2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies

Australian International Relations and Asia

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The most significant dynamic that shapes the study of International Relations (IR) in Australia is the relationship between the global/theoretical horizons of the discipline and the focus on the Asia-Pacific. Chart 1 below demonstrates the scale of the Australian study of International Relations, noting particular clusters of scholars at the Australian National University (ANU), Griffith, […]

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies, China

Chinese Studies in Australian Universities: A Problem of Balance

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The global field of Chinese Studies has expanded greatly in line with the rise of China to become the world’s second largest economy. However, this trend is less apparent in Australia, where the domestic enrolment in Chinese Studies and postgraduate level training has been relatively constrained.  Where Chinese programs are expanding in enrolment, this is […]

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies, Korea, South Asia Studies

20 Years of Korean Studies in Australia

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The story of Korean Studies in Australia over the last twenty years is a pleasing one, albeit with some highs and lows. In the 1990s Korean language programs were running in eight universities across Australia, including Swinburne, Griffith and Curtin Universities. Today there are fewer combined Korean language and Studies programs, but those that exist […]

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies, Southeast Asia

Evolution of Mainland Southeast Asian Studies Over the Last 20 Years

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Research and teaching on mainland Southeast Asian countries in Australia over the last 20 years have been shaped by the same forces affecting other areas of university life during this period: increased managerialism, difficult budgetary circumstances, the precariousness of academic employment, the casualisation of teaching, constraints on research funding, a persistent Eurocentrism in some disciplines, […]

2020 Reviewing Asian Studies, Asian studies

Asian politics in Australian universities

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In a world in which political developments in Asia are of central importance to Australia’s national interest, it is a sad truth that the teaching of Asian politics in Australian universities has suffered badly over the last decade or so. This is particularly the case in political science departments[1] and in Asian language departments, including […]

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 […]

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