Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA),Eastern Region

posted Oct 6, 2010, 10:50 AM by Iasa Er   [ updated Oct 6, 2010, 11:11 AM ]

Second International Conference

Calcutta 22 -24 January 2011  

 

 


 

RE-MAPPING THE FUTURE: HISTORY, CULTURE 

 AND ENVIRONMENT IN AUSTRALIA AND INDIA

 

As this conference is being planned, India and Australia look forward to developing cultural, economic and strategic links in terms of collaboration and exchange. The Australian Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has announced that the Australian Government will provide $8 million in order to establish a new Australia-India Institute at the University of Melbourne. It aims to establish a joint project involving three major universities of Australia: the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the University of New South Wales.

The Indian Minister for External Affairs, S M Krishna, has also met the Honourable Australian Prime Minister in Cairns at the Pacific Islands Forum. 

Another major step in this direction is the Hon’ble Minister Julia Gillard’s recent 5-day visit to India; and she announced her plans to strengthen educational ties with India. On the Indian side, the Human Resources Minister, Kapil Sibal, has announced his plans to pass new laws in order to open its educational sector and allow foreign universities to establish educational campuses. Julia Gillard said that both countries will “move onto the next stage and develop broader and deeper collaboration”.

Her emphasis on “next stage” most certainly makes us look forward to re-mapping the future. In view of such developments on strengthening bilateral relations between Australia and India, this conference tries to highlight the major issues that involve both countries and determine the ways we can help identify areas of collaborative research and exchange.

This international conference welcomes Australian and Indian scholars from across  disciplines to disseminate their ideas on how Australia and India can build a greater understanding of each other in terms of their historical and cultural heritage. Moreover, this conference seeks to organize a special session on major environmental issues prevalent in Australia and India. UNSW and Monash University will generously support the conference. The Australia-India Council will support the Australian Studies Fellowship Alumni Meet and the Research Workshop on 25 January, 2011. There will be a special session on Environment in India and Australia to be conducted by Paul Brown, Head, School of History and Philosophy, UNSW. There will also be a special session on attacks on Indian students in Australia to be conducted by Raelene Frances, Dean,

Faculty of Arts, Monash University. The conference will be inaugurated by the Deputy High Commissioner of the Australian High Commission, New Delhi. Professor James Donald, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW and  Professor Bruce Charles Scates , Monash University  will give the keynote addresses. Professor Rae Frances, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Professor Wenche Ommundsen , Dean, Faculty of Arts, Wollongong University and Professor Susan Green, UNSW and Professor Sanjukta Dasgupta, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University will give  special public lectures at the conference.

 

This conference seeks to address the following issues:

HISTORY AND CULTURE

 

  • Dialogue of Cultures
  • Traces of Culture
  • Re-writing History
  • Race and Identity
  • Narratives of History
  • Sports

 LITERATURE AND THE ARTS

 

  • Colonial/Postcolonial/ Contemporary Writers
  • Literature and Socio-cultural Activism
  • Aboriginal Literature
  • Literature and Films
  • Arts and Environment
  • Verbatim Theatre and Community Theatre
  • Diasporic Literature
  • Children’s Literature

 POLITICS, FOREIGN POLICY AND LAW

 

                    Nationalism

  • Environment and Security
  • Judicial Activism
  • Criminology
  • Federalism
  • Migrant Experiences
  • Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
  • International Relations
  • Gender Issues
  • Human Rights
  • Land Rights, Property and Environment
  • Immigration and Citizenship

 

 

GLOBAL ECONOMY

 

  • Liberalisation and Economic Reforms
  • Economic Paradigms in Bilateral Relations
  • Trade Union Movement
  • Tourism

 

ENVIRONMENT

 

  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Ecotourism
  • Ecological Sustainability
  • Climate Change and Culture

 

PEDAGOGY AND PRAXIS

 

  • Teaching Australian Studies
  • Indian Students and  Australia
  • Australian Studies: Syllabus Formation
  • Australian Studies: Research and Methodology

 

 

Abstracts may be emailed to

Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay: debnarayan@gmail.com

Shibnath Banerjee: snb2001@rediffmail.com

Angshuman Kar: angshus@gmail.com

 

Participants from the north-eastern region of India may also contact the following  Committee Members :

Pradip Patra: pradippatra20032003@yahoo.co.in

Tanushree Nayak: tanushreenayak@ymail.com

 

 

Telephones:

Deb:  0091 33 24554181/0091 9433170214

Shibnath : 0091 33 23357526

Angshuman: 0091 9474039992

Pradip: 09435026937

 

Deadline for sending the abstracts: 15 September, 2010

 

Registration fees :

  • 180 AUD (INTERNATIONAL): INCLUDES CONFERENCE KIT, LUNCH, TEA AND SNACKS DURING THE CONFERENCE
  • 3000 INR (NATIONAL: MEMBER): INCLUDES FREE ACCOMMODATION, CONFERENCE KIT, LUNCH, TEA AND SNACKS DURING THE CONFERENCE
  • 3500 INR (NATIONAL: NON-MEMBER): INCLUDES FREE ACCOMMODATION, CONFERENCE KIT, LUNCH, TEA AND SNACKS DURING THE CONFERENCE
  • 1000 INR (NATIONAL WITHOUT ACCOMMODATION: MEMBER) INCLUDES  CONFERENCE KIT, LUNCH, TEA AND SNACKS DURING THE CONFERENCE

 

 

 

Accommodation:

Recommended Hotels( International):

 

ASTOR HOTEL

15 Shakespeare Sarani , Calcutta 700071

Phone : 91 33 2282 9950/58/59

Email: astor@cal3.vsnl.net.in

Website www.astorkolkata.com

 

 

 

 

FAIRLAWN HOTEL

13/A Sudder Street, Calcutta 700016

Phone 91 33 2252 1510

Email : Fairlawn@cal.vsnl.net

Website: www.fairlawnhotel.com

 

 

 

 

Accommodation for national participants:

 

GOOPTU VILLA GUEST HOUSE

6/1 C Middleton Street

Calcutta  700071

Phone 91 33 22808358

CALL DIPANWITA GOOPTU : 9831309708

 

 

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