PDF FLYER: 76thGeorgeMorrisonLecture

In the century from the 1880s to the 1980s there were numerous accounts of what ‘the rise of Asia’ would mean for Australia. While it can be reasonably argued that Australia underwent considerable change across this period there were also continuities in the way ‘Asia’ was represented, understood and explained. The lecture will discuss some of the repeated stories or narratives that governed the Australian discussion of Asia across this period.

High on the list were the ‘warning’ and the ‘opportunity’ narratives and in each case Asia was understood to be moving towards an Asian future.

There were often sharply polarised understandings of what this journey from a British/European past to an Asian future might mean, but the journey to Asia was often !gured as a transformative encounter. Among those transformations was the shift from Australia as a remote outpost of the British Empire to a nation at the heart of the struggle for power between East and West. However Asia was understood, each of these competing narratives had implications for how Australians should respond to their changing circumstances, thereby turning the response to Asia into a test of nationhood. Herein lies another story about the informed/visionary few who knew Asia and the ignorant many who did not.

LECTURE BY Professor David Walker | BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies, Peking University, and Alfred Deakin Professor at Deakin University, Melbourne.

David Walker took up his current position as the inaugural BHP Billiton Chair of
Australian Studies at Peking University in February 2013. He has written extensively
on Australian representations of Asia. His prize-winning book, Anxious Nation:
Australia and the Rise of Asia, 1850 to 1939 (UQP, 1999) has been translated into
Chinese and published by China Renmin University Press (2009).

Location: The Auditorium, Australian Centre on China in the World, China in the World Building #188, Fellows Lane, ANU

Registration required:

Contact Info: E | T 02 6125 7086

This lecture is free and open to the public. It is preceded by light refreshments at 5:30pm.