences Representations Contexts, Shakuntala Banerjee (Ed.) (London, New York and Delhi: Anthem Press), pp. 163-180, 2010.
  • The Encyclopedia of Asian Theatre, Leiter, Samuel L. (Ed.). Vols. 1 and 2 (Westport Connecticut and London: Greenwood Press)
  • The Politics of Intermarriage in Sri Lanka in an area of Conflict’ in Women Facing War: Feminist Exchanges Across War Zones, Sri Lanka , Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia , and the FR Yugoslavia , Wenona Giles, Maja Korac, Malathi de Alwis, Neluka Silva, Zarana Papic and Djurdja Knezevic (Eds.),(Toronto and US: Between the Lines  and Kumarian). Pp. 147-156. 2004
  • Interview with Amitav Ghosh (with Alex Tickell) in Amitav Ghosh: Critical Perspectives, Brinda Bose (Ed.) (Delhi: Pencraft International). 2003
  • “The Politics of Repression and Resistance in Salman Rushdie’s Shame” in Salman Rushdie: New Critical Insights Rajeswar Mittapalli and Joel Kuortti (Eds.) (New Delhi: Atlantic), pp. 150-170. 2003
  • Introduction: The Hybrid Island in The Hybrid Island: Culture Crossings and the Invention of Identity in Sri Lanka, Neluka Silva (Ed.) (Colombo and London: SSA and Zed Books), pp. i-vii. 2002
  • “Situating the Hybrid ‘Other’ in an Era of Conflict: Representation of the Burgher in Contemporary Writings in English” in The Hybrid Island: Culture Crossings and the Invention of Identity in Sri Lanka, Neluka Silva (Ed.) (Colombo and London: SSA and Zed Books),pp. 104-126.2002
  • “Everyone was Vaguely Related”: Hybridity and the Politics of Race in Sri Lankan Literary Discourses in English’ in Literature and  Racial Ambiguity, Teresa Hubel and Neil Brooks (Eds.), David Bevan( General Editor) ( Rodopi Perspectives on Modern Literature, Rodopi Press, Netherlands and US), pp. 27-44. 2002
  • “The Angst of Identity: Ernest MacIntyre’s Rasanayagam’s Last Riot” in Across Cultures: Issues of Identity in Contemporary British and Sri Lankan Writing, Neluka Silva and Rajiva Wijesinha (Eds.), (Colombo: British Council),pp. 73-80.2001
  • “Poetic Responses to Conflict: Contemporary Sri Lankan Poetry in English” in a book on Sri Lankan Poetry edited by ThiruKandiah (Forthcoming)

Refereed Journal articles

  • “Where do we go from here? Representations of Peace in Take this Road”, ICC Quarterly, September 2017
  • “The Enduring Appeal of Allegory: Ernest Macintyre’s play Village in the Jungle”, Sri Lanka Journal of English in the Commonwealth Vol XII, 2015
  • “Representing the ‘Other’: Politics of Nation and Gender in R. K. Narayan’s The Guide” in Sri Lanka Journal of Social Sciences, Vol 37, 2015
  • Ambiguities and Certainties: Ernest MacIntyre’s Rasanayagam’s Last Riot and He STILL Comes from Jaffna, University of Colombo Review, 2008.
  • Cultural Resources for Peace: Teledrama and Conflict Transformation in Sri Lankan Society’ in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Vol. 5. No. 2, pp. 126-146,2005
  • “Shameless Women: Repression and Resistance in We Sinful Women: Contemporary Urdu Feminist Poetry” in Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. Volume 3. Number 2, 2003, pp. 28-51, 2005
  • “Home is where the Heart Lies?” The Representation of Home in Chandani Lokuge’s When the Moon Smiled and Roshini Fernando’s Homesick. South Asia Review Dec 2012

Conference papers   

  • Bilingualism and its Advantages for the Cognitive Development of Children’- presentation for the Fulbright Alumni Association of Sri Lanka. February 2007.
  • ‘The Hybrid “Other”: The Politics of Race and Gender in the Representation of Rosie in R.K.Narayan’s The Guide’ paper presented at an International Seminar on the work of R.K.Narayan, Department of English, and University of Mysore, India. March 2007.
  • “Walking into the Future” Presentation at Women Without Borders Conference, Austria 2005
  • “Sri Lankan Writing in English” presented at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 2005.
  • “Opportunities and Challenges of Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language in a Culturally Different Context”: Keynote Address for the ETA Regional conference organized by the Fulbright Commission, Sri Lanka, December 2013

Editorial work

  • Editor, Partners, Journal of the National Committee on Women, Sri Lanka
  • Reviewer for the Women’s Education and Research Centre, Sri Lanka
  • Reviewer for the Law and Society Trust, Sri Lanka
  • Reviewer for the International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka

Seminars/Workshops

  • “Sri Lanka and Post-war Cultural Production” – series of seminars presented at Roskilde University, Denmark, March 2017
  • “Contemporary Writing in South Asia” – guest lecture at the Department of English, University of Athens, Greece, October, 2016
  • “Literature and Arts in Sri Lanka” – presentation for the In-country orientation programme for US Fulbright Grantees, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Conducted a workshop on speaking skills for the Speak Out Competition organized by Royal College and Ladies’ College, Colombo, June 2014
  • “Literature and the Arts in Sri Lanka”: In-country orientation programme for US Fulbright Grantees 2013-2014, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of October 2013
  • “Writing the Short Story”: Presentation for Writer’s Lab conducted by the American Centre 29 September 2013
  • “The Role of Assessmenbt in Student Learning”: Presentation for the Teachers of the Extension Courses in English, University of Colombo and the ELTU university of Peradeniya, 19th November 2013

Other responsibilities :

  • Academic Director, Extension Courses in English, University of Colombo, 2012-2016
  • Coordinator of the Postgraduate Diploma /MA in American Studies, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo, February 2007-2009.
  • Conducted Workshops and training programmes on report writing and project proposals for junior lecturers at the Staff Development Centre, University of Colombo, 2006/2007.
  • Member of the Research and Ethics Committee, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, 2001-2004.
  • Exams Coordinator- Department of English 1998-2002.