From the Director’s Desk
In April, Trans-Asia as method will be jointly organized with Japanese Studies Centre, in which transnational flows and national policy regarding highly skilled migrants in Asia will be discussed in a comparative manner. The National Centre for South Asian Studies will have a special seminar on Sufism and shamanism in Xinjuang. At the first seminar of the Herb Feith Foundation Seminar Series 2014, the film, “Lempad of Bali” will be screened. Last but not the least, the call for papers for MAI’s 2014 international conference, Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now, which will be held in November, has just been announced. Please check the details in the bulletin and the MAI webpage!
Prof. Koichi Iwabuchi
The next MAI Bulletin is scheduled for Thursday 1 May 2014. If you have news on any events or other announcements that you would like us to include, please forward this to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu, by Tuesday 29th April 2014.
ABOUT THE MONASH ASIA INSTITUTE
The Monash Asia Institute ( 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 continuously endeavors to facilitate innovative research on Asian regions and promote cross-disciplinary and trans-Asian intellectual dialogue within and outside Monash.
MAI Conferences and Seminar series
In addition to regular seminar series organized by Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Japanese Studies Centre, National Centre for South Asian Studies, and Centre for Malaysian Studies, MAI provides international conferences and seminar series:
Mon@sia is a public forum that aims to critically engage with “Asia Literacy in the Asian Century” by rethinking fundamental questions around why and how we study about “Asia”. Involving undergraduate students and general publics, the forum aims to facilitate discussion of how we go beyond the compartmentalization of the studies of “Asia” as something happening “over there” and how we enhance the sense of shared-ness, together-ness and connected-ness in global perspectives and reimagine “Asia” and “Australia” in terms of mutual implication (not to mention the experiences of Asian Australians). An informal gathering is also regularly held in which researchers of various interests and discipline get together, know each other and exchange ideas.
Trans-Asia as method is an academic seminar series that aims to facilitate trans-Asian and cross-disciplinary dialogue by comparatively and collaboratively examining how globally shared issues are similarly, differently and/or interconnectedly articulated in various local contexts of Asian regions. Scholars working in Australian contexts and scholars working on Asian Australian experiences are also constitutive of trans-Asian dialogue. Such discussion will lead to developing new conceptualization and theorization from Asian experiences and de-Westernizing the production of knowledge.
International seminar/conference in 2014
* Asia Literacy in Practice (12 June)
* Asian Cultural and Media Studies Now (6-7 Nov)
For the details of those seminars and conferences and MAI occasional seminars, please see Calendar and Event page.
- 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: Woolley Building Room N395, The University of Sydney RSVP REQUIRED: https://hafusydney.eventbrite.com.au/ With an ever increasing movement of people between places in this transnational age, there is a mounting number of mixed-race people in ... Read more
- 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 promotion of attractive qualities to shape the preferences of target populations. In ... 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
- Securing Global Talent?: Highly Skilled Migration in Japan and Asia presented by Associate Professor Nana Oishi The competition for global talent has been becoming fierce in Asia as the region continues to experience strong economic growth. Many countries have been adopting special schemes to promote the immigration of professionals. This presentation will focus on Japan which has ... Read more
- Indian Elections 2014 What lies Beyond ? Nirupama Subramanian- Senior Associate Editor, The Hindu The election outcomes, their socio economic implications and what lies in the future beyond elections is the topic of a special event jointly organised by Centre Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES), South Asia Research Network (SARN) and Department of Economics at Monash University! The ... Read more
- Documenting China’s West: Sufism and Shamanism in Xinjiang Today As part of the Monash Asia Institute’s Kashgar Research Project, the National Centre for South Asian Studies is pleased to announce a special seminar on Sufism and Shamanism in Xinjiang Province, western China. You are invited to a talk by Professor Dimulati followed by a screening of a ... Read more
- From the Director’s Desk MAI Bulletin April 2014 In April, Trans-Asia as method will be jointly organized with Japanese Studies Centre, in which transnational flows and national policy regarding highly skilled migrants in Asia will be discussed in a comparative manner. The National Centre for South Asian Studies will have a special seminar on Sufism and shamanism in Xinjuang. At the first ... Read more
- 14P-0201 Herb Feith Memorial Lecture 2014-Final200 (3) In this, the first in the Herb Feith Foundation series of seminars on Indonesia for 2014, we will be screening John Darling’s film Lempad of Bali. In April 1978, Bali’s greatest living artist died at the extraordinary age of 116. Lempad left an equally remarkable body of art and architecture created during ... Read more
- To download Brochure Inaugural Australia Asia Education Engagement Symposium Examining the opportunities for enhanced education exchange and research partnerships with Asia including the New Colombo Plan There has been much discussion around the concept of the Asian Century and Australia’s role within this. Underpinning all of this is the need to enhance knowledge and understanding of Asia, initiate ... Read more
