Staff profile - Amit Sarwal

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Dr Amit Sarwal

Position: Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellow
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Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
Campus: D3.06, Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92446186 +61 3 92446186
Mobile: 0423 721 137 0423 721 137
Email: amit.sarwal@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

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). He has won various awards and grants and is a member of a number of professional and academic associations.

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; Culture, Society and Masculinities; South Asian Popular Culture; and Dance Research). He has co-edited the following books: English Studies, Indian Perspectives (2006) with Makarand Paranjape and Aneeta Rajendran; Australian Studies Now: An Introductory Reader (2007) with Andrew Hassam; Fact & Fiction: Readings in Australian Literature (2008) with Reema Sarwal; Creative Nation: Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies Reader (2009) with Reema Sarwal; Reading Down Under: Australian Literary Studies Reader (2009) with Reema Sarwal; Australian Made: A Multicultural Reader (2010) with Sonia Mycak; Exploring Science Fiction: Text and Pedagogy (2011) with Geetha B.; Sold by the Millions: Australia’s Bestsellers (2012) with Toni Johnson-Woods; Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions (2012) with Rick Hosking; Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia (2013); Enriched Relations: Public Diplomacy in Australia-Indian Relations (2013) with David Lowe; and Bollywood and Its Other(s): Towards New Configurations (2015) with Vikrant Kishore and Parichay Patra. In 2015, his research on South Asian diaspora short stories in Australia would be published as: Roots and Routes; South Asian Diaspora Narratives (Rawat Publications) and Labels and Locations: Gender, Family, Class and Caste - The Short Narratives of South Asian Diaspora in Australia (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).


Biography summary

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 coordinated and presented in International conferences and published in peer-reviewed books and journals like South Asian Diaspora; Culture, Society, Masculinity; South Asian Popular Culture; and Dance Resaerch). He has edited a number of books, latest being: Bollywood and Its Other(s): Towards New Configurations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). In 2015, his research on South Asian diaspora short stories in Australia would be published as: Roots and Routes; South Asian Diaspora Narratives (Rawat Publications) and Labels and Locations: Gender, Family, Class and Caste - The Short Narratives of South Asian Diaspora in Australia (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2011
  • Master of Philosophy, 2007
  • Master of Arts, 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Delhi University, 2003


Career highlights

My teaching and research experience adds up to more than six years. I have taught a wide variety of courses (selected texts)––Popular Fiction, Classical Literature, Literary Theory, Neoclassical Literature, Modern Novel, Postmodern Plays, Feminist Theory to B.A. (Honours) English; The Individual and Society, 19th and 20th Century Novels, Advanced English, Business Communication, Business English, Mass Communication, and Technical Writing to B.A. (Honours) History/Political Science/Hindi, B.Com. (Honours), B.Sc. (Honours), and B.A (Programme)––in the Department of English at the following colleges in the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India:

• Assistant Professor, Rajdhani College. 2nd February 2009 – 15th December 2012.

• Lecturer, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College. 16th October 2007 – 1st February 2009.

• Endeavour Asia Research Fellow, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Clayton Campus, Monash University, Australia. Project title: “South Asian Diaspora Literature in Australia.”  25th August 2006 to 24th August 2007.

• Lecturer, Rajdhani College. 30th January 2006 – 29th April 2006.


Affiliations

  • Convenor and Series Editor, Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN).
  • Member & Advisor, The Melbourne South Asia Studies Group (MSASG).
  • Member, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS).
  • Member, Centre for Research on Men and Masculinities (CROMM).
  • Member, Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association (ASPERA).
  • Member. Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA).
  • Member, Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN).
  • Member, Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies (IASFS).
  • Member, Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA).


Professional activities

  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Media Watch (http://www.mediawatchglobal.com/), October 2014 - Present.
  • Series Editor, Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Series (AIIRN and Readworthy Publications), New Delhi, January 2013 - Present.

LinkedIn profile

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-amit-sarwal/44/91a/319


Personal website

https://deakin.academia.edu/AmitSarwal

Academic

Knowledge areas

Cross-Cultural and Public Diplomacy; South Asian Diaspora Literature; Indian and Australian Literature, Cinema and Culture; Sports Culture; and Popular Fiction.


