Welcome to the Indian Ocean and South Asia Research Network

The Indian Ocean and South Asia Research Network links researchers to increase international understanding and cooperation in the Indian Ocean and South Asian region. It is an initiative of the University of Technology, Sydney. The network seeks to extend innovative and trans-disciplinary research across the Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering. IOSARN activities showcase comparative and collaborative research, hosting seminars, workshops and public lectures which  engage universities and other organizations in new endeavours. The network supports occasional visiting scholars and researchers in residence to foster innovative collaborations and communication.


IOSARN was launched by Sujatha Singh, High Commissioner of India, on March 11, 2009 at the Re-thinking the Indian Ocean conference. Here with Mrs Singh are Prof Theo van Leeuwen, Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, & IOSARN coordinator, Assoc Professor Devleena Ghosh.


IOSARN is pleased to announce the visit of Professor Ujjwal Kumar Singh, (Department of Political Science, University of Delhi) is the first incumbent of the Rajiv Gandhi Visiting Chair for Contemporary Indian Studies at UTS. The chair, a collaborative venture between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the University of Technology Sydney,  was announced in 2011 during the visit to UTS of Dr Abdul Kalam, former President of India. Please read further here: www.iosarn.com


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Our banner image shows a fishing boat off Kanyakumari on the coast of Tamil Nadu. http://www.shunya.net/Pictures/South India/Kanyakumari/Kanyakumari.htm

2 Responses to “About”

  1. Jane Palmer Says:

    Dear IOSARN Coordinator
    I am in Queensland and sadly not able to attend the discussion with Dipesh Chakrabarty. HOwever I would be interested in joining the network – I am currently doing my doctoral research on ageing and sustainability, and have recently completed fieldwork in Aceh, Indonesia. I am now at the analysis and writing up stage, and would value contact with other scholars working on Indonesia and on cultural critiques of climate change and sustainability in particular.
    Can you please advise whether I am able, as a student, to join the network and be advised of future events?
    Best wishes

  2. heathergoodall Says:

    Dear Jane,
    welcome to the network, we will look forward to hearing more about your work and will encourage other members who are working in the eastern Indian Ocean to make contact about your common areas of interest.
    Heather Goodall

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