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. 

    Coordinator (Australian Studies)

    Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson is Lecturer in Australian Studies at Deakin University. She was also a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute where she conducted research on: ‘Asian Anti-Colonial Protest Movements and Australia-Asia Relations: Eleanor Hinder and Australian Development Work in Asia.’ Sophie holds a Phd from the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney: 'The Smiling Professions: Salesmanship and Promotional Culture in Australia and China 1929-1939.' Her research drew on Chinese language sources and the personal papers of Australian and Chinese travelling salesmen, department store workers, peddlers and business people to trace the ways in which face-to-face commercial interactions helped construct networks of contact and interaction that emerged between Australia and China in the interwar years. This focus on 'salesmanship' and 'commercial encounters' allowed her to explore the relationship between economics and the cultural domain of interwar colonialisms through personal relationships and everyday interactions. An historian based in Melbourne, Sophie has lived in China intermittently since 1995 and attended Beijing International Studies University between 2002 and 2003. She studied history and Mandarin Chinese language at the University of Sydney (BA, 2005) and gained her honours with a University of Sydney award for Best Australian History Thesis 1900-1940 (2006). She has published journal articles in History Australia, Media History International and History Workshop Journal. Sophie teaches in twentieth century Australian social and cultural history, Australia-Asia relations and Chinese history from the Republican Era through to the present.

Coordinator (Media and Communications) 
Dr Vikrant Kishore studied in RMIT University—Melbourne, AJK Mass Communication Resaearch Centre – Jamia Millia Islamia and St. Stephens College—Delhi University, India. An academician, filmmaker, journalist, and photographer, he is working at the University of Newcastle as a Lecturer-Communication and Media Production and Course Coordinator (Music Video) in the Bachelor of Communication. His doctoral research was on “Bollywood Cinema and Dance”. He worked as a researcher on ”Australian Research Council” funded project on “Mapping Lifestyle Television in Asia” at RMIT University, Melbourne under the leadership of Tania Lewis. Kishore has more than 25 documentaries and corporate films to his credit and his area of expertise are Bollywood Films, the folk and tribal cultures of Eastern India, and the issues of caste politics in India. His documentaries on Chhau Dance have been screened in various international film festivals.