MAI Events, Conferences, and Seminar series

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.

 

 

Date/Time Event
19/10/2019 - 20/10/2019
All Day
Front Page events
Call for Papers: Cultural Industries in Ageing Asia
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul South Korea
 

Past events

International Conference on Gender and Sexuality in Asia (CoGen 2018)
Monash University Malaysia,
Event Date: 12/11/2018 - 14/11/2018

Call for Papers

Theme: Gender and sexuality justice in Asia: Conflicts and resolutions
In naming gender equality as one of the priorities of the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations (UN) is aware of the continuing inaccessibility of many women to resources that can eradicate the effects of poverty, disempowerment and violence. The UN’s primary concerns in this regard straddle issues of education, health, employment and political representation. The UN recognises that ‘gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world’ (United Nations, n.d.).
The UN has also made statements about discrimination and violence that are based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) (ARC International, 2016). Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2011) referred to implicit and explicit homophobia as ‘a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights and a public health crisis’. A joint statement by various UN entities in 2015 called for an end to ‘homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and abuses’ (OHCHR, 2015). In all these official pronouncements, it is evident that the global community is eager to address issues of gender and sexuality justice.
Parallel to the spirit of the UN, numerous scholars around the globe continue to work on issues of gender and sexuality justice. Some recurring topics include the complexities of rights-based activism for women in terms of gender and sexuality rights and attendant legalities (Elias, 2015; Gross, 2008), the disenfranchisement of queer people (Hines, 2009; Offord, 2013), and intersecting issues of gender and sexuality justice with nationalism (Puar, 2007), liberalism (Eng, 2010), ethnicity and race (Hill Collins, 2008; Moore, 2010), migration and social justice (Trương, 2013), disease (Doyal, 2013) and religion (Gnanadason, 2006; Yip, 2008).
CoGen 2018 is eager to join in conversation with the UN and these scholars by exploring and discussing a wide array of issues related to gender and sexuality justice in Southeast, South and East Asia. The Conference is interested in multi-layered nuances that are embedded in conflicts pertaining to gender and sexual justice, and either existing or planned strategies to address and resolve these injustices. Some themes include, but are not limited to the intersection of gender and sexuality justice in Asia with:
Identities and inequalities
 Dis/ability
 Ethnicity and race
 Indigeneity
 Labour
 LGBTIQ, patriarchy and heteronormativity

 Youth and children
 Custom, tradition and culture
 Religion, spirituality and theology
Law, rights and criminal justice
 Crime
 Bullying, discrimination and harassment
 Equality and rights
 Law, regulation and surveillance
 Military and public service
Politics, globalisation and development
 Biopolitics
 Social movements and activism
 Empowerment
 Globalisation and postcoloniality
 Liberalism and the economy
 Migration, mobility and urbanisation
 Non-governmental and community-based organisations
 Politics, leadership and human development
 SOGIESC
 Sustainable development
Health, sports and psychology
 Sports and exercise
 Intimate Partner Violence
 Disease
 Health, healthcare and medical procedures
 Pathology and psychology
Literature, education and the arts
 Film, fandom and television
 History and art
 Literature and fiction
 Education
 Popular culture, music and entertainment
Sexuality, society and culture
 Eroticism and desire
 Privacy and intimacy
 Family, kinship and marriage
Technologies
 Post-humanism and trans-humanism issues
 Social media, digital media and technology

We are particularly keen on underrepresented research on the aforementioned intersections, and interdisciplinary collaborations. We welcome submissions from early career and established academics, independent and post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students. We will also consider poster presentations of completed research projects from master and fourth-year Honours students. Academic-activist collaborations are particularly welcome.
We are also looking towards a high-quality publishable outcome from this Conference.

Single and panel abstract submissions of 150-200 words in MS-Word format should be emailed to cogen.monash@gmail.com before or by the new deadline of June 30, 2018.

