HomeExecutive Committee memberAustralian



Concept Note

In an increasingly cosmopolitan world, burgeoning interconnections and intertwining see simultaneous re-discovery of ethnic roots and cultural identities. While a multicultural society recognises the diversity of a country; the diversity also becomes the bane for inequality and discrimination. Many of today’s concerns are impelled by identity predicates and how they are construed. Identitarian claims of religious, ethnic and cultural varieties are frequently leading to conflict and tragedies. A need to manage diversity through polices of economic and political integration and participation is imperative to check confrontationist binary. Multiculturalism is a democratic policy response to the diversity. It is observed that while state polices are integrative and inclusive, social attitudes are slow to change.

Both India and Australia are secular democratic federations with written constitutions. Despite the differences in size, population, traditions, histories, social and political philosophies, the two countries multicultural societies share some common experiences and face the challenges of equity and social justice issues. Both have been colonised by British settlers and both have policies that aim to integrate potentially disadvantaged minority populations. India’s civilisation is ancient and its diversity has also been frequently influenced by conquerors and traders, many of whom settled permanently in India prior to British colonisation. India’s dialogical tradition and non-dualistic ethos offers a unique example of peaceful transactions of multiple identities. In comparison, settlement in Australia is recent, although indigenous people dwelled for thousands of years before the British colonised and settled in Australia in 1788. However, the diversity in India is made more complex by regional disparities, the caste system and a rigid hierarchical social class structure. In Australia policies towards the “first nations” or indigenous populations are founded on the respect of individual human rights and a civic and contractual definition of citizenship.

The impulse of globalization in the cultural sphere cannot be ignored. While globalisation is associated at one level with the destruction of cultural identity, at another cultural identity can also be viewed as a product of globalisation.  Globalisation has undoubtedly enhanced the prospects of individuals nurturing several identities at once. People simultaneously own several affiliations ranging from the neighbourhood, city, region, country, gender, language, religion, profession, political and many others. Certainly none of these identities per se is taken to be the person’s only singular identity.  It is the blending of these collectives that influence identity today. Indeed we need to constantly explore and deliberate upon the manifold ways in which multiple identities and diversities mingle across religions and cultures. 

The important and extremely relevant questions that emerge are: have both countries been successful in managing the multiple identities and diversities within their countries or are there certain underlying tensions that create situations of conflict and resistance?  What are these points of rupture/stress? How are these articulated? Who articulates them? How are these resolved?

It is in this context that the biennial conference will deliberate the experiences of plural identities and how our diverse associations and affiliations are played out in any specific context.


Click here to download the programme [+]

Call for Papers

The Seminar welcomes papers around the themes of conflict and resistance diversity, pluralism and multiculturalism such as:

  • Diversity and Pluralism: Polity and Society 
  • Multicultural Peace-building: Local Practices 
  • Impact of Globalisation
  • Articulation of resistance in different ways - books, films, performances
  • Issues of Racism and Immigration - Diaspora and Migrant population
  • Rural-Urban divide
  • Countering prejudice and ethnocentricity – Role of Law and Role of Education
  • New threats: the shadow of terrorism
  • Conflicts and challenges in implementing International laws on human rights

Kindly send abstracts of not more than 250-300 words, using Times New Roman size 12 font with a brief bio note and contact details to Dr Swati Pal at palswat@gmail.com and cc to Prof Santosh Sareen at santoshsareen@yahoo.co.in by Sunday, 8th February, 2015.

In case of joint papers, bio notes and contact details of all authors are required.

You are also welcome to make a panel presentation; details of all panellists must accompany the abstract.


The delegate must
(i) be a member of IASA at the time of presentation (please check membership details from the website and kindly become a member or renew your membership as the case may be)
(ii) submit a draft of the paper not exceeding one that can be read in 20 minutes, by 20th September, 2015
(iii) pay the registration fee for the conference of INR 2500 (for participants from India) or AUSD 150 (for all participants from outside India). This has to be paid the same way as the membership fees. Those outside India may pay in INR when they come for the Biennial (Equivalent of AUSD 150 at that time)


Dear Participants,

With regard to the available accommodation options (in case you have not already fixed any already), we would recommend the USI guest house which is located close to both the airport as well as the venue of the conference.

In case you would like to book rooms at this location, feel free to visit their website http://usiofindia.org/Facilities/ to make arrangements. The contact details can be found at the bottom of the webpage itself.

