Conferences

  • Call For Papers: International Symposium

     “Promoting Diversity: Mobility, Creativity and Socio-Cultural Inclusion in East Asia”

     17-18 March 2018

    Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro Campus, Tokyo

    Organized by  Monash Asia Institute, Monash University & Trans-East-Asia Multiculturalism Project (TEAM)

    Supported by Kajima Foundation

    In a globalized world in which people’s mobility and accompanying human encounter and exchange have been more and more intensifying, the promotion of diversity in society is a shared key issue. The current promotion of diversity tends to be more economy-driven as business sectors put an emphasis on the enhancement of diversity in terms of women, LGBTIs, and foreign nationals/people of diverse ethnic backgrounds to make the workplace more innovative, productive and globally competitive. The viewpoints on the promotion of diversity for economic activities and cultural perceptions are not identical as the emphasis on the pragmatic utility and inclusive promotion of diversity are often incommensurable. What kind of diversity is being promoted, while not others, is a crucial question. At the same time, it is an open question whether the business-driven stress on the promotion of diversity is entirely unconnected to and has no (unintended) impact on the advancement of socio-cultural inclusion. A wider attention to diversity might involve various social actors such as artists, educators, NGO/NPOs and local administrative agencies together with migrants and ethnic minority communities in ways to positively enhance the social perception of existing and growing ethnic diversity. This conference will critically and innovatively consider whether and how the business-driven promotion of diversity enhances socio-cultural inclusion through comparative examination of and mutual learning from East Asian cases (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong/China) by attending to similar and different experiences and problems of the promotion of diversity in the region The conference also aims to facilitate productive intellectual exchanges among academics, administrators, educators, NGO/NPOs and young cultural performers/practitioners of migrant and ethnic communities over the possibilities and limitations of promoting ethnic diversity as a positive asset to enrich society. We expect that the participants will develop relational networks and collaboratively make policy recommendations including the design of a public pedagogical program to advance social praxis of promoting diversity in an inclusive manner across borders and sectors.

    Key issues to be discussed are as follows but not exclusive to others:

    – How diversity is discussed in relation to the enhancement of (business) creativity and enrichment of society and what kinds of diversity is promoted, while others are not.

    – Whether and how business-driven promotion of diversity eventually stimulates the discussion and practice of enhancing cultural inclusion in society

    – How various local actors (policy makers, administrative agencies, education sectors and NGO/NPOs etc.) that work with multicultural issues engage with diversity and what kinds of strategies are taken; and how people and/or communities concerned (migrants and ethnic minorities) are involved in it

    – How the positive image of diversity is and can be envisioned and visualized?

    – What kind of social learning programs and events will effectively promote the understanding of the significance of diversity to make society inclusive?

    – How can we facilitate collaboration across national borders?

    – How the discussion in this conference is relevant and applicable to the project of Tokyo Olympic 2020 whose slogan is “unity in diversity”?

    We are inviting proposals for paper presentations on these issues, although proposals that are in other ways relevant to the topic will also be considered. We welcome a proposal by non-academic persons or organizations that engage with the promotion of cultural diversity. We accept proposals either in English or Japanese. Please send your paper proposals (less than 200 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 20 November to: MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu. Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Cultural Diversity” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by early December. Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs.

    We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!

  • Call for papers: International Conference

     OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING-Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics

     Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

     30 & 31 October 2017

    Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

    Monash Asia Institute (MAI) is pleased to welcome submissions of paper abstracts for its Conference on “OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING; Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics” on 30-31 October 2017. The conference will open with a public keynote address by Professor Krishna Sen (The University of Western Australia) in the evening of 30 October 2017. On the next day, there will be three panel sessions, each focussing on one of the MAI central research themes for 2017 (see below). Overall, the conference deals with two distinct but related issues; empirical observation and questions of method: recent changes in Asia and the challenge of analysing these changes.

    CHANGES IN ASIA: Asia has changed dramatically in multiple dimensions in the past three decades, of which the speed and scope of demographic mobility and cultural fluidity, are some of the most striking. We witness the escalation and intensification of mobility, diversity and connectivity in relation to newly configured politics of inclusion/exclusion. Why and how politics of race has gained momentum for a while in some circles, while politics of religion, gender, or class gained more currency in other times or social settings? Where and when do they intersect, blend, or contradict across Asia and over trans-Asia? 

    STUDYING ASIA: Ironically, when such rapid changes are taking place across Asia and require fresh analyses and comprehension, formal training in “Asian studies” in schools and universities outside Asia has been in serious decline or under institutional threat. Where such studies survive, there has been a significant rise of Asians studying Asia outside Asia, including Australia in its multiple framework and focus: studying Asia ‘in’ Australia, studying ‘Asians in Australia’ and studying ‘Australia as part of Asia’. What does it mean to study Asia in the new millennium? How and why the Cold War-styled “Asian studies” has been outdated; how today’s Asia poses institutional and methodological challenges to studying Asia, in and/or outside Asia? How can trans-Asia approaches contribute to the debate?

