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 and Natural History

• Gender, Media and Cultural Studies

• Languages

• Linguistics

• Pacific and 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 and Pacific 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.

Leadership Team

Director: Professor Simon Haberle

Anthropology: Associate Professor Assa Doron

Archaeology and Natural History: Associate Professor Geoffrey Clarke

Gender, Media and Cultural Studies: Dr Shameem Black

Languages: Dr Peter Friedlander and Associate Professor Duck-Young Lee

Linguistics: Associate Professor Wayan Arka

Pacific and Asian History: Professor Chris Ballard

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More about us can be found in our annual In Focus publications:

2020 In Focus

2019 In Focus

2018 In Focus

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