About this Event
This on campus event is a two-hour masterclass, co-organised by the Centre for Migration and Postcolonial Studies (MAPS) and the Long Nineteenth-Century Network at Manchester Metropolitan University. It is only open to undergraduates and postgraduates at Manchester Metropolitan University, particularly MA and PhD students with an interest in postcolonial studies, race and migration.
We are delighted to welcome Prof Neluka Silva, from Colombo University (Sri Lanka) on her visit to Manchester this week to work with students and staff. This class is a chance for you to join in discussions about productive ways to address research questions about race and globalisation, in relation to your historical period of interest, whether that is the long nineteenth century or the contemporary world.
Neluka will talk about her own research journey as both a cultural critic and a creative writer, including her recent turn to children's literature. She will also offer advice and guidance on developing as a postcolonial researcher. There will be the opportunity to discuss the challenges of writing about race and ethnicity with other participants. The session will encourage you to reflect on your own practice and methodologies as a writer and researcher, and to share strategies and challenges with fellow students.
Refreshments will be available at the beginning of the session.
If you'd like to hear more about Neluka's creative writing, you can join us in Manchester Poetry Library later the same day, when Neluka will be in conversation with Prof Monique Roffey from the Manchester Writing School.
Or on Thursday October 5th, when she will talk more about her research:
Neluka Silva is Senior Professor in English at the University of Colombo and immediate past President of the Oxford Society of Sri Lanka. She was educated at the Universities of Colombo, Leeds, Oxford and Cambridge. She was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy, Sri Lanka (2005–2015). Her teaching and research are in the areas of Postcolonial Literature, Modern Drama, Cultural Studies, South Asian Literature, Applied Linguistics and Bilingualism. Among her academic publications are The Gendered Nation: Contemporary Writing from South Asia (Sage 2004). Her novel The Iron Fence (2011) was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize and was longlisted for the Commonwealth First Book Prize 2012 and the Dublin IMPAC prize 2012. In addition, Our Neighbours and other stories (2009 — short Stories) is published by Vijitha Yapa Publications. “Our Neighbours” was one of the 20 stories placed in the Highly Commended Winner category in the 2008 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Her other creative works are: The Rolled Back Beach (2008 — short stories co-authored with Simon Harris) and My Elephant Secret and Other Stories (2019 — short stories for children).
Neluka was an invited author and moderator at the Galle Literary Festivals and conducted Writing Workshops for the GLF Children’s Programmes. She conducted workshops for young adults at the American Centre’s Writers’ Lab programme. Following her Creative Writing Workshops for children, her young authors published Eagle Eyes and Other Stories in 2018.
The Centre for Migration and Postcolonial Studies (MAPS) is Manchester Met’s centre for the exploration of migration and postcolonial studies from literary and creative practice-based perspectives. The primary aim of MAPS is to expand literary and cultural research in an evolving area of study at the intersection of multiple evolving fields. Founded in 2021, MAPS embraces the research activities of a large team of scholars working in the fields of postcolonial, migration and diaspora studies, literary and cultural geography, and global testimony studies. Uniquely, it also incorporates and engages with the work of award-winning writers who explore diasporic experience, all of whom are from the Manchester Writing School, one of the largest postgraduate English and Creative Writing communities in the UK. https://www.mmu.ac.uk/english/maps/
The Long Nineteenth-Century Network brings together academics and students specialising in history, literature and the arts. Our researchers’ expertise spans from the early Romantic period up to the onset of the First World War, as well as Neo-Victorianism. We work closely with the Special Collections Museum. A nineteenth-century research group has been active in the English Department since 2014, organising public events, exhibitions and reading groups. We host the North West Long Nineteenth-Century Seminar three times a year.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
3.02 Grosvenor East Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester, United Kingdom