Master Class by Professor Elisabeth Jean Wood: Researching sexual and political violence

This master class will be in two parts. In the morning, Professor Wood will lead discussion on the conceptualization and analysis of sexual violence during...

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Professor Elisabeth Jean Wood

The Politics of Media in Myanmar Now

What are the implications for freedom of expression in Myanmar generally, and press freedom in particular, of the military’s continued presence in political,...

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Supporting democratic values and institutions in Southeast Asia

DFAT has doubled the funding on a wide-ranging research project by PSC to explore how domestic political concerns in Southeast Asian countries are impacting...

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Shedding light on the Vietnamese LGBTIQ+ movement

As a recipient of the Ben and Melinda Tria Kerkvliet Southeast Asia Research Award, Huyen Truong has been able to further her research into the LGBTIQ+...

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Huyen Truong

'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties' and 'Democracy for Sale'

Join us for the launch of two books: 'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties: The Case for Electoral System Redesign in the Philippines' edited by Professor Paul...

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'Strong Patronage, Weak Parties' and 'Democracy for Sale'

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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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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Katrin Travouillon

My research traces the transformation of Cambodia’s political system since the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords. I first visited Cambodia in 2005 and spent half a year in a small rural village to conduct a...

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Amrita Malhi

Dr Amrita Malhi is a Visiting Fellow in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at The Australian National University. Amrita is a Historian of Southeast Asia, with a primary interest in Islam, shifting...

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Tamara Jacka

Tamara Jacka is a feminist scholar, whose main research interests are in gender and rural-urban inequalities, rural-urban migration and social change in contemporary China. She is the author of several books,...

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Jonathan Unger

Professor Jonathan Unger holds a PhD in Sociology, and his research interests include social stratification in China; rural Chinese social, political and economic change; urbanisation; workers and factory life;...

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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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