Neelika Jayawardane, Associate Professor
Indie concert: Arms & Sleepers, American Royalty and Gianni Paci
Arms & Sleepers is an electronic duo from Boston. American Royalty is a psych-pop trio from Brooklyn. Guitarist Gianni Paci is a recent graduate of New York University and is influenced by Buddy Holly and The Beatles. Performer Magazine recently featured him on its cover. $5 at the door; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/administration/parking. 312-4581.
Location: Lounge, Hewitt Union
Friday, April 25, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Theatre performance: "Young Frankenstein"
$15 ($7 for SUNY Oswego students), including parking in front of Culkin Hall and in lot E-18 east of Culkin. 312-2141. www.oswego.edu/arts
Location: Waterman Theatre, Tyler Hall
Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Baseball vs. Plattsburgh
Location: Oswego, NY- Laker Baseball Field
Friday, April 25, 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Men's Golf Spring Tournament
Location: Oswego, NY - Oswego Country Club
Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
GOLD Third Thursdays
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Location: Various Cities
Thursday, May 15, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Reunion Weekend 2014
More information: alumni.oswego.edu/reunion
Location: SUNY Oswego, New York 104, Oswego, NY, United States
Thursday, June 5, noon - noon
Fall 2013 Schedule
ENG 365/810, TR 9:35-10:55, CC 322
ENG 465/800, TR 11:10-12:30, CC 322
ENG 102/840, TR 12:45-2:05, CC 210
Link to her class webpages here.
TR 2:15--3:30, or by appointment
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:
- "Of Bastards, Creoles, and Incommensurable Remainders in the Transnation: Postcolonial Studies and Contemporary South African Literature." Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature: Special Issue on Africa Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2013, 190-207.
"Leak, Memory: Guantanamo Memoirs." New Inquiry. May 2012. [Webjournal]
- "Strange Cargo: Jane Alexander at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan." Warscapes. May, 2012. [Webjournal]
- "Holi in South Africa: Post-Racial Colours?" Norient: Global Sounds and Media Culture. April 2013. [Webjournal]
- "Apartheid in Manhattan." Art South Africa, pp. 38-41, February 2013. (Also downloadable here.)
- "Everyone's Got Their Indian": Photographic History of South Africa's Asians. Transitions 107, 50-65.
- Africa is a Country (AIAC): multiple reviews and articles
- "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.
INVITED/VISITING LECTURER (selected):
- "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.
COURSE/PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT (2012-13):
- 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.