Abstracts should contain the title of the presentation, the name(s) of the author(s) and affiliation(s). An email containing a notification of acceptance or otherwise will be sent out on July 31, 2018. If your abstract is accepted, we expect you to be present at the

Conference for your own presentation. The deadline for registration and payment of fees is September 24, 2018.
References
ARC International (2016) Principle 30 (YP+10) – Yogyakartaprinciples.org. Available at: http://yogyakartaprinciples.org/principle-30-yp10/ (accessed 21 March 2018).
Ban K-M (2011) Secretary-General, in message to event on ending sexuality-based violence, bias, calls homophobic bullying ‘a moral outrage, a grave violation of human rights’. Available at: http://www.un.org/press/en/2011/sgsm14008.doc.htm (accessed 15 March 2018).
Doyal L (2013) Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: Diversity, Inequality and Human Rights in the Global Pandemic. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
Elias J (2015) Realising women’s human rights in Malaysia: The EMPOWER Report. Asian Studies Review 39(2): 229–246. DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2015.1024100.
Eng DL (2010) The feeling of kinship: queer liberalism and the racialization of intimacy. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Gnanadason A (2006) ‘We have spoken so long O God: When will we be heard?’ Theological reflections on overcoming violence against women. Theology & Sexuality 13(1): 9–21.
Gross AM (2008) Sex, love, and marriage: Questioning gender and sexuality rights in international law. Leiden Journal of International Law 21(1): 235–253.
Hill Collins P (2008) Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. New York: Routledge.
Hines S (2009) A pathway to diversity?: human rights, citizenship and the politics of transgender. Contemporary Politics 15(1): 87–102.
Moore MR (2010) Articulating a politics of (multiple) identities: LGBT sexuality and inclusion in black community life. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 7(2): 315–334.
Offord B (2013) Queer activist intersections in Southeast Asia: Human rights and cultural studies. Asian Studies Review 37(3): 335–349.
OHCHR (2015) Joint UN statement on ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Available at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Discrimination/Pages/JointLGBTIstatement.aspx (accessed 15 March 2018).
Puar JK (2007) Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Trương T-Đ (2013) Migration, Gender and Social Justice: Perspectives on Human Insecurity. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
United Nations (n.d.) United Nations: Gender equality and women’s empowerment. Available at: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/gender-equality/ (accessed 15 March 2018).
Yip AKT (2008) The quest for intimate/sexual citizenship: Lived experiences of lesbian and bisexual Muslim women. Contemporary Islam 2(2): 99–117.
Conference Committee
▪ Joseph N. Goh PhD (School of Arts and Social Sciences) (chair)
▪ Sharon A. Bong PhD (School of Arts and Social Sciences)
▪ Thaatchaayini Kananatu PhD (School of Business)

Conference Fees
This Conference is supported by the Global Asia in the 21st Century (GA21) multidisciplinary research platform at Monash University Malaysia. As such, the registration fees have been greatly subsidised to allow for greater participation.
 Non-student registration fee (local and international, outside Monash University Malaysia): RM200
 Postgraduate, master and fourth year Honours students student registration fee (local and international, outside Monash University Malaysia): RM100
 Non-presenting participants (outside Monash University Malaysia): RM100
Please take note that we do not provide any funding.
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Useful Information
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Travel
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Accommodation
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About Monash
Welcome to Monash! We would like to introduce you to our university, and to the main research trajectories of the School of Arts and Social Sciences:
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Research Strength and Research Clusters of the School of Arts and Social Sciences

Malaysia Update 2018
S801/802, Monash University Caulfield
Event Date: 07/11/2018

Includes Book Launch: Sven Schottmann, Mahathir’s Islam 

The Impact of the 2018 Malaysian Election: Shifting Towards a New Liberal Regime? 

* Sponsored by the National Centre for South Asian Studies (MAI) in partnership with Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia in Australia * 

Associate Professor Julian Millie (Monash University) will commence proceedings with the launch of Associate Professor Schottmann's book, Mahathir’s Islam, Hawai’i University Press, September 2018.

Session Chair: 
Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany.