    We will welcome papers examining MAI’s three key themes: 1) Migrants, Diaspora & Identity politics; 2) Mobility, Diversity & Inclusion; 3) Media and cultural practices, although proposals that are in other intriguing ways relevant to the conference topic will also be considered. Papers can focus on a single nation or metropolitan area in Asia, but priority will be given to papers with focus on trans-Asian issues, international dimension of a local issue, a comparative perspective of more than one nation, or innovative insights into the future of studying Asia in Australia. Innovative approaches and new interrogations of methods of studying Asia are most welcome. Early Career Researches are strongly encouraged.

    Please submit your proposed title, abstract (200 words max), and brief biodata (50 words max) to <MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu> by 15 July 2017. Please clearly put “Paper proposal for OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by the end of July.

    Any enquiries should be directed to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu. 

    We look forward to receiving your proposals. 

    Koichi Iwabuchi, Ariel Heryanto, Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Julian Millie (Co-conveners)

    Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

     

  • MAI is pleased to announce that we support the 6th Asian Australian Identities Conference of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, which will be held in October 2017. Please see the details via below link.

    Embodiments and Inhabitations -The 6th Asian Australian Identities (AAI6) conference of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network

    25-26 October 2017, Immigration Museum, Melbourne

     

     

  • In addition to regular seminar series organised by the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, the Japanese Studies Centre, the National Centre for South Asian Studies, and the Centre for Malaysian Studies, MAI provides international conferences and seminar series.

 

Call For Papers: International Symposium  "Promoting Diversity: Mobility, Creativity and Socio-Cultural Inclusion in East Asia"
Rikkyo University
Event Date: 17/03/2018 - 18/03/2018

Call For Papers: International Symposium

 "Promoting Diversity: Mobility, Creativity and Socio-Cultural Inclusion in East Asia"

 17-18 March 2018

Rikkyo University, Ikebukuro Campus, Tokyo

Organized by  Monash Asia Institute, Monash University & Trans-East-Asia Multiculturalism Project (TEAM)

Supported by Kajima Foundation

In a globalized world in which people's mobility and accompanying human encounter and exchange have been more and more intensifying, the promotion of diversity in society is a shared key issue. The current promotion of diversity tends to be more economy-driven as business sectors put an emphasis on the enhancement of diversity in terms of women, LGBTIs, and foreign nationals/people of diverse ethnic backgrounds to make the workplace more innovative, productive and globally competitive. The viewpoints on the promotion of diversity for economic activities and cultural perceptions are not identical as the emphasis on the pragmatic utility and inclusive promotion of diversity are often incommensurable. What kind of diversity is being promoted, while not others, is a crucial question. At the same time, it is an open question whether the business-driven stress on the promotion of diversity is entirely unconnected to and has no (unintended) impact on the advancement of socio-cultural inclusion. A wider attention to diversity might involve various social actors such as artists, educators, NGO/NPOs and local administrative agencies together with migrants and ethnic minority communities in ways to positively enhance the social perception of existing and growing ethnic diversity. This conference will critically and innovatively consider whether and how the business-driven promotion of diversity enhances socio-cultural inclusion through comparative examination of and mutual learning from East Asian cases (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong/China) by attending to similar and different experiences and problems of the promotion of diversity in the region The conference also aims to facilitate productive intellectual exchanges among academics, administrators, educators, NGO/NPOs and young cultural performers/practitioners of migrant and ethnic communities over the possibilities and limitations of promoting ethnic diversity as a positive asset to enrich society. We expect that the participants will develop relational networks and collaboratively make policy recommendations including the design of a public pedagogical program to advance social praxis of promoting diversity in an inclusive manner across borders and sectors.

Key issues to be discussed are as follows but not exclusive to others:

- How diversity is discussed in relation to the enhancement of (business) creativity and enrichment of society and what kinds of diversity is promoted, while others are not.

- Whether and how business-driven promotion of diversity eventually stimulates the discussion and practice of enhancing cultural inclusion in society

- How various local actors (policy makers, administrative agencies, education sectors and NGO/NPOs etc.) that work with multicultural issues engage with diversity and what kinds of strategies are taken; and how people and/or communities concerned (migrants and ethnic minorities) are involved in it

- How the positive image of diversity is and can be envisioned and visualized?

- What kind of social learning programs and events will effectively promote the understanding of the significance of diversity to make society inclusive?

- How can we facilitate collaboration across national borders?

- How the discussion in this conference is relevant and applicable to the project of Tokyo Olympic 2020 whose slogan is "unity in diversity"?

