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Indo-Australian connections run deep, back to the very pre-history of our two nations. On 21 July 2009, Science Daily reported a study by the Anthropological Survey of India that showed that central Dravidian and Austro-Asiatic tribes shared genetic traits with Australian aborigines. These findings lend strength to the theory that Australian aboriginal populations travelled by the “Southern” route, via Arabia and South Asia, and Indonesia some 50000 years back. Australoid tribes, who formed the majority of Australians before the European conquest, are very rare today, but “relic” groups are still found in South India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. More recently, a study by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, shows a significant gene flow from India to Australia as recently as 4000 years back.

While these connections need much more research and present tantalizing possibilities, the buzz between the two nations thickens considerably during colonialism. Quite rightly some have called them “colonial cousins”; the book by this title by Joyce Westrip and Peggy Holroyde is not only well-known but shows in astonishing detail of the close relationship between the two members of the British Empire. It is significant that the connections spill over into the animal world as well: the kinship between the famed wild camels of Australia that originally came from India, or the sturdy Australian horse that was popular in India, and the sheep, source of Australia’s prosperity, from Bengal. These connections range from race, class, gender, culture, architecture, town planning, to administration, governance, and geopolitics. Even the hill stations in Australia, as Andrea Scott Inglis shows, were modelled on their Indian predecessors and counterparts. Some of these flows were structured and regulated by the colonial regimes of power, but a good deal of the exchange and circulation not just of people and ideas but of flora, fauna, and artefacts was uncontrolled and informal. The “colonial cosmopolitanism” generated by the English language and the strong sporting links flourishes and continues till today.

If the colonial connections were strong, the postcolonial relations between the two countries are even richer, more varied, and valuable, thanks partly to a sizeable and growing South Asian diaspora in Australia. These communities have contributed not only to the cultural and creative diversity of Australia but are also studied in India among them, Adib Khan, Brian Castro, Manisha Jolie Amin, Michelle Cahill, Suneeta Peres da Costa, Roanna Gonsalves, Yasmine Gooneratne, Chandani Lokuge, Aashish Kaul, Bem le Hunte, Subhash Jaireth,  Sudesh Mishra, Vijay Mishra, Chris Raja, Kunal Sharma and the Booker-winning Aravinda Adiga, the author of The White Tiger. Similarly, a large number of Australians like Alfred Deakin, Christopher Koch, Dal Stivens, David Malouf, Inez Baranay, Joan London, John Lang, Mollie Skinner and Gregory D. Roberts, have written about India.

So, commonalities between the two countries abound: both India and Australia are indigenous and multicultural societies, with a liberal, democratic disposition. The recent growth of strategic and economic cooperation looks forward to the ushering in of the so-called “Asian century,” in which India and Australia are expected to be critical players – both seeking convergences and exploring opportunities to beef up the strategic partnership, which is still at a nascent stage. Partnerships to secure uninterrupted energy and trade supplies are bringing them closer on that front. New ways of looking at the region with new constructs and definitions are also likely to emerge primarily because of the budding shoots of systemic change in the international security architecture, in which the two democracies have massive stakes: the unprecedented rise of China and USA’s re-engagement with East Asia through the ‘pivot toward Asia’ strategy. Peter Varghese, former Australian High Commissioner to India was quoted by The Australian as saying, “Today it makes more sense to think of the Indo-Pacific, rather than the Asia-Pacific, as the crucible of Australian security.” While the fluid strategic situation has prompted both India and Australia to hedge their bets, it is also working as a stimulant for them in striving for greater bilateral and multilateral defence cooperation. As Indian Ocean states, both India and Australia, have shared interests in the stability of the Indian Ocean Region making maritime environment key to future planning. The ‘look east’ policy helps return India to the region’s strategic matrix. As responsible stakeholders in the East Asian institutional dynamics, India and Australia work closely in ARF (ASEAN Regional Forum), EAS (East Asia Summit), ADMM Plus (ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting), IONS (Indian Ocean Naval Symposium) and IOR-ARC (Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation).
In a scenario abuzz with platitudes of bilateral relations, regionalism, globalization and transnationalism, we intend to launch on a more serious academic exploration to the different domains of interaction between Australia and India.

