Presentations and Engagement

Invited Keynote Presentations

  • 2013: Opening Keynote, ‘Sri Lankan Traditions and the British Imperial Imagination’, Leonard Woolf International Symposium, Centre for Life Writing, Oxford University.
  • 2013: Opening keynote, ‘Postcolonial Futures: The Phase of Aesthetics’, International conference, Postcolonial Futures: Phases, Faces, Spaces, University of Tours, sponsored by Le Studium Loire Valley Institute of Advanced Studies, France. Graham Huggan, Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures, University of Leeds, and Elleke Boehmer, Professor of Postcolonial Literature, Oxford University, and I were key-speakers.
  • 2012: Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack Chair of Australian Studies Inaugural Lecture: ‘Australian Culture and Diasporic (Dis)belonging’, Australian Embassy, Berlin. Other speaker in the programme: Simon During, Australian Research Professor at University of Queensland
  • 2012: ‘Subversive Censorships: A Creative Writer’s Experience’, Silence in the Post-World: Literature and the (Re)imagining of Geography, Interdisciplinary International Symposium, Freie University Berlin, Germany
  • 2012: ‘Forms and Techniques of an Indigenous Aesthetic: The Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore’, India in the University of Cologne, University of Cologne, Germany

Invited Public events

  • 2015: Panelist with two postcolonial experts on ‘Reading Amitav Ghosh’s The Glass Palace in ABC Radio’s National Books and Arts Programme, Subcontinent Book Club:
  • 2013: ‘Navrasa: Classical Indian Dance Performance’, with renowned Indian classical dancer, Sharmila Sharma (Paris), at Salon Rockefeller, Hotel de l’Univers, Tours, France. Sponsored by Le Studium Loire Valley Institute of Advanced Studies
  • 2012: Le Studium Lecture: ‘My World in Writing – How is a Novel Written?’ Orleans University, Tours, France
  • 2012: Co-Reading with Dr Guillaume Cingal, Here they Come in English and in French: Translation of Chandani Lokuge’s A Shadow of Us’, University Library, University of Tours, France
  • 2012: ‘In Conversation with David Francis’, Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Melbourne
  • 2011: ‘An Evening with Writers in Residence’, Chateau de Lavigny, Switzerland. Writers included Nicholas Shakespeare (UK

Organization of Conferences/Public Event at Monash University (as Director, CPW)

  • 2013: Postcolonial Futures: Phases, Spaces, Faces co-organised with University of Tours.
  • 2011: A Postcolonial Aesthetic: Australian and South Asian Literature and Film, Monash University
  • 2011: Monash Arts Public Lecture X, at State Library of Victoria. ‘Walter Benjamin and Other Illegal Immigrants’ by Robert Young, Julius Silver Professor of English and Comparative Literature, New York University. Opening address by Professor Rae Frances; Introduction by Chandani Lokuge

External Service

  • 2011: External Member, Major Course Review, A478 Master of Arts – Writing and Literature, Deakin University, Burwood
  • 2009-2010 (incl): Monash Primary Contact, Melbourne Writers’ Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival

Public Intellectual Work

  • 2013: Invited by DFAT to participate in public consultations ‘as a stakeholder in the development of Australia in the Asian Century’, Melbourne
  • 2012: Invited Speaker, Melbourne Writers’ Festival

Membership on International Advisory/Editorial Boards

  • Journal for Postcolonial Writing (Advisory)
  • Postcolonial Text (Canadian Association of Literature and Language Studies)
  • Asiatic: Islamic University of Malaysia Journal of Language and Literature Transnational Literatures; Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership (Adelaide Univ) Contributing Editor, Empire On-Line, Adam Matthews, UK