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations on these issues, although proposals that are in other ways relevant to the topic will also be considered. We welcome a proposal by non-academic persons or organizations that engage with the promotion of cultural diversity. We accept proposals either in English or Japanese. Please send your paper proposals (less than 200 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 20 November to: MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu. Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Cultural Diversity” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by early December. Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs.

We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!

Call For Paper - The Sense of Time in a Hyper-Mobile Digital Age Nostalgia, Presentism and Hope
Doshisha University
Event Date: 18/05/2018 - 20/05/2018

Call For Paper: International Conference

The Sense of Time in a Hyper-Mobile Digital Age: Nostalgia, Presentism and Hope

 18-20 May 2018

Doshisha University, Kyoto

 Co-organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University &
Department of Media, Journalism and Communications, Doshisha University

 We are living in a globalized world where the scale and speed of social change has been ever-escalated, cross-border human mobilities have been intensifying, and digital communications have been drastically transforming the mode of mediation and connectivity. These evolutions engender the complication of our sense of "now and then" in conjunction with that of "here and there” in ways to substantially transform the mode and meaning of recollecting the past, perceiving the present and imagining the future. This conference aims to consider whether and how the perception of past, present and future has been transformed in a hyper-mobile digital age.

 While growing mobilities such as migration, tourism, expatriation, studying abroad and encourage people to experience plural forms of social life, transnational crisscrossing of visual images that represent diverse modes of "now and then" across the world further gives us much repertoire to long for what used to be and contemplate on the present and future. Sophisticated visualization and documentation of the (non-existing) past has also become a marketing trend of commercial media. Moreover, revolutionary development of digital communication technologies has a profound impact on how we recollect the past, perceive the present and imagine the future in more individualized ways. Does individualized action of recollecting the immediate past or embryonic present discount the potential of collective memory as a self-reflexive reference point? Does it make us ahistorical being, deterring us from appreciating how the present has been dynamically constructed through various historical accidents and intermingling actions by diverse social subjects and institutions and appreciating unrealized progressive possibilities of social advancements? Or an individualized mode of nostalgia has a great capability to make people more positive about life, more tolerant and caring for others and less wary of interpersonal relationship, as personality psychologists insist? Whether and how does the emerging perception of past, present and future relate to the time-space compression that market-driven globalization processes have been intensifying? How the digitalized sense of time flows works in tandem with shrinking time frame to recollect and foresee with accelerating speed of change and socio-economic insecurity and frustration that accompany? While the ever-escalating speed of change and scale of movement evokes the desire of slowing down, whether and how is it associated with nostalgic recollection and/or future prospects?

The Sense of Time in a Hyper-Mobile Digital Age aims to critically examine these issues and facilitate cross-regional and interdisciplinary exchange among researchers working on them in the disciplines and fields of cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, intercultural communication, and so on. Selected papers will be published in an edited volume or a journal special issue.We will consider the inclusion of papers that discuss the shifting sense of time in relation to the development of digital and social media and the rise of data industry in conjunction with the intensification of mobilities and cross-border connections and far-reaching socio-economic fluctuation and predicament. We expect papers that consider these issues by attending to intersecting socio-cultural backgrounds such as generation, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, mobility experience and region of dwelling (including urban and rural). We will accept proposals of any national/regional context, but we especially encourage the submission of the proposals on Asian contexts.

Confirmed speakers include: Göran Bolin (Södertörn University), Marwan Kraidy (University of Pennsylvania), Shin Mizukoshi (University of Tokyo), Jack Qiu (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Please send your paper proposals (less than 200 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 30 September 2017 to: MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu Please clearly put “Proposal for DIGITAL TIME” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposal will be notified by the end of October.

Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs. You can find more details of the workshop and the venue at the webpage of Monash Asia Institute: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mai/

We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!

Best regards,

Koichi Iwabuchi & Hirofumi Katsuno

(Conveners, Monash University & Doshisha University)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past events

Other Asians, Asia's Otherings
Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 30/10/2017 - 31/10/2017

Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics

30 & 31 October 2017
Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

Conference program_mai

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MAI is pleased to invite you to its Conference on “OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING; Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics” on 30-31 October 2017. The conference will open with a public keynote address by Professor Krishna Sen (The University of Western Australia) in the evening of 30 October 2017. On the next day, there will be three panel sessions, each focussing on one of the MAI central research themes for 2017 (see below). Overall, the conference deals with two distinct but related issues; empirical observation and questions of method: recent changes in Asia and the challenge of analysing these changes.

CHANGES IN ASIA: Asia has changed dramatically in multiple dimensions in the past three decades, of which the speed and scope of demographic mobility and cultural fluidity are some of the most striking. We witness the escalation and intensification of mobility, diversity and connectivity in relation to newly configured politics of inclusion/exclusion. Why and how politics of race has gained momentum for a while in some circles, while politics of religion, gender, or class gained more currency in other times or social settings? Where and when do they intersect, blend, or contradict across Asia and over trans-Asia?

