Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University

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). His current research project, titled ‘Cross-Cultural Diplomacy: Indian Visitors to Australia, 1947 to 1980,’ is the first systematic, theoretically informed and empirically grounded examination of how Australia and India viewed each other in the aftermath of decolonisation. He has taught as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at University of Delhi and was an Endeavour Asia Research Fellow at Monash University (2006-2007). His areas of interest include South Asian Diaspora Literature; Cross-Cultural Diplomacy; Public Diplomacy; Indian Cinema; Australian Literature, Cinema and Culture; Sports Culture; and Popular Fiction on which he has presented in many conferences and published in peer-reviewed books and journals (like South Asian Diaspora, South Asian Popular Culture, Dance Research and Culture, Society and Masculinities). He has also appeared as an expert on India-Australia relations on ABC radio National, SBS Hindi Radio, Sky News, Australia Network, and The Conversation. He has co-edited a number of books on Australian studies, latest being: Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions (Monash UP, 2012); Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia (Readworthy, 2013); and Enriched Relations: Public Diplomacy in Australia-Indian Relations (Readworthy, 2013); Bollywood and Its Other(s): Towards New Configurations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); Roots & Routes: Narratives of South Asian Diaspora (Rawat Publications, forthcoming 2015).

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deakin University
  • 2009–2012
    Assistant Professor, Rajdhani College (University of Delhi)
  • 2007–2009
    Lecturer, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College (University of Delhi)

Education

  • 2010 
    Jawaharlal Nehru University, PhD
  • 2006 
    Jawaharlal Nehru University, MPhil
  • 2004 
    Jawaharlal Nehru University, MA (English)
  • 2002 
    University of Delhi, BA (Hons) English

Publications

  • 2013
    Narratives of ‘Marginal’ Men: An Analysis of Selected Short Stories of South Asian Diaspora in Australia, Culture, Society and Masculinities
  • 2013
    Enriched Relations: Public Diplomacy in Australian-Indian Relations, Readworthy Publishers
  • 2013
    Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia, Readworthy Publishers
  • 2012
    A Journey through Places: Politics of Spatial Location in the Short Stories of South Asian Diaspora in Australia, South Asian Diaspora
  • 2012
    Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions , Monash University Publishing

Grants and Contracts

  • 2006
    Endeavour Asia Award
    Role:
    Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Endeavour Program, DEST, Australian Government

Research Areas

  • Postcolonial Studies (200211)
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies (200209)
  • Historical Studies Not Elsewhere Classified (210399)

Honours

Endeavour Asia Award 2006