Staff profile - Sally Percival Wood

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Dr Sally Percival Wood

Position: Casual Academic
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus



Dr Sally Percival Wood is an Australia-Asia historian and Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her postdoctoral project is the study of the 40th Anniversary of Australia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership. This represents an extension of her doctoral research on the Bandung Conference as it traces the post-war foreign policies of decolonising Asia and Australia and how these transitions continue to shape Australia's relations with Asia. Sally also worked with Asialink at The University of Melbourne (2010-12) where she managed the Track Two Diplomacy program, and in 2014 gave public lectures in Vietnam, Cambodia and Brunei and Darussalam on the Australia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Also continuing her doctoral research, Sally is currently writing a history of Afro-Asian solidarity movements from 1900 to 1955. This project looks at the various Pan-African and Pan-Asian, and Afro-Asian, conferences in the first half of the twentieth century, the radial media generated by these movements, and how they interacted with anti-imperialism activists in Britain, Europe and the United States.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Deakin University, 2003
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2011


Knowledge areas

  • The Asian-African Conference at Bandung, Indonesia, 1955
  • Colonial and post-colonialAfro-Asian and Pan-Asian solidarity movements
  • Australia's relations with Asia inthe 1950s
  • Media and lierary representations of Asia
  • Australia-ASEAN relations and the Dialogue Partnership


Awards and prizes

The Neil Archbold Memorial Travel Award and Medal (2009)
Travelling Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Deakin University (2001)


Research projects

  • Australia's Engagement with Asia: The importance of culture
  • Forty years of Australia-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership

Research interests

The Bandung Conference 1955

Australia's post-war relations with Asia

Asian regionalism

Pan-Asian and Afro-Asian solidarity movements

Anti-imperialism movements

Media (English-language) representations of Asia and Asians

Radical print media

Research grants


Australia-Malaysia Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade- $9,070

Australia-Thailand Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - $5,500

Australia-Indonesia Institute, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - $5,000

Research page



Edited Books

Percival Wood, S. and He Baogang He (eds) (2014) The Australia-ASEAN Dialogue: Tracing 40 Years of Partnership. New York: Palgrave Macmillan


Mansouri, F. and S. Percival Wood (2008) Identity, Education and Belonging: Arab and Muslim Youth in Contemporary Australia. Melbourne: MUP


Percival Wood, S. and Baogang He (2014) ‘Introduction’ in The Australia-ASEAN Dialogue: Tracing 40 Years of Partnership, S. Percival Wood and He Baogang (eds). New York: Palgrave Macmillan (1-10)

Percival Wood, S. (2014) ‘Australia and ASEAN: A Marriage of Convenience?’ in The Australia-ASEAN Dialogue: Tracing 40 Years of Partnership, S. Percival Wood and He Baogang (eds). New York: Palgrave Macmillan (13-32)

Leach, M. and S. Percival Wood (2014) ‘Timor-Leste: Australia, Indonesia, and ASEAN’ in The Australia-ASEAN Dialogue: Tracing 40 Years of Partnership, S. Percival Wood and He Baogang (eds). New York: Palgrave Macmillan (67-85)

Percival Wood, S. (2013) ‘“The Missing Link” Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Australia-India Relations’ in Enriched Relations: Public Diplomacy in Australian-Indian Relations, D. Lowe and A. Sarwal (eds). New Delhi: Readworthy Publications (P) Ltd (167-186)

Percival Wood, S. (2012) ‘Teaching history in the “Asian Century”’ in Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century, D. Walker and A. Sobocinska (eds). Perth: University of Western Australia Press (322-344)

Percival Wood, S. (2010) ‘Constructing an Alternative Regional Identity: Panchsheel and India-China Diplomacy at the Asian-African Conference 1955’ in Alterities in Asia: Reflections on identity and regionalism, Yew Kong Leong (ed). New York: Routledge (46-64)

Mansouri, F. and S. Percival Wood (2006) ‘Exploring the Australia-Middle East Connection’ in Australia and the Middle East: A Frontline Relationship, F. Mansouri (ed). London: I.B. Tauris


Percival Wood, S. (2012) Article Review: ‘Retrieving the Bandung Conference … moment by moment’ Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (43, 3: 523-530)

Percival Wood, S. and M. Leach (2011) ‘“Rediscovery”, ‘“Reinvigoration” and “Redefinition” in Perpetuity: Australian Engagement with India 1983-2011’ Australian Journal of Politics and History (57, 4: 526-542)

Percival Wood, S. (2010) ‘CHOU GAGS CRITICS AT BANDOENG OR How the media framed Premier Zhou Enlai at Bandung, 1955’. Modern Asian Studies (44, 5:1001-1027)


Milner, A. and S. Percival Wood (Editors) (2012) Our Place in the Asian Century: Southeast Asia as ‘The Third Way’ Asialink: The University of Melbourne


Percival Wood, S. (2014) ‘The Australia-ASEAN Partnership at 40: Past Dilemmas and Future Prospects’ The Conversation, 12 September

Percival Wood, S. (2013) ‘Have attitudes to Asia changed in 60 years? Not as much as you’d think’ The Conversation, 12 August

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