STUDYING ASIA: Ironically, when such rapid changes taking place across Asia and require fresh analyses and comprehension, formal training “Asian studies” in schools and universities outside Asia has been in serious decline or under institutional threat. Where such studies survive, there has been a significant rise of Asians studying Asia outside Asia, including Australia in its multiple framework and focus: studying Asia ‘in’ Australia, studying ‘Asians in Australia’ and studying ‘Australia as part of Asia’. What does it mean to study Asia in the new millennium? How and why the Cold War-styled “Asian studies” has been outdated; how today’s Asia poses institutional and methodological challenges to studying Asia, in and/or outside Asia? How can trans-Asia approaches contribute to the debate?

The papers will examine MAI's three key themes: 1) Migrants, Diaspora & Identity politics; 2) Mobility, Diversity & Inclusion; 3) Media and cultural practices, although proposals that are in other intriguing ways relevant to the conference topic will also be considered. Papers will focus on a single nation or metropolitan area in Asia, but priority has been given to papers with focus on trans-Asian issues, international dimension of a local issue, a comparative perspective of more than one nation, or innovative insights into the future of studying Asia in Australia. Innovative approaches and new interrogations of methods of studying Asia are most welcome. Early Career Researches are strongly encouraged.

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Enquiries

Any enquiries should be directed to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu.

Koichi Iwabuchi, Ariel Heryanto, Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Julian Millie (Co-conveners)
Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

Embodiments and Inhabitations (AAI 6)
Immigration Museum
Event Date: 25/10/2017 - 26/10/2017

https://aai6conference.wordpress.com/

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The 6th Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) conference, “Embodiments and inhabitations”, will be held on 25-26 October 2017 at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne. The event is affectionately known by network members as ‘AAI 6’, in keeping with AASRN tradition.

We hope you can join us for what is already shaping up to be a very exciting and unique event.

This conference is generously supported by:

For more information about the AASRN, visit the network’s website. The conference hashtag is #aai6 on all social media. Feel free to use it!

 

Migrant Diplomacy Australia-Japan Museum Exchange to Foster Cultural Diversity
The Theatrette, Immigration Museum
Event Date: 19/05/2017

Organised by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University with partnership of Immigration Museum, Melbourne and Immigration Museum Tokyo (pilot program)

eduWith the intensification of human mobility and migration, the fostering of cultural diversity and inclusion is a key issue in a globalized world. Japan is no exception. Featuring Immigration Museum in Melbourne and Immigration Museum Tokyo (pilot project), whose establishment was inspired by the former, this symposium will discuss the significant role of the museum in promoting cultural diversity and inclusion in multicultural cities. We will discuss how to promote exchange and build up collaborative relations between Immigration Museum in Melbourne and Immigration Museum Tokyo and advance Australia-Japan bilateral relations on common ground of trans-Asian migration and cultural diversity.
This symposium is part of the project, Migrant Diplomacy: Exchange between Immigration Museum in Melbourne and Tokyo, which is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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EthniCities: The Art of Embracing Diversity
Seoul Global Cultural Center
Event Date: 22/04/2017 - 23/04/2017

EthniCities: The Art of Embracing Diversity

Dates: 22-23 April 2017

Venue: Seoul Global Cultural Center, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Organized by TEAM (Trans-East-Asian multiculturalism) and Migrant World TV

Sponsored by The Toyota Foundation Research Grant, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Yonsei University, Seoul Global Cultural Center

EthniCities is the platform of a collaborative project of trans-East-Asia multiculturalism (TEAM), funded by Toyota Foundation Research Grant with the leadership of Prof. Koichi Iwabuchi (MAI). The project aims to develop "multiculturalism from below" across East Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong) by forming a cross-border alliance. In the region, the rise of (inter-Asian) migration has made ethno-cultural diversity more intensified and visible. While this has generated national policy discussion to administer cultural diversity, a substantial engagement has not yet made to fairly deal with diversity and make societies more inclusive. This project collaboratively tackles the shared imperative issue of advancing multicultural co-living from a trans-East-Asian perspective.

This is to reorient the discussion and the practice of multiculturalism beyond the framework of the nation-state and from below. Grassroots practices by various actors such as ethnic communities, citizen's groups, NGOs, NPOs and local governments have advanced multiculturalism from below. EthniCities indicates such a de-nationalized local engagement with multicultural questions in the urban and rural areas of East Asia. Working together with those various actors across borders, this project will transnationally further foster "multiculturalism from below" by facilitating the sharing of experiences and collaborative empowerment. We will also design a pedagogical program for social learning to get a wider public involved. This is to institute cultural citizenship through East Asian collaboration to advance social praxis of embracing cultural diversity and nurturing self-reflexive dialogue in society.

