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Professor Ken George
   Professor Ken George

Welcome to the School of Culture, History and Language (CHL). CHL is one of the four foundational Schools in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific ANU, and it's the largest, with nearly 100 academic staff, 30 professional staff, 800 undergraduates, 60 postgraduates, 190 Higher Degree Research (Ph.D.) students, and nearly 200 distinguished visiting fellows and emeriti. In addition to its world-class programs of research and study, CHL is also taking a leading role in helping Australia navigate its course in "The Asian Century". Further still, many graduates from the School of Culture, History and Language have gone on to occupy positions of distinction and influence in countries throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Our aim is threefold: The first is to deepen understanding and expertise about the Asia Pacific region with its diverse languages and cultures, its fascinating histories and religions, and its vast political-economic complexities. The second is to learn from Asia and the Pacific. We study with the conviction that the Asia Pacific region has endless things to teach us about our lives and about our world in common. Thirdly, we endeavor to learn with Asia and the Pacific. Our most enduring and precious knowledge draws from human encounter. It springs from the surprises and insights discovered in language study, in fieldwork, in scholarly exchange, and in our lively debates with people from all corners of Asia and the Pacific. Our intellectual and practical pursuits are both intimate and global in reach.

These aims provide the broad framework for the CHL's teaching and research ventures, including our online courses. We currently conduct research and teaching on most of the major countries and sub-regions of Asia and the Pacific, including China and Inner Asia, Japan, Korea, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. All the major disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are represented in CHL, including Anthropology, Archaeology and Natural History, Gender and Cultural Studies, History, Language and Literature, Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics, and Religious Studies. New and emerging fields like Visual Cultural Studies and Media Studies are also taking shape in our corridors in Baldessin and Coombs. It is our view that these various disciplinary perspectives and practices are always refreshed and critically challenged through our sustained engagement with Asia and the Pacific.

Welcome, then, to our vibrant and distinguished community, and join us in exploring a region now on the cusp of unprecedented global reach and influence.

Ken George

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