Speakers: 

  1. Associate Professor Schottmann, Griffith University: "Mahathir, Islam and Other Unexpected Midwives of Malaysian Democratisation".
  2. Dr Arman Rashid, Political/Security Analyst based in Kuala Lumpur: "The Push for Change: the Death Penalty and Reforms in Malaysia".
  3. Mr Praveen Nagappan, President, Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia in Australia: "Civil Society, the Diaspora and Malaysian Reforms". 

BACKGROUND TO THE 2018 MALAYSIAN ELECTIONS
On 9 May 2018, Malaysians voted for dramatic political change - the Pakatan Harapan (Coalition of Hope) led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad secured a decisive victory in the national elections.  Dr Mahathir was already Asia’s longest-serving leader having been Prime Minister of Malaysia between 1981 and 2002.  He has made a surprising return to office at the age of 93, and is now the oldest serving Prime Minister in the world.  In this update, we will discuss some of the major policy changes Mahathir has indicated he plans to implement including the repeal of several repressive laws.

RSVP:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe4vZVnvEWjxq449RssMnfjn9g03Df5IK3r7fMMTA7U-A53VQ/viewform

 

A Sunday Afternoon of Music from Indonesia and Thailand
M Pavillion, 26 Ancora Imparo Way, Monash University, Clayton Campus
Event Date: 26/10/2018

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Featuring the Monash Talo Balak Ensemble and the Thai Khim (Dulcimer) Ensemble

Sunday 28th October,  2.00pm-3.30pm

Monash M Pavillion

26 Ancora Imparo Way, Clayton campus

Sindhi Identity and Indonesian Film and Television Industry
The Gallery, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash Clayton Campus
Event Date: 25/10/2018

Dr Maria Myutel, ANU  and

Ms Evi Eliyanah, State University of Malang

The Indonesian film and television production industry is much more culturally and ethnically diverse than the official ethnonationalistic historiography might suggest. Since the late 1950s a tiny community of Indonesian Indians (Sindhis) has been one of the major financial and creative drivers of the Indonesian media production.

Along with the textile trade, media business became a definitive feature of the Sindhi community in Indonesia. Through film and later television production, Indonesian Sindhis have continued to reproduce themselves as a network of global traders, characterised by translocality and mobility (Falzon 2004:240).

I argue that "Sindhiness" had a direct impact on the development of the national film and television industry. The intensive mobilisation of the Sindhi ethnic and kinship networks during the production process played an important role in making Indonesian media products a significant part of the regional and global markets.

Thursday 25 October, 4.00pm-6.00pm

Matheson Library, Monash Clayton campus

 

CSEAS/MAI presentation
N4.02
Event Date: 08/10/2018

Pathways of Umma: Malaysian faith tourists in Aceh

Associate Professor Sumit Mandal, University of Nottingham Malaysia

Abstract

Tens of thousands of Malaysian tourists have travelled to Aceh in Indonesia annually in the last decade. This transnational flow began after a tsunami devastated parts of Aceh in 2004 and a three-decade war in the province ended in 2005. The number of Malaysian tourists grew from nearly 6,000 in 2008 to about 25,000 in 2017. Although Peninsular Malaysia and Aceh have a long history of interaction, the growth in the number of visitors to Aceh has been dramatic, especially since travel to the province was tightly controlled during the war years. This paper proposes that Aceh has been transformed in the imagination of Malaysians into a sacred landscape in which surviving Islamic structures are read as signs of potency. It argues that this representation is sustained in part by a series of Aceh-centred popular historical novels published in Malaysia and stories about keramat (Muslim shrines) that are familiar to people across the region. The paper examines the flow of Malaysians to Aceh to offer an understanding of umma (Islamic community) that is grounded in history and dynamic rather the universal terms by which it is typically understood.

Biographical Sketch

Sumit Mandal is an Associate Professor at the School of Politics, History and International Relations at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. He works on transregional histories of the Malay world and is currently doing research on Muslim shrines in selected locations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa. His work develops cultural geographies that expand the scope of ethno-national terms of belonging to accommodate more multifarious and transregional histories. His research interests extend to the question of interethnic interaction in Malaysia and Indonesia. He is the author of Becoming Arab: Creole Histories and Modern Identity in the Malay World (Cambridge, 2018).