Some of the broad areas that can be explored are:

  • Originary Links: Linguistic/flora/fauna/trade/etc
  • 'Colonial Cousins:'  language and literature trade/strategy?/notions of empire/nationalism/nation
  • Postcolonial Siblings: literature/language/identity politics/ethnicities
  • Family today or contemporary kin
  • India- Australia strategic partnership: The road ahead
  • India, Australia, and the US ‘pivot toward Asia’
  • Rise of China: Responses from India and Australia
  • New wave of Regionalism: What it Means for India and Australia
  • India-Australia Maritime Cooperation: Problems and prospects
  • India-Australia Resource Cooperation: Energising relationship
  • India-Australia nuclear cooperation: Retrospect and prospects

These are only broad areas; you are welcome to write on any other aspect that is in keeping with the themes outlined in the concept note.

Programme

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Participants

Anvita Abbi is originally based in India as a Professor of Linguistics, Centre for Linguistics, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has published in the areas of areal typology, language documentation, structures of tribal languages, language policy and education, and analysis of ethno-linguistic aspects of language use. Her most significant recent work has been on the highly threatened languages spoken in the Andaman Islands, especially the languages of the Great Andamanese which have been extensively documented by her. She has authored, co-authored and edited over a dozen books, in addition to numerous articles.

She was awarded prestigious Visiting Scientist position at the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (2000, 2003, and 2010), Visiting Professor at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia (2010-2011) and was a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (2001). She has been awarded a rare honorary membership of the Linguistic Society of America, for her pioneering contribution to the languages of India. At present, she is on the Advisory Board of Terralingua and is an advisor to UNESCO on language issues. She received the prestigious Rashtriya Lokbhasha Samman 2003 award for her contribution towards the tribal languages of India.  

Prof.Anvita Abbi , was recently conferred the Padma Shri Award by the President of India

Title of the paper - Tracing the “Possible Human Language” in the Speech of the Early Colonizers of South Asia


Indranil Acharya is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore (West Bengal). He obtained his Ph.D. on Yeats and Eliot in 2004. He also completed one UGC Research Project on Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Fiction in 2008. Dr Acharya had been the Deputy Coordinator of the UGC Special Assistance Programme on the documentation and translation of the oral and folk literature of the dalit and tribal communities in West Bengal. He is also implementing one UGC Major Research Project as the Principal Investigator on the documentation, translation and analysis of Bengali Folk Drama in the context of endangerment. In the People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) project of Bhasha, Baroda, Dr Acharya is the State Coordinator of West Bengal. His first published book is Beyond the Sense of Belonging: Race, Class and Gender in the Poetry of Yeats and Eliot (ISBN: 81-902282-7-7). He has also edited a book, Survival and Other Stories: Anthology of Bangla Dalit Stories (ISBN: 978 81 250 4510 6) with Orient Blackswan. Another edited volume entitled Towards Social Change: Essays on Dalit Literature (Orient Blackswan; ISBN: 978 81250 5344 6) has been published in 2013. Dr Acharya has taken up one Sahitya Akademi publication project on the translation of representative short fiction by twenty women writers of Bengal.  He is also translating a novel of Anil Gharai, a leading Bengali Dalit author, for Oxford University Press.

Title of the paper - Representing Indigenous Identity: Discourse of Resilience in Australian Aboriginal and Indian Dalit Poetry


Associate Professor Michael Adams is a geographer at the Australian Centre for Cultural Environmental Research at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His publications have examined relationships between Indigenous peoples and conservation agencies in Australia and Sweden, including shared governance and World Heritage. His current research focuses on hunting and local knowledge in Australia and India. He is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy of IUCN (the World Conservation Union). Key publications include:

Adams, M. (2013) ‘Redneck, bogan, cashed-up barbarians? I don't think so' – hunting and nature in Australia, Environmental Humanities, Vol 2, pp 43-56

Adams, M. (2011) Arctic to outback: Indigenous rights, conservation and tourism, in Günter Minnerup and Pia Solberg (eds) First World First Nations , pp 198-211 Sussex Academic Press, East Sussex.

Adams, M. (2005) Beyond Yellowstone? Conservation and Indigenous rights in Australia and Sweden, in G. Cant, A. Goodall and J. Inns (eds) Discourses and Silences: Indigenous Peoples, Risks and Resistance , pp 127-138 Department of Geography, University of Canterbury, Christchurch.

