“The IASA ER Ninth Annual Conference “Culture and Justice: Interfacing India and Australia” was attended by a number of Indian and Australian scholars working broadly in literary studies, history and environmental studies.
Australian scholars included Professor Bill Ashcroft, Professor Paul Sharrad, Dr Jonathan Sweet, Dr Cherie McKeich, Dr Eileen Chanin and myself.
A particular highlight was the large number of papers from Indian scholars who were either HDR candidates or recent PhD graduates/Early Career Researchers. Most were from universities Bengal, though a couple had travelled from other parts of the country. Collegiality and a sense of community were very much in evidence.
A number of paper presenters, as well as audience members, were repeat attendees of the conference. It was clear that the annual conference is something they looked forward to, and provides an important opportunity to showcase their current/recent work, to fulfil professional expectations and to make contacts.
The theme and tentative timing of the Tenth Annual Conference were announced with the2021 conference to focus on Linkages/Passages (exact title TBC), in view of the importance of the Bay of Bengal down to the Coromandel Coast in long-standing transnational and international exchanges, including ones that extend to Australia. The proposed dates are immediately after 26 January (which is also Republic Day in India).”