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


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.

Pottery from the Marianas Islands

Archaeology and Natural History

Our research aims to understand past human societies, the environments in which they developed and the environmental consequences of human presence.

Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies

Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies (南方华裔研究杂志) is a multi-disciplinary, open access annual electronic journal devoted to research on all aspects of the Chinese southern diaspora, from the earliest times

Gender, Media and Cultural Studies

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.


Our School’s deep knowledge and expertise in the languages of the Asia Pacific region is an essential pillar in the expertise and excellence of the College.

Linguistics Department


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.

Pacific and Asian History

Pacific and Asian History

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.

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