Hoping you all have a pleasant stay in Delhi.



Abhinaba ChatterjeeAbhinaba Chatterjee holds MA from Calcutta University and an M.Phil degree in English literature from Delhi University. Although employed with the Ministry of Defence, Government of India since 2003, he has been associated with literature and has published on diverse topics to include papers on Theatre of the Absurd, Politics of Sequencing Shakespeare’s Sonnets, Indian literature in English and translation and Diaspora literature. His research interests are postcolonial literature with special reference to Indian and Australian literature, Translation Studies and Comparative Literature.

Afrinul Haque KhanAfrinul Haque Khan is Head, Department of English, at Nirmala College, Ranchi University, Ranchi. She has presented papers at several national and international conferences. She has also published her papers in several reputed journals and books. Her areas of interest include Postcolonial Literature, Australian Literature, Indian English Literature and Women Studies.


Anandana KapurAnandana Kapur is an award winning filmmaker with a wide repertoire ranging from documentaries, TV shows and short films to advocacy campaigns. A published author on culture and communication, she is currently pursuing research on the potential of mapping mobility in the city space through collaborative and interactive documentary frameworks.


Anita BalakrishnanAnita Balakrishnan is Associate Professor in English at Queen Mary's College, Chennai, India. She has an M Phil and a PhD from  The University of Madras, Chennai.Her doctoral work was on the revitalization of the Bildungsroman form by American Ethnic Women Writers. She has been published widely both nationally and internationally in journals such as South Asian Review and Language in India. Some of  her publications include Challenging Ethnic Stereotypes: Heterogeneity and Hybridity as Counter Hegemonic  Strategies in Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake (2010); Ecofeminism in a Regional Frame: The Impact of Maldevelopment and Displacement as see in Leo Joseph's 'Sunlight' and Raj's 'Innocence (2011).

She is the author of Parnassus: Focus on Women's Issues. Saarbrucken: Lambert Academy Publishing, 2010 and Transforming Spirit of Contemporary Indian Women Writers, Authorspress, New Delhi, 2012.

Anne BrewsterAnne Brewster is an Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales where she teaches creative writing and literature. Her books include Literary Formations: Postcoloniality, Nationalism, Globalism (1996),Aboriginal Women's Autobiography (1995),Towards a Semiotic of Post-colonial Discourse: University Writing in Singapore and Malaysia 1949-1964 (1988) and Notes on Catherine Lim's Little Ironies: Stories of Singapore, with Kirpal Singh (1987) and Giving This Country a Memory: Interviews with and Rssays on Aboriginal Writers (forthcoming). She co-edited, with Angeline O’Neill and Rosemary van den Berg, an anthology of Australian Indigenous Writing, Those Who Remain Will Always Remember (2000). Her forthcoming book is Giving this country a Memory; Essay on and Interviews with Aboriginal writers (Cambria Press). She was a judge for the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2004 and 2006 and the New South Wales Premier’s Award in 2002 and 2007. She is the Chair of South Pacific and Southeast Asian Region of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for 2009    

A C SheelaAmutha Cahru Sheela is Assistant Professor of English at  Sri Venkateswara College Of Engineering, Sri Perumpudhur, T.N. Her research focuses on the impact of communalism and religious fundamentalism on contemporary Indian English   fiction. Her areas of research include diasporic literature, Postcolonial literatures and contemporary  fiction. She has published several journal articles


Ashma SharmaAshma Sharma is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Hindu College, Delhi University. Presently on study leave to complete doctoral studies at the Australian National University, Canberra. Research area: Postcolonial Life Writing by the South Asian Diaspora.


Bharti AroraBharti Arora is pursuing Ph.D (English Literature) from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. The title of her Dissertation is: Writing Gender, Writing Nation: A Critical Study of Nation in Select Women’s Fiction in Post-independence India’. She successfully completed M.Phil (English Literature) from JMI, Delhi in 2011. The title of the M.Phil thesis was “Dynamics of Nationalism in Tales of Wonder in Colonial India: A Study of Chandrakanta”. She has presented papers in national and international conferences, student seminars and so on.

