The Australia India Institute continues to build on the quantity, quality and diversity of its events program. These events include public lectures, seminars, roundtables, networking events and cultural exhibitions. Our audiences are diverse and include students, academics, researchers, diaspora and the general public.
In light of COVID-19 restrictions, many of our events are being held online during this time.
About AII events
Our events range from discussions education, welfare, infrastructure and health to drop in chai sessions and cultural celebrations.
Some of the key set of events that we organise throughout the year can be found below :
- AII Academic Fellows’ Series
The AII draws on the expertise and energy of its fellows who greatly enhance its capacity and ability to meet its goal of becoming the premier centre for research on contemporary India. Our fellows are eminent and distinguished experts in their fields, and have been chosen to represent the AII on the basis of their outstanding vision and leadership, and on the basis of their ongoing commitment and outstanding contributions to advancing Australia-India relations. Our Fellows’ Series will showcase their work and views on the bilateral relationship.
- Melbourne India Researchers in Focus Group
Bringing established researchers, early career researchers, and graduate students from across disciplines, the Melbourne India Researchers in Focus Group aims to cultivate innovative ways to engage with research and support one another. Combining research and exploring the ideas behind academic projects such as doing fieldwork, writing a book, generating ideas for an article/chapter, or creative research outputs, this online discussion focuses on learning and growth.
- Drop In Chai
The Drop in Chai event continues to be a popular fixture on the Institute’s event calendar. Held on the first Friday of every month during semester times, this informal networking session offers South Asia enthusiasts an opportunity to meet and discuss current developments in the Australia India relationship, as well as their own work in this space. These events will resume pending the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
- India Week
Once a year the Institute holds its annual India Week – a celebration of contemporary Indian culture, thought, politics and society. It aims to promote mutual understanding between Australia and India, increase engagement with Indian culture and strengthen people-to-people links between our two countries.
Timothy Lynch is Professor in American Politics and the Associate Dean (International) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. His latest book, In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump (Cambridge, 2020), has been called ‘a cogent, graceful, provocative account’ of its subject.
This discussion will be on India-United States Relations during the United Progressive Alliance, 2004-2014.
The United States’ relationship with India from 2004-2014 was to be played out against the backdrop of some of the most momentous events of the post-Cold War years. These included the bitter and bloody occupation of Iraq, the intractable Afghanistan war, a global war against terrorism, a great recession, the coming to office of America’s first mixed-race president, Chinese expansionism and Russian revanchism.
Given these issues, prioritizing a relationship that often did not directly bear on them was difficult for George W. Bush and Barack Obama. But this did not preclude some remarkable developments in bi-lateral relations during the two terms of the United Progressive Alliance. While India was a priority for neither Bush nor Obama, each man attempted to recast the relationship, and both enjoyed success and failure in so doing. This paper assesses what worked, what didn’t and why.
All academics and researchers are welcome to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot.
LIVE PODCAST: The legacy of Mahatma Gandhi’s peace movement
To celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, we invite you to a Live Podcast commemorating the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi’s peace movement. Join our Director, Lisa Singh in conversation with Professor Bindu Puri from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) discussing the significance of satyagraha as a method of earning rights through self-suffering rather than inflicting suffering on others and the influence of such satyagraha on contemporary movements and as an inspiration to those who seek to fight oppression and injustice through truth and non-violence.
Satyagraha or non-violent peaceful resistance advocated by Mahatma Gandhi was instrumental in the Indian freedom struggle and has also inspired multiple non-violent social and political movements across the globe. Gandhian philosophy of truth and non-violence deeply impacted leaders like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr, who adopted satyagraha in their fight against oppressive regimes and successfully used it as a form of peaceful conflict resolution.
Gandhian’s satyagraha as a method of ‘earning’ rights without violence also inspired individuals and communities more recently to fight injustice; the Chipko movement and the anti-corruption movement in India, the Take Back the Night protests in the US, and the recent climate change protests led by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, all highlight the legacy of Gandhi’s peace movement.
Therefore, it becomes essential to the times we live that Gandhi’s relationship between truth and non-violence is unpacked for contemporary listeners. Why did Gandhi believe that non-violence was the only path to truth? What was the connection between truth and freedom? What was the relationship between rights and duties?