About us

Our story

The School of Culture, History and Language (CHL) is a community of researchers dedicated to investigating and learning with and about the people, languages, and lands of Asia and the Pacific.

CHL remains the core of expert Australian knowledge on the Asia Pacific Region within the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University.

The College of Asia and the Pacific is unique at ANU in transdisciplinary and interregional foundation and the School exemplifies this outlook. Our research is organised around research themes of Culture, History, Language and Environment which include the discipline areas of

• Anthropology

• Archaeology

• Gender, Media and Cultural Studies

• North-East Asian Studies

• Linguistics

• Pacific and Asian History

• South and South Asian History

We create knowledge that is specialised, critical, engaged with current discourses and debates within the many disciplines incorporated into our structure. The School’s structure is diverse and inclusive. We embrace and relish diversity as a core strength. From this diversity comes the complexity necessary to support a research environment which supports innovative and influential teaching and research.

The study, teaching and valuing of Asian languages at the School is unsurpassed in its diversity within Australia and is held as a core value of our school. Its excellence underpins the cultural knowledge and expertise of our scholars. Our language teachers operate at the forefront of language learning and research, with innovative online courses designed to complement in-person programs.

Languages offered are Burmese, Cantonese, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Literary Chinese, Mongolian, Sanskrit, Taiwanese, Tetum, Thai, Tibetan and Vietnamese. The ANU is the only university in Australia to offer such a range of Asian Languages.

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Updated:  7 July 2017/Responsible Officer:  Director, Culture, History & Language/Page Contact:  CHL webmaster