Biren NandaBiren Nanda Upon completion of his Post Graduate degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Mr. Biren Nanda joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1978.
Mr. Nanda has previously served as a diplomat in Indian Missions in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo.
He was the Consul General of India in Shanghai from 1996-2000, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India in Tokyo from 2000-2004, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Indonesia from 2008 to 2012 and High Commissioner of India to Australia from 2012 to 2015.
Mr Nanda retired from the Indian Foreign Service in January 2015.

Biren NandaG V C Naidu is Professor in the Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He specializes in Asia-Pacific issues, including Southeast Asian and South Pacific affairs, Japanese foreign and security policies, Asia-Pacific regionalism and multilateralism, maritime security, political economy of East Asia, India’s relations with East Asia, and the Indian Ocean.
His visiting appointments/professorships include Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; Japan Foundation Visiting Professor at the Daito Bunka University, Japan; Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center, Honolulu; and Visiting Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Visiting Professor at Gakushuin University, Tokyo, Visiting Professor at National Chengchi University, Taipei, etc.
He has to his credit five books, five monographs on various issues and a large number of articles, chapters in books, and research papers published in India and abroad. His most recent publications include two books on Building Confidence in East Asia: Maritime Conflicts, Interdependence and Asian Identity Thinking (Palgrave, 2015) (edited with Kazuhiko Togo) and India and China in the Emerging Dynamics of East Asia (Springer 2015) (edited with Mumin Chen).

H PringleHelen Pringle is in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. Her research has been widely recognised by awards from Princeton University, the Fulbright Foundation, the Australian Federation of University Women, and the Universities of Adelaide, Wollongong and NSW. Her main fields of expertise are human rights, ethics in public life, and political theory.


H R BansalHem Raj Bansal has been working as Assistant Professor of English in the Department of English and European Languages at Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala. He has presented many research papers at national and international seminars. He has recently submitted his PhD thesis on Australian Aboriginal Drama. His areas of specialisation/interest include Modern Indian/European Drama, Immigrant and Diaspora Writings, Australian Aboriginal Literature and Indo-Canadian Drama.

Ishmeet KaurIshmeet Kaur specializes in Australian Literature, Post-colonial Studies and Literatures from the Margins. She has been actively involved in research in Australian Literature and Sikh Studies. Along with the main stream Australian Literature, she has ventured into Indigenous studies of Australia and India. She has lately published an edited volume on Patrick White, Patrick White: Critical Issues, 2014.
She has been continuously translating from Punjabi into English and from English into Punjabi. She has translated works of Bushra Ezaj, Pakistani writer and Veena Verma, Punjabi Diasporic writer from Punjabi into English; and Australian Aboriginal writer Jeanine Leane’s book Dark Secrets: After Dreaming (AD)1887--1961 from English into Punjabi (2014).
At CUG, she has been engaged in teaching courses such as Marginality and Literature, Nation and Literature, Indian Literature and Research Methods.

K YoudonKesang Youdon is pursuing her PhD as a Project Associate at the Centre for Australian and New Zealand Studies, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla



K MajumdarKeya Majumdar is Associate Professor in the PG Department of Jamsedpur Women's College [Autonomous],and teaches English, American, Australian Literature. A published poet and translator, her research papers have been published in renowned literary Journals all over India and abroad. She had visited Australia, Sri lanka, Hungary on different assignments, nominated and funded by UGC. She was invited by Indian Embassy, Budapest as the Chief Speaker for delivering Commemorative lecture on Tagore on the occasion of India Day in Balaton Fured, She was adjudged as best Teacher in Humanities by Jharkhand Government, her areas of interest include Translation, Diaspora, Australian Literature, Tagore , Postcolonial Inquiries

K KapurKirti Kapur is Associate Professor at the Department of Education in Languages at the National Council of Educational Research and Training, New Delhi, India. She has 26 years of teaching experience in the areas of English Language and Literature. At NCERT she has designed curriculum and syllabi, developed text books, conducted teacher trainings and research and provided consultancy to national and international institutions.


Kishore DereKishor Dere is a practising lawyer in Delhi. He is also a visiting faculty of Law, Political Science and International Relations at various institutions in NCR Delhi.



