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Australian National University

Negotiating the politics of knowledge and re-imagining the university  Ashis Nandy, preeminent cultural and political theorist, has not hesitated to venture into areas previously unvisited by normal social science. His research interests include the political psychology of violence, cultures of knowledge, utopias and visions, and human potentialities and futures. In this video he talks to Dr Meera Ashar about the modern university system and the challenges that it faces.

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific list of events

Australia South Asia Research Centre (ASARC)

The podcast of the 2015 K.R. Narayanan Oration is now available.

Indian Economy and Business Update 2014, to Celebrate Twenty Years of ASARC Podcast now available

Australia-India Institute events listing


Backdoor Broadcasting Academic Podcasts
13 March 2014, Royal Asiatic Society: Presentation of the RAS Medal 2014 to Professor Bridget Allchin with a lecture in her honour by Professor Robin Coningham (Durham) – From the Oxus to Mysore: the Story of the Allchin Partnership in South Asian Archaeology

Oral History Project (Ceylon / Sri Lanka) 1965-69, from Michael Roberts Papers, mainly on Sri Lanka, MSS 0031, Barr Smith Library

Special Collections at the Barr Smith Library has digitised the Roberts Oral History Project collection of recorded interviews with retired civil servants who had served in Ceylon Civil Service. These 199 interviews on 300 cassette tapes were recorded by Michael Roberts in Britain and Sri Lanka during 1965-69. A list of the recorded interviews is available at http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/special/mss/roberts/Taped_Interview_list.pdf

The Barr Smith Library is offering copies of these interviews for sale on CD-ROM. Contact Rare Books & Special Collections Librarian at University of Adelaide for details.

CD launched: Religious and secular songs of the  Solega

An audio CD of Solega religious and secular folk songs has just been released by Dr. Aung Si, who is currently employed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Aung Si finished his PhD in Linguistics at the Australian National University, working on the language, culture and traditional ecological knowledge of the Solega tribal community of the Biligiriranga Hills of Karnataka. This CD contains recordings of numerous Solega artists, some of whom are prominent community leaders.

For centuries, the nature-worshipping Solega (also Soliga or Sholaga) have lived in the wilderness of the Biligiriranga Hills, where they have forged unbreakable links with their forest home. The Solega Pantheon includes numerous Gods, Godesses, warrior beings, and deities associated with waterfalls and sacred rocks. At the time of the important Rotti ‘bread’ festival, the Solega dance the Goruka, and sing the Haduke all night long – the latter includes verses on numerous subjects, including birds, rain, Gods and Goddesses, honeybees, animals such as the gaur, the tiger, the elephant and the bear. Through the medium of the Haduke, forest knowledge is transferred from community elders to the next generation. The sale of this CD will primarily be managed by Solega community members, and the proceeds will be used to allow Solega children to access higher education opportunities. A few copies will be available for sale in Australia, and the proceeds will go towards production costs for further CDs to be shipped to India

Other Event Listing

Indian Ocean & South Asia Research Network

South Asia Studies Association website



Cosmopolitan Modernity in Early 20th-Century India, Sachidananda Mohanty, New Delhi: Routledge, 2015. Review, The Hindu, 17 March 2015.

The Great Indian Phone Book: How Cheap Mobile Phones Change Business, Politics and Daily Life, Robin Jeffrey & Assa Doron. London: Hurst, 2013.

Dancing with the River: People and Life on the Chars of South Asia by Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta (Yale Agrarian Studies Series). Yale University Press, 2013.

India, Australia and the Asian Century, Hamish McDonald (The Fearless Nadia Occasional Papers on India-Australia Relations, Autumn 2013, Vol. 1) Melbourne: Australia India Institute, 2013. Link

Enriched Relations: Public Diplomacy in Australian Indian Relations, edited by David Lowe and Amit Sarwal. Delhi: Readworthy Publications, 2013.

Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia, edited by Amit Sarwal. Delhi: Readworthy Publications, 2013. Flyer

Indian Herald E paper
Indian Herald is a monthly variety features news magazine focussing on news and developments related to India and Australia.

India Chronicle – a monthly e-newsletter from the High Commission of India in Australia


Routledge Handbook of South Asian Economics, edited by Raghbendra Jha. Published May 2011. Click here for more information


Pragati – The Indian National Interest Review – available for download from Pragati website

Courses and programs

Tasmanian Buddhist Studies in India Program

The School of Philosophy at University of Tasmania runs the Tasmanian Buddhist Studies in India Exchange Program. Under this banner every year they, in collaboration with the Five Colleges Buddhist Studies Program in the US, coordinate a special exchange unit (HPA297/397 Indo-Tibetan Philosophy, History and Culture) in India, (Sarnath) in late December and January.

It is a four week program: three-weeks of intensive academic courses offered at Central University of Tibetan Studies followed by a one week site-seeing tour around some of India’s best historical destinations.

The School of Philosophy at University of Tasmania invites applications from the students of any university across Australia and New Zealand.

Click here for more information

Guest Lecture – International Studies, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra

Guest Speaker: Major General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad

“Counter-Insurgency Operation Against Taliban Militants

in Swat Valley (Pakistan)”

10:00 – 11:30 AM – Wednesday Nov. the 3rd 2010

Venue: 5B85, University of Canberra