The ANU has a long and proud history of scholarly engagement with the Pacific Islands beginning in 1947 with the founding of the former Research School of Pacific Studies. Pacific specialists within the newly established School of Culture, History and Language are today engaged in internationally leading research activities in their diverse fields. They also provide supervision for PhD students in the areas of Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Language and Linguistics, Politics, Gender, Cultural Studies and transdisciplinary Pacific Studies. Pacific Studies in CHL runs a seminar series showcasing the research of scholars and postgraduate students.
The Pacific unit in the School of Culture, History and Language provides education for Australia's only undergraduate Pacific Studies and Pacific Languages majors, a Bachelor's degree in Asian and Pacific Studies and a Masters of Asia-Pacific studies. Offered by the School in cooperation with Pacific scholars across the University, the program is coordinated by the Pacific Studies Convener with the support of the Pacific Studies Board. The undergraduate major emphasizes a regional and integrated approach to Oceania, the study of a chosen Pacific country or area such as Melanesia, Micronesia or Polynesia, and an engagement with indigenous Pacific concepts and Pacific communities in Australia. The program is shaped by theoretical, disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches and goals.
Head: Margaret Jolly