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This webinar will explore the changing conceptions of Australia’s region across the 20th and 21st Centuries. It contextualises Australia’s recent shift towards the Indo-Pacific within a longer history of elite and non-elite approaches to Asia and the world.

This event is online. A zoom link will be sent to registered attendees prior to the start of the event.


Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska

Agnieszka is the Director of the Menzies Australia Institute and Reader in International History and Historical Geography. She joined King’s in 2022, having previously worked at Monash University and the University of Sydney.

Agnieszka’s research explores the intersections between history, politics and geography in the contexts of international development, North-South contacts, and Australia-Asia relations. She is particularly interested in the politics of non-elite mobility and interpersonal contact through foreign aid, development volunteering, and tourism.


Professor Christophe Jaffrelot

Christophe is Avantha Chair and Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King's India Institute, and also Research Lead for the Global Institutes at King’s. He teaches South Asian politics and history at Sciences Po, Paris and is an Overseas Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was Director of Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales (CERI) at Sciences Po, between 2000 and 2008.


At this event

Agnieszka Sobocinska

Director of the Menzies Australia Institute

Professor Christophe Jaffrelot

Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology