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.

    It is our great pleasure to welcome Dr Mridula Chakraborty to the MAI family as Acting Director while Koichi Iwabuchi is away on OSP. Dr Chakraborty comes to Monash University from the University of Western Sydney, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer with the Writing and Society Research Centre. Dr Chakraborty undertook my doctoral studies at the University of Alberta, Canada, after gaining an MPhil, MA and BA in English Literature at the University of Delhi, India. Her specialisation is in literary, cultural and feminist studies. Dr Chakraborty’s current areas of interest include literatures of decolonisation, postcolonial and diaspora studies, translation theory and practice, studies in multiculturalism, minority-migration-memory, identity formation, global Englishes and publishing regimes, public intellectuals and spaces, indigeneity across borders, culinary cultures and Bombay cinema.

    We wish Professor Koichi Iwabuchi  success on his OSP and look forward to working with Dr Chakraborty until Prof. Iwabuchi returns late June 2015.




  • 2015 MAI Annual International Conferences

    All I Need Is Love? Nation, Affect and Aversion in a Post-Imagined-Community Asia

    23-24 Oct  2015 at National Taiwan Normal University

    Taipei symposium

    Trans-Asian migration: Beyond “ethnic communities”

    TBA, Tue 24- Wed 25 Nov 2015, Monash University Caulfield Campus

    MAI Research Day 2015 (May)

    TBA, Monash University Caulfield Campus

    MAI Seminar series

    Mon@sia is a public forum that aims to critically rethink fundamental questions around why and how we study about “Asia” and go beyond the compartmentalization of the studies of “Asia” as something happening “over there”. Trans-Asia as method is an academic seminar series that aims to facilitate trans-Asian and cross-disciplinary dialogue by comparatively and collaboratively and develop new conceptualization and theorization from Asian experiences and de-Westernizing the production of knowledge. In addition, there are regular and occasional seminars organized by Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Japanese Studies Centre, National Centre for South Asian Studies, and Centre for Malaysian Studies. For the details of those seminars, please see Calendar and Events page.


Upcoming Events

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The Monash Asia Institute and the Australia Indonesia Centre
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 30/04/2015

Ms Nalanda Robson

Trans-Asia as Method Seminar - Bride-prices and dowries in a changing Asia
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 08/05/2015


  • Warmest greeting from Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III) of the University of Tokyo. We would like to inform you that the Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation Media-Content Research Project in conjunction with the University of Tokyo will host a summer program focusing on Japanese pop culture. Each summer, the program will focus on a different aspect of Japanese Read more
  • JAPANESE FESTIVAL -FRANKSTON 2015 Cultural Fair Frankston-Susono Friendship Association Celebrating the sister-city relationship between Frankston and Susono   Sunday 3rd May 2015 10am -4pm FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE Cnr Young St and Davey St   Read more
  • 2015 Seminar Series News   Read more
  • MAI Bulletin-March2015 From the MAI Acting Director’s Desk Dear MAI scholars and researchers, It is my great pleasure to be part of the MAI family as Acting Director while Koichi Iwabuchi is away on OSP. I come to Monash University from the University of Western Sydney, where I was a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer with the Writing Read more
  • The Ninth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 9) Adelaide, Australia, 5-9 July 2015 The acceptance letters for ICAS 9 were posted mid-December. A list of the accepted panel topics and a schedule for the convention is now available online. We are pleased to announce that the first keynote speech will be delivered by Professor Takashi Shiraishi Read more
  • Trans-Asian Cultural and Media Studies Postgraduate Research Opportunities at Monash University, Melbourne   We are very excited to announce the launch of a new research area, Trans-Asian Cultural and Media Studies in the postgraduate research program of Film, Media & Communication at the Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Melbourne. Currently there are 13 prominent scholars available for supervision. Read more
  • SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION     THE HUGH OWEN PRIZE   Each year the South Asian Studies Association (SASA) offers the Hugh Owen prize for the best undergraduate essay in South Asian studies. For the purposes of the prize, the term ‘South Asia’ covers the nations of the Indian subcontinent and is taken to include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Read more
  • MAI Bulletin NOV-DEC 2014 From the MAI Director’s Desk The 2014 teaching weeks have ended. But MAI’s research activities still continue! There will be two large international conferences in November and December—Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now and Interactive Futures: Young People’s Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond. Please also find in this bulletin the Read more
  • “Successes and Challenges: 40 Years of ASEAN-Australia Dialogue Partnership” and the launch of The Australia-ASEAN Dialogue: Tracing 40 Years of Partnership Conference Time: 8.30am – 4.45pm Date: Wednesday 3 December 2014 Venue: Theatrette, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne (Access via Gate 3 on La Trobe St) RSVP: Click Here Book Launch Time: 6pm – 7.30pm Date: Wednesday 3 December 2014 Venue: The Courtyard, State Read more
  • MAI-Bulletin-October-2014 From the MAI Director’s Desk MAI’s inaugural Research Day was very successfully held on 12 September. Around sixty people from various disciplines, schools, centres and faculties joined together and more than twenty people made a brief presentation about their research projects. It was a great occasion that showcased various researches conducted within Monash and facilitated intellectual conversation among researchers working Read more
  • MAI-Bulletin-September-2014 From the MAI Director’s Desk The first MAI research day is coming closer. This will be a great occasion that showcases various research conducted within Monash and facilitates intellectual conversation among researchers. We really hope that many researchers are participating in this inaugural event on 12th September. On 18 September, MAI is organizing a screening seminar Read more