& benefits
    dennis altman
    michelle arrow
    paul arthur
    carol bacchi
    ros bandt
    larissa behrendt
    mary besemeres
    richard broome
    chilla bulbeck
    anthony burke
    david carment
    david carter
    jock collins
    liz conor
    greg craven
    martin crotty
    denis cryle
    ann curthoys
    kate darian-smith
    lynette finch
    rae frances
    lucy frost
    stephen garton     heather goodall
    anna haebich
    dennis haskell
    anthony hassall
    jeannie herbert
    jenny hocking
    alison holland
    elizabeth jacka
    bruce johnson
    carol johnson
    mary kalantzis
    marilyn lake
    kateryna longley
    andrew mccann
    chris mcconville
    russell mcdougall
    philip mead
    clive moore
    nicole moore
    stephen muecke
    ffion murphy
    john murphy
    martin nakata
    garth nettheim
    karl neuenfeldt
    christine nicholls
    richard nile
    marguerite nolan
    wenche ommundsen
    darlene oxenham
    maureen perkins
    emily potter
    jan ryan
    kay saunders
    sean scalmer
    bruce scates
    kay schaffer
    joanne scott
    graham seal
    june senyard
    sue sheridan
    judith smart
    tom stannage
    daniela stehlik
    jenny strauss
    sian supski
    hsu-ming teo
    graham tulloch
    james walter
    richard waterhouse
    elizabeth webby
    gus worby
    clare wright

 infrastructure & benefits
infrastructure & benefits

While no sector-wide audit has been undertaken, it is observable that Australia-centred and Australia-related research accounts for a significant proportion of all intellectual work undertaken in the name of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Australia, but especially in those disciplines identified in this report: History, Politics, Law, Sociology, English and Cultural Studies. Australia has also become a major site of research in the new Humanities of cultural and media studies, and it is a primary concern of many sub-specialisations and interdisciplinary studies.

It is accepted for the purposes of this report that intellectual work on Australia is a major undertaking of the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is also accepted that the very health of the nation is contingent upon strong traditions of intellectual engagement, ongoing critical inquiry and, importantly, the communication of deep research.

The embeddedness of Australia within the key disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences begins our justification for the creation of an Australia Research Network. The broader social and cultural imperatives of research, its production and dissemination, establish our rationale for undertaking this initiative.

The Australia Research Network will retain an emphasis on public intellectualism by building on and extending the existing infrastructure of the Australian Public Intellectual Network. While not all Australianists would classify themselves as public intellectuals, or necessarily feel comfortable with the term public intellectualism, specialist researchers across many disciplines are nonetheless routinely thrown into public intellectual roles, on the basis of their research expertise on Australia.

At other times public intellectuals have been the focus of and have even had their names applied to broader public debates, for example, the Blainey debate of the mid 1980s (multiculturalism), the Clark debate of the mid 1990s (political correctness), and the Windschuttle debate of the early twenty first century (indigenous-settler histories).

Such debates are not confined to the social sciences as the controversies surrounding the two Helens, Garner and Demidenko, for example, made plain in the 1990s. In fact, before the professionalisation of the University sector, following its expansion in the 1960s and 1970s, Australian public intellectuals tended to be drawn more from the ranks of cultural and creative industries such as journalism, broadcasting and writing.

Public intellectualism presents itself in discussions on and claims for Australian democracy, citizenship, and governance and it is an essential component in the successful operation of public institutions from the parliaments and the courts to museums, galleries and even Universities. Such concerns as these informed the establishment of the Australian Public Intellectual Network in 1997.

With generous but modest support provided out of the limited finances of its hosting Institutions over seven years, the API Network established its presence in the intellectual life of Australia, but also offshore. The existing infrastructure along with the unrealised fuller potential of the API Network provides a sound basis for the establishment of the proposed Australia Research Network. The experience of the convener, who is also a successful academic and research manager, provides expertise towards this end.

While no Network-based infrastructure currently exists to support postgraduates and early career researchers, the New Talents 21C project provides a useful model for nation-wide mentoring and further research training. As indicated elsewhere in this report, the Network will include provisions for travelling master classes and similarly conceived research and training focused initiatives. Our existing databases of the research interests of hundreds of new research scholars are matched by equally rich biographical and professional profiles of established and senior research scholars who have acted as mentors for New Talents, or who are in other ways associated with our support of next generation and emerging scholars through the API Network. Additionally, we plan to work with professional associations such as the International Australian Studies Association, as one of our partners.

