The Culture and Politics in Asia and the Middle East (CPAME) thematic group is constituted by a group of world-leading researchers and emerging scholars who come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds but share research interests in Asia and the Middle East.
The group regularly hosts international and national events with a focus on Australia and its relationship with Asia, the Middle East and beyond. By continuing to foster research and institutional links with leading universities, think tanks and NGOs in Asia and the Middle East, the group seeks to facilitate interactions among researchers and promote collaborative research especially around the following issues:
- The varied and rapidly changing nature of civil society, democracy and governance in contemporary Asia and Middle East;
- Defining ‘Asia’ and the ‘Middle East’ and examining how the broader region has been variously constructed and understood in the ‘West’ in general and in Australia in particular;
- Understanding the theoretical and policy challenges of cross-cultural literacy in the Australian context;
- The complex and overlapping histories of these regions and their myriad languages, cultures, political movements and economic models;
- The contested and fluid nature and causes of regionalism and ‘power shifts’ in Asia and the Middle East and their implications for international relations and Australia’s regional engagement;
- Understanding how the ‘Asian Century’ is imagined and represented in the West and within the region itself;
- Promoting innovative undergraduate teaching and the supervision of higher degree work in the field;
- Utilising inter-disciplinary approaches and methodologies as the basis for understanding the complexities of the region.