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
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Making Asian Art Public Conversation
MADA, G104, Monash University Caulfield Campus, caulfied
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Featured events
Piety, Politics and Popularity of Muslim Preachers in Indonesia and Malaysia
E561, Menzies Building, Monash Clayton Campus, Clayton
12/11/2018 - 14/11/2018
All Day
Featured events
International Conference on Gender and Sexuality in Asia (CoGen 2018)
Monash University Malaysia,, Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya,

Past events

"Korean Wave" Still Matters? Present and Future Directions
S901 Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 07/06/2018 - 08/06/2018

International Conference

 “Korean Wave” Still Matters?  Present and Future Directions (PROGRAM UPLOADED)

7-8 June 2018

Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster (ACMSRC) and Korean Studies Program of Monash University are pleased to welcome submissions of paper abstracts for the conference, “Korean Wave” Still Matters? Present and Future Directions", which will be held on 7 & 8 June 2018.

Since its initial appearance in Taiwanese and Chinese media in 1997, the term Hallyu has meant different things to different people. It proved to be an effective nationalistic marketing and soft power strategy for the South Korean government and entertainment industries while many fans and casual users alike consumed South Korean cultural contents without any conscious regard for the interests of the state. It also has been received in diverse ways by a wide range of followers in terms of regions, gender, sexuality, ethnicity. As such, Korean Wave has been attracting scholarly interests of many researchers of diverse disciplines across and beyond Asian regions.

Acknowledging the recent vicennial of the Korean Wave, we welcome papers that revisit studies of the Korean Wave and discuss its present and future directions both in and outside of South Korea and Asian regions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to whether or how the discourse of Korean Wave or Hallyu remains relevant today and to whom, new and old sociocultural issues to be explored, South Korean popular culture’s interaction with other national/regional popular cultures and cultural industries such as Indonesian pop or the hip hop culture in China, global implications for the critical study of popular culture in a digital age.

Any enquiries should be directed to

One China, Two Taiwans: The Geopolitics of Cross Strait Tourism
Room E561, 5th Floor, East Wing, Menzies Building (Building 11)
Event Date: 30/05/2018


The People’s Republic of China and Taiwan together compose one of the world’s most dangerous geopolitical hotspots.   When tourism began
officially in 2008, it was promoted by politicians, industry, and scholars in both China and Taiwan as a mode of reconciliation and peacemaking after decades of tension and travel bans. This trade began while China claimed Taiwan as its own territory under the so-called
“One China Principle”, Taiwan and China have drifted farther apart politically, and Taiwan itself has been split socially by the tourist trade.

Following a major social movement against economic integration with
China and the 2016 election of a more independence-leaning president
and legislature, China froze official communication with Taiwan and
reduced outbound tourism, throwing the future of cross-Strait relations
into question.

Based on participant-observation, interviews, and media analysis
conducted between 2012 and 2016, I demonstrate that despite the
wishful thinking of pundits and politicians, tourism has accelerated
alienation between the two polities and deepened divisions within
Taiwan. I show that tourism is no mere leisure activity, but rather
another mode of an ongoing geopolitical struggle. This case has
important implications for countries like Australia that are increasingly
reliant on inbound Chinese tourism.

Dr Ian Rowen
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Ian Rowen is Assistant Professor in the new program in Geography and
Urban Planning at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A Fulbright
Scholar (2013-14), he has written about regional politics, social movements,
and tourism for publications including Annals of the American Association of
Geographers, The Journal of Asian Studies, Annals of Tourism Research,
International Journal of Transitional Justice, Asian Anthropology, Journal of
Archaeology and Anthropology, the BBC, and The Guardian. Prior to
earning a PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado Boulder, he
worked as a tour guide, translator, and journalist in China, Taiwan, and elsewhere.




Trans Asia Seminar on Diaspora
S801 and S801, Level 8, S Building, Monash University Caulfield
Event Date: 25/05/2018

Think globally, act locally: Sustaining Asian Australian Scholarly Activism Online

This paper examines the intersection between Asian Australian
scholars’ research and online cultural activist projects. It focuses
specifically on work by Asian Australian Studies Research
Network (AASRN) members and examines the ways that the
network’s loose institutional affiliations have enabled academic
activist initiatives. Digital platforms and resources have
transformed modes of community-building and mobilisation for
these critical race actors, but in what ways?


While acknowledging the many fronts on which the advent of social media has boosted potential reach for scholarly activist endeavours, over-identification on an everyday, microaggression level can ignore (or dismiss) the very real, material nuances and infrastructure of local contexts. The focus of everyday digital communications and project work concentrates on the domain of local community- and capacity-building. My paper will discuss the
series of tensions inherent in this area for scholars who identify as activists, between the old and new structures of academic community-building, and in sustaining digital identities as critical race activists.


Dr Tseen Khoo
LaTrobe University

Asian Australian politics and culture, and the higher education
sector. Tseen is a Lecturer in the Research Education and
Development (RED) team, Graduate Research School, La Trobe
University. Her previous role was as a Senior Advisor (Research
Grant Development) at RMIT University (2011-2014), and she
has been a Monash University Research Fellow (2004-2009) and
University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellow (2001-2004).
Tseen's writing and publications focus on Asian Australian
literature, racial minority public history, early career researcher
experiences, and racial diversity issues in Australia. Tseen was
the founding convenor of the Asian Australian Studies Research
Network (AASRN; 2006-2017)

RSVP 22 May 2018

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

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: 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:

We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!