Toward this end, we organized the first events titled “Ethnicities: The Art of seeing diversity” in Taipei on 23-24 April 2016 that discussed innovative ways of forging mutual empowerment, cross-border dialogue and citizen’s reciprocal learning. Featuring visual and artistic expression, the first event invited both amateur and professional practitioners from Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong to have a conversation over how such practice is significant for self-empowerment and the promotion of cultural diversity in each society and how we can work together to further develop it in East Asia. Internationally acclaimed film director, Mr. Hou Hsiao Hsien joined us as a commentator.

The 2017 Seoul event titled “EthniCities: The Art of embracing diversity” will further promote East-Asian collaborative engagement to make trans-East-Asian multiculturalism from below as a sustainable long-term project that transnationally nurtures the value of living together in difference in society—the value that has not been well cultivated within the existing framework of the nation-state—and advocates its incorporation into cultural policy of each society. We hope that you join the conversation and work together with all participants to advance a trans-East-Asian collaborative network! Please check the project detail and the update of the event at https://www.facebook.com/EthniCities/?fref=ts

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22 April (Sat)

10:30 - 11:00 Welcome and Introduction by TEAM (Hyun Mee Kim, Cultural Anthropology, Yonsei University, Korea)

11:00 -13:00 EMPOWERING (NGO/NPO organizers)

Chair: Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Australia)

                   1) ZULU Kageyama (ART LAB OVA, Yokohama Multicultural Film Festival         organizer, Japan)    

    2) Teresa Kwong (Hong Kong Arts Center, Hong Kong)

    3) Hyesil Jung (Migrant World Television, Korea)

    4) Pei-Chia Lo (Taiwan Women’s Film Association, Taiwan)

 

14:30 - 17:00 PERFORMING Artistic multicultural expressions

Film Showing: “The 21st Century Light of Factory” by mixrice

Chair: Hsiao-Chuan Hsia (Social Transformation Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan)

    1) MC Nam (Vietnamese-Japanese rapper, Japan)

    2) Ricky Chan (Indian-Chinese film actor, Hong Kong)

    3) Shupo Dong (Album producer of TASAT, Taiwan)

    4) Sergelen Gantogoo (GANAA) (Mongol Singer, Korea)

 

23 April (Sun)

10:30 - 12:30 PRACTICING (professional media practitioners and media education)

Chair: Yuko Kawai (Inter-cultural Communications, Rikkyo University, Japan)

    1) Roberto Maxwell (Brazilian documentary filmmaker, Japan)

               2) JB Pun Magar (Nepalese journalist and news editor, Hong Kong)

    3) Pei-hsiang Lee (Radio program host, Taiwan)

    4) Migrant Internet-Radio Broadcasting Groups (MWTV, Korea)

 

13:30- 17:00 pm SHARING (experiences of making visual expressions of one's own voices)

Chair: John N. Erni (Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK)

    1: 30- 2:40 : Film Showing

    Short films of four cities (10 minutes each) with a collaged image of "Trans-Asia               Multicultural Situations" created by Joo Wonho (Migrant World Television,       Korea)

2:50-4:50 Discussion among film makers and filmed subjects

                    Commentator: Eric Tsang (Film director, Hong Kong)

     1) Hiroki Bell (film maker) & Sophian Whayeb (filmed subject) (Japan)

     2) Olique Barua (film maker)& Bipin Bishwokarma (filmed subject) (Hong Kong)

    3) Awi Pawan (film maker) & Subject: Chin-chih Hung (filmed subject),            Representative presenter: Marilyn Dino (Member of TASAT Theater) (Taiwan)

    4) Jin Shu(film maker) & Jin Meihong (filmed subject) (Korea)

   5) Abdullaev Ahidjon (film maker) & Students of Seoul On Dream Education Center (Korea)

 

17:15 - 18:00 Debriefing & discussion: Towards further collaboration

CFP: Trans-Asia Human Mobilities and Encounters
chularongkorn university
Event Date: 23/01/2017 - 24/01/2017

CALL FOR PAPER

Trans-Asia Human Mobilities and Encounters: Exchange, Commodification and Sustainability

 23 - 24 January 2017

Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

 Organized by 

Monash Asia Institute, Monash University & Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University

(http://www.ias.chula.ac.th/ias/th/News-Activities-Detail.php?id=56)

Conveners:

Koichi Iwabuchi (MAI, Monash) & Nualnoi Treerat (IAS, Chulalongkorn)

