Dr Amit Sarwal

Academic, Author, Translator and Former Broadcaster

Dr Amit Sarwal is Deputy Head (Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Affairs) and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education at the University of South Pacific. He is also the Founding Convenor of Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN).

Dr Sarwal has an MA, MPhil and PhD in English literature specializing in South Asian Diaspora literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University (2010). In 2017, he received an MBA from Federation University Australia and, for academic excellence, was a finalist in the Victorian Government’s International Education Awards. He is also the recipient of Australian Government’s Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2016-2017), Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2013-2015), Australian Government’s Endeavour Asia Fellowship (2006-2007), and the University Grants Commission’s Junior Research Fellowship (2004-2006).

Before joining USP, Dr Sarwal worked as a Producer at SBS Radio Hindi (2016-2018), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Deakin University (2016-2017 and 2013-2015), Honorary Associate (Visiting) at RMIT University (2015-2016), Assistant Professor at Delhi University (2007-2012), and a Visiting Researcher at Monash University (2006-2007). He has also been featured as an expert in The Conversation, ABC Radio National, ABC TV, Sky News, SBS Radio, SBS TV, Times of India, The Saturday Paper and other Indian community media in Australia and India.

Dr Sarwal is an interdisciplinary scholar and translator whose research covers areas in postcolonial literature, migration and diaspora, cross-cultural relations and diplomacy, cinema and media, and international business. His research papers have appeared in prominent international journals such as History of Education Review, Asian Ethnicity, Dance Chronicle, Dance Research, Antipodes, South Asian Popular Culture, South Asian Diaspora, Culture, Society & Masculinities, Journalism Studies, and Politics & Policy. He has many books to his credit, prominent being: Wanderings in India (2012), Bollywood and Its Other(s) (2014), Labels and Locations (2015), Salaam Bollywood (2016), and South Asian Diaspora Narratives (2017). His latest book entitled The Dancing God: Staging Hindu Dance in Australia (New York: Routledge, 2020) charts the sensational and historic journey of de-provincialising and popularising of Hindu dances in Australia.

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