Kanishka Goonewardena , Associate Professor


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Cornell University (1998)

Other Degrees:
MPl University of Southern California (1991)
BSc University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (1988)

Cross Appointments:
Director, Program in Planning

Contact Information:

Phone:    (416) 978-2974

Location: Room 5062, Sidney Smith Hall (100 St. George)
Email:     kanishka.goonewardena@utoronto.ca

Research Interests:

  • Critical theory and Marxist philosophy
  • Architecture and urban planning
  • Colonialism, imperialism, nationalism
  • South Asia (Sri Lanka)

Teaching This Academic Year:

GGR363 – Critical Geographies (winter 2015)

Selected Publications:

Refereed Articles

  • Stefan Kipfer and Kanishka Goonewardena. 2013. ‘Urban Marxism and the Postcolonial Question: Henri Lefebvre and “Colonization”’, Historical Materialism 21.2, 1-41.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena and Reecia Orzeck. 2012. ‘X Marks the Spot: Marxist Intercourse and Kantian Anarchism in Kojin Karatani’, Dialogues in Human Geography 2.1, 64-70.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2012. ‘Henri Lefebvre y la revolución de la vida cotidiana, la ciudad y el Estado’ [Henri Lefebvre and the revolution in everyday life, city and state], URBAN: Revista del Departmento de Urbanistica y Ordenacion del Territorio, ns02, Espectros de Lefebvre/Spectres of Lefebvre, 25-39.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2009. ‘Urban Space, Critical Theory, Radical Politics’, City 13 (2&3) special issue on Right to the City edited by Neil Brenner, Peter Marcuse and Margit Mayer, pp. 208-218.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2008. ‘Spontaneous Romantics of the World, Just Do It!’, Antipode 40.4, 2008, 706-714.
  • Stefan Kipfer and Kanishka Goonewardena. 2007. ‘Colonization and the New Imperialism: On the Meaning of Urbicide Today’, Theory and Event 10.2,: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/v010/10.2kipfer.html
  • Kanishka Goonewardena and Stefan Kipfer. 2007. ‘Postcolonial Urbicide: New Imperialism, Global Cities and the Damned of the Earth’, New Formations 59 (Special Issue: After Iraq: Reframing Postcolonial Studies), eds. Neil Lazarus and Priyamvada Gopal, pp. 23-33.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena and Stefan Kipfer. 2005. ‘Spaces of Difference: Reflections from Toronto on Multiculturalism, Bourgeois Urbanism and the Possibility of Radical Urban Politics’, IJURR: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 27.3, pp. 670-678.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2005. ‘The Urban Sensorium: Space, Ideology and the Aestheticization of Politics’, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography 37.1, pp. 46-71.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena and Katharine N. Rankin. 2004. ‘The Desire called Civil Society: A Contribution to the Critique of a Bourgeois Category’, Planning Theory 3.2, 2004, pp. 117-149.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena, Katharine N. Rankin and Sarah Weinstock. 2004. ‘Diversity and Planning Education: A Canadian Perspective’, Canadian Journal of Urban Research 13.1 (Supplement: Canadian Planning and Policy), pp. 1-27.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2004. ‘Urban Space and Political Consciousness: A Report on Theory’, Review of Radical Political Economics 36.2, pp. 155-176.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2004. ‘Postcolonialism and Diaspora: A Contribution to the Critique of Nationalist Ideology and Historiography in the Age of Globalization and Neoliberalism’, University of Toronto Quarterly: A Canadian Journal of the Humanities 73.2 (Special Issue: Postcolonialism Today), pp. 657-690.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2003. ‘The Future of Planning at the “End of History”’, Planning Theory 2.3, 2003, pp. 183-224.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2oo2. ‘Aborted Identity: The Commission and Omission of a Monument to the Nation, Sri Lanka, circa 1989’, Radical History Review 82, 2002, pp. 141-156.

Book Chapters

  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2014. ‘The Country and the City in the Urban Revolution’ in Neil Brenner, ed., Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Jovis: Berlin), 218-231.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2012. ‘Space and Revolution in Theory and Practice: Eight Theses’ in Cities for People, Not for Profit, eds. Neil Brenner, Peter Marcuse and Margit Mayer (London and New York: Routledge), 86-101
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2011. ‘Critical Urbanism: Space, Design, Revolution’ in Routledge Companion to Urban Design, ed. Tridib Banerjee and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (New York: Routledge), 97-108.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2011.  ‘Henri Lefebvre’, The New Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists: Volume 2—Contemporary Theorists, eds. George Ritzer and Jeffrey Stepnisky (Oxford, UK and Malden, MA: Blackwell).
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2009. ‘Planning Research, Ethical Conduct, Radical Politics’ in Francesco Lo Piccolo and Huw Thomas, eds., Ethics and Planning Research (Farnham, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate), 57-69.
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2008.  ‘Marxism and Everyday Life: On Henri Lefebvre, Guy Debord and Some Ohers’ in Kanishka Goonewardena et al, ed., Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre (New York and London: Routledge).
  • Stefan Kipfer, Kanishka Goonewardena, Christian Schmid and Richard Milgrom. 2008.  ‘Introduction: The Production of Henri Lefebvre’ in Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre (New York and London: Routledge).
  • Stefan Kipfer, Christian Schmid, Kanishka Goonewardena and Richard Milgrom. 2008. ‘Globalizing Lefebvre?’ in Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre (New York and London: Routledge).
  • Kanishka Goonewardena. 2004. ‘Aborted Identity: The Commission and Omission of a Monument to the Nation, Sri Lanka, circa 1989’ in Daniel Walkowitz and Lisa Knauer, eds., Memory and the Impact of Political Transformation in Public Space (Durham, NC: Duke University Press), pp. 65-82.
  • Katharine N. Rankin and Kanishka Goonewardena. 2003. ‘The Political Economy and Cultural Politics of Ethnic Conflict in Asia’ in Susan Henders, ed., Democratization and Identity: Regimes and Ethnicity in East and South Asia Boulder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield), pp. 95-114.


  • Kanishka Goonewardena, Stefan Kipfer, Richard Milgrom and Christian Schmid, eds. 2008. Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre (New York and London: Routledge).

Research Clusters:
Cities and Everyday Life, Political Spaces