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Public diplomacy is by its very nature a multidisciplinary field of study, with conceptual links to several branches of the humanities and social sciences. In this book, leading scholars in various fields from both India and Australia are brought together to highlight public diplomacy practices that are rapidly becoming the focus of government initiatives in the two countries. Given the need for breadth and multiple layers of tissue in a growing bond, especially one that has been shown to be vulnerable to sudden shocks, it is time to explore the significance of public diplomacy in the Australian-Indian relationship, both past and present. The book expounds a strong belief that the future of Australia-India relations and positive engagement lies in public diplomacy practices that the two countries adopt. Within this context of Australian-Indian relations, the chapters in this collection also evaluate the very nature of public diplomacy, its methodologies and the issues at stake. Both Australia and India are emerging global forces in their very own different ways and this focussed study will certainly inform the international debate on public diplomacy.
Foreword by Lachlan Strahan
Introduction by David Lowe and Amit Sarwal
The Historical Roots of Public Diplomacy and Their Significance for Australia and India
David Lowe: Public Diplomacy and India-Australia Relations: A Potential Game-Changer?
Prithvi Ram Mudiam: Public Diplomacy in a Post-imperial World: Menzies and Nehru in the 1950s
Auriol Weigold:Conspicuous Hospitality: Cultivating a New Racial Etiquette in Australia, 1930-1960
David Walker: Journalists and Australian Stirrings in Public Diplomacy in the 1950s and 1960s
David Lowe: Diggin on the East: The Hippie Trail and Australian-Indian Relations
Agnieszka Sobocinska: South Asian Immigrants, Sports Culture, and Public Diplomacy in Australia
Amit Sarwal: Education in the Bilateral Relationship between India and Australia
Eric Meadows: The Missing Link: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Australian Public Diplomacy in Asia: Sally Percival Wood
About the Authors: David Lowe, Amit Sarwal
David Lowe is the Director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, and a leader of humanities and social science research that informs policy and practice. He is a co-founder of the Australian Policy and History Network and a member of the Australian DFAT Editorial Advisory Board. His latest publications include, Australian between Empires (2010).
Amit Sarwal is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Rajdhani College (University of Delhi) and Founding Convenor of Australia-India Interdisciplinary Research Network, New Delhi, India. He has edited a number of books in the field of Australian studies, prominent being: Wanderings in India: Australian Perceptions (2012) and Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia (2013).