In establishing the Australia Research Network we are seeking to link with, but also further facilitate many of the core undertakings and established intellectual practices of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Australia, along with the significant expansion of Australian Studies internationally. The proposed Australia Research Network also connects with the missions of the major research repositories including the national and state libraries, national archives, state records offices and the museums. In doing so, we are building upon existing research infrastructure while creating new communication pathways in the service of further intellectual engagement.

[Introduction] [Scope] [Activities] [Capacities] [Participants] [API Network]

 hosted by the api-network
Dedicated to the 'democratisation of knowledge', the API Network is a free electronic gateway specialising on matters Australia. Managed and produced by the Australia Research Institute, the Division of Humanities, Curtin University of Technology, it links public intellectuals through its publications, mailing list, online Forum, chat room and regular posting of news relating to book, journal and ezine publications, conferences, events, tours and funding opportunities in the field of Australian Studies.

This report has been make possible due to the generous support
of the Australian Research Council, and Curtin University of Technology

Dedicated to the 'democratisation of knowledge', the API Network is a free electronic gateway specialising on matters Australia.
International Australian Studies Association (InASA)
Australian Centre
University of Melbourne
President: Associate Professor Kate Darian-Smith
email: [email protected]
website: click here

The European Association for Studies on Australia (EASA)
University of Bergen
Sydnesp 5007 Bergen, Norway
Chairperson: Anne-Holden Ronning
email: [email protected]
website: click here

British Australian Studies Association (BASA)
School of History and Archaeology
Cardiff University
PO Box 909
Cardiff CF10 3XU
President: Bill Jones
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Menzies Centre for Australian Studies
King's College London
28 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DS
United Kingdom
Professor Carl Bridge
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Australian Studies at University College Dublin
K106, John Henry Newman Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
Director: Dr Nicholas Brown
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Centre for Australian Studies in Wales
University of Wales, Lampeter
Ceredigion SA48 7ED
Wales, UK
Director: Dr Andrew Hassam
email: [email protected]
website: click here

American Association of Australian Literary Studies (AAALS)|
C.W. Post Campus
Long Island University
President: Professor John Scheckter
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Walsh School of Foreign Service
Georgetown University
PO Box 571021
Washington DC 20057-1021
Director: Ambassador Richard W Teare
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Suite 3.362
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas 78713-7219
Director: Professor Higley
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America (ANZSANA)
Georgetown University
PO Box 571021
Washington DC 20057-1021
President: Richard Teare
email: [email protected]
website: click here

New Zealand and Australian Studies
A section of the Western Social Science Association
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, United States
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Australian Studies Centre
East China Normal University
3663 North Zhongshan Road
Shanghai, 200062, China
Directors: Assoc Professor Chen Hong
Assoc Professor Huang Yuanshen
Assoc Professor Hou Minyue
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Australian Literature Research Institute
Anhui University
Anhui Province 230039, China
Director: Professor Chen Zheng-fa
email: [email protected]

Australian Studies Centre
School of Foreign Languages
Renmin University of China
39 Haidian Road
Haidian District, Beijing 100
Director: Professor Zhang Yongxian
email: [email protected]

Australian Studies Association
Foreign Language School
Shanghai Foreign Trade University
email: [email protected]

Australian Studies Centre
National Taiwan University
1 Roosevelt Road
Section 4, Taipei 106
Director: Lan-Hung Nora Chiang
email: [email protected]

Australian Studies Centre
Petra Christian University
East Java, Indonesia
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Australia Centre Berlin
Sydney Office
The Chancellery, North Wing
UNSW Sydney 2052
Managing Director: Dr Ditta Bartels
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Singapore Australia Studies Interest Group
Nanyang Technological University
Director: Kevin Blackburn
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Australian Studies Centre
Departament de Filologia Anglesa i Alemanya
Universitat de Barcelona
Gran Via Corts Catalanes
585 08007 Barcelona, Spain
Executive Director: Dr Susan Ballyn
email: [email protected]

Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies
Anthropology Department
University of Nijmegen
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4 Room 4.02.08
PO Box 9104
HE Nijmegen 6500
Director: Professor Ad Borsboom
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Association for Australian Studies
Römerstraße 35
Bremgarten bei Bern
CH-3047 Schweiz
Professor Rudolf Bader
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Centre d'Etude du Pacifique (CEPAC)
University de Havre
Le Havre, France
Professor Maryvonne Nedeljkovic
email: [email protected]
website: click here

Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN UK
Group Director, Public Programmes: Dr Darryl McIntyre
email: [email protected]
website: click here

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