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: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/booksandarts/features/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
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 LiteratureTransnational Literatures; Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership (Adelaide Univ) Contributing Editor, Empire On-Line, Adam Matthews, UK