Faculty & Staff

Neelika Jayawardane, Associate Professor

Professor Jayawardane neelika.jayawardane@oswego.edu

Link to her class webpages here.

Office Hours

304B Marano Ctr
TR  12:45- 2:00 and by appointment

Fall 2014 Schedule

ENG  204  820  TR  09:34- 10:55 am       322 Marano Ctr
ENG  323  800  TR  02:20- 03:40 pm      306 Marano Ctr
ENG  465  800  TR  11:10 am- 12:30 pm  322 Marano Ctr
ENG  523  800  TR  02:20- 03:40 pm      306 Marano Ctr

M. Neelika Jayawardane is Associate Professor of English at SUNY-Oswego. She was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in a mining town in Copperbelt Province, Zambia, and completed her education in the United States. Her Ph.D. is in English, with a focus in Creative Writing, from the University of Denver, Colorado. At SUNY-Oswego, she teaches transnational memoirs, and contemporary fiction, film and visual art connected to the immigrant and postcolonial experience, including contemporary Southern African and South Asian work. She writes for the  online journal Africa is a Country, and is a visiting fellow at the American Centre for Sri Lankan Studies (AISLS) and the Centre for African Studies in the University of Cape Town.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications: 

•        "Learning the Cartography of Terror: South African Literature in the post-9/11 American Classroom." Social Dynamics: Scripted Bodies. 37: 2. 2011.

•        "Impenetrable Bodies/Disappearing Bodies: Fat American Celebrities, Lean Indigenous People, and Multinational Pharmaceuticals in the Battle to Claim Hoodia gordonii." Popular Communications. 9: 2. 2011.

•        "Ambiguous Bodies, Authentic Bodies: Terrorists, Passports, and Immigration Law in the Post 9/11 World." Current Writing: Law and Literature in Southern Africa. 22: 2. 2010.

 Other Scholarly Essays and Reviews:


  •          "A Question of Agency: Asylum Narratives, Power, and the 'Maid from Guinea.'" JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies (forthcoming). 
  •         "David Goldblatt's Photography in Manhattan's Jewish Museum." SAVVY: art.contemporary.african (forthcoming). 
  •         "Queering the Congo: Richard Moss' Photography": Africa is a Country. November 2011. 
  •          "Returns: 60 Years of David Goldblatt's Photography." The Johannesburg Salon. Volume 3 2010.

CONFERENCES (most recent):

  • March 2013: Organised and Chaired Panel: "Re-Inscribing the Self: Memoirs, Self-Narrative, Testimony and Contemporary African Writers." Literature, Liberation, and the Law: The 39th annual conference of the African Literature Association (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • Jan. 2013: "Meditation on the Terrorist: Daisy Rockwell's The Little Book of Terror." 128th MLA Annual Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, 5-8 January 2013. Panel:Human Rights in U.S. Literature and Beyond.
  • Nov. 2012: "Unmarked Bodies/ Impenetrable Skin: the Politics of Superfluity and South Africa's Cosmetic Surgery Industry." Symposium on Consumer Practices, Media and Landscapes in South Africa: Empirical and Theoretical Perspectives. University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Nov. 2012: Discussant/Presenter, "Politics and Popular Culture"Roundtable. 55th Annual Meeting, African Studies Association, Philadelphia.
  • Jan. 2012: "Re-appropriating the Disappeared Body: Language, Law, and Literature." Special Session: Islamic Discourse in Global Literature in the Post-9/11 Era: Representations of Islam and Muslims in contemporary novels in the context of post-9/11 discourse. 127th MLA Annual Convention, Seattle, 5-8 January 2012.


  • "Unmarked Bodies/ Impenetrable Skin: South Africa's Cosmetic Surgery Industry and the Performance of Power." Rethinking Politics in Africa: Media, Knowledge-Production, Techno-Politics. Graduate Programme in International Studies, The New School, NYC. April 26, 2012.
  • "Everyone's Got Their Indian": the History of South Asians in South Africa." International Centre for Ethnic Studies (ICES). Colombo, Sri Lanka. September 2012.
  • Lectures/Presentations for the Dept. of English, Women's Studies Programme, and Dept. of Anthropology at Calcutta University, India. September 2012.


  • Diaspora and Migration (Eng 361/Global and International Studies XXX). SUNY-Oswego semester course with optional travel abroad opportunity to Calcutta University, India. Course focuses on the literature produced by Diasporic South Asians and the impact of immigration.
  • African Literature (ENG 382/Global and International Studies 3XX/African and African American Studies XXX). Updated/revised course content. Interdisciplinary course on Contemporary African Literature. Covers recent literature and memoirs by transnational African writers. Course will also cover postcolonial and transnational theory, and be suited to the needs of Global and International Studies (GLS) and African and African American Studies Programmes.





The photograph was taken off Bantry Bay, Cape Town, by Italian photographer Emilia Ciccone.