This is the fourth volume in the series of Australian–Asian Association publications and carries on the interdisciplinary and international tradition of the same. The intensely provocative theme of ‘change’ is traced through motifs of convergence or conflict across a multiplicity of disciplines. The volume has attracted contributions from some of the best-known authorities in their different fields. The papers cover subjects ranging from Sri Lankan cricket to diplomacy on the world scene; from literary ‘blogging’ to trade performance; from Bollywood audiences to aboriginal rights in Australia and the development of Australian studies in Spain; from a nineteenth-century Shakespeare production in Sri Lanka to a performance of Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ in Sydney. They cover the phenomenon of change as it manifests itself in a range of disciplines and highlight shared commonalities as well as contrasted experiences and perspectives. The book is a record of the richness of the dialogue between disparate groups connected by scholarly interest and intellectual curiosity, in fact, a global academic community.
Ian vanden Driesen completed undergraduate studies at the University of Ceylon and doctoral studies at the London School of Economics. He has taught at universities in Sri Lanka, West Africa and Western Australia and was a Visiting Fellow at Yale University. His research interests are in the area of economics, particularly aspects of the economic history and development economics of Sri Lanka, West Africa and Australia. He is currently Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the Business School of the University of Western Australia.
Cynthia vanden Driesen completed undergraduate studies at the University of Ceylon and doctoral studies at the University of Western Australia. She has taught at universities in Sri Lanka, India, South Korea and Nigeria and currently teaches at the School of Communication and Arts at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. She has researched widely in the area of postcolonial literatures and Australian literature in particular.
Section 2: CHANGE IN THE SRI LANKAN CONTEXT: SOME REFLECTIONS
Section 3: CHANGES IN THE INDIAN SCENE
Section 4: THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE
Section 5: CULTURAL CHANGE: EUROPEAN AND CANADIAN PERSPECTIVES