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).
Endeavour Asia Award 2006