Australia-China Council

Australian Studies in China

The Australia-China Council has been supporting Australian Studies in China for over two decades and provides funding to a network of over 30 Australian Studies Centres across China. The network is one of Australia’s leading public diplomacy and education engagement platforms that is set to grow in importance for Australia-China relations.

In 2003 the ACC partnered with a consortium of Australian universities, led by the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland together with the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne, to promote Australian Studies in China. The ACC’s Australian Studies program is now managed by Professor David Carter at the University of Queensland. Professor Carter can be contacted by email at austudies.china@uq.edu.au.

Vision statement

The Australian Studies in China Program aims to build a vibrant, linked-up community of lecturers, researchers and students participating in the study and research of Australian literature, economy, culture and other facets of Australian society. Australian Studies Centres at participating universities are the focal point for such activities, and endeavour to provide relevant teaching, resources and contacts to students, produce high-quality research in their chosen Australian-related fields, and arrange other Australian-related activities and events. The Australian Studies Centres network is supported by the Australia-China Council, Foundation for Australian Studies in China and BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies, Australian Embassy and Consulates-General in China, and the broader Australian education community.

Group photo of people attending the 13th International Conference of Australian Studies in China

The Australia-China Council Board delegation with the academic leaders of Australian Studies Centres at the 13th International Conference of Australian Studies in China, Xihua University, Chengdu (July 2012).

(Far left), former Board Member, Chris Clark; (next left) ACC Deputy Chairman, Kevin Hobgood-Brown; (centre), ACC Chairman, The Hon Warwick L. Smith AM.

Australian Studies Program objectives

  • Enhance the range, volume, quality and value of research on Australia, and promote the dissemination of research outcomes in China through publishing, conferences and other means.
  • Promote greater Australian content in teaching at all levels of the Chinese educational system.

Foundation for Australian Studies in China

In 2011 the Australia-China Council established the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC). The Foundation is an independent non-profit foundation in Australia created to support Australian Studies Centres and to provide funding and other support to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies to be located at Peking University in Beijing. The BHP Billiton Chair was officially announced by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard in April 2011.

More information about the Foundation for Australian Studies in China

BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University

Save the Date: FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference

The second FASIC Australian Studies in China Conference, titled "The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art" will be held at Renmin University (Beijing) on 11 -12 September, 2014.

The conference is hosted by the Australian Studies Centre at Renmin University and supported by the Foundation for Australian Studies in China (FASIC).  It is convened by Professor David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.

The Big Picture: Lives, Landscapes, Homelands in Australian and Chinese Art is designed to stimulate discussion in a field that has become increasingly important to both Australia and China, but which has not received the kind of attention it deserves within the broader Australian Studies community in China.

The conference will address artistic practices and exchanges, the role and function of the cultural industries and changing perceptions of identity, place and belonging. We see this more as a 'festival of ideas' generated by a diverse group of speakers than a conference by and for academic specialists. 

Speakers include: Edmund Capon, former Director of the Art Gallery of NSW; Julianne Schultz, Founding Editor of the Griffith Review; Sasha Grishin, art historian and author of Australian Art: A History; Suhanya Raffael, Australia-China Council Board member and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of NSW; Zhang Lansheng, artist, curator and art historian; Geoff Raby, former Australian Ambassador to China; Zhe Li, art historian and curator; Aaron Seeto, Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art; Claire Roberts, freelance arts writer, curator and Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide; Richard Fidler, ABC Radio Presenter; and Chinese/Australian artists Guo Jian and Guan Wei.

The audience will also be a diverse one and we hope that you will be able to join us at Renmin University, 11 – 12 September 2014. 

Attendance will be free, registration required.  More details, including full conference program and registration details will be released shortly.  For any media or other conference related inquiries, please contact Hannah Skrzynski on hannah@creative-asia.net.

Australian Studies Program components