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Professor Suvendrini Perera

Professor Suvendrini Perera Professor Suvendrini Perera
Position John Curtin Distinguished Professor
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
Department Department of Communication and Cultural Studies
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 208.403
Phone 08 9266 2706
Fax 08 9266 3152
Email S.Perera@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Suvendrini (Suvendi) Perera is John Curtin Distinguished Professor and Research Professor of Cultural Studies in the School of Media, Culture & Creative Arts. She completed her BA at the University of Sri Lanka and her PhD at Columbia University, New York. Since coming to Australia she has published widely on issues of  social justice, including decolonization, race, ethnicity and multiculturalism, refugee topics, critical whiteness studies and Asian-Australian studies.Suvendi began teaching career at the City University of New York. She has combined her academic career with participation in policymaking, public life and activism. Suvendi is the author/editor of seven books, including Reachs of Empire; Australia and the Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats and Bodies and Survival Media: The Politics and Poetics of Mobility and the War in Sri Lanka. She is coeditor, with Sherene Razack, of the anthology, At the Limits of Justice: Women of Colour on Terror.  She is currently the lead investigator on two ARC funded projects "Old Atrocities, New Media" and "Deathscapes." She is a founding member of Researchers Against Pacific Black Sites.

Memberships, Awards and Training

Major Research Grants

2016-2019 ARC Discovery Grant (CI1) "Deathscapes: Mapping Race and State Violence in Settler Societies."  Partners: Joseph Pugliese (Macquarie), Sherene Razack (Toronto), Jonathan Inda (Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Marianne Franklin (Goldsmiths). 

2014-2017 ARC Discovery Grant (CI), "Old Atrocities, New Media: Terror Images, Technological Consciousness and the Visual-Military Complex."

2005-2009 ARC Discovery Grant (CI) "Junction Zones: Multiethnicity in Australasia and the Pacific." 

2015-2017 Social Sciences and Humanities Council (Canada) Partnership Development Grant  "Racial Violence in Settler Societies: An Interactive Multi-Media Site of State Violence Against Indigenous and Racialized People."  Co-investigator with Sherene Razack, University of Toronto. Community Partners: African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC),Toronto; Aboriginal Legal Service of Toronto; Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA), Sydney. 

 

Awards

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Research Interests

Research Interests

State violence and racialised deaths in custody; Borders and junctions in Asia and the Pacific; diaspora cultural studies; race, ethnicity and multiculturalism; refugees and asylum seekers;  histories of coexistence in multiethnic societies; critical whiteness studies; feminism and womanism; migrant and Aboriginal interconnections in Australia.

 

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Publications

2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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Creative Works

Exhibition - Group

2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

Books (Research) - Edited

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2006

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2005

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Conference Articles (Research)

2004

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2002

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2001

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Additional publication categories

2015

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2012

Book Chapters - Other

2011

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2006

Book Chapters - Other

  • Perera, S. A., and E. MacIntyre. 2006. “Dancing on a Minefield.” In Jaffna and Colombo: A Century of Relationships in Three Plays, ed. Ernest MacIntyre, 249-253. Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications.
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