Dr. Agnieszka Sobocinska is Deputy Director of the National Centre for Australian Studies. She is an historian with research specialisations in Australian relations with Asia, particularly in the intersection between popular opinion and international affairs, and the history of travel and tourism.
Agnieszka holds a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her research has been distinguished with prizes by the Australian Historical Association, the History Council of New South Wales, the Asian Studies Association of Australia and the International Australian Studies Association.
Her latest book, Visiting the Neighbours: Australians in Asia examines the history of Australian travel to Asia from World War II to the present day, showing that travel experiences helped shape both public opinion and diplomacy towards the region.
‘ … Puts travel to Asia firmly on the ‘Asia-literacy’ map. This is not only a richly detailed, subtly argued and historically informed study of the Australian traveller in Asia. It is also smart, sharp and a very good read.’ – David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies, Peking University.
Visiting the Neighbours: Australians in Asia (NewSouth, 2014) is now available at: https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/australians-in-asia-redux/With David Walker, she co-edited Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century (UWA Publishing, 2012). ‘Every now and then a book comes along that forces us to reconceptualise our national history, to see that history, and thus ourselves, in a new way, and to understand how we failed to see what is now so strikingly obvious. Australia’s Asia should be credited as one of these landmark collections.’ – Peter Cochrane review of ‘Australia’s Asia’ in ‘The Australian’, 26/01/2013 Australia’s Asia: From Yellow Peril to Asian Century is available at: http://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/australia-s-asia-from-yellow-peril-to-asian-century