Australia India Institute Fellow Lance Brennan and Visiting Fellow of International Studies at the University of Canberra Auriol Weigold have released a new book titled Re-thinking India: Perceptions from Australia.
The breadth of interests covered by the collected essays reflect the diverse concerns of Australian academics with an interest in India. India's diplomatic and strategic and energy relationships; analyses of communalism, the strength of village elites and the fundamentals of Hinduism are discussed.
The contributors come from equally wide Australian and Indian backgrounds, reflecting the complexion of Australian academia. Many of the papers in this collection, including some by postgraduate students, were first given at the Asian Studies Association of Australia's conference held in 2012 at the University of Western Sydney. Other scholars generously contributed work on their current research.
The contributors are Giovanni Arca, Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat, Mohammad Harunur Rashid Bhuyan, Tathagata Chatterji, Ian Copland, Gigi Ifergan, Christopher Kremmer, P.R. Kumaraswamy, Peter Mayer, Sanjay Ranade, Rizwana Shamshad, R.F.I. Smith, Christopher Snedden, Sneha Subhedar, Marika Vicziany, and Auriol Weigold.
Indian papers from the ASAA conference held in Adelaide in 2010 were the source of an earlier collection edited by Weigold with Brian Stoddart and was launched at the Australia India Institute's Kolkata Conference in December 2011.