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.



  • 2014 MAI Annual International Conferences

    Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now (PROGRAM UPLOADED!!)

    Thu 6- Fri 7 Nov 2014, Monash University Caulfield Campus

    “Asia Literacy” in practice

    12 June (Thurs) 2014, Monash University Caulfield Campus

    2014 MAI Research Day

    12 September (Fri), 12-4pm, 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

Mitsubishi Poster4

Mitsubishi Seminar 2014 - Interactive Futures, Glimpses from Japan
Monash Law Chambers
Event Date: 27/10/2014

Registration required. Registration closes at COB on 13 October 2014 After this date please contact Shimako Iwasaki with attendee and registration details. Please note that spaces are limited and we may not be able to accommodate all late registrations.


Beauty Work and “Asian” Body Aesthetics: Beyond “Global Whiteness”
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 31/10/2014


Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now: International Conference
Lecture Theatre HB39 Monash Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 06/11/2014 - 07/11/2014

Three fasionable young Japanese ladies at the park

Interactive Futures: Young People’s Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond- Conference Details TBA
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 01/12/2014 - 02/12/2014


  • 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
  • MAI-Bulletin-August-2014   From the MAI Director’s Desk During the semester break, there were many well attended events, including a highly successful international symposium on, Asia Literacy in Practice. More will be coming in the second semester. In August. Trans-Asia as Method seminar series will reconsider the study of migration from trans-Asian perspectives. A special lecture organized by The ... Read more
  • The International Symposium -“Asia Literacy” in practice was held on Thursday  12 June 2014 at Monash University Caulfield Campus The Symposium addressed the importance of “Asia literacy” as it has been widely discussed in Australia since the 1990s and was given renewed emphasis in the 2012 White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. The Asia Education Foundation has been working ... Read more
  • MAI Bulletin June 2014   From the MAI Director’s Desk On 12 June, MAI is holding a one-day international symposium, Asia Literacy in Practice. This one-day symposium will highlight the experiences of people who have been involved in practicing “Asia literacy” through their work in such fields as secondary and university education, business, craft art, activism and media. ... Read more
  • Interactive Futures: Young People’s Mediated Lives in the Asia Pacific and Beyond A conference hosted by the Consortium for Youth, Generations and Culture, Sociology, Monash University, the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research, Griffith University and support from the Monash Asia Institute This conference explores young people’s engagement with new modes of mediated communication, self‐expression and culture‐making across  ... Read more
  • “Asia Literacy” in practice Date: 12 June (Thurs) 2014 Venue: H.B39 (at Basement of Building H), Monash University Caulfield Campus The importance of “Asia literacy” has been widely discussed in Australia since the 1990s and was given renewed emphasis in the 2012 White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. The Asia Education Foundation has been working ... Read more
  • Call for papers Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now  International Conference Asian Cultural & Media Studies Research Cluster, Monash Asia Institute Thu 6- Fri 7 Nov 2014   (Proposals due no later than 12 May) The Asian Cultural & Media Studies Research Cluster of the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University will host an international conference, ‘Asian Cultural and Media Studies ... Read more
  • MAI Bulletin MAY 2014 From the Director’s Desk In May, Trans-Asia as method will be jointly organized with Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster, whose topic is ABC’s international broadcasting service in Asian regions. We will also have three student seminars. At the Mon@sia seminar, undergraduate students will critically discuss the issues of “Asia Literacy”. Three ... Read more
  •   HAFU  -THE MIXED-RACE EXPERIENCE IN JAPAN  Directed by Megumi Nishikura & Lara Perez Takagi, 2013  WHEN: Wednesday 28th May 2014, Doors open 5:30pm for a 5:45pm start LOCATION: Wallace Theatre, The University of Sydney RSVP REQUIRED: With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in Japan, some ... Read more
  • TRANS-ASIA Seminar Series and THE ASIAN CULTURAL AND MEDIA STUDIES RESEARCH CLUSTER  present: Tender intimacies: Australia Network television to Asia   Presented by: Dr. John Tebbutt (Monash University) Tuesday 6 May, 2.30pm – 4:00 pm ACJC Meeting Room H8.05 Monash Caulfield Campus     Public diplomacy attempts to address transnational collectivities through affective attributes or what has been described as ‘soft power’: the ... Read more