South and Southeast Asian Studies

South and South East Asia is the arc of countries and cultures that stretches from Afghanistan to Bali, and includes Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia.

From the diverse cultures and civilizations found in this area major world religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism have arisen and major Muslim and Christian communities have been located for centuries. From ancient maritime trade routes the region has led the way in developing modern global trade networks and countries such as India, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam play a vital role in the contemporary world economy.

If you are interested in the languages, histories, cultures and civilizations of these countries this is where to study them and engage with leading researchers and experts in the study of South and South East Asia.


Find contact details for our academic staff, PhD students and visiting fellows.


View a selection of publications from our Academics and PhD students covering a range of topics in the area.

News and events

Find out details of our workshops and conferences which are regularly held to promote studies and interest in South & Southeast Asian languages and culture.

Facilities & resources

View information relating to facilities and resources available to students while studying within the department.

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South Asian Studies


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India Update - Ideas from India: an update on contemporary India

The South Asia Research Institute at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific will be hosting the India Update – a symposium bringing together scholars, media and policymakers to debate the current and

Thursday, November 10, 2016 to Friday, November 11, 2016


Religion Conference
Religious Transformation in Asian History

Asian history and culture have been profoundly influenced by a number of religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, Sikhism, Shamanism, and Shintō).

Thursday, April 7, 2016 to Saturday, April 9, 2016

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