About the Author

Neloufer de Mel

E-Mail: nelouferdemel@gmail.com

Neloufer de Mel is Senior Professor and Head, Department of English, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is the author of Militarizing Sri Lanka: Popular Culture, Memory and Narrative in the Armed Conflict (Sage, 2007), Women and the Nation’s Narrative: Gender and Nationalism in 20th Century Sri Lanka (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), and several book chapters and journal articles that bring together multidisciplinary perspectives on society and culture, gender, literature, film, disability, and performance art. Her current work draws on critical legal and cultural studies for an analysis of gender justice in the context of Sri Lanka’s program of post-war transitional justice.

Contributions by Author: Neloufer de Mel

The Law’s Gender

Entanglements and Recursions — Three Stories from Sri Lanka

This essay discusses the encounters of several Sri Lankan women with the law and its multiple loci – whether that is the police station, the courtroom, or the special investigative units of state authorities. In doing so it undertakes an analysis of gendered power relations that operate through and within the law in Sri Lanka and the specific sites at which the women experience its procedures and authority. […]