M. Neelika Jayawardane is associate professor of English at the State University of New York-Oswego, and an Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa (CISA), University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). She is Culture and Arts Editor at Africa is a Country, a web magazine focusing on African political and cultural affairs.
Jayawardane was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in the Copperbelt Province in Zambia, and completed her university education in the United States. Her publications focus on the nexus between South African literature, photography, and the transnational/transhistorical implications of colonialism and apartheid on the body.
She is working on two book projects: one on the Afrapix Collective, “South Africa’s only anti-apartheid photography agency”, and another on art produced as a vital part of the #RhodesMustFall, #FeesMustFall, and other coterminous student-activists’ movements in South Africa.