The rise of the middle class in many parts of Asia has been intensifying people's cross-border mobility within the region. While regional labor migration and human trafficking have been significant issues that much attract the academic concern, this conference aims to critically examine other kinds of growing human mobility and encounter within and across Asia such as tourism, educational exchange and retiree temporary migration. As tourism in Asia has developed to include much wider ranges of activities other than sight-seeing, shopping and eating, we are observing the various kinds of activities being incorporated into trans-Asia touristic mobility and experience - heritage tourism, ecotourism, dark tourism, volunteer tourism, activism tourism, LGBT tourism, art tourism, medical tourism, night life tourism, sport tourism, pop-culture tourism, and so on. Also much expanding is the mobility of Asian students who study abroad and join international exchange and internship programs including working holidays, in which young people stay for few weeks to one year in other Asian countries. Many elder people in Asia also spend shorter and longer periods abroad to participate in educational courses such as language and cooking, or temporally migrate to other Asian countries after retirement. These developments of intra-regional human mobility within and across Asia have newly highlighted the issues regarding the opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, dialogue and antagonism, the commodification of mobility experiences and socio-economic and environmental sustainability.

 

Trans-Asia Human Mobilities and Encounters aims to critically examine these issues and facilitate cross-regional and interdisciplinary exchange among researchers working on them in the disciplines and fields of cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, geography, intercultural communication, critical tourism studies, and so on.

 

Suggested topics 

Key topics to be discussed include:

*How trans-Asia human mobilities facilitates encounter and exchange between people of diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and whether and how it engenders cross-cultural dialogue, everyday cosmopolitanism and/or cultural othering and oriental Orientalism (e.g., with the rise of Chinese tourists)

*How it generates the commodification of experiences of mobility and encounters of other Asian people, culture and place by the development of mobility industries of tourism, education and retirement

*How it newly promotes the commercialized branding of the nation, place, event and heritage, engendering modes of competitive renationalization

*How it brings about new problems to local communities in terms of environmental and socio-economic issues

*How social media uses blur the physical and virtual experiences of human mobility and complicate the entangled relationship between "here" and "there"

*How these new trans-Asian mobilities have an impact on cultural diversity and multiculturalism in countries of destination, for example in terms of the recognition and lives of diasporic communities, the re-development of ethnic towns and the employment of foreign national migrants and students

*How it has also advanced Asian diaspora and migrants' visit and transnational connection to "home" and how it has an impact on diasporic identification

 

The above list is not exclusive and we will consider the proposals that critically examine other relevant issues related to trans-Asian human mobilities and encounters.

 

Submitting a Proposal by 31 May 2016

Create a detailed title page for your submission. The title page must include title of the submission, topic areas of the submission, and paper author(s). For EACH author, list the following:

  • Full Name
  • Department/Division
  • University/Organisation
  • Email Address (all acceptance/rejection letters are sent via email.)

Email your proposal of 200-300 words, along with the above described title page, to: transasia.conf@gmail.com. Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged within 72 hours.

The conference format will be discussion-oriented and all presenters will give a concise talk of the main points for 15 minutes. Presenters are expected to submit draft papers in advance to pre-circulate them among presenters.

Important Dates

Proposal Submission Deadline

31 May 2016

Notification of Acceptance

30 June 2016

Registration Deadline

30 December 2016

Paper Submission Deadline

10 January 2017

Conference Date

23-24 January 2017

 

CFP Chula 2017 

 

 

The 5th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference ***PROGRAM UPLOADED!***
Lecture Theatre HB39 Monash Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 11/12/2016 - 12/12/2016

CFP: The 5th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Conference 2016 in Melbourne (Australia)

Date: 11-12 December 2016, (Sunday-Monday)

Venue: Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Monash University, Caulfield Campus

900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145, Australia (Melway Ref: 68 F1)

* For information on travelling to Caulfield campus (how to get to, parking and map), please visit Monash University Caulfield campus and Google Maps.  Getting Therewill be helpful to travel Melbourne.

PROGRAM UPLOADED!

Organized by:

Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies Group (IAPMS group),

Monash Asia Institute & School of Media, Film and Journalism, , Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

REGISTER

KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Andy Bennett (Griffith University)

Music (Post)subcultures and Scenes in Asia: Towards a Rethinking of Concepts and Theories

PLENARY SESSION: Koichi Iwabuchi (Manash University), Shane Homan (Monash University) et al.

Australia in Inter-Asian Pop Music Flows/connections

Everyday Multiculturalism and Trans-Asian Mobilities (closed workshop)
Building H, 2nd Floor (H220 and H222)
Event Date: 27/10/2016 - 28/10/2016

Everyday Multiculturalism and Trans-Asian Mobilities

A two-day workshop co-hosted by the Monash Asia Institute and the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Dates: 27-28 October, 2016

Location: Monash University, Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

This workshop seeks to challenge assumptions and reinvigorate discussions about how we empirically and methodologically examine everyday multiculturalism in the context of Asian countries, Asian migrants in Australia, and increasing trans-Asian mobilities. It will bring together key scholars who conduct research on multiculturalism with a specific focus on Asian contexts and experiences of living in diversity. The workshop’s outcome will be an edited collection and hence only a small number of well-developed, high quality papers can be accepted.

