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

    Trans-Asian migration: Beyond “ethnic communities”

    TBA, Tue 24- Wed 25 Nov 2015, 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


JSC - The Sommelier and National Narratives of Wine Culture in Japan by Jason Jones
Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, Building 54 (next to the bus loop), Monash University, Clayton Campus
Event Date: 15/04/2015

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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

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Monash Asia Institute Research Day 2015
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 15/05/2015


  • 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
  • What is Socialist about Socialist Law? Exploring Epistemic and Institutional Change in Socialist Asia  from Monash Business School Two day conference at the University of Hong Kong on 28 and 29 October, 2015  Over fifty years ago, communist states across Asia turned to the Soviet Bloc for inspiration in developing their legal systems. They enacted constitutions, laws and established Read more
  • Call for Paper Proposals An International Workshop   TITLE: All I Need Is Love?  Nation, Affect and Aversion in a Post-Imagined-Community Asia   Date & Venue: 23-24 October 2015 at National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei  Organized by Graduate Institute of Mass Communication, National Taiwan Normal University & Monash Asia Institute, Monash University  We invite interested presenters to send a 300-word paper proposal to by Read more
  • 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