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Director's welcome

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies web page. This page outlines, the activities of the Centre, its mission, goals and achievements.

Established in 1993, the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies provides a focus for research, teaching, interdisciplinary applications and public education on the interactions among culture, society, economics and politics in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region.

The Centre is particularly interested in examining the changes at the cultural and political levels which have radically altered international, strategic and economic relationships on a global basis. Interactions between 'East' and 'West', as well as the future direction of Australia in its relations with Asia are fundamental aspects of the Centre's activities.

Alongside research, publishing and flow-on into existing teaching programs, the Centre is also involved in hosting public lectures, seminar series, and outreach to other international, regional and local organisations. Research Papers, conferences papers, book and research projects are taken up on a continuing basis.

If you are interested in knowing more about the centre or would like to contribute to our growing body of knowledge in this area, please contact me via [email protected] .

Dr R. James Ferguson, Director
B.A. (Hons) (Macq), PhD (Bond)

The Culture Mandala

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The Culture Mandala is a non-technical Bulletin aimed at increasing academic and public awareness of cultural and political affairs which impact on international relations, globalisation and East-West Relations.

Browse the full archive of Culture Mandala articles.


Seminar series

Each year, the Centre runs a number of public seminars. Recent seminars have included Confucius Goes West: Rethinking Chinese Humanism for the Twenty 21st Century (by Senior Faculty Fellow Alan Chan), Reflections on the Atomic Age (by Professor Joseph M. Siracusa), AIDS and Instability in China’s ‘New Frontier’ (by Dr Anna Hayes), Understanding Australia’s International Behaviour – Perspectives from Middle Power Diplomacy (by Yue Cui), Nuclear Extended Deterrence and a Northeast Asian Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone: Could They Co-exist? (by Professor Peter Hayes), and China’s Vision of Global Order: Harmony Versus Power? (by Dr Rosita Dellios & Dr R. James Ferguson).

Please contact Dr R. James Ferguson (Tel: +61 7 5595 2520, Email: [email protected]) or Dr Rosita Dellios (Tel: +61 7 5595 2514, Email: [email protected]) if you would like to attend, present, or otherwise be involved in future seminars.