Title of the paper - Shared Governance and Indigenous Peoples in India and Australia


Vincent Alessi  is the Artistic Director of LUMA | La Trobe University Museum of Art , a position held since 2006. He has curated a number of important exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including  KITE: Mike Brown and the Sydney 12 Three Degrees of Change: Ken & Julia Yonetani, Lauren Berkowitz and Ash Keating Juan Ford: Lord of the Canopy  and  Me Here Now: Place and Identity in Contemporary Australian Art.  He has also curated and written on the work of individual artists including Mark Schaller, Vera Möller, Philip Hunter, Daniel Moynihan, Sara Amos and Justin Andrews. Alessi's research interests include contemporary sculpture, the possibilities of art outside of the gallery context, notions of the archive and the work of Vincent van Gogh, the focus of his PhD. Alessi has been a key organiser and curator in the La Trobe University-Ateneo de Manila University partnership in which artists, collections, scholars and students have engaged in exchanges and project collaborations.

Title of the paper - Aboriginal Art, its a White Thing: Identity Issues in Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art


Meenakshi Bharat, Associate Professor, University of Delhi, is a writer, translator, reviewer and critic. Her special interests include children's literature, women's fiction, film studies, postcolonial, English and cultural studies—areas which she has extensively researched. Apart from articles and reviews, her published books are: The Ultimate Colony: The Child in Postcolonial Fiction, Desert in Bloom: Indian Women Writers of Fiction in English, Filming the Line of Control: The Indo-Pak Relationship through the Cinematic Lens, Rushdie the Novelist, an annotated edition of George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss, two volumes of Indo-Australian short fiction entitled Fear Factor: Terror Incognito from Picador and Alien Shores: Tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers and VS Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas: Critical Perspectives. A book for children, Little Elephant Throws a Party is in the press. A book, Troubled Testimonies: The English Novel in Post-Terrorist India is due to come out from John Benjamins, the Netherlands in 2014.


Rupakjyoti Borah is currently an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the School of Liberal Studies, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gujarat, India. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA) in 2012. Earlier in 2009, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, U.K. Dr Borah holds a doctorate from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India.

Title of the paper - India and Australia: Prospects for Strategic Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region


Suresh Frederick, Associate Professor and UG Head in the Department of English, Bishop Heber College, Trichy, India, has twenty three years of teaching experience at the college level. He has presented sixty-seven papers in International and National conferences, published forty-six articles in reputed books and journals and edited five books.

He holds a PhD in English from Bharathidasan University, India. He has visited many foreign countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Ireland. He is the Vice-President of OSLE (Organization for Study of Literature and Environment), a Life Member of IASA (Indian Association for the Study of Australia), a Member of The Andrew Marvell Society, a member of Asia TEFL and an Associate Member of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington, D.C.

The areas of his specialization are Ecocriticism, Mass Communication, ELT(acquisition of language through reading), Australian Literature, American Literature and British Drama. He has been awarded Editor's Choice Award 2010 for his Critical Writing by The Home of Letters (India).


Peter Gale is Associate Professor in Australian Studies in the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research, within the Division of Arts, Education and Social Sciences, at the University of South Australia. He has researched and published on a wide range of topics, including Indigenous education, reconciliation, immigration, multiculturalism, asylum seekers and refugee policy, diaspora, racism, representation and the media, including a book on The Politics of Fear .

Title of the paper - Postcolonial siblings and connections across borders: Transnational spaces and identity transforamtions


Roanna Gonsalves' creative work marks the earliest responses to the attacks against Indian students in Australia. This includes a short story, Curry Muncher (Eureka Street 2009), a radio documentary, Doosra: The life and times of an Indian student in Australia (ABC Radio National 2010), and a play, Yet to Ascertain the Nature of the Crime (Melbourne Workers Theatre 2011) for which she and her colleagues won an Australian Writers Guild Award in 2011. Her peer-reviewed scholarly work has been published in leading international publications. Her thesis for the Graduate Diploma by Research in Social Sciences (UNSW) was a study of authorship in new media art, focusing on collaborations between artists and computer scientists. She is currently doing a PhD in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, Australia, where she is conducting an empirical study of contemporary Indian literary culture in the English language, under the supervision of Professor Janet Chan and Associate Professor Anne Brewster. Her interdisciplinary research interests include the sociology of cultural production, the cultural anthropology of new media, creativity studies, postcolonial literature, transnationalism, and multiculturalism. She is the founder and moderator of the South Asian Australian Writing Network (SAAWN). She holds an Australian Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award 2013-14.

