Mr. Lal Medawattegedara

Senior Lecturer

MA in English, University of Peradeniya; BA in English and English Language Teaching, OUSL.

Language Studies
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Website
Contact:

CRC, CRC, HSS Building, 1st Floor, Room 28

Office: 2881431, Ext: 431

E-mail: lmeda@ou.ac.lk

Web: https://lalm.lk/


Teacher of English Literature, English Language and Creative Writing. Researcher of folktales and gender. Fiction writer

Positions held at OUSL

  • Language Editor, OUSL Journal: 2019 to present
  • President, Senior Common Room, OUSL: 2020 to present
  • Director Public Information Office, OUSL: February 2021 to June 2021
  • Editor-in-chief, OPEN Magazine, the OUSL newsletter: 2019 to 2021
  • Committee Member OUSL Research Sessions: 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
  • Representative Library and Information Science for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: 2016 to present
  • Representative OUSL COVID-19 Responsive Task Force for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: 2020 to present
  • Syllabus Designer for the subject Appreciation of English Literary Texts for GCE Ordinary Level (Local) Examination 2015
  • Resource Person in English Language Teaching for National Youth Corps (NYC)
  • Convener for OUSL’s 30th Anniversary International Research Conference, 2012.
  • Conceptualizer and Editor-in-chief the Special Edition of the OUSL Newsletter created for the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU) 2021 Conference held in Sri Lanka
    https://aaou2020.ou.ac.lk/open-quarterly.html
Areas of Specialization:

English Literature, Folklore and Creative Writing

Research interests:

Folklore: Folktales; Gender: Feminine and Masculine

Affiliations:

Member – Sri Lanka English Teachers’ Association (SLELTA)

Member – Sri Lanka Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature

Programme Coordination:

BA in English and English Language Teaching Level 03

Course Coordination:

BA in English and English Language Teaching Level 03

Awards:

Awards Research:

  • Winner OUSL Research Award: 2017
  • Winner OUSL Research Award: 2019
  • Winner OUSL Research Award: 2020

National Awards: Fiction

  • Winner Gratiaen Prize 2012 for the novel Playing Pillow Politics at MGK

https://www.ft.lk/Lifestyle/lal-medawattegedera-wins-the-2012-gratiaen-prize/8-149984

https://www.sundaytimes.lk/210516/plus/a-parody-of-all-stories-443833.html

https://www.sundaytimes.lk/160110/plus/the-author-writes-what-he-wants-to-write-his-way-178127.html

https://www.life.lk/article/events/writing-for-the-love-of-it-/41/5114

https://www.ft.lk/ft-lite/playing-pillow-politics-at-mgk-launched/6-224832

https://www.sundaytimes.lk/140216/plus/a-fantastical-lankan-novel-85593.html

 

  • Short-listed Gratiaen Prize 2021 for the novel Restless Rust

https://www.dailymirror.lk/news-features/The-2020-Gratiaen-Shortlist-Between-A-Mind-Game-and-Restless-Rust/131-213067

https://www.themorning.lk/celebrating-the-diversity-of-the-english-language/

  • Short-listed Gratiaen Prize 2002 for the short story collection The Window Cleaner’s Soul
Ongoing Research:

Air Mobility, Ten Heads and Universal Authority: Constructing Ravana in the Folk Imagination of Sabaragamua — a FolkoricStudy

Publications:

Research:

Medawattegedara, L. (2022).“A Sri Lankan Arrives in Hell”: A Case of Laughing at ‘Sri Lanka’ and the ‘Sri Lankan’ in a Collection of Modern Folktales in Humor and the Performance of Power in South Asia edited by SasankaPerera and DevNathPathak. Routledge India: 2022 

Medawattegedara, L. (2021). Air Mobility, Ten Heads and Universal Authority: Constructing Ravana in the Folk Imagination of Sabaragamua — a FolkoricStudy.OUSL Journal 2021: Volume I, No. 2.

