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Academic CV

Darshi Nayanathara Thoradeniya

darshi At sai DOT uni DASH Heidelberg DOT de
D.N.Thoradeniya AT warwick DOT ac DOT uk


PhD in History of Medicine, April 2014
Thesis: Women’s Health as State Strategy: Sri Lanka’s Twentieth Century

MA in Women’s Studies, December 2008
Post Graduate Diploma in Women’s Studies, with Distinction Pass - September 2006,
Dissertation: ‘Beyond Reproduction’: Women’s Bodies in Well Woman Clinics

Bachelor of Arts degree in History Honours, 2nd Upper Merit Pass – 2001
Dissertation: Ladies and Gentlemen: Social Change in late 19th and Early 20th Centuries in Sri Lanka

Awards & Honours

Joint Runner up of the William Bynum Prize 2013 (an theInternational Essay Competition coordinated by the Medical History Journal with the generous support of Cambridge University Press).

Royal Historical Award for Postgraduate Students, 2011 – to conduct archival research at the Countway Medical Library in Boston, Rockefeller Archives in New York and Library of Congress in Washington DC

Cullum MacDonald Memorial Bursary, Graduate Programme in History, University of Warwick, 2011 - to conduct archival research at the Countway Medical Library, Boston, Rockefeller Archives, New York, Library of Congress, Washington DC

Welcome Trust Strategic Award (PhD studies - 3 years), Centre for History of Medicine, Dept. of History, University of Warwick, 2009 - 2011

Europe-South Asia Exchange Fellowship (MIDEA), University of Oxford, 2007

Univ. of Colombo Mahapola Higher Education Merit Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies, 1997- 2001


‘Well-Woman Clinics: Women’s Health ‘Beyond Reproduction’ in Sri Lanka’ in Nivedini -Journal of Gender Studies, Vol.15, Nov.-Dec. 2009, Colombo, Women’s Education and Research Centre, 122-145.

Compiled the Course Module on Social Harmony SSE 3101, Nugegoda, The Open University of Sri Lanka, (2013).

‘Well-Woman Clinic: A New Shift in Women’s Health in Modern Sri Lanka’, inWomen's Global Health: Norms and State Policies, edited by Lyn Boyd-Judson and Patrick James,
Lexington Books, 2014, (pp. 129-150)

‘“Medical doctors do not accept any refreshment from us”: Oral Histories in a Medical Setting in Sri Lanka’ in Whose voices? The role of the interviewer in oral history in the Oxford Oral History Series (Forthcoming)

‘Sri Lanka as a Laboratory for Pill Trials in South Asia (1950 – 1980)’ in Medical History, Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)

‘Altruism, Welfare or Development Aid?: Swedish aid for family planning in Ceylon (1958 to 1977)’, in Journal of East Asian Science, Technology and Society (EASTS), Duke University Press (forthcoming)

Translation to Sinhala – ‘The Possibilities and Challenges of Postcolonial Standpoints, Situatedness and Intersectionality’ by Maithree Wickramasinghe, in S. Thiruchandran and D. Karunanayake (eds), Continuities/Departures: Essays on Postcolonial Sri Lankan Women’s (Creative) Writing in English, Colombo, Women’s Education and Research Centre, 2009, in Nivedini -Journal of Gender Studies, 2014.

Working Papers
‘Local Ethnographic Understanding of Well-Being’, Psychosocial Assessment of Development and Humanitarian Interventions (PADHI), Social Policy Analysis and Research Centre, University of Colombo (2007).

Conference Papers Presented

‘Why Pill Trials in Sri Lanka: Not India?’
Presented at the Conference on Science, Technology and Medicine in India, 1930-2000: The Problem of Poverty, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick
October 2011 (Chair: Dr. Sarah Hodges).

‘Well Woman Clinics: Shift in Women’s Health in Sri Lanka’
Guest Lecture at the Population Association of Sri Lanka, Colombo
August 2011

‘A History of Family Planning in Sri Lanka’
Presented at the Annual Postgraduate Conference of the Department of History, University of Warwick
June 2011

‘Women's Health and Body: Development through Family Planning in Sri Lanka’
Seminar on Gender, Health and Well-Being, International Gender Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford
November 2010 (Convener: Dr. Janette Davies)

‘Of Emergences and Subjugations: Family Planning in Sri Lanka, 1953-2003,
Presented at the Conference on Politics and Practices: The History of Post-War Women’s Health, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, UK
October 2010 (Chair: Dr. Emma Jones)

‘ICPD: A New Shift in Women’s Health in Modern Sri Lanka’
Presented at the Conference on The Ethics of State Involvement in Women’s Health, Centre for International Studies and Levan Institute, University of Southern California, USA
April 2010 (Chair: Prof. Michael R. Cousineau)

‘Women’s Health and Bodies in Modern Sri Lanka’
Presented at the Conference on Methods in Theory and Practice, Wellcome Trust Post Graduate Research Conference, University College of London
July 2009 (Chair: Prof. Joe Cain)

‘Textual Study of Well-Woman Clinics in Sri Lanka’
Presented at the Eleventh National Convention on Women’s Studies, Center for Women’s Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka
October 2008 (Chair: Prof. Priyani Soyza)

‘Ethnographic understanding of wellbeing in Sri Lanka’
Presented at the Workshop on Conceptualization of Wellbeing in Sri Lanka,
June 2007 (Chair: Prof. Jeanne Marecek)

Gihidinacharyawa (Daily Code for the Laity): Hygiene and Woman’s Body in Colonial Sri Lanka’
Presented at the Annual Research Sessions of the Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka,
August 2006 (Chair: Prof. Ramani Jayathilake)