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South Asia Research Seminar: Selfie of a country

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Carlton

The University of Melbourne

Melbourne, Victoria 3053

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The term ‘selfie’ is enmeshed in our contemporary culture, whether it be in relation to celebrities and ordinary people populating Instagram with selfies, crowds clamouring around sporting, political, or pop culture idols to get a well-placed selfie, or backgrounders to recent research on the benefits or drawbacks of selfie culture. This talk will look at the arts, particularly literature, as a selfie. It will suggest that Indian Australian literature can be not just any selfie, but a selfie of a country. It will address, in a fresh way, the old question of who is allowed to tell certain stories.

Roanna Gonsalves came to Australia as an international student from India. She is the author of The Permanent Resident, an acclaimed collection of short fiction published by UWAP in November 2016. Her series of radio documentaries, On the tip of a billion tongues, commissioned and broadcast by Earshot, ABC RN, is an acerbic socio-political portrayal of contemporary India through its multilingual writers. She is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award, and is co-founder co-editor of Southern Crossings. She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales, and has been facilitating and teaching creative writing workshops for all ages within communities as well as at schools and in the university sector for many years. Her research interests are in the sociology of the arts, social media, creativity studies, and postcolonial literatures. She can be found on Twitter @roannagonsalves or at roannagonsalves.com.au.

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