- Japan, Australia and the global context: Connections across languages and societies A Symposium in honour of Helen Marriott This one-day symposium marks the retirement of Associated Professor Helen Marriott from Monash University, and, reflecting the themes of her own work and that of her many students and colleagues, will address issues of language, society, and culture, across Japan, ... Read more
- TRANS-ASIA Joint Seminar Series 2014- Centre for South East Asian Studies with Monash Asia Institute“Borderless spirituality in a plural Asia: tomb-sites and normative national pieties” Flyer Date: Monday 17th March, Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Where: ACJC Seminar Room Building H level 8 (H8.05) Monash Caulfield Campus Presented by: Dr Lewis Mayo - lectures in the Chinese Studies ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin March 2014_v2 From the MAI Director’s Desk March is an exciting and refreshing month in Australia as a new academic year starts. MAI’s event activities also vigorously resume. They include MAI 2014 kick-off gathering and Trans-Asia as method seminar, which will be jointly organized with the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies. Another significant event in ... Read more
- Swāmi Vivekānanda – Re-assessing the man & his contributions INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS (ICCR) NEW DELHI, INDIA In partnership with the National Centre for South Asian Studies, Monash University and The South Asian Studies Association of Australia 21st and 22nd February 2014 VENUE: SEASON’S BOTANIC GARDENS HOTEL 348 St Kilda Road Melbourne. (Opposite the Shrine of Remembrance) OUR OBJECTIVES Narandranath ... Read more
- An Invitation to the the launch of the David Hanan Collection of Indonesian Films is a rare opportunity to celebrate decades of study and dedication to Indonesian Film and culture and to experience some rare footage of a gone-by-era. You are invited to:The Japanese Studies Centre, Building 54, Clayton Campus (near the bus stop opposite the Law ... Read more
- Postgraduate conference awards The ASAA is offering 10 awards for postgraduate students to attend its 20th biennial conference in Perth 7-10 July 2014 The Award Each award is valued at $1,100 and provides: Registration for the workshop and conference Accommodation for 5 nights in a University college Attendance at the conference dinner Awardees are expected to obtain any airfare from their home ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin NOVEMBER 2013 From the Director’s Desk We are having many stimulating events in November. MAI will organize an international workshop, Multiculturalism and Asia (21-22 Nov). Many prominent academics and young researchers will get together to discuss multicultural questions in the Asian contexts. There are also special lectures by two internationally renowned professors. On 29 Nov, ... Read more
- MAI International Workshop Multiculturalism and Asia Organized by Monash Asia Institute in conjunction with Sociology, School of Political and Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts, Monash University 21-22 November 2013 Venue: Room HB.32 (basement), Building H, Monash University Caulfield campus Registration required. RSVP (by 15 Nov) to: MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu or Sharon.Elliott@monash.edu 21 November 9:30- Registration 10:00-10:15 Welcome by Koichi Iwabuchi & Anita Harris 10:15-11:30 Rethinking ... Read more
- Kartini: The Complete Writings, 1898-1904 Edited and translated by Joost Coté In Indonesia, the legacy of Raden Ajeng Kartini (1879–1904) is celebrated on Kartini Day, 21 April, every year. Around the world Kartini is recognised as a major figure in the history of the advancement of women, their education and emancipation.The product of several decades’ study and ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin OCTOBER 2013 From the Director’s Desk In October, we will have intriguing events that give us precious food for thought regarding “Australia in the Asian Century”. National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) will organize China-Australia Research Symposium, which features three visiting fellows from China. Mon@sia will discuss the issues of language teaching and Asia literacy. ... Read more
- Multiculturalism and “Asia” International workshop Monash Asia Institute in conjunction with the School of Political & Social Inquiry Monash University 21-22 Nov 2013 Monash Asia Institute together with the School of Political and Social Inquiry will host an international workshop of ‘Multiculturalism and “Asia”’ at Monash University, Caulfield campus in Melbourne on 21 and 22 November 2013. The workshop has ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin Sep2013 From the MAI Director’s Desk Spring has already come! September will be another hectic month for MAI friends. We will have many exciting seminars such as Chinese modernity and creative industries, a memoir of Lily Chan, the winner of the 2013 Dobbie Literary Award, and the issues in teaching pop culture to enhance Asian ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin AUGUST 2013 The second semester has just begun and MAI’s exciting seminars and other activities are also set in motion. They cover a variety of topics and regions, such as Asian literacy and the internationalization of language education in Australia and the end of the Japanese empire and its implication for the current territorial ... Read more
- Call for papers — Multiculturalism and “Asia” International workshop Monash Asia Institute in conjunction with the School of Political & Social Inquiry Monash University 21-22 Nov 2013 Monash Asia Institute together with the School of Political and Social Inquiry will host an international workshop of ‘Multiculturalism and “Asia”’ at Monash University, Caulfield campus in Melbourne on 21 and 22 ... Read more