Australia's Asian Futures: A Cultural History, 1972 to the present. [ 2009 - 2011 ]

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Researchers Prof DR Walker

Brief description Relations with Asia are vital to Australia's prosperity and security. This project places in historical context evolving understandings of what the 'region' has meant to Australians from the 1970s to the present. It will clarify the processes by which Australia has adapted to Asia, and points of resistance to engagement. By examining the representations of politicians, journalists, Asianists, and travel writers, this study will seek to explain how threats to security have been perceived over time, and the interplay between popular and elite representation. An analysis of how threats from political Islam have been understood will inform a wider history of threat perceptions extending from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

Funding Amount $180,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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