Conference Report: IASA ER Ninth Annual Conference

Conference Report:  IASA ER Ninth Annual Conference
Image credit: Dr Chaitanya Sambrani
Thursday 30 January 2020

Culture and Justice: Interfacing Australia and India

The Indian Association for the Study of Australia, Eastern Region (IASA ER) Annual Conference, took place at Kolkata’s historic Astor Hotel on 18 and 19 January 2020. The conference “Culture and Justice: Interfacing Australia and India” was convened by Professor Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay.

The ANU Australian Studies Institute (AuSI) was pleased to be represented by Dr Chaitanya Sambrani (ANU Centre for Art History & Art Theory).

AuSI Research Associate Dr Eileen Chanin also attended the conference, delivering a plenary speech: Charting the Colony in New South Wales from Calcutta in the late Eighteenth Century.

Conference Report from Dr Chaitanya Sambrani follows:

“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).”

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