Title of the paper - A Trail of Breadcrumbs: Tales of the Indian Australian Spatial Imaginary


Devleena Ghosh teaches in the Social Inquiry Program at the University of Technology Sydney and is the Director of its Indian Ocean and South Asia Research Network. She publishes in Intercolonial, Global and Environmental Studies and is currently involved in a government funded research project on the informal connections between Australian and Indian women during the Cold War period. She is the author of Colonialism and Modernity and the editor of Water, Sovereignty and Borders in India and Oceania, The Culture of Trade: Indian Ocean Exchanges and Shadowlines: Women and Borders in Contemporary Asia.

Title of the paper - Affective Politics beyond the Nation: Komalam and Ronald Craig


Josukutty CA is Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science , University of Kerala. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Kerala. His areas of teaching and research include India’s foreign policy , issues in international relations, human rights and cyber politics. He has published one book and more than twenty articles in national and international journals. He also contributes articles in vernacular media. He was Fellow Salzburg Global Seminar 2007 and Fellow , Study of the United States Institute on Foreign Policy, at the University of Florida in 2010 and was awarded UGC Major Research Project in 2011. Dr. Josukutty also serves as Hon. Director , Survey Research Centre , University of Kerala and General Secretary, Association of Political Scientists-Kerala.


Trevor Hogan teaches in sociology at La Trobe University. He is Deputy Director of Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University. In his capacity as a Coordinating  Editor of the  journal,   Thesis Eleven: Critical Theory and Historical Sociology   (Sage:  London, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC) he has recently edited a themed issue on India (‘Popular Media Cultures in India', #113, December, 2012)  He is also Director, Philippines-Australia studies Centre,  La Trobe University. With Professor Peter Beilharz he edited   Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives   (Oxford University Press, Melbourne: 2012) in which he also contributed chapters on Australian Cities, Southeast Asian Cities, Perth (with Terri-Ann White), and Papua New Guinea (with Christine Ellem). With his co-editor, Beilharz, he wrote the keynote argument chapters about Australia's peculiar path through modernity and its settlement processes.   His Australian studies articles in 2012 included a history of the Australian Recording Industry (with Clinton Walker and Peter Beilharz), and a review of David Walker's Memoir,   Not Dark Yet . He has been a visiting scholar at Australian Studies Centre, East China Normal University, Shanghai and for the past decade has been a regular participant at the Mildura Writers Festival at which   Thesis Eleven   Centre hosts workshops on Australian Studies themes.  He has given papers at four previous IASA conferences (Delhi, Pune, Kolkata, Goa) and brought two major delegations of Australian academics to India (2004 and 2008) and return delegation of Indian scholars to Australia in 2011.

Title of the paper - Australian Suburbia as Material Culture and Civilisation: Some ruminations on driving home and away


Kamala is Research Fellow, working on “Women in Political process”, at the centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and Guest Faculty at the University of Delhi.

Earlier worked on projects titled, “Security issues in Central Asia: India's Stand and International Perspective”, “Women Empowerment and Political leadership: A Comparative Study of India and Russia” and “Women in New Russia”

M. Phil and Ph. D, from the Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

B A and M A in Russian Language from school of Language Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Presented papers in both International and national conferences and has a few publications

Title of the paper - Single Parent Family: An Overview


K. Kaviarasu  is pursuing Ph.D in English at  Bharathidasan University, Trichy. He is current­ly working as an Assistant Professor of English at Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirappalli, India. He has seven years of teaching experience and five years research experience at Bishop Heber College, Trichy in India. He has presented papers in many National and International Conferences held at Kula Lumpur, Goa, Kolkata and Tamilnadu. He has five publications with ISBN and ISSN

Title of the paper - A Tinai Perspective of R.K. Narayan's "Naga" and Matthew Lane's "Crow"


Dr. G. Gopa Kumar is currently ICSSR Senior Fellow affiliated to the University of Kerala. During 2011-2013, he served as UGC- Emeritus Fellow, University of Kerala . He was former Dean of Social Sciences and Professor and Head, Department of Political Science of the  University of Kerala . He has served the University for nearly16 years as Professor and has 38 years of teaching experience; published 12 books and over 140 research articles; successfully guided 26 Ph.Ds; great administrative experience and has served in several national and international professional bodies. An internationally renowned scholar in Political Science , a noted psephologist and a passionate pedagogue, he has won several international and national fellowships that include UGC Research Scientist (1988-1989),  Indo-French Cultural Exchange Award (Paris,1990), International Visitorship Award, (USA,1996), Salzburg Award (1998), Fulbright Award (1998, California ), Shasthri Indo-Canadian Award (University of Calgary in 2000 and MC Gill University, Montreal in 2006),  Fulbright International Educational  Cooperation Award (2002-2006), Visiting Professor, University of Calgary, Canada (2001), Visiting Professor, (Claremont  Graduate University, 2003), Australia-India Council Senior Fellowship (Monash University, Melbourne, 2009), Visiting Research Fellow (University of New South Wales, Sydney , 2010 and  Prince of Songkla University, Phuket, Thailand, 2010 ) and UGC Emeritus Fellow (2011).


