Australian Studies in China
The Australia-China Council has been supporting Australian Studies in China for over two decades and provides funding to a network of over 30 Australian Studies Centres across China. The network is one of Australia’s leading public diplomacy and education engagement platforms that is set to grow in importance for Australia-China relations.
In 2003 the ACC partnered with a consortium of Australian universities, led by the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland together with the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, to promote Australian Studies in China. The ACC’s Australian Studies program is now managed by Professor David Carter at the University of Queensland. Professor Carter can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
The Australian Studies in China Program aims to build a vibrant, linked-up community of lecturers, researchers and students participating in the study and research of Australian literature, economy, culture and other facets of Australian society. Australian Studies Centres at participating universities are the focal point for such activities, and endeavour to provide relevant teaching, resources and contacts to students, produce high-quality research in their chosen Australian-related fields, and arrange other Australian-related activities and events. The Australian Studies Centres network is supported by the Australia-China Council, Foundation for Australian Studies in China and BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies, Australian Embassy and Consulates-General in China, and the broader Australian education community.
Australian Studies Program objectives
- Enhance the range, volume, quality and value of research on Australia, and promote the dissemination of research outcomes in China through publishing, conferences and other means.
- Promote greater Australian content in teaching at all levels of the Chinese educational system.
Foundation for Australian Studies in China
In 2011 the Australia-China Council established the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC). The Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia created to support Australian Studies Centres and to provide funding and other support to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies to be located at Peking University in Beijing. The BHP Billiton Chair was officially announced by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard in April 2011.
More information about the Foundation for Australian Studies in China
Australian Studies Centres in China
Save the Date: FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference
The second FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference, titled "The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art" will be held at Renmin University (Beijing) on 11 -12 September, 2014.
The conference is hosted by the Australian Studies Centre at Renmin University and supported by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC). It is convened by Professor David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.
The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art is designed to stimulate discussion in a field that has become increasingly important to both Australia and China, but which has not received the kind of attention it deserves within the broader Australian Studies community in China.
The conference will address artistic practices and exchanges, the role and function of the cultural industries and changing perceptions of identity, place and belonging. We see this more as a 'festival of ideas' generated by a diverse group of speakers than a conference by and for academic specialists.
Speakers include: Edmund Capon, former Director of the Art Gallery of NSW; Julianne Schultz, Founding Editor of the Griffith Review; Sasha Grishin, art historian and author of Australian Art: A History; Suhanya Raffael, Australia-China Council Board member and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of NSW; Zhang Lansheng, artist, curator and art historian; Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to China; Zhe Li, art historian and curator; Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Claire Roberts, freelance arts writer, curator and Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide; Richard Fidler, ABC Radio Presenter; and Chinese/Australian artists Guo Jian and Guan Wei.
The audience will also be a diverse one and we hope that you will be able to join us at Renmin University, 11 – 12 September 2014.
Attendance will be free, registration required. More details, including full conference program and registration details will be released shortly. For any media or other conference related inquiries, please contact Hannah Skrzynski on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian Studies Program components
Output Awards offered by the Australia-China Council are open to all Australian Studies Centres in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
More about the Output Awards.
The 2010 Book Prizes were awarded at the Australian Studies Conference held in Shanghai, October 2010.
More about the Book Prize.
Australian Studies in China Website
East China Normal University in Shanghai, with the assistance of the ACC, has launched a new website to serve and connect the whole Australian Studies in China network.
- Applying for Competitive Projects Award
- 2012-13 Competitive Projects Funding Awards
- 2011-12 Competitive Projects Funding Awards
- 2010-11 Competitive Projects Funding Awards
- 2009-10 Competitive Projects Funding Awards
- 2008-9 Competitive Projects Funding Awards
- 2007-8 Competitive Projects Funding: Awards
- 2006-7 Competitive Projects Funding: Awards
- 2005-6 Competitive Projects Funding: Awards
- 2004-5 Competitive Projects Funding: Awards
- 2003-4 Competitive Projects Funding: Awards
- 2002-3 Competitive Projects Funding: Awards
- 2000-2 Competitive Projects Funding: Awards
Biennial Australian Studies Conference
The Council has financially supported each conference of the national Chinese Australian Studies Association. The 13th Australian Studies Conference was convened by Xihua University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, 6-8 July 2012. Contact: email@example.com.
- 2010 Australian Studies Conference: East China Normal University, Shanghai, in cooperation with Shangai University
- 2008 Australian Studies Conference: Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing
- 2006 Australian Studies Conference: Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot
- 2004 Australian Studies Conference: Xuzhou Normal University, Xuzhou
- 2002 Australian Studies Conference: Anhui University, Hefei
- 2000 Australian Studies Conference: Xi’an University, Xi'an
- 1998 Australian Studies Conference: Peking University, Beijing
- 1996 Australian Studies Conference: Nankai University, Tianjin
- 1994 Australian Studies Conference: Zhong Shan (Sun Yat Sen) University, Guangzhou
An e-repository hosted at University of Queensland has been established.
Australian Studies Resource Collections
The Australia-China Council also supplies books, journals and other resources to build the Shanghai Municipal Library Australian Friendship Collection and the Australian collection at Beijing Foreign Studies University. These collections are accessible to all Australian Studies scholars in China.