K R SharmaKuldeep Raj Sharma is a Field Investigator with Pratichi (India) Trust, Shimla



N G KapoorNalini G Kapoor did MA & PhD from University of Rajasthan,Jaipur. Her area of specialization is Australian Literature, specifically Aboriginal Women Writers. She is into college education, since 1997 and is associated with Delhi University since 2003. She is at present working with Vivekananda College, Delhi University as Asst. Professor in the department of English. She has been honored with Appreciation Award presented by District Administration, Alwar on Republic Day in recognition of academic achievements. She has presented a number of papers at national and international conferences. She has even worked as compere and announcer with AIR, Alwar and Delhi. She has won commendable positions at graduate and post-graduate level debates and declamations and was even adjudged as Best Debater in English and Hindi languages in College.

Neenu KumarNeenu Kumar teaches English at Aditi Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi. She has presented several papers at International and National conferences. She has also chaired sessions at conferences. She has many publications to my credit. She successfully completed a Delhi University funded project  in the academic year 2012-2013. The project is titled "LOCATING WOMEN IN THE CONTEXT OF PARTITION:AN ACCOUNT OF LIVED EXPERIENCES AND UNHEARD VOICES." It is a joint project of three teachers and ten students. Women survivors have been talked to, interviewed and their experiences of Partition recorded.

Nidhi MadanNidhi Madan, is a lecturer at Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University, at present. She had completed her Masters in English Literature from Jamia Millia Islamia University in 2003 and M.Phil (English) from Delhi University in 2006. Besides teaching, she has been working with the Institute of Lifelong Learning, North Campus for which she has compiled an e-book, prepared some e-quizzes and has also written e-content. Her areas of research interest include ‘Indian Writings in English’, ‘Partition Literature’, ‘Comparative Literature’ and ‘Film Studies’.

N MukherjeeNilanjana Mukherjee teaches English Literature in Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. She was awarded Ph.D. from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is interested in postcolonial studies, cultural studies, British and postcolonial literature. She has published a number of articles in scholarly journals within and outside India. She has been awarded the Meenakshi Mukherjee Memorial Prize for best publication for the year 2014 for her article "Drawing Roads/Making Empires" published in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.

Nishat HaiderNishat Haider is Associate Professor of English at the University of Lucknow. She is the author of Contemporary Indian Women’s Poetry (2010). Recipient of C. D. Narasimhaiah Award (2010) and Isaac Sequeira Memorial Award (2011), she has presented papers at numerous academic conferences and her essays have been included in a variety of scholarly journals and books. Her research interests include Postcolonial Studies, Popular Culture and Gender Studies.

Peter GalePeter Gale is Postgraduate Program Director in the David Unaipon College of Indigenous Education and Research (DUCIER), Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences (EASS) at the University of South Australia. He has published in many journals and chapters in edited publications on a wide range of topics, including reconciliation, immigration, multiculturalism, asylum seekers policy, racism, Australian politics and the media. His first book on The Politics of Fear was published in 2005 and his most recent book Sister Mary Theodore and the Story of Mithra was published in 2014. He has also been involved with international aid and development projects through Australind Childrens Fund (ACF) as President of Australind since 1998.

Pradeep TrikhaPradeep Trikha is a Professor at the Department of English, M.L. SUKHADIA University, Udaipur. During 1996-2000 he was Associate Research Fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla where he took up a UGC Research Project on ‘Contemporary Indian Women Short-Story Writers-- Anita Desai, Githa Hariharan and Bharti Mukharjee”, which later appeared as a monograph from IIAS, Shimla.
His research articles, reviews and write-ups have been extensively published both in India and abroad. His first book was Frank Moorhouse: The Writer as an Artist (2001). In 2003 he received the AIC grant for his visit to a number of Universities and Centres of Australian Studies in Australia and for attending the Annual ASAL and ADSA conferences at Brisbane.
His other well-received books are Delphic Intimations: Interviews with Australian Creative Writers & Critics (2006). Celebrating Multiplicity in the Plays of Girish Karnad and Literature, Nation and Revolution: Celebrating 150th year of 1857 (Ed.), his latest book is Dynamics of Cultural Diversity: Australia & India. He is the Editor-in-Chief for International Journal on Art, Culture and Museum Studies, Objet-d-Art and Sukhadia University Journal of English Literary Studies.
His recent book is Dynamics of Diversity: Culture & Literature (Australia and India)
His major research interests are Contemporary Culture & Theatre, Australian Literature, and Indian English Novel. As a scholar of fiction and short story, his critical writing are widely acclaimed and accepted. 
He can also be reached at pradeeptrikha@gmail.com.