In response to previous top-down policy approaches to cultural diversity, everyday multiculturalism research places importance on understanding how people live with and among ‘difference’ in mundane (and extraordinary) ways in familiar contexts. This research has raised important empirical, methodological and ontological questions about how we conceptualise both the ‘everyday’ and what constitutes the kind of ‘working multiculturalism’ that enables people to live well with difference. These inquiries increasingly include questions about the transferability of such ideas across the region and their application and meaning in different local contexts, especially in the context of expanding trans-Asian mobilities.

In this workshop, and the edited book that it will produce, we aim to explore theoretical and methodological considerations for capturing ‘everyday’ practices in different social and cultural Asian contexts where multiculturalism as policy has not been substantially developed, and related to this, how the ‘experience’ of ‘multiculturalism’ can be localised, contextualised and embodied in ways that are not necessarily spatially and temporally bounded by conventional geographical boundaries. We aim to consider how the particularity of place (including nation, city and field site) matters, and how people’s mobility and/or emplacement shapes and potentially transforms how we conceptualise the lived practice of multiculturalism. Of relevance are differences and continuities between everyday multiculturalism in urban versus non-urban places, global/peripheral cities, and the specific affordances of different field sites (e.g. classrooms and workplaces; streets, beaches and public spaces; malls, cafes and commercial sites; civic associations, community groups and other spaces of the public sphere; social media and cultural productions, etc).

The papers will form the basis for an edited book and thus need to adhere closely to the core focus of the workshop. Only a small number of papers can be selected. We invite you to submit an abstract that concerns one or more of the following themes:

1 Diverse patterns/forms of everyday multiculturalism in Asian contexts (without established multiculturalism policy)

2 Asian migrants, Asian/Australian encounters and everyday multiculturalism in Australia (where multiculturalism policy has been well established)

3 Intensifying trans-Asian mobilities, transient migration and ‘everydayness’ on the move

Each paper should discuss the following issues (if not all):

  • Theoretical considerations of the ‘everyday’ and its relevance
  • Methodological approaches to studying the ‘everyday’
  • Examining trans-Asian mobilities of the ‘everyday’
  • Intimacy and embodiment in ‘everyday’ interactions/communications

Please send your abstract (150 – 300 words) describing the proposed paper and a brief bio (100 words) to: mai-enquiries@monash.edu (please include the subject line ‘Everyday Multiculturalism’) by May 30, 2016. For consideration for the edited collection, the final paper will need to be approximately 6,000 words in length and a draft will need to be ready for circulation to participants prior to the workshop.

Please be aware that no funding is available for travel support. There will be no fee for registration.

Prof Koichi Iwabuchi, Monash Asia Institute

Prof Anita Harris, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

Dr Jessica Walton, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation

 

The 7th Asian Translation Traditions Conference (Malaysia)
Monash University Malaysia,
Event Date: 26/09/2016 - 29/09/2016

 

 

The 7th Asian Translation Traditions Conference

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Shifting Powers: The Ethics of Translation in a Transforming Asia

26th-29th September 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This conference seeks to interrogate the role of translators in, and of, Asia as participants in, and commentators on, a changing world. Translators minimise or break down barriers between the ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘we’ and ‘Other’, and in doing so, create inclusive local, regional and global experiences and life trajectories for consumers of linguistic and cultural artefacts. Yet, translation can also be an exclusive process: decisions about what is translated, how and for whom, have far-reaching implications for the inclusion and exclusion of certain communities and/or stakeholders, simultaneously empowering some and disempowering others.

This conference seeks to explore the ethics of translation in a transforming Asia from the perspective of Asian Translation Traditions (ATT): for further information, please check the website.

 

Keynote Speakers
Li Wei
Vicente L. Rafael
Ronit Ricci

Contact Us
E-Mail Contact: arts-asiantranslation@monash.edu

 

Registration details will be available soon.


Partners
Monash University Malaysia
Universiti Kebangsan Malaysia
Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN)

 

Dr Aneesh Pradhan - ICCR Public Lecture on India
Consulate General of India in Melbourne
Event Date: 27/08/2016

Monash Asia Institute with Indian Council for Cultural Relations presents Dr Aneesh Pradhan's ICCR Public Lecture on India

'Courtesans and Hereditary Musicians in a Colonial Setting: Practitioners of Hindustani Music in Bombay'

27 August 2016
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Consulate General of India in Melbourne
344, St Kilda Road
Melbourne, VIC 3004

Abstract

Before the nineteenth century, Hindustani music was performed and practised almost exclusively by hereditary musicians, who were tied to, and patronised by, aristocratic courts and religious institutions. The consequences of coloniality, the arrival of modernity and the assertion of Hindu nationalism spelt the beginning of the end for this centuries-old social organisation of music. New sources of patronage from mercantile and industrial classes in colonial centres, such as Bombay (now Mumbai), fundamentally and rapidly changed the ways in which Hindustani music was socially organised, performed and taught. The advent of the gramophone and sound recordings intensified this experience and generated a whole series of fundamental challenges that profoundly affected the lives and livelihood of long-standing communities of hereditary musicians, amongst whom were significant numbers of female artists, the courtesans.