Professor D. Gopal, a political scientist, is Director of the School of Social Sciences at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU),Head of its Centre for Gandhi and Peace Studies, and coordinator of Australian Studies. He received a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, trained in Distance Education at the University of London, and was a Visiting Fellow at the UK Open University. He is currently Vice President of IASA.His recent publications include Australia in the Emerging Global Order; India -Australia: Issues and Opportunities; Politics of Globalization; Australia and India Relations: Convergences and Divergences; Cultural Diversity: Governance and Policy; Globalization and Regional Security: India and Australia; and Governance, Development and Conflict and World Peace and Global Order: Gandhian Perspectives.


Surojit Mahalanobis is a senior journalist in the areas of energy, environment, education and international relations. He retired from The Times of India as a senior editor on desk in 2006 after about 24 years of service to the newspaper.

Since 2002 he was required to double up as an academic counselor for Journalism Studies at Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Post-retirement he has also been assigned to take up counseling for MA English courses at IGNOU. He had a stint for over one and a half years as the Media Adviser to IGNOU attached to the then Vice Chancellor Professor VN Rajasekharan Pillai from August 2008 to March 2010. He has published two books and translated six which include four Modern Indian Classics (by Premchand and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay). Simultaneously, he writes for India Press Agency, a syndicated editorial writers group, and does media advisory work for American Society for Quality for its India office, ASQ India.

Currently, he is undergoing indepth studies in international relations especially, research in Australia, in preparation to his doctoral ambition.

Title of the paper - Shaking hands with a broad smile


Aleena Manoharan did her post graduation at Madras Christian College, Chennai and her PhD from the University of Madras, Chennai. The topic of her thesis was "Bioregional Reading of Select Plays of Jack Davis." During her research period (from 14th April to 31st May), she was a recipient of the PMI II exchange program to Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her research interest include ecocriticism, Australian literature, tribal and post-colonial literature. She haspresented papers for national and international conferences/seminars and have one publication to my credit. Currently she is working as the Assistant Professor of the Department of English, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala.


Shaweta Nanda has completed her M.Phil in Literature in English from University of Delhi.Her areas of interest are Women Studies, Gender Studies, interface between Visual and Verbal arts, and African American studies. She has presented papers in various National and International conferences including the ones that were organized by Comparative Literature Association of India, Osmania University, IGNOU, and NIT Durgapur. She has taught as an Assistant Professor in Gargi College , University of Delhi.

Title of the paper - Philomela Speaks! Indian and Australian Tribal/Aboriginal and Dalit Women Writers Challenging and Destablising the 'Centres'


John Napier received his undergraduate music education at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, graduating with the Medal for Excellence in 1983. After a colourful career as a cellist, he commenced study of North Indian music in 1990. The following year commenced postgraduate studies of ethnomusicology, receiving his doctorate for his study of accompaniment in North Indian vocal music in 2001. He has published articles in Asian Music, Musicology Australia, Ethnomusicology Forum, Critical Studies in Improvisation, and a number of other international journals. He has written book chapters on Indian music, Australian music, popular music aesthetics and European classical music. In 2013 his major monograph  They Sing the Wedding of God: an ethnomusicological study of the Mahadevji ka byavala as sung by the Nath-Jogis of Alwar  was published by McFarland. He teaches Musicology at the University of New South Wales.


Richard Nile is writing a book on Australia's ’ lost literatures of the first world war. The author of The Making of the Australian Literary Imagination and Cultural Atlas of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific as well as two lesser titles, he has published more than 90 major and minor articles on Australia, and is the editor of around 100 books and journals. Richard is a former deputy and interim director of the Menzies Centre (University of London), director of the Australian Studies Centre (University of Queensland), and foundation professor of Australian Studies and director of the Australia Research Institute at Curtin. He is currently professor of Australian Studies and director of research for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Murdoch. Richard managed the Australia-India Council Visiting Fellowship scheme for six years and was visiting professor of Australian Studies at the Himachal Pradesh University in 2012. He took a first in history from UWA, holds a PhD from UNSW, and has been awarded visiting fellow and professorial roles at various European universities.