Medawattegedara, L. (2021). Nai-PolomgVairaya: Chronic Anger in an Ancient Folktale. Sadesa: Volume I, 2021

Medawattegedara, L. (2020).When Generous Gods Offer “Backhoe-Arm Load Of  Gems”: Folk Ideas Found among Gem Miners ofthe Sabaragamuwa Region.OUSL Journal 2020: Volume 15, No 2.

Medawattegedara, L. (2020).Noise of Silence:Student Perceptions of :earning War Poetry through the ODL Mode. VISTAS, Volume 13, Issue 2.

Medawattegedara, L. (2019).“Your Majesty, your son is unable to learn?”: A Study of the Notions of ‘Learning’ and ‘Teaching’ Inscribed in aSample of Southern Folk Tales from Ancient Lanka.OUSL Journal 2020: Volume 14, No 2.

Medawattegedara, L. (2019).“IStarted a Joke”: What do HumorousTales Told by Female and MaleUndergraduates Tell us about TheirGendered Worldview/s?.VISTAS, Volume 12, Issue1.

Medawattegedara, L. (2017).‘Folk Ideas’ and ‘Worldview’ Inscribed in a Selection of Folktales Attributed to the Muslim Community ofthe East Coast of Sri Lanka, OUSL Journal 2017: Volume 12, No 2.

Medawattegedara, L. (2018).″Should my wives make a disturbance I will beat the whole of them… “: A Study of Gender-based Violence in Sinhala Folktales. Nivedini-Journal of Gender Studies Vol. 22 December 2018

Medawattegedara, L. (2015).“We Must Make Men”1: Constructions of Masculinities and Femininities in Parker’s Village Folk Tales ofCeylon.OUSL Journal 2015: Volume 9.

Medawattegedara, L. (2014). Masculinity—A Temporary Matter? Or an Open Window?: A Masculine Re-reading of the GCE A/L English Literature Anthology of Short Stories. Changing Paradigms in English Language Teaching: Selected Papers from the 7th International Conference of the Sri Lanka English Language Teachers’ Association, 2014.

Medawattegedara, L. (2012). Instrument of Power, Oppression or Deception?: The Politics of Bilingulaism in Sri Lankan Literature. VISTAS, the Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Volume 7 & 8, December 2012.

Medawattegedara, L. (2012). Pumping Iron: The Question of Masculinity in Blue Stories for Adults. PHOENIX: Sri Lank journal of English in the Commonwealth – Volume IX 2012.

 

Fiction

Playing Pillow Politics at MGK, Akna: Colombo, 2012

Can you hear me running, Zeus Paperback: Colombo, 2006

The Window Cleaner’s Soul, Author Publication, 2012

 

Book Reviews

Media Interviews

Interview with the Vice Chancellor of OUSL on the OUSL initiative to host the international academic conference of the Open Universities

https://www.elanka.com.au/open-distance-learning-promise-of-enhanced-learning-for-the-future-i-by-lal-medawattegedara

Media Articles

Interview with the Vice Chancellor of OUSL on the OUSL initiative to host the international academic conference of the Open Universities

https://www.elanka.com.au/open-distance-learning-promise-of-enhanced-learning-for-the-future-i-by-lal-medawattegedara

Article on the first Open University Research Sessions conducted via Zoom platform in 2020.

https://www.sundaytimes.lk/201122/plus/zoom-is-the-name-of-the-game-423122.html

Workshops

Creative Writing Workshop for the Galle Children’s Festival

https://www.sundayobserver.lk/2021/09/26/montage/%E2%80%9Cwrite-back%E2%80%9D-online-workshop-young-writers-gratiaen-trust

Creative writing workshop for the British Council new branch at Orion City 27 August 2017

https://www.britishcouncil.lk/events/creative-writing-workshop-adults-orion-city

https://www.sundaytimes.lk/210926/plus/gratiaen-trust-workshop-for-budding-young-writers-456089.html

Creative Writing Workshop for Gratiaen Trust – 26 September 2021

https://www.sundaytimes.lk/210926/plus/gratiaen-trust-workshop-for-budding-young-writers-456089.html

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