Asian Currents

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies

Reviewing the state of Asian Studies in Australia

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What is the state of teaching and research on Asia-related topics at Australian universities? Do students have more or less opportunity to learn about Asia than in the past? Is there much variation in Asia content across disciplines? Which Asian languages are in decline at our universities and which are on the rise? What are […]

South Asia Studies

In the Shadow of the Palms: Plant-Human Relations Among the Marind-Anim, West Papua – Sophie Chao, John Legge Thesis Prize Winner

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Can you tell us a bit about your thesis. What’s the problem it explores and what did you find? My thesis, In the Shadow of the Palms: Plant-Human Relations among Marind, West Papua, investigates how Indigenous Marind communities in the Indonesian-controlled region of West Papua experience, conceptualize, and contest the adverse social and environmental impacts […]

South Asia Studies

Seizing the moment: The “Job-ready Graduates Package” as an opportunity to increase language enrolments at Australian universities

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Earlier this month a fresh round of commentary kicked off regarding the failure of the long-term cultural and public policy project of fostering the sustained study of Asian languages in Australia. The latest expression of concern was sparked by reports that Australian universities, including La Trobe, Murdoch and Swinburne, were set to close some or […]

South Asia Studies

From Asian Engagement to the New ‘Cold War’: Asian Studies in Crisis

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The recent decision by La Trobe and Murdoch Universities to discontinue the study of Hindi and Indonesia underlines the challenges that confront those teaching and researching Asia related themes. Further underlining the perception that Asian studies is in crisis are government  decisions  to  scrutinise  research collaboration with foreign – especially Chinese – universities, and the […]