Category: Asian languages

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian languages, Asian studies, Australia - Indonesia relations, Indonesia

The state of Indonesian language in Australian universities: the past 20 years.

BY

A recent volume tracing ‘the journey of Australia’s first Asian language’ (Thomas, 2019) finds that, while successive Australian governments have identified Indonesia as Australia’s most important neighbour and as a key to Australia’s prosperity and security, this recognition has not sustained interest among Australians in studying the language. For the last two decades, the study […]

Asian languages, Asian studies, Indonesia

Emeritus Professor Merle Calvin Ricklefs 1943-2019

BY

Obituary: Merle Ricklefs Merle Ricklefs, who passed away in Melbourne on 29 December 2019, was the pre-eminent scholar of Javanese Islam of his generation and, more broadly, one of the leading historians of Indonesia.  He also played a significant leadership role in Asian Studies in Australia as well as the development of Aboriginal tertiary education […]

Asian languages

‘Outsider’ language students see own society through other eyes

BY