Australia Indian Institute is hosting ‘Gondwanalandings: Voices of the Emerging Indian Diaspora’ conference in Melbourne to provide a platform for discussions on the Indian Diaspora in Australia.
The two-day conference will begin on 26 September and more than 100 people are expected to participate.
Organisers of the conference Dr Sukhmani Khorana (Chair), Roanna Gonsalves, Ana Tiwary, and Dr Devaki Monani said the aim of the conference is to generate a framework for cultural understanding between India and Australia that capitalises on the strengths of the vibrant Indian Diaspora.
They say the objective of the conference is to map the history of Indian-Australians, and bring the social, cultural as well as political issues faced by the vast array of people of Indian origin living in Australia to the discussion table.
The conference also aims to showcase Indian-Australian artistic talent and to facilitate an arts policy to include more Indian-Australian voices in the mainstream.
Sharing research and stories that shed light on the benefits of inter-cultural dialogue and hurdles encountered in facilitating the same will also be one of the goals of the conference.
The conference will be initiated at Melbourne Law School, while the second day’s session will take place at State Library of Victoria.
The panel covers critical, community and creative perspectives. The event will also cover themes related to critical perspectives on gender and migration, Indian-Australian literature in the Asian century and Diasporic media and film beyond Bollywood.