Suresh R. is working as Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. Kerala. He took the M Phil degree in Political Science from University of Bombay, Mumbai and Ph D in International Studies from the School of International Studies, Pondicherry Central University with UGC Junior Research Fellowship. He had published three books. Foreign Policy and Human Rights: An Indian Perspective (2009) Peace in the Indian Ocean: A South Asian Perspective (2012) Right to Information and Good Governance (2013) and contributed chapters to many books. He had published research articles in reputed national and international journals. He has been selected as Associate in the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla. He is the Hon. Director of V K Krishna Menon Study Centre for International Relations, University of Kerala. Thiruvanthapuram.

Title of the paper - The Imperatives of India - Australia Cooperation in the Post Cold war Period: A Maritime Security Perspective


Y. Yagama Reddy was a faculty member in the Centre for Southeast Asian & Pacific Studies, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, until he retired in 2012. His area of interest in teaching and research encompasses regional geography and geopolitics with multidisciplinary approach.

Prof. Reddy is an author of 8 books and editor of 5 books, besides having 61 papers published and 72 papers presented at national and international Seminars . He has been an invited scholar and Visiting Fellow at several institutions / Universities in India and abroad as well as to deliver Keynote Address at the International Seminar and radio-talks .

Prof. Reddy was the awardee of Australia-India Council Fellowship , Honorary Research Associate of Monash University , Melbourne. He is a Membe r of Project Board of Advisors ( Institute of South Asian Studies , National University of Singapore ) and Editorial Board of   Journal of South Asian Studies . He was also a member: UGC Committee on Area Studies Programme, Board of Studies (University of Madras) and Advisory Committee of the Centre for Indian Ocean Studies (Osmania University), besides being a Life Member of various professional bodies. Prof Reddy has Two Major Research Projects funded by UGC and ICSSR.

Title of the paper - Expectations of India-Australia: Participation in Asia-Pacific Regional Architecture


Sharon Rundle  is co-editor of  Only Connect: Short fiction about Technology and Us from Australia and the Indian subcontinent (2014); Alien Shores: Tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers from Australia and the Indian Subcontinent  (2012); and  Fear Factor Terror Incognito , India (2009) & Australia (2010). Her work has appeared in various publications. Sharon is researching the dynamic of production of South Asian-Australian fiction in Australia. She is Chair of the University of Technology Sydney Writers' Alumni and editor of UTS  Writers Connect journal. She has served on the Board of Directors of the NSW Writers' Centre. Sharon has received several awards and grants, including a Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Prize; UTS Australian Postgraduate Award; UTS Alumni Award for Excellence; UTS, SMSA medal and prize. She is a professional member of the Institute of Professional Editors, the Society of Editors NSW Inc., Copyright Agency Limited and the Australian Society of Authors. She is a life member of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia and has a long term association with India.  http://roundtablewriting.wordpress.com

Title of the paper - Kalpana Downunder: Prospects for cultural production of fiction by South Asian-Australian Authors in Australia


Swati Pal is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Janki Devi Memorial College , University of Delhi. A Charles Wallace Scholar (1997 and 2008) as well as the John McGrath Theatre Studies Scholar (2005) at Edinburgh University, she has published essays on the works of JANAM, Beckett, Osborne, Mahesh Dattani and Thomas Hardy. She is the author of the book, Look Back at Anger: Agit Prop Theatre in Britain from the Sixties to the Nineties (Saarbrucken: VDM Verlag, 2008) and a co-author of the book Creative Writing: A Beginner's Manual (New Delhi: Pearson-Longman, 2008) prescribed by the University of Delhi. She has edited a volume of essays on Modern European Drama: From Ibsen to Beckett published by Pencraft International. She has presented a number of papers at both national and international conferences, in India as well as abroad.


Makarand R. Paranjape is currently Professor and Chairperson, Centre for English Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University. His recent monographs include  Making India: Colonialism, National Culture, and the Afterlife of Indian English Authority  (Springer, 2012),  Acts of Faith: Journeys to Sacred India  (Hay House, 2012), and  Altered Desti nations:  Self, Society, and Nation in India  (Anthem, 2010). He is the editor of  Sacred Australia: Post-secular Considerations  (Clouds of Magellan, 2009) and, with Andrew Hassam, of  Bollywood in Australia: Bollywood in Australia: Transnationalism and Cultural Production  (University of Western Australia Press, 2010).


