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 […]

South Asia Studies

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Mark McLelland (1966–2020)

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In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Mark McLelland (1966–2020) Sociologist and cultural historian of Japan, Mark McLelland, passed away on 18 November 2020 in Wollongong, New South Wales. Professor McLelland was well-known for his groundbreaking and influential work across a range of fields, including the cultural history of sexualities in Japan, the global history of the internet, […]

China, Hong Kong

Interview – In-depth analysis of the Hong Kong security law and its implications

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On June 30, the most powerful part of the Chinese government, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, passed, with immediate effect, the Law for Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The Hong Kong National Security Law follows ongoing independence and pro-democracy protests, which in the second half of […]

South Asia Studies

Remembering Lance Castles, 5.1.1937 – 27.8.2020

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with contributions by Martin M. van Bruinessen, Richard Castles, Barbara Leigh, Michael Leigh, David Mitchell, Halina Nowicka, Anthony Reid, and Heather Sutherland. Lance Castles, portrait by Yasin Tiar, 1999  Lance Castles died peacefully in Melbourne’s Highgrove Aged Care home on 27th August 2020, his mind remaining lucid to the end. He was a pioneering and […]

South Asia Studies

The resurrection of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and hope for further cooperation amidst covid-19

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The main objective of the conference was to collectively outline a strong strategy to limit the spread of the virus in the South Asian region.

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