S S SistaniShahram R. Sistani is an assistant professor at the Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran. He teaches Postmodern and Commonwealth English literature. He specializes in contemporary novel of Australia. He has published some books and numerous secularly papers in reputed journals and participated in many international Australian Studies conferences in Australia, India, and US.

Shaweta NandaShaweta Nanda has pursued  M.Phil in Literature in English from University of Delhi and has taught as as an Assistant Professor (on ad hoc) basis for about two years in Gargi College, 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.  

Sharon RundleSharon Rundle has published books, short stories, essays and articles. She has co-edited three Indo-Australian anthologies published in Australia and India: Only Connect: Short fiction about Technology and Us (2014); Alien Shores: Tales of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (2012); and Fear Factor Terror Incognito (2009 & 2010). She is engaged in research at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) into local production of published fiction by South Asian-Australian authors. Sharon writes a blog devoted to the literary arts. She is Chair of the UTS Writers’ Alumni and commissioning editor of UTS Writers Connect. She has served on the Board of Directors of the NSW Writers’ Centre. She is a professional member of the Institute of Professional Editors, the Society of Editors NSW Inc., Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) and the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). She is a life member of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia and a founding member of Asia-Pacific Writers and Translators. Awards include a Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Short Story Prize; UTS Australian Postgraduate Award; UTS Alumni Award for Excellence; UTS SMSA medal and prize; and travel grants from UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Award, CAL Professional Development, and The Australia-India Council (AIC).

Smriti SabbarwalSmriti Sabbarwal is a Doctoral candidate in Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament (CIPOD), JNU, New Delhi. Her Ph.D research focuses on United Nations Mechanisms and Indigenous Peoples. She completed her MPhil on 'World Bank and Indigenous Peoples: Select Case Studies from India' from JNU in 2014.


S SatiSomeshwar Sati is an Associate Professor in the Department of English of Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. With a PhD on the Indian English Novel from Jawaharlal Nehru University, his research interests include Colonial Narratives on India, the English novel, Indian English Literature, and Disability Studies. He has published widely on these subjects, and a number of his articles figure in both national and international journals. 


S S SahooSoumya Sangita Sahoo is currently working as a Ph.D research scholar at the Department of English Literature in the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. Her research intends to locate the implication of colonial laws in Australian Aboriginal Literature. She has her M.Phil dissertation on Australian literature from University of Hyderabad. Her areas of interest are Creative Writing, Post Colonial literatures, Gender studies and Disability Studies.

Suresh FrederickSuresh Frederick, Associate Professor and UG Head in the Department of English, Bishop Heber College, Trichy, India, has 25 years of teaching experience at the college level. He is an Associate Dean (IQAC). He has presented 71 papers in International and National conferences, published 71 articles in reputed books and journals and edited six books.  He holds a PhD in English from Bharathidasan University, India. 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 Fellow of Eco-Ethics International Union (EEIU), 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. He has visited many foreign countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Ireland. The areas of his specialization are Ecocriticism, Mass Communication, ELT, Australian Literature, American Literature and British Drama. He has been awarded Editor’s Choice Award  for his Critical Writing by The Home of Letters (India) in 2010  and Best Research Paper award for Literature by Bishop Heber College in 2015.

Subhash VermaSubhash Verma is Assistant Professor of English at S.V. Government College Ghumarwin, Bilaspur (Himachal Pradesh). He has published papers on indigenous playwrights of Australia and presented research papers at several national and international seminars. His areas of interest include contemporary Australian drama, Aboriginal writing, Indian drama, Canadian drama and post-colonial literature. He has submitted his Ph.D. thesis to Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla-5 on the plays of Hannie Rayson, one of Australia’s leading playwrights. He has also worked as Project Associate in the Centre for Australian and New Zealand Studies at HP University, Shimla

tgupta enadkarniBoth Ibha Gupta and Esha Nadkarni are students currently pursuing their second year of Masters in Literature from Goa University. They are also students of Australia Studies and Multimedia under the guidance of Prof. Nina Caldeira. Ibha and Esha are very active in the Goan Literary circles, organising literary festivals, hosting book club sessions, writing articles and blogs, and have previously presented papers at national seminars. 

Vandana BhandariVandana Bhandari is an Assistant Professor of English at Govt P.G. College, Rohroo, Shimla

Website Design and Developed by ICREON