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 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


Ambivalent Intimacies Mobile Media and Relationship Management among the Transnational Filipino Family
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 27/05/2015


Emerging Writers Festival: Visiting Indonesian Writers
Room HB.32 (basement), Building H, Monash University Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 28/05/2015


  • MAI Bulletin-MAY 2015 From the MAI Acting Director’s Desk April was the cruellest month. While Vanuatu was still reeling from Cyclone Pam in March, Nepal was shaken by an earthquake of the magnitude of 7.8-8.1, with massive loss to life and resources. As The Diplomat reports, the Asia-Pacific has accounted for 61 percent of global losses from Read more
  • Asian Horizons: Giuseppe Tucci’s Buddhist, Indian, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies Congratulations to  Dr David Templeman and Dr Angelo Andrea Di Castro on the arrival of their book Asian Horizons  published in honour of the great scholar of Asia, Professor Giuseppe Tucci (1894–1984). Through the work of present-day scholars, both senior and emerging, this volume represents their efforts to maintain the Read more
  • Congratulations to Emeritus Prof Marika Vicziany the Director of National Centre for South Asian Studies on her recent Book Launch: The European Union and India – rhetoric or meaningful partnership? (Co authored by Professors Winand and Vicziany and Dr Datar)Using both historical insights and contemporary policy analysis, authors Professor Pascaline Winand, Marika Vicziany and Poonam Datar investigate whether the social, Read more
  • Independent Chinese Documentary: Alternative Visions, Alternative Publics offers an accessible an account of China’s contemporary independent documentary culture, considering how independent documentaries probe, question and challenge the dominant ideas and narratives circulating in China’s state-sanctioned public sphere.         Forthcoming book Independent Chinese Documentary:Alternative Visions, Alternative Publics For more details :   Dr Dan Edwards Sessional Lecturer, Melbourne University Freelance writer & journalist Editor, Senses of Read more
  • We are delighted to announce that Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, Director of the Monash Asia Institute, has been successful in securing Toyota Foundation funding of 6.4million yen for an international collaborative project he is leading on reconsidering multiculturalism from a transAsian/East Asian perspective. The project aims to promote transAsian connections and involves 5 academics collaborating with Read more
  • MAI Bulletin-April2015 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
  • International Conference on Lao Studies Call for Papers Deadline for submissions: Please submit abstracts in English before October 31, 2015. When: Friday, 08 July 2016 to Sunday, 10 July 2016  Where: Thammasat University; Bangkok, Thailand  The Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Fifth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS V) will Read more
  • The Ninth International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 9) Adelaide, Australia, 5-9 July 2015   Registration for ICAS 9 is open.   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 of the National Graduate Read more
  •  Asian Studies in Africa: the Challenges and Prospects of a New Axis of Intellectual Interaction  Conference Dates: 24 – 26 September 2015 Location Accra, Ghana The conference Organized by A-Asia in cooperation with the International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS), “Asian Studies in Africa” will be the first ever conference held in Africa bringing together a multi-disciplinary – multi-sector ensemble of Read more
  • 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences The International Congress of Historical Science started in 1900. It is held every five years and has already been held 21 times since the original congress. Being the most influential academic activity of historical science, it enjoys a reputation of “Olympics of historians”. The 22nd International Conference of Historical Sciences ( Read more
  • Language, Power and Identity in Asia: Creating and Crossing Language Boundaries Deadline 15 May 2015 Conference dates 14 – 16 March 2016 Venue National Museum of Antiquities Rapenburg 28, Leiden  We are hosting an international conference to explore the interrelations between language, power and identity in Asia. Participants are invited to submit a paper to address aspects of this topic, with a particular Read more