Conferences and seminars

RESEARCH  PAPERS  PRESENTED

* “Louise Lightfoot – In Search of India.” 20th Biennial International Conference on “AsiaScapes: Contesting Borders” organised by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), the University of Western Australia, Perth. 8th July 2014.

* “Bollywood’s Australian Yarn.” International Conference on “Screen Explosions” organised by the Australian Screen Production Education & Research Association (ASPERA), University of Newcastle, NSW. 20th June 2014.

* “Hinglish Cinema: The Confluence of East and West in Bollywood” (with Prateek Pandey), International Conference on “Bollywood and Its Other(s).” University of Newcastle, 21 February 2014.

* “ ‘A Pocket Full of Stories’: Caste and Class Consciousness in the Short Narratives of Indian Subcontinental Diaspora in Australia.” Australia India Institute’s International Conference, titled Gondwanalanding: Voices of the Emerging Indian Diaspora in Australia. Stae Library of Victoria, Melbourne. 27th September 2013.

* “ ‘That Man of Yous’: Shivaram’s Sensational Dance Tour of Australia, 1947-51” (with David Walker), Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) International Conference on Staging Changes: Translation as Innovation and Intervention, at Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia. 10 July 2013.

* “Re-imagining and Re-mapping the Politics of Class Locations: A Study of Short Narratives of South Asian Diaspora in Australia,” CCG Lunchtime Seminar Series 2013, organised by the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia. 21st March 2013.

* “An Australian Learning Experience: Literature, Sports, and Diplomacy,” International Conference on Public Diplomacy in Theory and Practice: Culture, Information and Interpretation in Australian-Indian Relations, organized by Deakin University and University of Delhi, held at India International Centre, New Delhi. 8th & 9th April 2011.

* “Bollywood’s Scariest Import: Bob Christo” (with Reema Sarwal), International Workshop on Enriched Relations: Cultural Diplomacy in Australian-Indian Relations – Past, Present and Prospective, organized by Alfred Deakin Research Institute, Deakin University, Australia, held at Hotel le Meridian, New Delhi. 2nd December 2010.  

KEYNOTE  ADDRESS

* “Evolution of Indian and Australian Art Collaboration.” Keynote Address at a Symposium on Indian and Australian Arts: A Celebration of Collaboration, organised by the Northern Region Indian Seniors Association (NRISA), Melbourne. 25th May 2013.

* “India in Our Lives Today: The 4th ‘C’ in India-Australia Relationship,” Keynote Address at International Symposium on Encounters; India, organised by Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane. 17th May 2013.

* “Are We There Yet? Bollywood’s Cultural Diplomacy,” Keynote Address at the Symposium on Salaam Cinema: Past, Present and Future – Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema, organised by the University of Western Australia, Perth. 13th May 2013.

CHAIR  

* “Session II: Bollywood Collaborations,” Symposium on Salaam Cinema: Past, Present and Future – Celebrating 100 Years of Indian Cinema, the University of Western Australia, Perth. 13th May 2013.

* “Session 3: Australian Writings – I,” 6th Biennial International Conference on Australia and India Now: Market Economy, Ethics and Empowerment, organized by Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA), USI Complex, New Delhi. 19th January to 21st January.

Media appearances

* “Earliest Indian Students in Australia.” Interviewed by Kumud Merani, SBS Radio Hindi, Australia. 12 May 2014.  <http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/hindi/highlight/page/id/334040/t/Earliest-Indian-Students-in-Australia>.

* “Third Force may be Kingmaker in Indian Election,” Interviewed by Eleanor Hall, The World Today, ABC Radio. 8 April 2014. <http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2014/s3980700.htm>.

* “India Votes.” Interviewed by Amanda Vanstone. ABC Radio National 31 March 2014. <http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/counterpoint/indian-electiions/5351596>.

* “Elections in India.” Interviewed by Stan Grant. SKY News Australia 27 March 2014. <http://www.skynews.com.au/home/>.

Related Links

Academia.edu
Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network
AIIRN on Facebook


Awards

Awards and prizes

  • Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman (2015) - NRI Welfare Society, India
  • Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2012) - Deakin University, Australia
  • Endeavour Asia Award (2006) - Australian Government
  • Junior Research Fellowship (2004) by University Grant Commission, India


Research

Research projects

Dr Amit Sarwals 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. This study not only reassess the existing literature on Australia-India engagement in relation to Indian visitors, during the period 1947 to 1980, but also analyses the real and effective cross-cultural connections between India and Australia that the Visitors Program forged.