This lecture will focus attention on the living and working conditions of hereditary musicians and courtesans in colonial Bombay and the resilience they displayed in the most trying of circumstances. Discussion will connect contemporary developments in Hindustani music with these profound historical issues and will include Dr Aneesh Pradhan's personal reflections as a performer and researcher.

View Dr Aneesh Pradhan's tabla performance video...

Register for Dr Aneesh Prahan's public lecture here...

 

Biography

Monash University is honoured to welcome Dr Aneesh Pradhan as Chair in Indian Studies from Indian Council for Cultural Relations (http://www.iccr.gov.in) at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.

Dr Pradhan is one of India's leading tabla players. He is a disciple of Pandit Nikhil Ghosh from whom he inherited a considerable repertoire of traditional tabla solo compositions from the Delhi, Ajrada, Lucknow, Farrukhabad and Punjab gharanas. A doctorate from the University of Mumbai, he is a keen researcher of trends in performance, music education and patronage that unfolded in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, a period that continues to fascinate him. Dr Pradhan has authored a children's book on tabla, part of a forthcoming twelve book series entitled Baajaa Gaajaa: Musical Instruments of India and Tabla: A Performer's Perspective. He has been awarded a medal by the Asiatic Society of Mumbai for his book Hindustani Music in Colonial Bombay. His latest ebook, Hindustani Music: Ways of Listening, is a collection of articles from Scroll.in, a digital publication. He has directed and produced a short film entitled Pratidhvani: Reverberations of the Nanasaheb Panse Pakhawaj Tradition.

Dr Pradhan is Director of Underscore Records Pvt. Ltd, an independent online record label (http://underscorerecords.com/). He also co-curates with vocalist Shubha Mudgal, an international music festival called Baajaa Gaajaa: Music from 21st Century India. Based in Mumbai, India, Aneesh Pradhan lives a life that affords him the chance to be in turns, performer, composer, student, teacher, researcher, and author.

Dr Pradhan's books will be available at the event courtesy Eltham Bookshop.

Programme

2:45 PM Registration
3:00 PM Welcome
3:15 PM Lecture: Courtesans and Hereditary Musicians in a Colonial Setting: Practitioners of Hindustani Music in Bombay
4:15 PM Chai and Refreshments
5:00 PM Close

Diaspora Diplomacy
ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
Event Date: 12/04/2016

Monash Asia Institute presents:
Diaspora Diplomacy

Featuring two internationally renowned scholars, this seminar will discuss cultural diplomacy in its
refreshing perspective by considering the implications of cultural diplomacy for diaspora. Prof.
Yudhishthir Raj Isar will give a talk about an Indian case and Prof. Jacqueline Lo will respond to his
argument with some reference to the cases of Asian-Australians.

Speakers:
Prof. Yudhishthir Raj Isar
(The American University of Paris)


Discussant:
Prof. Jacqueline Lo
(Australian National University)

 

Cultural diplomacy: an Indian exception?
Prof. Yudhishthir
In preference to ‘cultural diplomacy’, the Indian policy and foreign affairs elites believe in and
practice ‘international cultural relations’. For them, this is a form of cultural noblesse oblige, based
on a self-conscious awareness of the richness of India’s plural civilization. These cultural relations
are also oriented in considerable measure to the Indian diaspora rather than to foreign interlocutors
as such. The presentation will explore the genesis and unfolding of this Indian exception. The arts
and heritage were seen as intrinsic to the national brand image even before the country’s
independence in 1947. Just three years after the establishment of the Republic in 1950, the Indian
Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was created under the aegis of the ministry of education,
before being shifted to the external affairs portfolio in the 1960s. The presentation will unpack the
functioning of the ICCR and the ways in which the country’s non-state actors operate in symbiosis
with, or separately from this body. It will also consider, however, how focused branding objectives
marked the ambitious ‘Festivals of India’ personally initiated by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the
1980s, as well as the short heyday of an innovative style of public diplomacy introduced in the
foreign ministry in the early twenty-first century. Some of these efforts refer to the ‘soft power’
paradigm that reigns in most countries today – the term is slowly gaining a foothold in India as well.
Finally, the presentation will examine how the cultural discourse per se has been trumped by the
global populism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, elected in 2014.

 

Light refreshment will be provided.

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