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Academic ambassadors, Pacific alliesAustralia, America and the Fulbright Program$
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Alice Garner and Diane Kirkby

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526128973

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526128973.001.0001

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‘Mutual benefit’ v. ‘the needs of the country’: Programming academic fields

‘Mutual benefit’ v. ‘the needs of the country’: Programming academic fields

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Academic ambassadors, Pacific allies

Alice Garner

Diane Kirkby

Manchester University Press

A vital aspect of the Fulbright program’s history is showing how the program influenced changes, especially in the development of academic fields. The field of research emphases in awards reveals how tensions between the US and Australia could surface in regard to what might be seen as changing national preoccupations. Australia at first struggled to attract humanities and social science scholars as it was not seen to be very attractive and Americans preferred Europe or countries in Asia. Fulbright awards were nevertheless valuable in developing fields that made Australia the focus of study, e.g. Australian literature.

Keywords:   Fulbright program, Educational exchange, US cultural diplomacy, Australia-US relations

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