 

ASEAN and slavery
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building (Building 11)
Event Date: 05/09/2018

Monash Asia Institute Inter-faculty Dialogue

SLAVERY AND ASEAN

 When? September 5, 2018, 2.00-3.30,

Where? Elizabeth Burchill Room, E561 (5th floor, east wing, Menzies Building).

 Participants:

Professor Jean Allain (Law)

Does Slavery Exist Today?

Prof Jean Allain is a leading legal scholar on issues of human trafficking and modern slavery and Special Adviser to Anti-Slavery International, the world's oldest international human rights organisation.

Prof Allain is also Professor of International Law with the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) at the University of Hull, UK. He is also Extraordinary Professor, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Prof Allain holds a Doctorate from the Graduate Institute for International Studies, University of Geneva; during his graduate studies he clerked for the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

 

Dr Natalia Antolak-Saper (Law)

The Role of Domestic/Regional Criminal Liability in ASEAN Member States for Human Trafficking and Slavery. 

Natalia Antolak-Saper is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Monash University. Natalia graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminology, and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours. She completed her professional training with Lander & Rogers Lawyers, and was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and of the High Court of Australia. Her PhD examined the extent to which the media impacts upon sentencing policy. She has published articles on diverse topics including directed verdicts, bail conditions, and gambling regulation. Her research areas are in comparative criminal law and procedure, and domestic and international sentencing. In 2017, she received the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law’s Gold Medal for her contributions to the reform of criminal law. In 2018, she gave plenary paper on ‘Human Trafficking and Migrant Related Crimes: What Role for the ICC?’. 

 

A/Prof Heli Askola (Law)

The potential and pitfalls of the ASEAN Convention against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.

Bio: Heli Askola is A/Prof at the Monash Law Faculty, where she researches the legal responses to trafficking in human beings, irregular migration and violence against women; comparative immigration and citizenship policies; and transnational law, especially European Union free movement law.

 

Dr Antje Missbach (Anthropology)

Trafficking within migrant smuggling operations: Are underage transporters ‘victims’ or ‘perpetrators’

Antje Missbach is a senior research lecturer at the School of Social Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne. Before moving to Monash, she was a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Melbourne Law School (2011-2014) and she also held positions as post-doctoral fellow at the Berlin Graduate School for Muslim Cultures and Societies and as lecturer at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg. She studied Southeast Asian Studies and European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Berlin and obtained her PhD from the Australian National University in 2010. She is the author of Troubled Transit: Asylum seekers stuck in Indonesia (ISEAS, 2015) and Politics and Conflict in Indonesia: The Role of the Acehnese Diaspora (Routledge, 2011).

Her research interests include the socio-legal dimensions of forced migration in Southeast Asia, border regimes, asylum policies and refugee protection in the Asia-Pacific, as well as diaspora politics and long-distance nationalism. Lately, she has also started to develop an interest in trafficking in persons and forced labour, particularly concerning minors, migrants and other vulnerable persons.

 

Dr Sara Niner (Anthropology)

Gender and culture in Timor Leste 

She is an expert in the field of gender and international development with a particular interest in those issues in the post-conflict environment of Timor-Leste and is widely published in this field.  As a regional gender expert, Dr Niner has often worked and reported on gender issues in S. E. Asia for local and international development agencies. She is currently undertaking research through the Oxfam Monash Partnership  of Oxfam partnered Savings and Loans Schemes in Timor-Leste. Further work on the links between gender inequity, empowerment and the economy is also being developed with a network of researchers focussed on the Asia Paci.

 

Professor Robert Thompson (Political Science).

Selected Political Science Approaches to Researching Policymaking in Intergovernmental Organisations

Robert joined Monash in 2017, having previously held positions in the Netherlands (at the Universities of Groningen and Utrecht), Ireland (at Trinity College Dublin) and the United Kingdom (at the University of Strathclyde). His research focuses on international comparisons of democratic representation, and various forms of international governance. In one area of ongoing research Robert and his colleagues are examining the conditions under which politicians keep and break the promises they make to voters when they enter government office. In another area of ongoing research Robert and his colleagues are seeking to understand negotiations and policymaking in international organizations with a focus on the European Union and the United Nations (particularly UNFCCC). He is author of Resolving Controversy in the European Union (Cambridge University Press), and a series of articles and book chapters on national, EU, and international politics.

