Monash Asia Institute Bulletin August 2017

From the MAI Director’s Desk

MAI will kick off its activity in second semester by a film screening of Rasan Piya which is a documentary on the life of renowned Hindustani classical vocalist, Ustad Abdul Rashid Khan. MAI will organize a series of Trans-Asia workshops that aims to explore new approaches to key themes with the purpose to promote collaborative projects. The workshop theme for August will be the bordering of the nation in a “post-imagined- community” age. We will also have seminars on armed civilian mobilization in the Philippines and the Godzilla films’ reflection of social climate in post-war Japan. We are also pleased to let you know that that we have received many intriguing proposals for MAI International conference, OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING: Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics, which will be held on 30-31 October at Monash Caulfield campus. The full program will be announced soon. A call for papers for another international conference on the sense of time in a hyper-mobile digital age, to be held in May 2018 in Kyoto, Japan, is now open. Please check all the details in this Bulletin and on the MAI webpage!

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute

MAI Events

MAI Film Screening
Rasan Piya
4 August 2017, Building S, Level 8, Room 802, Caulfield campus

MAI Trans Asia Workshop
Approaching the bordering of the nation in a post-imagined-community age
18 August 2017, Building S, Level 8, Rooms 801 and 802, Caulfield campus

MAI International Conference: Call for Papers
The Sense of Time in a Hyper-Mobile Digital Age: Nostalgia, Presentism and Hope
18-20 May, Doshisha University Kyoto
Abstract deadline: 15 September 2017.

CSEAS (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies) seminar
Joining the Counterinsurgency: Armed Civilian Mobilization in the Philippines
17 August 2017, Menzies Building, Level 5, Room N5.02, Clayton campus

JSC (Japanese Studies Centre) seminar
‘Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Samurai’
15 August 2017, 16 Rainforest Walk, S9, Clayton campus

LLCL (Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics) school seminar
Teaching Visual Studies: Asia presented by Jason Jones
The Godzilla Barometer: Gauging Japan’s Social Climate through Monster Film 9 August 2017, Japanese Studies Centre, Clayton campus, 12.30pm

SADIRN (South Asian Diaspora International Researchers Network) – new appointment
Dr Alexandra Watkins was recently appointed as SADIRN’s new Project Assistant. Dr Watkins is an adjunct with LLCL (School of Languages, Literatures, cultures and Linguistics).

Digital Research in Southeast Asia
Engaging with Digital Data
18 August 2017, University of Sydney