Faculty & Staff

Neelika Jayawardane

Associate Professor
304B Marano Campus Center

Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday 12:45 - 2:00
or by appointment
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Fall 2015 Schedule

ENG 323 800 TR 9:35 - 10:55 am 306 Marano Ctr
ENG 361 800 TR 11:10am - 12:30pm 323 Marano Ctr
ENG 365 810 TR 2:20 - 3:40 pm 231 Marano Ctr
ENG 523 800 TR 9:35 - 10:55am 306 Marano Ctr

BIO and recent publications, conference presentations, speaking engagements:

Professor Jayawardane's CLASS WEBSITE: Course packets, syllabi, assignments, links to authors and texts

M. Neelika Jayawardane (neelika.jayawardane@oswego.edu) is Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York-Oswego, and senior editor and contributor to the online magazine, Africa is a Country. She is an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of Witwatersrand  (South Africa).  

Jayawardane was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in the Copperbelt Province in Zambia, and completed her university education in the US. Her academic publications focus on the nexus between South African literature, photography, and the transnational/transhistorical implications of colonialism and apartheid on the body. Her most recent publications include "'Forget Maps': Countering Global Apartheid, Creating Novel Cartographies in Ishtiyaq Shukri's The Silent Minaret" in Research in African Literatures (2013) and a book chapter, "'Scandalous Memoir': Uncovering Silences and Reclaiming the 'Disappeared' in Mahvish Rukhsana Kahn's My Guantánamo Diary" in Transatlantic Literature and Culture After 9/11: The Wrong Side of Paradise (Palgrave McMillan, 2014). She also publishes regularly on photography and art, the most recent of which includes an essay on apartheid-era photography exhibit at the International Center for Photography in Manhattan in Art South Africa; "Cartography without Frontiers: The Body, the Border, and the Desert in Sama Alshaibi's Artwork" in Contemporary Practices: Visual Art from the Middle East; and "Everyone's Got Their Indian: A Photographic History of South Africa's Asians" in Transitions.  

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications: 

  • "'Scandalous Memoir': Uncovering Silences and Reclaiming the 'Disappeared' in Mahvish Rukhsana Kahn's My Guantánamo Diary."Transatlantic Literature and Culture After 9/11: The Wrong Side of Paradise ed. Kristine A. Miller. Palgrave McMillan, 2014. (Book Chapter)
  •  "'Forget Maps': Countering Global Apartheid, Creating Novel Cartographies in Ishtiyaq Shukri's The Silent Minaret" Research in African Literatures. Volume 45, Number 1, Spring 2014, pp. 1-23.  

Other Scholarly Essays and Reviews (recent):

Conferences (most recent):

  • November 2014: National Women's Studies Association Conference. Panel: "Violent Geographies: Transnational Representations of Gender, War, and Resistance". Paper: "Re-Telling the Nation: Dangerous Disclosures in South African Women's Memoirs". San Juan, Puerto Rico.

  • November 2014: 57thAnnual African Studies Association Conference. Panel (Chair): "Winnie Madikizela Mandela: Reflections on the Mother of the Nation". Paper: "Winnie and the Camera: Fashioning an Impenetrable Armature." Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • March 2014: American Comparative Literature Association Conference. Panel: "The Comic Mask: Theorizing Satire, Humor and Laughter in South African Culture". Paper: "Untranslatable Caricatures: South Africa's Cartoonists' Reliance on Racist Tropes."

  • January 2014: 129th MLA Annual Convention, Chicago, 5-8 January 2014.

    (a) Panel: "Space and Belonging in Post-9/11 US American Literature": "'Scandalous Memoir': Uncovering Silences and Reclaiming the Disappeared in Mahvish Rukhsana Kahn's My Guantánamo Diary."

    (b) Panel: "Expatriation, Authorship, and Reception in African Literatures": "Relocating the Expatriated Self in the 'New' South Africa: Memoirs of Indian South Africans."

  • 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.  

Invited Lecturer (recent):

Other Speaking Engagements:

  • Interview on National Public Radio's "" with Jackie Lyden: "Writer Nadine Gordimer Was An 'Ambassador' For African Literature"

  • Interview on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's"Q" with Jian Ghomeshi: "Ever notice that almost all books set in Africa have the same cover?" (About African authors, and the stereotypical images of acacia trees and sunsets on book covers chosen for them by publishers.)

  • Interview on Public Radio International's "The World:  "Need a cover for your book about Africa? Just add an acacia." 

  •  Interview on South Africa after Mandela, for International Media group, CCTV: "South Africa: Long Way to Go". 18 October 18 2013.  

Course/Program Development (2013-14):

  • Literature of Diaspora, Migration, Travel (ENG 361). 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. 

  • Modern African Literature (ENG 382). 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.