J. PrabhashJ. Prabhash, Professor in Political Science and Director, School of Social Sciences, University of Kerala. He was the former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University and Director General, Institute of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of Kerala. His area of specialisation includes: Indian Politics, State and Society in Kerala and Human Rights. His most important work is Affirmative Action and Social Change: Social Mobility of Dalits in Kerala.

 


GJV Prasad discusses life and literature at Jawaharlal Nehru University, where he is Professor of English. His research interests Anglophone writing, theatre and postcolonial readings of performance, contemporary British theatre, Indian English literature, spanning all genres, Indian Literatures, Translation Theory, and questions of representation and identity construction. Prasad is also a poet and novelist. Prasad is the current editor of JSL, and Vice Chairperson of the Indian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies.


A. Sheeba Princess is an assistant professor of English in Bishop Heber College Trichy, TN. She has 15 years of tertiary level teaching experience and specializes in Australian, Diasporic and Eco-literature. She has published more than a dozen research paper in various books and journals and has also presented around 25 papers in various national and international conferences. She was an invited speaker in national seminar and chair person for various paper presentations.


Jaydeep Sarangi   is a bilingual writer, academic, editor, translator, academic administrator and the author of a number of significant publications (including   twenty     nine   books) on Postcolonial issues, Indian Writing in English, Australian Literature and Creative Writing in reputed journals/magazines in India and abroad. He is the mentor of many academic and literary peer reviewed journals and has been taken the editorial board of several refereed journals in India and abroad like,   Mascara Literary Review     (Australia),   Virtuoso (Hyderabad),Cavalcade (Nigeria), Pegasus   (Agra),   The Okigbo Review   (Nigeria),   Unheard Melody   among others of great repute. He edits " New Fiction Journal " ( ISSN 0978 – 6863). He is one of the Editors, " Writers Editors Critics " and the   Vice President , GIEWEC.

He has a Bengali book of poems, “ Lal Palasher Renu ”  . His latest book of poems is " From Dulong to Beas " (New Delhi,2012). Dr Sarangi's poems ,articles and reviews have appeared in different refereed international journals and magazines in several countries.He has guest edited two successively two issue for Muse India . Recently, he had been awarded with visiting fellow/writer    to the University of Wollongong, Australia and the Westerly Centre at the Univ. of Western Australia,Australia.

Dr. Jaydeep Sarangi is with the Deptt. English at Jogesh Chandra ChaudhuriCollege (Calcutta University).

Title of the paper - Unfolding the Cover: A Study of Michelle Cahill's Poetry


Santosh K. Sareen retired as Professor from the Centre for English Studies, School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in October 2010. He taught English language and literature, including English poetry. He taught and guided research in Australian literature for more than 15 yrs. and is President of the Indian Association for the Study of Australian Literature (IASA). He has published a number of articles on cultural relationships, history of English in India , English literatures of South Asia and the Pacific and translation studies in various journals and books. He is author of English Reading Texts: A Socio-Cultural Study (1992), co-editor of South-Asian Love Poetry (1994), Sabda: Text and Interpretation in Indian Thought (1994) and Cultural Interfaces (2004) and editor of Contemporary Australian Short Stories (2001) and Australia and India Interconnections: Identity, Representation and Belonging (2006), Of Sadhus and Spinners, Australian Encounters with India (2009) and Australia and India: Convergences and Divergences (2010).

Anindita Sen is a scholar engaged in research work in the area of Indian indigenous writings and comparing them with Australian aboriginal literature. Specifically,her research explores the role of dalit women in the writings of Indian novelists.Besides,she has a special interest in Australian aboriginal writing and intends to work on it. At present she is a teacher of English in Midnapore Collegiate Girls’ High School (H.S.), P.O.-Midnapore, Dt.-Paschim Medinipur,West Bengal.

Title of the paper - Male Hegemony vs Resilient Female : A Comparative Study of Mahashweta Devi and Aexis Wright


Riddhi Shah is a Research Associate at the National Maritime Foundation (NMF), New Delhi. She holds a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development, University of Sussex (2011) and Masters in Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (2010). At the National Maritime Foundation, she studies security issues in the maritime domain with a special focus on piracy, maritime terrorism and the developing market for force in the anti-piracy operations in the IOR.

Title of the paper - Caught in the Net: An Assessment of the Impact of Private Military Security Companies on Traditional Maritime Security Providers


Punam C Sharma has been teaching for about 15 years and has served in various institutions in Shimla. Presently, she is working as an Assistant Professor of English in Rajkiya Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Shimla.