 

Promoting Diversity Through Museum Practice
Immigration Museum Theatrette
Event Date: 04/09/2018

PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM

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WELCOME
Practices and Challenges of Promoting Diversity at Museums in Japan
Katsuhiko Hibino
Artist, Dean of Faculty of Fine Arts and Professor at Intermedia Art
Department of Tokyo University of the Arts.
Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu

Sawako Inaniwa
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Curator, Chief of Education and Public
Programs

Co-creating FIRST PEOPLES EXHIBITION with the Yulendj elders -
Through the voices and languages of Victoria's Koorie Community
Isabel Morphy-Walsh
Senior Koorie Programs Officer, First Peoples Immigration Museum

The Multicultural Museums Network - GRANDMOTHERS EXHIBITION
PROJECT
Adriana Gombert
Assistant Director, Education and Programs, Jewish Museum,
Melbourne
ROUNDTABLE DIALOGUE

Multicultural Japan: Diversity and inclusion in a newly-emerging immigration country
Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
Event Date: 29/08/2018

https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/asiainstitute/news-and-events/details?event=11141

While Japan is often labelled as “homogeneous,” it has long-standing multicultural and multi-ethnic communities which have been growing in the last few decades as more migrants enter the country. This trend is expected to continue further as the Japanese government has been relaxing its immigration policy to a broader range of migrants due to accelerating population ageing and resultant labour shortages in the coming years. To what extent are migrants integrated in Japanese society, and what are the present and future challenges? This seminar will feature four scholars who have been conducting research on immigration, multiculturalism, and inclusion in Japan from different disciplinary approaches. They will address new immigration policy developments, diversity promotion, practices of integration and inclusion in contemporary Japan.

“Japanese Immigration Policy at the Crossroads”

Professor Keizo Yamawaki (Meiji University): Prof. Yamawaki specialises in migrant integration policy He has advised numerous local governments and ministries of the Japanese government. Since 2010, he has worked with the Council of Europe and the Japan Foundation to promote exchange of ideas and good practices in migrant integration between Japan and Europe. In 2012-2013, he was based in Europe as a visiting fellow of the University of Oxford and the Migration Policy Group, Brussels. In 2018, he received the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation for his work on migrant integration.

“Diversity promotion and its implications for multicultural inclusion in Japan”

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University): Dr Iwabuchi is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies and Director of Monash Asia Institute. His main interests are cultural globalization, trans-Asian cultural flows and connections, and multicultural inclusion and cultural citizenship in the Japanese and East Asian contexts. He leads TEAM project (Trans-East-Asia Multiculturalism), which promotes transnational exchange and collaboration among film makers, performers, NGOs, NPOs and researchers to promote multicultural inclusion in East Asia.

 “(Re-)locating the international student in multicultural Japan”

Dr Jeremy Breaden (Monash University): Dr Breaden is Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Japanese Studies program in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. His research interests include globalisation and social change in contemporary Japan and Japanese-English translation and cultural mediation in international business settings. His latest book is Articulating Asia in Japanese Higher Education: Policy, partnership and mobility (2018).

“The challenges of skilled migration in Japan”

A/Prof Nana Oishi (The University of Melbourne): Dr Nana Oishi specialises in skilled migration, diversity and inclusion. Prior to her current position, she was Professor of Sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo and Policy Analyst at the International Labour Organization (ILO). She has served the United Nations Expert Meeting on Migration, Development and Social Protection and various national advisory boards on immigration in Japan. She received several awards including the Recognition Award from the International Federation of University Women.  

