Cross-regional and transnational studies are more important than ever in this era of increasing globalisation. The origins and history of globalisation is poorly understood and its understanding presents a challenge for scholars across Asia and the Pacific to engage in deep-time, historical and transnational studies. Similarly, the challenges currently facing many nations as a result of climate change and environmental upheaval require a multi-regional or even global view.
The Cross-Regional group facilitates research and teaching that focuses on theoretical, multi-regional, and global issues that are relevant to cultural and environmental dynamics in the Asia and Pacific region. To achieve this aim the members of this group are working without borders across a spectrum of space and time (deep-time, historic and contemporary). Cross-regional studies enable us to understand how the present nations of Asia, the Pacific and Australia interact, now and in the pre-national past, and how these interactions reverberate around the rest of the globe.
Head: Paul D'Arcy & Janelle Stevenson