The Menzies Centre for Australian Studies was established in the University of London in 1982. Initially part of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, the Centre moved to King's College London in 1999.
The Centre is endowed by the Australian Government and subscriptions from a large number of Australian universities.
The Menzies Centre's object is to promote Australian studies in British and European universities. In its broadest manifestation, the Centre is an Australian cultural base in London, providing a highly regarded forum for the discussion of Australian issues. The Centre's public lectures, conferences, seminars, briefings and literary readings attract a diverse audience and help to produce a more comprehensive, detailed and balanced perception of Australian politics, economics, life and culture than is popularly available.
The Centre administers scholarships and fellowships which helps cement intellectual links between Australia and Britain. Within the college the Centre offers undergraduate courses in Australian history, film and literature, MA modules in Australian Studies (history, politics, film and literature) and supervises MPhil and PhD research.
The Menzies Centre acts as an Australian bridge into Europe. Our staff are closely involved with the British Australian Studies Association and the European Association of Studies on Australia. Staff also lecture throughout Europe and provide informed advice on matters Australian to academics, the media and governments.
The Menzies Centre publishes an Annual Report, the annual Menzies and Reese lectures, conference proceedings and the London Papers in Australian Studies series.
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