She has served society as a social worker. She has been an active member of NSS, Red Cross, Social Justice and Welfare Board, Govt. of H.P and Special Area Development Authority, Shimla. She has also contested the M.C. Shimla elections twice. She has actively fought against child abuse, illegal abortion business and women related atrocities.

She is a keen paper presenter and has presented about 30 papers in national and international conferences which include 4 papers in IASA conferences. She has had the honour of representing India in Pakistan in the 9th American Studies Conference in 2005, organized by Area Study Centre, Quaid-i-Azam University and The American Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan. She also has a few publications to her credit.

Title of the paper - Undoing the 'Us-Them' Colonial Power Structure: A Study of Selected Aboriginal Women Autobiographies


Pradeep Trikha  is a Professor at the Department of English, M.L. SUKHADIA University, Udaipur. His research articles, reviews and write-ups have been extensively published both in India and abroad. His first well-received books were Frank Moorhouse: the Writer as an Artist (2001) and Delphic Intimations: Interviews with Australian Creative Writers & Critics (2006). In 2003 he received AIC grant for his visit to a number of Universities and Centre of Australian Studies in Australia and for attending the Annual ASAL and ADSA conferences at Brisbane. His recent publications are Celebrating Multiplicity in the Plays of Girish Karnad and Literature, Nation and Revolution: Celebrating 150th year of 1857 (Ed.), his forthcoming book is Dynamics of Cultural Diversity: Australia & India.

He is the Editor-in-Chief for an International Journal on Art and Museum Studies, Objet-d-Art and is also co-editor of Lemuria . His major research interests are contemporary Theater, Australian Literature, and Indian English Novel. As a scholar of fiction and short story, his critical writing are widely acclaimed and accepted.

Title of the paper - Cultural Values and Environmental Concerns in Fictional Works of Gerald Murnane and David Malouf


Jack Turner is a writer and broadcaster. Formerly a MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow at Exeter College, Oxford, he has a first class honours degree in Classics from Melbourne University, an M. Phil. and D.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times and several other publications. He is currently working on the banning of absinthe, and a cultural history of cooks. He lives in the French Alps with his wife and four children.


Shaji Varkey is currently the Chair, Department of Political Science, Kerala University. He was the Director of V.K. Krishna Menon Centre for International Relations in the same University. He was a Visiting Research Fellow of the University of New South Wales during 2010-2013. His area of research and publication are in areas such as South Asia, Globalization and Ecology.

 


C .   Vinodan   is currently Assistant Professor  & Chair, Centre for Strategic and Security Studies, School of International Relations and Politics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, India. His area of teaching and research includes: Security studies, International Relations, South Asian studies, India and global power shift, India's foreign policy, India's relations with major powers- US, Canada, EU, China and Australia, India – Australia relations, Energy Security- India , Australia and China, Climate Change and Human Security etc…..He obtained his M.A. (II Rank), M.Phil and PhD in Political Science from the University of Kerala. He was awarded the   Visiting Scholar   Fellowship (2003) by the   Claremont Graduate University, California,   USA   and the US Department of States Fulbright American Studies Institute (FASI) Fellowship in 2000 and subsequently completed a course on   Foreign Policy   at the   University   of Delaware, Philadelphia in 2000. He had attended numerous courses in International Relations within India and abroad. Dr.   Vinodan   also received numerous awards and recognition. They include: UGC Major Research Project (2009-11), ICSSR Major Research Project ( 2010-12) Claremont Graduate University Visiting Scholar Fellowship (2003), FASI Award 2000, RCSS (Colombo) Summer Award-2000. Ford Foundation-ASRC Teacher Research Grant (1999), ASRC Teacher Study Grant (1998), Kerala University Post Doctoral Award (2003-2005). He is currently member of the editorial board of the Journal of Human Security (Canada), the India Journal of Politics and International Relations and South Asian Journal of Diplomacy. He has published 30 research papers and two books.

Title of the Paper - Climate Change nad Energy Transformation: Towards a new Partnership in India-Australia Relations

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Media Reports

  1. Of Kerala, Egypt, and the spice link, The Hindu, January 28 2014
  2. Indo-Australia times improving, says envoy, The Hindu, Saturday, January 25, 2014.
  3. Role of People-to-People Contact in Indo-Australian Times Stressed, The New Indian Express, Thiruvananthapuram, Friday 24 January 2014.
  4. IASA Meet from Today, The New Indian Express, Thiruvananthapuram, Thursday 23 January 2014.

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