A former Australian Commonwealth Scholar from Sri Lanka Chandani Lokuge is Associate Professor of Literary Studies and Creative Writing at Monash University. She founded and directed the Monash Centre for Postcolonial Writing from 2002-2012. Her research interests include South Asian and South Asian diaspora literatures. She is the author or editor of fourteen books including the Oxford Classics Reissues series of Indian Women’s Writing; three novels of which Softly, as I leave you was awarded Sri Lanka’s Godage National Literary Award for Best Novel 2013; and a book of short stories. Among co-edited special issues of journals are Journal of Postcolonial Writing (forthcoming 2016), Moving Worlds, New Literatures Review and Meanjin. Her short fiction and scholarly research are widely anthologized. Chandani actively engages with the wider community and has presented at public platforms such as Melbourne/Sydney/Adelaide/Calcutta Writers’ Festivals, Australian and Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporations, and has secured funding for various research projects from Myer and Ian Potter Foundations, Australia-India Council and Arts Victoria. She has held visiting Professorial or Chair positions at Harvard University (2008), Freie University, Berlin (2012); Le Studium, Advanced Studies Institute, Loire Valley (2012-3); and Goethe University, Frankfurt (2015).
Areas of interest
Migration, diaspora, postcolonial literary studies