Monash Asia Institute Bulletin March 2017

From the MAI Director’s Desk

2017 will be another exciting year for MAI as there are significant new developments. First, I would like to extend a warm welcome to newly appointed Herb Feith Professor of Indonesian Studies, Ariel Heryanto. He will also act as Deputy Director of MAI with Mridula Chakraborty. As an internationally renowned scholar, Prof. Heryanto will put further stimuli to MAI activities. I would also like to give a warm welcome to two Korean Studies researchers, Andrew David Jackson and Josie Sohn who have just joined the School of Language, Linguistic, Culture and Literature. Dr. Sohn and Dr. Jackson are ready to reinvigorate the Korean Studies at Monash. Secondly, MAI establishes focus research themes and regional coordinators in order to advance trans-Asian and inter-disciplinary intellectual exchange and collaboration and invite international visiting scholars. An inaugural event will be held on 31 March where we will discuss key issues to be collaboratively examined. MAI will also reinvigorate postgraduate students’ seminar series by working with HDR students. We will organize a MAI research day with focus on HDRs on 1 May. Call for expression of participation is now open. Last but not the least, 2017 MAI seminars will kick-off with a talk on Indian women writers’ Anglophone novels and a joint seminar by Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster and Chinese Studies on the intriguing issue of social media in China. Please find all of the details in this bulletin and keep on checking the webpage for updated information.

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute

MAI Welcome

Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia

  • Professor Ariel Heryanto

See his profile at:

Korean Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

  • Andrew David Jackson is Senior Lecturer and the Convenor of Korean Studies
  • Josie Sohn (Lecturer in Korean Studies)

Please see their profiles at

MAI Focus Themes & Regional Coordinators in 2017

Focus themes:

  1. Migration, Diaspora and Belonging (coordinated by Gil Soo Han and Mridula Chakraborty)
  2. Diversity and Inclusion (coordinated by Julian Millie & Koichi Iwabuchi)
  3. Media, Culture and Performance (coordinated by Ariel Heyanto & Olivia Khoo)
  4. Cultural Citizenship and Public Pedagogy (coordinated by Koichi Iwabuchi & Philip Chan)

Regional coordinators:

  • East Asia: Gil Soo Han and Gloria Davies/Jonathan Benney
  • Southeast Asia: Ariel Heryanto and Julian Millie
  • South Asia: Mridula Chakraborty and Chandani Lokuge

MAI Trans-Asia seminar

Focus theme inaugural seminar: Key issues on Diversity and Inclusion

31 March Friday, 12-2pm, N105, Monash University, Caulfield Campus

ACMRC & Chinese Studies joint seminar

Calibrating the Chinese Citizen: Propaganda, E-Petitioning and Big Data-Driven Governance, Speaker: Christian Gobel, University of Vienna

Thursday 30 March, Room N502, Menzies Building, Monash University, Clayton campus.

South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN)

Visiting scholar: Dr Maryam Mirza from 20 February to 25 March. She will be at Clayton campus, 20 Chancellors Walk, Room W711. Please see the detail at:

Please contact A/Prof Chandani Lokuge, Director SADIRN on 03 9905 2136 for further information.

Marginality, Consent and Desire in the Anglophone Novel by Indian Women Writers

Speaker: Dr Maryam Mirza

Wednesday 22 March, 12.30pm-2.00pm Japanese Studies Centre, Clayton campus.

MAI Research Day on Postgraduate Studies

Monday 1 May 2017, 12:15-16:00 at S901, Caulfield Campus

Call for expression of participation is now open.

The next MAI Bulletin is scheduled for 3 April. If you have any news on any events or other announcements that you would like us to include, please forward this to by 28 March