2017- A Year in Review: Coral Bell School

The aspirations and approach of Bell School show a strong focus on research excellence, collegiality, award-winning teaching, and consistent policy impact and...

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Green Turtle Dreaming

In her new chapter for a book on the Australia-Indonesia relationship, Professor Emerita Virginia Hooker chronicles the stories of women bridging cultures.

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Green turtle

Convening Sacred Stories

Every sacred site has a story, says Dr David Kim who convened the ANU Religion Conference in April this year.

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New Mandala: Spotlighting the year ahead

In his first start to the year as editor of Southeast Asia blog New Mandala, Liam Gammon considers what the year ahead has in store.

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A busy street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Understanding the Local: Good governance and Southeast Asia

Awarded funding for a massive new research project across Southeast Asia, Edward Aspinall and Paul Hutchcroft put local government under the microscope.

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Birds-eye view of Manila, Philippines

The ANU Department of Political and Social Change is a leading centre for the study of Asian politics and society. We have considerable depth of expertise on the political and social dynamics of the countries of Asia, in particular Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Korea and China, including the highest concentration of academic staff and PhD students specialising in Indonesian politics outside of Indonesia itself. Academic specialisations include democratisation, national and local politics, gender, conflict and conflict resolution, religious politics and political theory.

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Sally White

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Sally’s research interests focus on Islam and gender in Indonesia. She is currently employed by the Department as Convenor for the PIES (Partnership in Islamic Education Scholarships) program...

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Anita Chan

Anita Chan

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Anita Chan was born and educated in Hong Kong. She received her first degree at the University of Hong Kong and Masters degrees at York University (Toronto) and the School of Oriental and...

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Virginia Hooker

Virginia Hooker

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Daughter of a father who served in the Pacific campaigns in World War II in the Australian Navy, and in the early 1950s served in Korean and Japanese waters, Virginia grew up with a sense that...

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Sally Sargeson

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Sally Sargeson’s research is motivated by an enduring interest in the political and social construction of capitalism in China. She currently is examining the local politics of rural...

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Mufliha Wijayati

I commenced my PhD studies in the Faculty of Islamic Law, at the State Islamic University of Sunan Gunung Djati (UIN SGD) in Bandung in 2014. Supported by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, my project looks at...

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Contemporary China Centre

The Contemporary China Centre was set up in 1970 at The Australian National University as a research facility concerned with scholarly social science analysis of post-1949 China. In 2010, the Centre merged with the Department of Political & Social Change.

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