Best regards,

Koichi Iwabuchi & Hirofumi Katsuno

(Conveners, Monash University & Doshisha University)






Monash Asia Institute Graduate Research Network (MAIGRN) event
N2.02 meeting room
Event Date: 16/05/2018

Collecting and analysing data

Preparing for the fieldwork and making sense of collected data.

Useful tips from Dr Andrew Johnson

Collecting and Analysing data_May 2018

MAI Research Day
S901/S902 Building S, Monash University Caulfield campus
Event Date: 27/04/2018

Teaching and Learning about Asia in Australia


In 2019, a new major “Global Asia” will be commencing in the Bachelor of Arts at Monash University. This seminar will take this opportunity to discuss what and how we teach and learn about “Asia” in a globalised world. After informal talk over luncheon, the seminar will start with the introduction of the “Global Asia” major, followed by comments on the curriculum and wider issues regarding the study of Asia.

Key issues to be discussed will include:a)responding to student interests; b) content vs method vs skills; c) collaboration with Malaysian campus; d) postgraduate study of “Asia”; e) university and “Asia literacy/capability” cultivation in Australian schools and society.


Beatrice Trefalt

Gloria Davies

Hongzhi Zhang

Anubha Sarkar

Mridula Chakrabory


12.15 - 1.00 Informal talk over luncheon
1.00 - 2.20 Session 1: “Global Asia” major program
2.40 - 4.00 Session 2: Towards innovative learning about
“Asia” in a globalised world.

RSVP by 23 April 2018



Quiz on Korea 2018
H Building, Monash University, Caulfield Campus
Event Date: 19/04/2018

   This event has been cancelled


Korean Studies Quiz on Korea 2018

Korea, event for Korean Studies students, co-organised with Monash Korean Studies and Korean Consulate

Room 116, Building H, Monash University Caulfield campus

Herb Feith Foundation Seminar
HB40, H Building, Monash University Caulfield campus
Event Date: 05/04/2018

Bali 1928 Repatriation Project:  Rediscovering Local Knowledge through Music Recordings and Films of Bali, 1928-1930s
Speaker:  Edward Herbst


Early 20th-century Bali experienced the fall of kingdoms, trauma of colonialism,
decentralization of arts and enticements of tourism. Our acquisition and research of the 1928
Odeon-Beka recordings and 1930s films by McPhee, Covarrubias, Bateson, Belo, and de
Maré with Holt came as the last artists of that generation were available to “repatriate” their
memories of improvisation, experimentation, playfulness, and nuance of music and dance
of the era.
This multimedia presentation details strategies for repatriation of these unprecedented
resources. Aural-visual evidence challenges socio-cultural hegemonies, demonstrating
diverse regional innovations, helped and hindered by inter-village and inter-institutional
masilur ‘sharing, cooperation’ and jengah ‘competition.’

Edward Herbst is director of the Bali 1928 Repatriation Project. He researched gamelan,
gong-smithing, acoustics, and dance-theater in 1972 toward his B.A. at Bennington College.
In 1980–81 he focused on vocal music for his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan
University. He collaborated as composer and solo vocalist on Sardono Kusumo’s Maha Buta
and The Sorceress of Dirah. Herbst and Bali 1928 have been funded since 2003 by the
Ford, Henry Luce, Andrew W. Mellon, Robert Lemelson, and Wenner-Gren Foundations, Asian
Cultural Council, and Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Program. Author of Voices in Bali,
his Bali 1928 essays are downloadable on –
and OUP’s forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Musical Repatriation.




MAI and LLCL Joint Seminar
N5.02, 5th Floor, Menzies Building, Monash Clayton campus
Event Date: 29/03/2018

Building a Global Bookshelf:  Asian Classics for the Nineteenth-Century, General Reader

Presenter:  Dr Alexander Bubb, Roehampton University



‘It has been my endeavour in this book,’ announced the Anglo-
German writer Helen Zimmern in the preface to her 1883 edition
of the Shahnameh, ‘to popularize the tales told by the Persian
poet Firdusi [sic] in his immortal epic.’ She freely confessed to
almost no knowledge of Persian, explaining that she had derived
most of her text from a recent French edition, but justified her
work on the basis of its rendering the medieval poem accessible
to the Victorian general reader. This was a very different notion
of ‘the public’ than that entertained by Joseph Champion—a
colleague of William Jones—and James Atkinson when they had
produced the first English versions of the Persian epic three
generations beforehand. My current project hangs on Zimmern’s
word ‘popularize’. It explores the production of popular or
‘people’s editions’ of classical literature from Asia, and seeks to
explain how—in the course of the nineteenth century—texts that
were hitherto the preserve mainly of scholars and imperial
administrators were distributed to typical drawing-room shelves
in Britain, America, Australia and the wider empire.


Dr Alex Bubb is a Senior Lecturer in English at Roehampton
University in London. He works on nineteenth-century literature
in Britain, Ireland and India and aims to view late Victorian
culture from a global perspective. In 2016 he published Meeting
Without Knowing It: Kipling and Yeats at the Fin de Siècle
(Oxford University Press), a comparative study of the two poets
and their interlinked networks in 1890s London. He has also
published articles on aspects of modern Indian history, including
Irishmen in the colonial armies, and early railway contractors in
Bombay. He is currently a Marie Curie visiting fellow in the Long
Room Hub at Trinity College, where he is doing his best to write
his second monograph on popular translations of classic
literature from Asia, and the consumption of these editions by the
English ‘general reader’.

RSVP: Dr Chris Murray

T:  9905 4897