Events - 19 Sep 13

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
CSEAS Seminar Series
Doors or fences? Policing asylum seekers along Indonesia’s porous borders
Gallery Building 55 Clayton Campus, Clayton Vic
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Trans-Asia as method
Trans-Asia as method seminar: "Creative industries in China: Catch-up or alternative Modernity?"
ACJC Seminar Room Building H, 8th Floor (H8.06 H8.05), Caulfield East

Past events

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


Marriage, Gender and Islam in Indonesia: Women Negotiating Informal Marriage, Divorce and Desire: Maria Platt (Australia-Indonesia Centre)
Building S, Level 9, Room 901, Monash University Caulfield
Event Date: 28/03/2018


In this seminar, Maria discusses the key ideas behind her book Marriage, Gender and Islam in Indonesia: Women Negotiating Informal Marriage, Divorce and Desire, which draws upon ethnographic case studies from the eastern Indonesian island of Lombok. Maria conducted fieldwork in a village on the outskirts of the city of Mataram for an 18-month period between 2007 and 2009. Her research focussed on the lives of married Muslim women – the majority of whose unions were not registered with the state.

In discussing unregistered marriage, Maria discusses a new approach for theorising marital experiences as playing out across a dynamic marital continuum, in a community where early marriage, divorce and remarriage are common place for Muslim women. In this seminar Maria will also consider how local modalities of Islam shape gender relations in Lombok and how these modalities are actively negotiated by women in pursuing their marital desires.


Maria Platt is currently is the Coordinator of the Australia-Indonesia Centre Infrastructure Cluster based at Monash Univeristy. She has over a decade of experience in conducting research and managing projects in the Southeast Asian context, with a particular focus on Indonesia. After a trip across Indonesia in the mid-2000s Maria became interested in understanding more about the country and the people that lived there and began her PhD in 2006.

After completing her studies, Maria returned to Southeast Asia to work at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where she was based until late 2016. Maria’s other research interests lie in the areas of gender, changing ideas of family and marriage, and the politics of identity and citizenship, particularly in the Indonesian context.

Maria received her PhD in Anthropology from La Trobe University in 2011, and has a Bachelor in Applied Science (Health Promotion) (Hons) from Deakin University.


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Teaching 'Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia' in primary education: A comparative analysis of different States' curriculum
E457, Lecture Theatre
Event Date: 23/03/2018

Assoc Prof Zane Ma Rhea and Dr Hongzhi Zhang
(Faculty of Education)

The cross-curriculum priority of Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia that is designed to help Australians navigate their regional relationship with Asia into the future has opened up the classrooms to inclusion of Asian texts and Asian perspectives but whose texts and whose perspectives? This paper will comparatively analyse the relevant curriculum contents of cross-curriculum priority Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia from different States and Territories curriculums in Australia. We have employed a critical interpretative research methodology to analyse data for this paper to examine how the Australian government’s innovation policy and its new business development policies that are predicated on strengthening its partnerships with Asia are being supported by the new Australian Curriculum and its State and Territory derivatives.

The authors have undertaken a thorough review of literature and policy documents, the Australian Curriculum, and relevant State and Territory policies and curriculum guiding frameworks. We have found that relevant curriculum content of cross-curriculum priority Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia is unevenly distributed across the different learning areas and general capabilities. We further found that the inclusion of mandated content varies in the new Australian Curriculum and its State and Territory derivatives across key ideas, in the learning areas, and in the explanatory materials.

Light luncheon will be served so kindly RSVP

RSVP:  Tuesday 20 March  to E:

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

 "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: 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!