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.



  • 2015 MAI Annual International Conferences

    ALL I NEED IS LOVE?: Nation, Affect and Aversion in a Post-Imagined-Community Asia

    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

Asia literacy book

Book Launch: Asia Literate Schooling in the Asian Century
Asia Education Foundation
Event Date: 21/08/2015


  • From the MAI Director’s Desk The second semester has just started at Monash and we will have many exciting events to come. In August, Mridula Nath Read more
  • Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference 2015 MAIN THEME: Undercurrents: Unearthing Hidden Social and Discursive Practices DATES: 7-9 August 2015 VENUE: Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia ORGANIZERS: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society, University Read more
  • A Special Evening of Readings Opened by Ibu Dewi Savitri Wahab, Honourable Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Melbourne was held on 28th May with a Read more
  • Change of access arrangements for the Asian Studies Research Collection (ASRC) From June 15 to August 10, the  Asian Studies Research Collection will not be Read more
  • MAI Bulletin-June2015 From the MAI Acting Director’s Desk Dear MAI colleagues and peers, The MAI Research Day brought to us an astonishing breadth of expertise in Asian research Read more
  • MAI Bulletin-May2015 From the MAI Acting Director’s Desk April was the cruellest month. While Vanuatu was still reeling from Cyclone Pam in March, Nepal was shaken by Read more