Monash Asia Institute

  •  Welcome to Monash Asia Institute (MAI)!  

    MAI is a multi-disciplinary research centre representing the Asian research expertise in all ten faculties on all Monash campuses located in Australia and abroad. Founded in 1988 as the Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies, it was reconstituted as the MAI in 1992 to bring together a wide range of Asia-related activities in the University and develop collaborative links with like-minded institutions in Australia, Asia, the USA and Europe. Now located in the Arts Faculty, MAI  endeavors to facilitate innovative research on Asian regions and promote cross-disciplinary and trans-Asian intellectual dialogue within and outside Monash.

    MAI Research Day on “Global Asia”  (27 April 2018)

    See the forthcoming events & news in the MAI April 2018 BULLETIN

  • FOCUS THEMES & REGIONAL COORDINATORS (**Inaugural Seminar on 31 March**)

    MAI establishes four focus themes to promote inter-disciplinary and trans-Asian research collaboration and dialogue. Coordinators of focus themes will organize trans-Asia seminar series. MAI will also invite international scholars who are working on the below themes to give a talk at trans-Asia seminar series.

    1. Migration, Diaspora and Belonging (Coordinated by GIl Soo Han and Mridula Chakraborty)
    2. Diversity, Mobility and Inclusion (coordinated by Julian Millie & Koichi Iwabuchi)
    3. Media, Culture and Performance (coordinated by Ariel Heryanto & Olivia Khoo)
    4. Cultural Citizenship and Public Pedagogy (coordinated by Koichi Iwabuchi & Philip Chan)


    MAI also appoint regional coordinators who are responsible for facilitating cross-regional exchange and responding to inquiries about the research of the region:

    East Asia: Gil Soo Han and Gloria Davies/Jonathan Benney

    Southeast Asia: Ariel Heryanto and Julian Millie

    South Asia: Mridula Chakraborty and Chandani Lokuge


Upcoming Events

Call for Papers: Cultural Industries in Ageing Asia
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Event Date: 19/10/2019 - 20/10/2019

International Conference

Cultural Industries in Ageing Asia

Many Asian countries are facing a rapidly ageing population. Its impact on the economy, labour force and social security system has much attracted academic study. However, relatively missing is cultural facets—how ageing population is affecting the shapes, marketing strategies and services of cultural industries in Asian regions. Examining the transformation of cultural industries due to ageing populations and the growing importance of senior markets, this conference will rethink the conception and practice of cultural industries, which has been studied mostly from the viewpoints of younger generation, and discuss the future of cultural industries.

We invite the submission of a paper proposal that examines the following topics regarding ageing populations and senior markets in Asia (not exclusive):

  • Transformation of media industries (TV, film, radio, newspaper, comics, fictions, magazines)
  • Emerging services of media and cultural industries
  • Digital communication and social media
  • Fashion and cosmetic industries
  • Health and death industries
  • Nostalgia industries
  • Volunteer industries
  • Life after retirement
  • Marketisation of cultural welfare
  • Education industries: Cultural centrer and civil seminars
  • Fandom
  • Trans-Asian media and cultural flows
  • The revival of pop culture in the past
  • Creative industries

The conference will be held at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul on 19 (Sat) and 20 (Sun) October 2019, co-organised by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Media and Communication Research Institute, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and School of Communications, Kwangwoon University.

Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 15 January 2019 to:

Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Cultural Industries in Ageing Asia” in the subject line. Acceptance of a proposal will be notified by the end of February 2019.

We are planning to publish selected papers in an edited volume or special journal issue. Speakers are required to submit papers in advance for the purpose of pre-circulation among participants. But the conference format will be discussion-oriented and all speakers will give a concise talk for 15 minutes by discussing key theoretical questions with related empirical examination rather than reading papers.

Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs. There will be no registration fees for the conference.

We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!


Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University)

Gil-Soo Han (Monash University)

Yeran Kim (Kwangwoon University)

Young-Gil Chae (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)




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