Adrian Vickers

Professor Adrian Vickers

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2014
  • Section(s): History, Asian Studies


Professor Vickers holds a personal chair at the University of Sydney. His research on the cultural history of Southeast Asia utilises expertise in the Indonesian language as well as drawing on sources in Balinese, Kawi (Old and Middle Javanese) and Dutch. He has held a series of Australian Research Council grants looking at Indonesian art, the Cold War, and labour and industry in Southeast Asia. As part of a linkage grant on the history of Balinese painting, he has prepared a virtual museum, continuing previous pioneering work in eResearch and teaching. Professor Vickers has supervised more than 23 PhD theses to completion, and has taught subjects on Southeast Asian history and culture from first year to Honours and Masters levels. Professor Vickers is frequently asked to comment on Indonesia and Australian-Indonesian relations for national and international media. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Magdalene College Cambridge and the Cambridge Joint Centre for History and Economics; Senior Visiting Fellow at the Asia Research Centre at the National University of Singapore; and a Visiting Fellow at the Royal Institute for Linguistics and Anthropology, Leiden. He has previously taught at the University of Wollongong and The University of New South Wales.

Acknowledgement of Country

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