Founding Director's Message
I am delighted to introduce the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at The Australian National University (ANU).
CIW is a Commonwealth Government-ANU initiative that was announced by then Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Kevin Rudd MP in April 2010 during the 70th George E Morrison Lecture. Our vision and aims are laid out within the pages of this website.
The Centre was established to add to the work in Chinese studies and on China being carried out at ANU, and follows the principles of New Sinology, the core of which is an understanding of contemporary China on the basis of the past (and its evocations), and an engagement with the Chinese world in all of its inherent complexities.
CIW aims to work with other institutions both around Australia and internationally and, to that end, our academic staff is made up of specialists from ANU and other centres in Australia. We operate in a collegial and collaborative spirit that aims at bringing the humanities and social sciences into creative intellectual engagement.
Since the foundation of CIW, we have developed a small but dedicated staff who have worked to launch the initial activities of the Centre. In coming months we will be welcoming our first intake of CIW Post-doctoral Fellows and, in the meantime, look forward to meeting and working with colleagues to realise our vision, echoed by Australia's 26th Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, that this Centre be a "global institution for the integrated understanding of contemporary China in all its dimensions."
Geremie R Barmé