In November, Professor Paul Arthur and the Centre for Global Issues hosted Dr Nirmala Menon in Australia through a School of Arts and Humanities Visiting Fellow grant. Dr Menon is an Associate Professor of Literature and leads the Digital Humanities and Publishing Research Group at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Indore, India.
Dr Menon joined Professor Arthur in Canberra for the annual meeting of the Australasian Consortium of Humanities Research Centres (ACHRC) at the Australian National University, where Professor Arthur convened a national panel on the future of research infrastructure with the Director-General of the National Library and representatives of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Research Data Services Australia. Dr Menon also participated in the Australian Academy of the Humanities’ annual symposium held in Fremantle. While at ECU she presented a CREATEC seminar titled: ‘Remapping the Postcolonial Canon: Remap, Reimagine and Retranslate’ based upon her published book of the same name.
During her visit Dr Menon met with Vice Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman and School of Arts and Humanities Executive Dean, Professor Clive Barstow to discuss ways in which IIT Indore and ECU can further collaborate. Outcomes of these talks include a Memorandum of Understanding being drafted between the institutions, Australia-India Council grant proposals and exploring opportunities for joint PhDs and student exchange.