The Humanities in the Asia Region

The first-ever mapping of humanities research engagement across Australia and the Asia region.

This Australian Research Council-funded project maps the humanities in the Asia region and identifies opportunities for strengthening collaboration between researchers in Australia and Asia. It seeks to inform us about the range of collaborative work underway in the humanities and how this contributes to wider efforts in research diplomacy and multidisciplinary collaboration, with implications for future policy and program design. Countries and regions profiled include: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Until recently, there has been a lack of readily available data in Australia about humanities teaching and research in the Asia region, leaving a knowledge gap when it comes to Australia’s relationships with some our closest neighbours, and the potential for collaboration now and into the future.

International collaboration is fundamental to humanities research. It provides the foundation for informed engagement in areas such as policy, trade, and diplomacy, and ensures that we can address challenges that cross national borders, such as climate change, ageing populations, cybersecurity, and systemic inequality.


Volume two

Volume 2, containing profiles of humanities research strengths, organisational structures, and policy settings in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Australia will be published online this year.


This project is funded by the Australian Research Council through the Learned Academies Special Projects scheme. The scheme invests in the future of Australian research by providing vital funds to the Learned Academies to support strategic disciplinary initiatives.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.