Category: Asian studies

Asian studies, Gender and sexuality

Gendered Politics in Asia: Conference report from the politics stream, Women in Asia 2019

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The Women in Asia Forum held its biannual conference at UNSW Sydney from 21-23 June 2019. Over 150 presenters shared their research, organised into 40 panels across six streams. This report identifies some of the themes and future research directions arising from the 20 papers presented as part of the ‘Gendered processes of political power’ […]

Asian studies, Gender and sexuality

Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism in Asia

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The theme of the Women in Asia Conference this year was “Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism in Asia”. The Women in Asia Forum began in 1978 and is affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia. In 1981, the first Women in Asia Conference was held at UNSW, and the return of the conference […]

Asian studies

Asian Studies in Australia—a vision for positive growth

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Despite a challenging environment for Asian Studies in Australia, Kent Anderson sees strong grounds for optimism. The present state of Asian Studies in Australia can—to borrow a phrase—be loosely divided into the good, the bad and the ugly. Starting with the ugly, over the past five years a number of university language programs have been […]

Asian studies

Staff cuts threaten ANU’s international reputation

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Students face uncertainty from staff cuts to ANU’s Asian studies Staff cuts announced last week at the Australian National University’s School of Culture, History and Language (CHL) are jeopardising the university’s position as a national and global leader in Indonesian studies. Understanding Indonesia, the largest country in Southeast Asia, is important for Australia’s national interest. […]

Asian studies

National approach urged to develop Asia-related collection

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Asian studies research in Australia is being hampered by loss of library expertise and poor access to resources Asian Studies is a burgeoning topic in Australian librarianship. The Asian collection in Australia is obscure, tucked-away under ‘Arts’, categorised as ‘special ’—and therefore remains unseen. Asian studies is regarded as a field for the ‘specialist’ who […]

Asian studies

Lessons in change for ANU amid need for Asia-Pacific College

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Reports that the Australian National University is considering cutbacks in education and research on the culture, history and language of Asia and the Pacific reflect a profound failure of vision and a retreat from the university’s national mission, writes ANDREW WALKER. The Australian National University has long been proud of its Asia-Pacific expertise. It has […]