Unique in the world, the school's departments bring together over 100 academics dedicated to investigating and learning with and about the people, languages, and land of Asia and the Pacific region. Their work, conducted in collaboration with partners throughout the world and the region, contributes uniquely Australian perspectives and insights.
CHL anthropology is a world leader in the social anthropology of Asia and the Pacific. We have a distinguished program of research, publication and postgraduate training.
Our research aims to understand past human societies, the environments in which they developed and the environmental consequences of human presence.
The Department engages with the civilizations of China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia through their local languages.
We bring together diverse disciplines, methodologies and approaches to improve knowledge and understanding of the social dynamics in the regions of Asia and the Pacific.
We are documenting and describing the languages of the Asia Pacific region drawing on speech communities fieldwork and producing grammars, dictionaries and collections of recorded textual materials.
Our department is one of the largest communities of historians of Asia outside Asia itself, with a vibrant culture of research, writing, supervision, teaching and engagement in public affairs.
We focus on the growing global significance of South and Southeast Asia in political, economic, security and cultural terms and seek to encourage interest in these regions.