Nira Wickramasinghe

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Nira Wickramasinghe
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Born Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Other names Nira Konjit Samarasinghe
Education D.Phil
Occupation University Professor

Nira Konjit Wickramasinghe is Professor of Modern South Asian Studies at Leiden University[1] in the Netherlands and a well known international academic. She was a professor in the Department of History and International Relations, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka until 2009 . She grew up in Paris and studied at the University of Paris IV - Sorbonne from 1981 to 1984 and at the University of Oxford from 1985 to 1989 where she earned her doctorate in Modern History.[2] She joined the University of Colombo in 1990 and taught there until 2009. She has been a World Bank Robert McNamara fellow, a Fulbright senior scholar at New York University, a visiting professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and more recently British Academy Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford. She is currently working on a history of the reception of the sewing machine in colonial Sri Lanka, a topic which she researched while on sabbatical at the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies Princeton University in 2008-2009.[3]

Select Publications

Nira Wickramasinghe has published the following books:[4]

Sri Lanka in the Modern Age. A History'. Revised edn. New York, New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2015

Metallic Modern. Everyday Machines in Colonial Sri Lanka', Oxford: Berghahn Publ. 2014

Sri Lanka in the modern age: A history of contested identities. London: Hurst & Co. and Honolulu: University of Hawaii press, 2006.

Civil society in Sri Lanka: New circles of power. New Delhi: Sage Publications, c2001.[5]

Ethnic politics in colonial Sri Lanka, 1927–1947''. New Delhi: Vikas Pub. House, 1995.

University space and values: Three essays''. Colombo: International Centre for Ethnic Studies Colombo, 2005.

L'Invention du Vetement national au Sri Lanka. Habiller le corps colonise''. Paris: Karthala Presse, 2006.


  1. ^ "Prof.dr. N.K. (Nira) Wickramasinghe". university of Leiden.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  2. ^ Nira Wickramasinghe, openDemocracy.
  3. ^ "Prof.dr. N.K. (Nira) Wickramasinghe". tanap.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  4. ^ Nira Wickramasinghe, Pipl.
  5. ^ The Hindu, State and civil society.

External links

  • Sri Lanka’s conflict: culture and lineages of the past

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