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The Australian National University

Gender, media & cultural studies

Bringing together diverse disciplines, methodologies and approaches, the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies seeks to be at the forefront of efforts to improve knowledge and understanding of the social dynamics in the regions of Asia and the Pacific. We are also deeply committed to building productive and meaningful engagements socially and intellectually with the peoples and institutions in those regions as our partners, instead of objects of academic enquiry. We are particularly interested in examining the tensions and mutually constitutive forces of theory, methods of learning, narrative and social practice. While culture and gender will be the primary foci of our activities, we are fully conscious of the highly contested and divergent meanings embedded in these two terms. We are open to problematising the politics of signifying practice at various levels (personal, social, and institutional) in a world marked by subordination and hierarchy as a result of differences in gender, ethnicity, nationality, faith, and class.

Members of our group include scholars with wide and intersecting areas of interests, including Korean music, film, literature, gender and transnationality; dance, cultural policy, gender and sexuality, indigeneity and cinema in the Pacific; political violence, performing arts, media and pop cultures in Southeast Asia; Chinese literature and popular culture in Mainland China and Taiwanese contexts. As a newly established unit we are more than eager to work closely with existing units and networks of relevance within ANU, in the Asia and the Pacific region, and beyond.

Updated:  20 February 2015/Responsible Officer:  Director, Culture, History & Language /Page Contact:  CHL webmaster