Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge

A former Australian Commonwealth Scholar from Sri Lanka, Chandani Lokuge completed her PhD degree at Flinders University, South Australia in 1996. Her thesis was a study of the pioneering Indian women’s autobiography and fiction written in English. She read for the Masters Degree (100% research) at the University of Sri Lanka, Peradeniya on the portrayal of society in English fiction in Sri Lanka by Leonard Woolf, James Goonewardene and Punyakanta Wijenaike.

Chandani works in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University as an Associate Professor and is the Higher Degree Research Coordinator for Creative Writing. As Deputy Associate Dean, International Engagement from 2013-2014 incl., she developed the Monash Joint-Award PhD programme and chaired the Convening Committe of the biennial international conference of the European Association for Studies of Australia (2014). She founded and directed the Monash Centre for Postcolonial Writing from 2002-2011.

Among Chandani’s international appointments are the Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack Chair in Australian Studies at Freie University Berlin (2012), and Le Studium International Research Chair at Le Studium Advanced Studies Institute Loire Valley (2012). She also held a guest professorship at Goethe University Frankfurt in 2015, and at Harvard University’s Humanities Centre in 2008.

Chandani has published 14 books. As Editor of the scholarly Oxford Classics Reissues series of pioneering Indian women’s writing in English, she has published six critical editions including, The Collected Prose and Poetry of Toru Dutt (2008; second edition 2011), and The Memories of Cornelia Sorabji: India’s First Woman Barrister (2002). Her current research is on South Asian diasporic literature and she has guest co-edited several scholarly journals on this theme. She was Editor of the postcolonial section of the Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (Routledge) from 2007-2009, and is a Contributing Editor of Empire Online (Adam Matthews).

Chandani is the author of three novels, If the moon smiled and Turtle Nest (Penguin Australia and India) and Softly, as I Leave You (Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing; Colombo: Perera-Hussein) and Moth and Other Stories (Denmark: Dangaroo). The first two novels have been translated into Greek and French resp. Chandani has published or presented her fiction in France, Germany, India, Sri Lanka, US, Cyprus and Australia.

In line with her current research interests, Chandani is now developing the”South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network” (SADIRN) with support from Monash Arts, AustLit Database, Monash Asia Institute and Monash Figshare:


Sir Lanka Godage National Award for Best Novel 2013 awarded to Softly, as I Leave You (Colombo: Perera-Hussein 2012). See: VIC 3800
New South Wales Premier’s (national) Award 2001 short-listing for If the Moon Smiled (Penguin Australia, 2000)

Empire Online database presented to Matheson Library, Monash University for 10 years of free-access to the Monash Community by Adam Matthews Publications, London, for role as Contributing Editor, Empire On-Line:

Serendib Award for Print Journalism presented by the Sri Lankan Community in Australia (national) 2005