Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network

Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN), established in February 2012, is a formal network for academics and other institutional groups whose prime focus is on interdisciplinary research related to Australia and India.

  • Aims and Objectives:

    1.   To create an collaboration among academics and groups.

    2.   To build a profile for academics working or interested in the area of 

          Australia-India studies.

    3.   To liaison with Universities/Institutions/Associations and create a 

          space for academic events like conferences and seminars and 

          collaborative projects.

    4.   To create a positively engaged network of scholars and practitioners.


    Dr Amit Sarwal is Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG), Deakin University, Australia and also the Founding Convenor of Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN). He has taught as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at SGND Khalsa College and Rajdhani College, University of Delhi, India. He was an Honorary Visiting Scholar (2006-2007) at Monash University as an Endeavour Asia Award winner. His areas of interest include South Asian Diaspora Literature, Australian Literature and Popular Fiction on which he has organised and presented in many conferences and published in various journals and books. He has co-edited a number of books on Australian studies, latest being: Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions (2012); Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia (2013); and Enriched Relations: Public Diplomacy in Australia-Indian Relations (2013).


    Coordinator (Publications - AIIRS)

    Reema Sarwal
    is presently Coordinator of Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN) and Associate Editor, Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Series of Readworthy Publications, New Delhi. She has taught as Lecturer at Miranda House, University of Delhi, India and as a Tutor at SECPS, Monash University, Australia, where she was an Honorary Visiting Scholar (2006-07). She has also worked as an annotator for the online Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies (2006-11) and Editor of Cinema, Literature and Culture Series (CLC) for SSS Publications (2009-12). Her areas of interest include Contemporary Australian Literature and Popular Fiction on which she has published. She has co-edited: Fact & Fiction: Readings in Australian Literature (2008), Creative Nation: Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies Reader (2009), Reading Down Under: Australian Literary Studies Reader (2009) and Science Fiction, Imperialism, and the Third World: Essays in Literature and Film (2010).


    Coordinator (Language & Literature)

    Dr Indranil Acharya is Associate Professor in 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. At present, Dr Acharya is 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 has a number of publications to his credit on diverse areas- Modern British Poetry, Australian Aboriginal Writing, Dalit Literature, Indian English Writing and Translation Studies. 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 Essays on Dalit Literature (Orient Blackswan) is in press. 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 stories of Narendranath Mitra, a great Bengali author, for Orient Blackswan.