A Humanities Project


The ambition of this network is to unite academics and writers from around the world whose work focuses on the South Asian Diaspora. It will provide a creatively and intellectually engaging platform to develop cutting edge joint research and educational collaborations with the aim of mutually beneficial growth in research and teaching excellence. It will nurture research, teaching and public discussion around and by the South Asian diaspora, and through that, engage with global debate.

We invite all internationally established scholars as well as early-career, postdoctoral and postgraduates interested in this project to register on this network, and share your innovative research and writing ideas that may lead to important collaborations and connections between the creative, literal, theoretical, institutional, political, social, historical, pedagogical, and the symbolical. This unique international, inter-university and interdisciplinary research platform provides traditional (academic) and non-traditional (creative) researchers with the opportunity to instigate new ways of talking together about the South Asian diaspora, its past, present, and future directions, and highlight the importance of transnational dialogues. Outcomes may include co-authored funding applications and publications, symposia and conferences, and public lectures.

Our network enables our researchers to work together across disciplinary boundaries regarding South Asian diasporic representations of the challenging problems facing the world today, including:

  • Colonial and postcolonial encounters
  • Migration, refugees, citizenship
  • Expatriate and diasporic communities and collectives
  • Environment and climate change
  • War, violence, trauma and post-conflict
  • Personal, national and collective memory
  • Gendered and sexual encounters
  • Experimental and avant-garde movements
  • Narrative and performative strategies

Disciplines of the Humanities include literary studies, creative writing, film studies, cultural studies, historical studies, translation studies, media, journalism and communications, performance studies, gender and women’s studies, legal studies and social sciences.

The data generated by this research project will be stored on VicNode via monash.figshare.com, Monash University’s publicly accessible data repository. This is a secure and long-term option, which also maximizes the discoverability of the data. Both the data and metadata will be searchable via monash.figshare, figshare.com and Google. Each record in monash.figshare will be allocated a DOI, providing a stable and permanent link to the data.  In addition, a Research Project will be created in the AustLit database. This will provide a description of different aspects of the research project, for example, archival material and ongoing research. The AustLit record will link to the monash.figshare record, and the data it contains, using the monash.figshare DOI. Similarly, the monash.figshare record will link to the AustLit record via a URL pointing to the AustLit Research Project. This will result in the data being publicly searchable and accessible worldwide.


Director: Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, Australia

Dr Mridula Chakraborty
Deputy Director, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Australia

Professor Astrid Erll
Institute for English and American Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt

Professor Susheila Nasta
Chair of Modern Literature at the Open University London
Editor-in- Chief, Wasafiri: The Magazine of International Contemporary Writing.

Professor Annalisa Oboe
English Literature and Postcolonial Studies in the Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies, University of Padua.

Dr Chris Ringrose
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, Australia

Professor Frank Schulze-Engler
Professor of New Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Institute for English and American Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt

Professor Klaus Stierstorfer
Chair of British Studies at Munster University, Germany

Professor Janet Wilson
Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies, University of Northampton
Editor, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, University of Northampton


Professor Avtar Brah
Professor Emerita, Birkbeck College, University of London

Project Assistant

Dr Alexandra Watkins
SADIRN Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University