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Cross-cultural learning in India supported by Commonwealth Government:
Deakin's Cultural Heritage Centre for Asia and the Pacific (CHCAP) has built a strong relationship with the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta, India, through Dr Jonathan Sweet's research and teaching activities. Over a number of years Sweet has been working with Associate Professor Supreo Chanda on the development of a jointly-run field school for students from Australia and India in which participants will work together to address relevant museological issues.
The project was given a fillip in late 2012 when it received funding from the Australian Government through the 'Study Abroad Short-term Mobility Program', administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRETE). The funding will directly assist CHCAP post-graduate students to attend the program in Calcutta through underpinning travel costs. This project was one of only two in 2012 that received funding at Deakin University.
In January 2013 Sweet returned to Calcutta to present a paper with Chanda at the 3rd International Conference of Indian Association for the Study of Australia. This paper, titled 'Cultural heritage and museology teaching and learning as a site of exchange', focused on the theoretical and practical aspects of the project they have been developing. During his visit work continued on planning the field school which is scheduled for 10 days in late November, 2013.
Dr Jonathan Sweet is Higher Degree Research (HDR) Co-ordinator for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.