Australian Society for Inner Asian Studies Conference

8 December 2010

The University of Sydney Confucius Institute co-presented the sixth Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies (ASIAS) Conference at the University of Sydney last weekend, 20 & 21 November, in conjunction with Macquarie University. The conference, entitled 'Weaving the Silk Road', spanned over two days and brought together around 40 academics and experts from all over Australia and New Zealand. This conference has had a six year hiatus, but was revived this year to enormous success.

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr Samuel Lieu, a lecturer at Macquarie University and guest lecturer at Cambridge University, whose main field of research is ancient and early medieval history with a primary focus on the contacts between ancient civilisations across Central Asia. Professor Lieu currently represents the Australian Academy at the International Union of Academies and he is Co-Director of the UNESCO-sponsored Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum Project, a major international research and publication project. The Silk Road conference hosted speakers from a range of disciplines and perspectives and attendees were treated to many fascinating new insights.

Australian Society for Inner Asian Studies Conference
Australian Society for Inner Asian Studies Conference

2010 has been a very successful year for the University of Sydney Confucius Institute, hosting over 20 events throughout the year and attracting around 100 students to our classes.

We held a successful teacher training program attended by 19 New South Wales state and private school teachers in attendance. We also held a Chinese Opera night which was attended by over 1,000 people, as well as a Calligraphy Exhibition Workshop with 300 guests.

Along with the many academic and cultural events we have hosted throughout the year, we have also continued to expand our Chinese language program and have developed culture courses in the fields of Tai Ji, Calligraphy and Chinese Painting. We have hosted a several academic exchange programs and this month we sending a group of students on our first In-Country program to universities in Shanghai and Suzhou, where they will develop their Chinese language skills and learn about Chinese culture.

This year has been one of expansion and development at the University of Sydney Confucius Institute and this will continue in 2011 with two new classes in the fields of interpreting and translation, as well as many more exciting events to promote China and its culture to the Australian people.