From the 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 this month is a special symposium in honour of Associate Professor Helen Marriott of Japanese Studies who is officially retiring this semester. Please find all the details in this bulletin and their updated information on the MAI webpage. We really hope that you participate in these events and enjoy intellectual exchange and conversation with colleagues.
Look forward to seeing you at these events!
Prof. Koichi Iwabuchi
The next MAI Bulletin is scheduled for Tuesday 1 April 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 Friday 28th March 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 “Asian 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). We would very much welcome any proposals (session coordination, possible speakers, topics and formats) for Mon@sia.
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 Revisited (Nov)
For the details of those seminars and conferences and MAI occasional seminars, please see Calendar and Event page.
- 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
- MAI Bulletin March 2014 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
- We are pleased to announce that two new research clusters have been launched: Asian Performance Studies and Asian Cultural and Media Studies The two clusters are housed in MAI with the support of the Performance Research Unit and the Research Unit in Media Studies (RUMS) respectively. Research cluster is a cross-regional and inter-disciplinary forum for Monash University‟s postgraduates, ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin JUNE 2013 In June, in addition to various seminars, we will have a significant event. On 18 June, MAI will organize a special event for Professor Marika Vicziany’s official retirement from Monash University in honour of her great achievement in the development of MAI and the study of Asian regions at Monash. This will ... Read more
- Date: 24 May 2013 (Friday) Venue: Building A, Ground floor, Clayfield/Dining Rooms (A1.34), Monash University Caulfield Campus (For information on travelling, parking and map, please visit www.monash.edu.au/campuses/caulfield/) Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University Co-organized by Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University (Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S) “A Japan-based Global Study of Racial Representations”) Registration required. RSVP (no later ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin MAY 2013 In this month, we are having an international seminar, Rethinking Race/Racism from Asian Experiences on 24 May. It is a special event of Trans-Asia as method seminar series. The seminar aims to reconsider and expand the studies of race and racism by examining them in the Japanese and Malaysian contexts. A public ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin Apr 2013 The hectic first month of Semester 1 has ended with a relieving Easter break. I hope you had (or are still having) a nice break. Even with a busy schedule of March, a good number of people (researchers, postgraduate students and undergraduate students) participated in MAI’s new public forum Mon@sia and seminar ... Read more
- (See Monash Memo http://www.monash.edu.au/news/show/cultural-typhoon-kicks-off) Cultural Typhoon Melbourne is a group of Melbourne-based scholars, students and activists, initiated by Koichi Iwabuchi, interested in exploring media and cultural studies in Asian contexts. In solidarity with the Association for Cultural Typhoon based in Japan, Cultural Typhoon Melbourne will hold monthly seminars intended to create a space for the free ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin March 2013 Summer season is finally ending. March is always exciting and refreshing as a new academic year starts in Australia. MAI’s event line-up further adds quite a stimulating flavour to this month. In addition to the seminars organized by CSEAS (7th and 21st) and JSC (13th), we will start a new public forum, ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin December 2012 With the last MAI Bulletin for 2012 I would like to take this opportunity to wish the MAI Community, MAI Bulletin subscribers and their loved ones a safe and pleasant Christmas / New Year period. As outgoing Director of MAI, I also wish to express my deep gratitude to Professor Rae Frances ... Read more
- 2012 marks a half-century of the study of Indonesian at Monash, and we have decided to celebrate. It was in 1962 that Cyril Skinner was appointed as senior lecturer in the newly-formed Department of Malay and Indonesian Studies. Since then, thousands of graduates have left Monash with at least some knowledge of Indonesian and Malay, ... Read more
- MAI Bulletin November 2012 As teaching draws to a close for 2012, and scholars seek to progress their writing leading into the summer season, a major upcoming event is the 50 Years of Indonesian and Malay Studies at Monash event. This is open to the public, and will take place at Clayton campus on 23 November ... Read more