Research interests

Cross-Cultural Diplomacy; South Asian Diaspora Literature; Bollywood; Australian Literature; Australian Cinema; Australian Culture; Popular Fiction


Research groups

CCG Research Network - Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN): http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/ccg/research-networks/aiirn/index.php


Publications

Publications

AUTHORED BOOKS

* Roots and Routes; South Asian Diaspora Narratives (Jaipur, India: Rawat Publications, 2015 - forthcoming).

* Labels and Locations: Gender, Family, Class and Caste – The Short Narratives of South Asian Diaspora in Australia (Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015 - forthcoming).

EDITED BOOKS

* Kishore, Vikrant., Amit Sarwal, and Parichay Patra, eds. Bollywood and Its Other(s): Towards New Configurations (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). ISBN 978-1-137426-49-9.

* Lowe, David and Sarwal, Amit, eds. Enriched Relations: Public Diplomacy in Australian-Indian Relations (New Delhi: Readworthy Publications, 2013). 

* Sarwal, Amit, ed. Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia (New Delhi: Readworthy Publications, 2013). 

* Hosking, Rick and Sarwal, Amit, eds. Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions (Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2012). 

REFEREED  JOURNAL  ARTICLES

* “Louise Lightfoot and Ibetombi Devi: The Second Manipuri Dance Tour of Australia, 1957,” Dance Research 32.2 (2014): pp. 208-32. 

* “Louise Lightfoot and Rajkumar Priyagopal Singh: The First Manipuri Dance Tour of Australia, 1951,” South Asian Popular Culture 12.2 (2014): pp. 89-110. 

* “Narratives of ‘Marginal’ Men: An Analysis of Selected Short Stories of South Asian Diaspora in Australia,” Culture, Society and Masculinities 5.1 (Spring 2013): pp. 59-74. 

* “A Journey through Places: Politics of Spatial Location in the Short Stories of South Asian Diaspora in Australia,” South Asian Diaspora 4.2 (September 2012): pp. 195-213. 

BOOK  CHAPTERS

* “Hinglish Cinema: The Confluence of East and West in Bollywood” (with Prateek Pnadey), ed. V. Kishore, A. Sarwal, and P. Patra. Bollywood and Its Other(s): Towards New Configurations. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. pp. 161-73. 

* “South Asian Immigrants, Sports Culture, and Public Diplomacy in Australia,” Enriched Relations: Public Diplomacy in Australian-Indian Relations, ed. David Lowe and Amit Sarwal (New Delhi: Readworthy Publications, 2013). pp. 122-147. 

* “A Brief History of South Asian Diaspora in Australia,” Introductory chapter, Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia, ed. Amit Sarwal (New Delhi: Readworthy Publications, 2013). pp. 1-57. 

* “ ‘Aussies Go Bolly’: Australian Journeys through Indian Cinemascape” (with Reema Sarwal), India and Australia: Bridging Different Worlds, ed. Auriol Weigold and Brian Stoddart (New Delhi: Readworthy Publications, 2011). pp. 178-195. 

RESEARCH  PAPER SERIES

* “Re-mapping Class and Caste Consciousness: Short Narratives of South Asian Diaspora in Australia,” Citizenship and Globalisation Research Paper Series 4.2 (July 2013). <http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/ccg/cgrp-pdf/rsp-july-2013.pdf>.

OPINION PIECE 

* “Melbourne’s Indian Film Festival Needs to Strengthen Its Ties.” The Conversation 2 May 2014 <https://theconversation.com/melbournes-indian-film-festival-needs-to-strengthen-its-ties-24967>.

* “A View to Lead India: Who are the Candidates?” The Conversation 19 March 2014. <https://theconversation.com/a-view-to-lead-india-who-are-the-candidates-24204>.

* “Bollywood and Australia: Worth making a Song and Dance about,” The Conversation 19 February 2014. <https://theconversation.com/bollywood-and-australia-worth-making-a-song-and-dance-about-23363>.


Link to publications

http://deakin.academia.edu/AmitSarwal


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