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Department of Sinhala

Faculty of Arts - University of Peradeniya

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Mr. Nimal Wijesiri

Doctoral Candidate (QUT- Australia), MA (India), BA (Peradeniya)
Theatre studies, Comparative literature, Cultural studies

nwijesiri2@gmail.com
+94 81 2392549 / +94 718040458

Biography

Mr. Nimal Wijesiri is a Senior Lecturer attached to The Department of Sinhala, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. He earned his BA (Hons.) in Sinhala from The University of Peradeniya and MA in Comparative Literature from Delhi University, India. He is a doctoral candidate in the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Education

  • Doctoral Candidate (QUT- Australia)
  • MA (India)
  • BA (Peradeniya)

Appointments

  • Senior Lecturer in Sinhala, Department of Sinhala, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • Senior Treasurer of the Sinhala Society, Department of Sinhala (2017-2018)
  • Chief Editor of Sarathi magazine, Central Provincial Council (2017-2018)
  • Core-editor of Dalada Waruna magazine, Central Provincial Council (2016-2017)
  • Panel member of the leadership training program of Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) Diyatalawa, (2016)
  • Resource person of Leadership and Career Development course in Ampara Military Combat Training School, Sri Lanka-Military Base (2015)
  • Chief examiner (panel) in G.C.E. A/L Examination (2013-2014)
  • Warden of Arunachalam hall, University of Peradeniya (2017-2018)
  • Senior Student Counselor in the faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya (2014)
  • Academic sub-warden of Arunachalam Hall (2014)
  • Senior Academic sub warden of Akbar Nell hall (2013)
  • Academic sub-warden of Marcus Fernando hall (2007-2008)

Research and Publications (selected)

  • The role of fiction writers in conflicts resolution in post-colonial Sri Lanka, Peradeniya University International Research Session (iPURSE - 2015)
  • Sacred geography of the Fah-Hian report, National Seminar, Department of MILLS, University of Delhi, India, 2011
  • Concept of Yaksha in Buddhist literature and Sinhalese folk healing rituals, International conference (CLAI), Saurastra University, Rajkot, Gujarat, India, 2010
  • Inter-Art Study of Vessantara Jathaka, National seminar, Department of MILLS, University of Delhi, India, 2010
  • Psychotherapeutic aspect of Sanni Yakuma, Post graduate Research Symposium, Faculty of Arts, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2008
  • A study of Pandukabhaya legend, Peradeniya University Research Session (PURSE), 2008

Memberships & Awards

  • NCAS-QUT Scholarship for Ph.D (2018)
  • Member of Delhi Comparatists (2011)
  • Commonwealth Indian Scholarship (2009)
  • D.R. Wijewardene Award (the best Sinhalese novel in 2006)
  • Academic Excellence price for greatest competence in Sinhalese, (2005)
  • Jayantha Weerasekara price for greatest competence in Sinhalese (2005)
  • C.E.Jayanayaka price for greatest competence in Sinhalese, (2005)
  • National Award, Speech competition in Sinhalese language & literature (1992)
  • National Award, All Island speech competition (1993)

Creative writings

  • Pembara Buthaya (stage play), 2016
  • Sasara Suwa Soya (poem), 2007
  • Sulan Sandesa (poem), 2007
  • Parivarthana Navakathawa ha Lanka Samajaya (literary critic), 2007
  • Kaala Bheda (stage play), 2007
  • Jaala (novel), 2006
  • Agni Sanharaya (short stories), 2004
  • Nirasha (novel), 2003
  • Porakaya (stage play), 1999