 Please book through:

http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/asiainstitute/news-and-events/details?event=11141

 

Book Launch
HB40, H Building, Monash University Caulfield campus
Event Date: 23/08/2018

Soul Catcher:  Java's Fiery Prince Mangkungara I, 1726-1795

 

Soul Catcher: Java's Fiery Prince Mangkunagara I, 1726-1795

by Merle Ricklefs
Featuring addresses by Professor Merle Ricklefs, Emeritus Professor Virginia Hooker (ANU), Ass. Professor Stuart Robson (Monash)
When: August 23, 2018, at 5.15 (refreshments) for 5.45 start  
Where: HB40 (basement, Building H), Monash Caulfield Campus

About the book:

Mangkunagara I (1726-95) was one of the most flamboyant figures of 18th-century Java. A charismatic rebel from 1740 to 1757 and one of the foremost military commanders of his age, he won the loyalty of many followers. He was also a devout Muslim of the Mystic Synthesis style, a devotee of Javanese culture and a lover of beautiful women and Dutch gin. His enemies—the Surakarta court, his uncle the rebel and later Sultan Mangkubumi of Yogyakarta and the Dutch East India Company—were unable to subdue him, even when they united against him. In 1757 he settled as a semi-independent prince in Surakarta, pursuing his objective of as much independence as possible by means other than war, a frustrating time for a man who was a fighter to his fingertips. Professor Ricklefs here employs an extraordinary range of sources in Dutch and Javanese—among them Mangkunagara I’s voluminous autobiographical account of his years at war, the earliest autobiography in Javanese so far known—to bring this important figure to life. As he does so, our understanding of Java’s devastating civil war of the mid-18th century is transformed and much light is shed on Islam and culture in Java.

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The 2018 Malaysian General elections: The People have spoken
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building (Building 11)
Event Date: 21/08/2018

Professor Jayum Anak Jawan

Professor Mohammad Agus bin Yusoff

Dr. Azhar bin Ahmad

Abstract

The 2018 Malaysian general elections have been dubbed as the “mother of all general elections”. This was due to the fact that unlike previous general elections, this one has a high degree of uncertainty for the ruling party. All previous general elections had been generally expected to be won by BN. But in the 2018 general elections, although there was a general consensus that BN has a slight edge, the challenge mounted by the opposition could not be discounted has it has been done previously. Many former BN bigwigs had either left the ruling coalition or were being fired. Retired members of the BN coalition found reasons to return and make a comeback under different political banner. These all add up to the excitement.

This seminar will examine the patterns of voting based on a number of factors such as ethnicity, state and region. Three scholars from Malaysia will address different areas in explaining the patters of voting in the 2018 general elections. Jayum Jawan from Universiti Putra Malaysia will be speaking on Sabah and Sarawak’s role and what the pattern of political support there mean for the national coalition BN and the main component UMNO. Mohammad Agus Yusoff from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia will speak of the general voting pattern in West Malaysia, looking at explaining voting patterns among Malays, Chinese and Indian and how these voting patterns shape alignment of state government in the post 2018 elections. Azhar Ahmad will speak on the General Elections in Perak that was seen by many analysts as “hot” state because of the narrow margin of BN win in the state in two previous general elections in 2008 and 2013.

About the speakers:

JAYUM ANAK JAWAN: PhD (Hull); MA (Appalachian State); BA (UNC-A). Professor of Politics & Government, Department of Government & Civilization Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. Former Tun Abdul Razak Chair (15) & Visiting Professor of Political Science, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, US. Area of specialization/ research: Politics & Government; Elections & Ethnic Relations.

 

MOHAMMAD AGUS BIN YUSOFF (Dato’): PhD; MA (Manchester); BA (Hons) (University of Malaya): Professor of Political Science, Politics & Security Research Center, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Area of specialization/ research: Comparative Politics, Malaysian and Indonesia Politics, Federalism and Elections

 

AZHAR BIN AHMAD (Dato’): PhD, MSc. (UPM); BA (OUM): works as Special Task Officer to former Perak Menteri Besar (Chief Minister). Areas of Specialization: Politics of Malaysia and Indonesia; Student movement. Extensive ground experience in politics, having assisted the Chief Minister in various capacities, including grassroots politics during recent general elections.