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2013 Events

Upcoming events


'Beyond Borders: Music and Identity in Kachchh, India'
So Heddan So Hoddan

India Research Centre and the Department of Anthropology  welcome you to the screening of So Heddan So Hoddan (Like Here Like There) followed by a discussion with film makers Professor Anjali Monteiro and Professor K.P. Jaysankar from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in India.

For details about the program please see the flyer

Indian Media and Globalisation Workshop

India Research Centre presents Dr Chandrika Kaul, School of History, University of St Andrews, UK. Currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University, Chandrika is author of Reporting the Raj: The British Press and India (2003), editor of Media and the British Empire (2006) and Explorations in Modern Indian History and the Media (2009), and is founding co-editor of Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media. Her talk is entitled:

'Some historical reflections on Communications, Media and Globalisation in Modern India'.

Other speakers are:
Dr Sukhmani Khorana, University of Wollongong, who speaks on 'Gender and media in contemporary India'. Sukhmani lectures in the digital media and international media streams of the BCM program at the University of Wollongong. Her current research looks at the discourses of news television in India.

Dr Andrew Alter, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, who discusses 'Regional music traditions on state-sponsored media'. An ethnomusicologist, Andrew has published widely in the discipline's leading journals and reference tools. He is a member of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Australian Musicological Society, the South Asian Studies Association of Australia, the Society for Ethnomusicology and the International Council for Traditional Music.
Dr Maya Ranganathan, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, whose talk is entitled, 'Indian media: from an observer to partaker'. Maya is a co-author of Indian media in a globalised world (2010) and has published widely on the ways in which Indian media has adapted in the era of globalisation.

- When: Friday 9 August 2013
- Time: 11am - 3pm
- Where: Drama Studio, Y3A, Macquarie University.
- As the event is catered, please RSVP to by COB Monday 5 August 2013
Workshop Flyer


IRC welcomes Fullbright Senior Scholar Prof Ketu Katrak

Fullbright Senior Scholar, Professor Ketu Katrak will be visiting India Research Centre in August 2013. During her tenure at IRC, she will present a talk titled Multiple Idioms of Contemporary Indian Dance and the US Diaspora. 

Professor Katrak, currently in the Department of Drama at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), has also been the founding Chair at the Department of Asian American Studies at UCI. See more details about Prof Katrakhere.

More updates on the seminar scheduled for August 20, 2013 will be soon uploaded.


Past Events

Dr Sarada Balagopalan to speak at IRC Research Seminar

India Research Centre in collaboration with Children and Families Research Centre presents a seminar titled, Re-forming Lives: The Child on the Street and the 'Street Child'. Dr Sarada Balagopalan, key speaker at the seminar, is a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), New Delhi and a senior supervisor in the Max Weber Foundation Transnational Research Group on poverty reduction and education in India. Dr Balagopalan works on childhood, education, policy and applied work in poverty reduction. Program Flyer

Program Details:
Date: Tuesday 23 July 2013
Time: 4pm - 5pm
Venue: X5B, Room 012

This paper discusses street children's lives in relation to the local materialisation of a global  politics of affect. Through reading NGO efforts to secure the lives of street children within a set of more optimistic coordinates against these children's more ambiguous insertion into these projects of reform, the paper provides an opening to explore the tensions and impossible resolutions of such efforts. The impossibility of these resolutions exceed the workings of this particular NGO, and the paper reads the stable ordinariness of labor in these children's lives as produced within a longer history of postcolonial capitalism. 

Ian Bedford invited speaker at Bond University

IRC member Dr Ian Bedford to speak at the colloquium organised by the Australian Institute of International Affairs and the student body at Bond University. Convened by Sahibzada Samad Aftab the colloquium titled South Asia: Prospects for co-operation between 8 countries of the region will be held on July 3,2013. See Dr Bedford's research interest areas.

Lesley Branagan's documentary airs on ABC TV

IRC Alumni Lesley Branagan's documentary film Robyn Beeche:A life Exposed was recently aired on ABC TV. Lesley, a recipient of Australia-India Council fellowship completed shooting for the documentary under the mentorship of award-winning filmmaker academics, Professors Sabeena Gadihoke and Shohini Ghosh from AJK Mass Communications Research Centre  at the Jamia Milia University in Delhi. A visually stimulating and emotionally engaging film captures the life and work of Australian photographer/visual anthropologist Robyn Beeche, who has lived in India for the last 20 years and is dedicated to documenting the diverse rituals and traditions of the area of Vraj. See the film

Director to launch her new ethnography at UC Berkeley and Stanford University

India Research Centre Director Associate, Prof Kalpana Ram will launch her new book at Centre for South Asian at University of California at Berkeley and at Stanford University in May 2013.  In the book entitled Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and its Provocation of the Modern Kalpana Ram reflects on the way spirit possession unsettles some of the foundational assumptions of modernity. See details on the program at BC Berkeley CSAS Event. See event at Stanford University please click here Anthropology Department, Stanford University.

Book Launch at ANU

Kalpana Ram's recent book Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and its Provocation of the Modern, will be launched in Australia for the first time. Organised jointly by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific and The ANU Gender Institute, the book launch will be held on March 20, 2013 from 5pm at the Law Link Theatre. The event will be held after a public panel titled Gang rape and the Global: Sexual Violence in India and Beyond.

Chaired by Margaret Jolly, the panel includes Sally Engle Merry (NYU), Kalpana Ram (Macquarie University, Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Anna Samson and Akshay Shanker (all from ANU). 

View the flyer.

Latest Book by Associate Professor Kalpana Ram 

This is to announce the publication of the latest book by A/Prof Kalpana Ram titled  Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and its Provocation of the Modern. Published by the University of Hawai'i Press, in the book Ram uses spirit possession to illuminate ordinary experiences and relationships. In doing so, she uncoves fundamental instabilities that continue to haunt modern formulations of gender, human agency, and political emancipation. Fertile Disorder interrogates the modern assumptions about gender, agency, and subjectivity that underlie the social improvement projects circulating in Tamil Nadu (India), assumptions that directly shape people's lives. The book pays particular attention to projects of family planning, development, reform, and emancipation.


 Assoc Prof. Kalpana to speak at  Epic Women conference in Chennai, India

The Director of the IRC, Assoc Prof. Kalpana Ram will be speaking at Epic Women, a conference in Chennai bringing together the performing arts, scholars and activists. Her talk, part of the Plenary, is entitled  The Power of Performance and Human Agency: Some Questions for Feminist Evaluations of Epic Women. The conference is organised by Kartik Fine Arts and Arangham Trust, December 20-23, 2012, and will focus on iconic women in myth, history, literature and life.