Dr Chitra Jayathilake
Chitra Jayathilake is a Senior Lecturer (Grade 1) in English in the Department of English, and a Faculty Member of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has been the Chair of the fifth International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS-2016) organised by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. She is also engaged in initiating a Master’s Degree programme at the Department of English, as a co-coordinator, for candidates interested in language studies. Her research interests lie at the intersection of postcolonial literatures, especially postcolonial theatre, English and cultural studies, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).
Chitra holds a PhD in English from the University of Keele, United Kingdom, an MA in TESL from the Postgraduate Institute of English of the Open University, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Kelaniya and a BA (Hons) in English from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka.
Traversing postcolonial studies, cultural and English studies and theatre, Chitra carried out her PhD research on 'Biopolitics and Postcolonial Theatre’. She was the first candidate to earn an MA from the PGIE and her thesis, broadly on Psycholinguistics, focused on Negative Evidence and classroom interactional feedback. Her two year research-based MA in Linguistics is within the domains of Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism; the thesis is specifically about code-switching in e-communication.
Chitra's service and commitment is also currently extended to the Postgraduate Institute of English (PGIE), the National Institute of Education (NIE), and to the Examinations Department of Sri Lanka in diverse academic and professional means.
- Muselmann: Incarceration and the mobilised body in Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona's The Island
- Ethno-linguistic Cartographies in Postcolonial Sri Lanka as Colonial Embodiment
- Translations: Biopolitical Linguistic Cartography? (abstract)
- Rebels and Biopolitics: Mahasweta Devi’s Mother of 1084 (DOI:10.3968/8404/ISSN 1923-1563)
- Rebels and the Body of Democracy: Mother of 1084
- ‘Political Death and Neo-racism: Styles in ‘Sizwe Bansi is Dead’
- Translations: Biopolitical Linguistic Cartography?
- KEYNOTE SPEECH: The Role of English and ELT in Reconciliation
- Beddegama: The Village in the Jungle
- Embodied and disembodied biopolitics in Rasanayagam’s Last Riot: political aesthetics and linguistic cartographies in political theatre, in The Annual International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society with IBG, UK
- Continuing Professional Development: Moving beyond the role of ‘Knowledge Consumer’ to ‘Knowledge Exploiter and Knowledge Constructor’ - Plenary Speech at the conference on "Ensuring National Development through Professional Development of EL Te
- Rebels and the Body of Democracy: Mother of 1084, in The Arts and Humanities Research Conference, North West Consortium at Keele University , United Kingdom.; 2015.