Distinguished Professor Ien Ang was the founding Director of Institute of Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Her books, including Watching Dallas, Desperately Seeking the Audience and On Not Speaking Chinese, are recognised as classics in the field and her work has been translated into many languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Turkish, German, Korean, and Spanish.
Professor Ang's innovative interdisciplinary work deals broadly with patterns of cultural flow and exchange in our globalised world, focusing on issues such as: the formation of audiences and publics, the politics of identity and difference, migration, ethnicity and multiculturalism in Australia and Asia, issues of representation in contemporary cultural institutions. As a prominent public speaker and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, she is frequently called on for keynote addresses in Australia and internationally.
As an ARC Professorial Fellow, Professor Ang aims to explore the theoretical and practical implications of notions of 'cultural complexity', in a research program entitled 'Cultural Research for the 21st Century: Building Cultural Intelligence for a Complex World'. She is a champion of collaborative cultural research and has worked extensively with partner organisations such as the NSW Migration Heritage Centre, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Special Broadcasting Service and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Professor Ang has had the title of Distinguished Professor conferred on her by Western Sydney University in recognition of her outstanding research record and eminence. She is the first person at the University to be conferred with this honour.