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 Research Day (16 October 2015)

    “Asian Studies” and Beyond: Innovative engagement with the study of Asia in the Asian century

    2015 MAI Annual International Conference 

    ALL I NEED IS LOVE?: Nation, Affect and Aversion in a Post-Imagined-Community Asia (PROGRAM UPLODED!)

    23-24 October 2015 at National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei

    Asian Migration and Rooted Transnationalism

    19-20 November 2015 at 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


A Conspiracy Discovered: Japanese Mercenaries and the Amboyna incident of 1623
Japanese Studies Centre Auditorium, Building 54 (next to the bus loop), Monash University, Clayton Campus
Event Date: 14/10/2015


MON@SIA SYMPOSIUM - ‘Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century’.
Edu-TLS Seminar CL_29Anc_Rm110 (25),
Event Date: 15/10/2015