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Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions


Alison Bartlett is Senior Lecturer in Women’s Studies and also teaches English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia, and before that at the University of Southern Queensland. She publishes regularly in literary and feminist journals, is co-editor of Australian Literature and the Public Sphere (1999) and the author of Jamming the Machinery: Contemporary Australian Women Writers (1998). In addition to literary studies her research has included postgraduate supervision and feminist pedagogy, fictocriticism, reading embodiment and modes of activism (including writing). She edits the online journal Outskirts.

Amit Sarwal is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Rajdhani College (University of Delhi), India. From 2006–2007 he was an Honorary Visiting Scholar at the National Centre for Australian Studies and the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University as an Endeavour Asia Award winner (2006). He is the co-editor of: English Studies, Indian Perspectives (2006); Australian Studies Now (2007); Fact & Fiction: Readings in Australian Literature (2008); Creative Nation: Australian Cinema and Cultural Studies Reader (2009); Reading Down Under: Australian Literary Studies Reader (2009); Australian Made: A Multicultural Reader (2010); and Sold by the Millions: Australia’s Bestsellers (2012).

Bernard Whimpress is one of Australia’s leading sports historians and the author of 20 books, mainly on cricket. Among his more important works are Passport to Nowhere: Aborigines in Australian Cricket (1999) and Chuckers: A History of Throwing in Australian Cricket (2002). His most recent book is The Official MCC Ashes Treasures (2002). From 1998 to 2010 he published and edited the Australian cricket history journal, Baggy Green. Bernard holds a doctorate in history from Flinders University and is currently associated with the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages at the University of South Australia.

Bruce Bennett was Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy. He held visiting professorships in Europe, North America and Asia. His books include Homing In (2006), Australian Short Fiction: A History (2002) and, with Jennifer Strauss, The Oxford Literary History of Australia (1998). He is co-editor of the anthology Of Sadhus and Spinners: Australian Encounters with India (2009).

Christopher Vernon is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Art at the University of Western Australia. His scholarship focuses upon landscape and architecture as collective expressions of identity, especially in the instance of national capital cities. He has also lectured and published widely on Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin and is presently investigating their Indian work. In parallel, Vernon is comparatively analysing the British Empire capitals, Pretoria, Canberra and New Delhi.

David Walker is Alfred Deakin Professor of Australian Studies at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. He has written extensively on Australian relations with Asia. Publications include Anxious Nation: Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850–1939 (1999) which won the Ernest Scott Prize for History in 2001 and, with Laksiri Jayasuriya and Jan Gothard, Legacies of White Australia: Race, Culture and Nation (2003).

Inez Baranay is a well-known Australian writer. Her most recent novel Always Hungry was published in 2011. Her previous novel, With the Tiger (HarperCollins India 2008), is a rewriting of Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge (1944). An earlier novel, her seventh book, Neem Dreams (Rupa 2003) was also published in India to widespread critical acclaim. A work of nonfiction, Sun Square Moon: Writings on Yoga and Writing, was published in 2005 by Writers Workshop, Kolkata. She has been to India many times since 1980, including as writer-in-residence at Madras University and as an Asialink Literature Resident.

Jayne Fenton Keane is a poet, consultant and academic who completed her doctorate in poetics in 2008. She was the first Poet in Residence at the Ornithology and Bio-Acoustics Laboratories at Cornell University in the USA and the first Poet in Residence at the National Science and Technology Museum in Taiwan. Her research interests include poetics, new media and travel. Jayne’s practice and scholarship has a global and interdisciplinary focus resulting in international performances, exhibitions and publications.

Kama Maclean teaches South Asian and World History at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She completed her BA(Hons) degree at La Trobe University, where she majored in Hindi and Politics with a minor in Sanskrit. She is the author of Pilgrimage and Power: The Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (2008).

Linda Neil is a writer, musician, and producer with a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Queensland, where she has taught creative and academic writing. Her memoir, Learning How to Breathe (2009) was long-listed for The Age Book of the Year (non-fiction) in 2010 and her documentaries have twice won gold medals at the New York Radio Festivals and have also been short-listed for the United Nations Media Peace Prize. In 2009, she was the ABC National Radiophonic New Media Artist-in-Residence; in 2010, the recipient of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks’ composer’s fellowship at the Composer’s House in Paddington, Sydney; in 2011, a Writer-in-Residence through Asialink with the Shanghai Writers’ Association’s International Writers’ Program; and in 2012 the Australian Council’s Writer-in-Residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.

Lisa French is Associate Professor in Cinema Studies, Media and Communication at RMIT University. She is the co-author of the books Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute (2009) and Womenvision: Women and the Moving Image in Australia (2003). In her PhD and MA research she was interested in gender and Australian film and she has published widely in these fields in local and international journals. Her film projects include producing Birth of a Film Festival (2003), a film about the first Melbourne International Film Festival. Her professional history includes broad experience of screen culture, including three years as director of the St Kilda Film Festival and nine years on the board of the Australian Film Institute.

Margaret Allen is Professor Emerita in Gender Studies, University of Adelaide. She researches transnational, postcolonial and gendered histories. In particular she works on links between India and Australia from about 1880 to 1940. She has published on Indians living in Australia under the White Australia policy and Australian women missionaries in India, among other topics, most recently ‘Shadow Letters and the Karnana Letter: Indians Negotiate the White Australia Policy, 1901–1921’, Life Writing 8(2) in June 2011.

Richard Barz is a Senior Lecturer in Hindi at the Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra. He teaches courses in Hindi and Urdu. He is currently working on a research project compiling of a grammar of the language of the poetry of Kabir and an inquiry into the history of the major Hindu pilgrimage places in the Uttarakhand Himalaya. His publications include The Bhakti Sect of Vallabhacarya (1976 and 1992), An Introduction to Hindi and Urdu (1991 and 2000) with Yogendra Yadav, and Living Texts from India (1989) with M Thiel-Horstmann.

Rick Hosking recently retired as Associate Professor from the Department of English, Creative Writing and Australian Studies, Flinders University, South Australia, where he worked in all the three areas. His research interests are in Australian cultural history, historical fiction and travel writing. Colonial and postcolonial connections between Australia and India have been a long-standing passion. He is the co-editor of Fatal Collisions: The South Australian Frontier and the Violence of Memory (2000), which won the Historical Society of South Australia John Tregenza Award for National Community History.

Roderic Campbell is a Sydney-based, Irish–Scottish poet and writer with particular interests in historical travel writing, who grew up and was educated in Scotland and Ireland. He has worked as a researcher in History at Sydney University since 2002 and has published a biography of a former New South Wales State Governor, Gordon Samuels Looking Back: A University Chancellor Reflects (2005).

Sophie Cunningham has worked in publishing for 20 years and is currently the editor of Meanjin. Her first novel, Geography, was published in 2004 and her second, Bird, in June 2008. Her third novel, on Leonard Woolf, is being written under the auspices of a Masters in Creative Writing at Monash University.

Susan Cowan was born in Greenock, Scotland, and is a graduate of the Australian National University in Canberra. She currently works at the University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. Her research interests lie in the Scottish diaspora, Indian–Australian literary links and Australian literature. She has published articles in several journals and is co-editor of Of Sadhus and Spinners (2009) and Resistance and Reconciliation: Writing in the Commonwealth (2003).

Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions

   by Rick Hosking and Amit Sarwal