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.
FOCUS THEMES & REGIONAL COORDINATORS (**Inaugural Seminar on 31 March**)
MAI establishes four focus themes to promote inter-disciplinary and trans-Asian research collaboration and dialogue. Coordinators of focus themes will organize trans-Asia seminar series. MAI will also invite international scholars who are working on the below themes to give a talk at trans-Asia seminar series.
- Migration, Diaspora and Belonging (Coordinated by GIl Soo Han and Mridula Chakraborty)
- Diversity, Mobility and Inclusion (coordinated by Julian Millie & Koichi Iwabuchi)
- Media, Culture and Performance (coordinated by Ariel Heryanto & Olivia Khoo)
- Cultural Citizenship and Public Pedagogy (coordinated by Koichi Iwabuchi & Philip Chan)
MAI also appoint regional coordinators who are responsible for facilitating cross-regional exchange and responding to inquiries about the research of the region:
East Asia: Gil Soo Han and Gloria Davies/Jonathan Benney
Southeast Asia: Ariel Heryanto and Julian Millie
South Asia: Mridula Chakraborty and Chandani Lokuge
MAI International Conference & Seminar
19-20 May 2018 at Doshisha University, Kyoto
23-24 January 2017 at Chularongkorn University, Bangkok ***PROGRAM UPLOADED***
12-13 June 2017 at Monash University, Prato Centre
30 & 31 October 2017, Monash University Caulfield Campus
Public Seminar Series with Immigration Museum
From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy
MAI-Supported Conference & Event
Embodiments and Inhabitations -The 6th Asian Australian Identities (AAI6) conference of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network
25-26 October 2017, Immigration Museum, Melbourne
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.
7-8 June 2018
Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne
Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster (ACMSRC) and Korean Studies Program of Monash University are pleased to welcome submissions of paper abstracts for the conference, “Korean Wave” Still Matters? Present and Future Directions”, which will be held on 7 & 8 June 2018.
Since its initial appearance in Taiwanese and Chinese media in 1997, the term Hallyu has meant different things to different people. It proved to be an effective nationalistic marketing and soft power strategy for the South Korean government and entertainment industries while many fans and casual users alike consumed South Korean cultural contents without any conscious regard for the interests of the state. It also has been received in diverse ways by a wide range of followers in terms of regions, gender, sexuality, ethnicity. As such, Korean Wave has been attracting scholarly interests of many researchers of diverse disciplines across and beyond Asian regions.
Acknowledging the recent vicennial of the Korean Wave, we welcome papers that revisit studies of the Korean Wave and discuss its present and future directions both in and outside of South Korea and Asian regions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to whether or how the discourse of Korean Wave or Hallyu remains relevant today and to whom, new and old sociocultural issues to be explored, South Korean popular culture’s interaction with other national/regional popular cultures and cultural industries such as Indonesian pop or the hip hop culture in China, global implications for the critical study of popular culture in a digital age.
Any enquiries should be directed to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu
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