Monash Asia Institute Bulletin November-December 2016


From the MAI Director’s Desk

While the second semester of 2016 is coming to an end and the festive season is approaching in Melbourne, activities within MAI are becoming even more active. In November, the second public seminar of From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy will be held at Immigration Museum, featuring Andy Trieu, co-presenter of SBS show PopAsia, who will give a talk on the representation of Asian-Australian figures in the Australian media world. In December, MAI is hosting the 5th international conference of Inter-Asian popular music studies and co-organising a pre-conference with Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster. In addition, there will be a seminar on people’s aspirations for the future in East Timor; a book launch of The Burning Elephant by Christopher Raja and a lecture by Anne Alison, renowned Japanese studies scholar of Duke University. Let this Bulletin also ring a bell with you about our international conference, Trans-Asian Human Mobilities and Encounters, which MAI is co-organising with Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok in January 2017. Please check the details of all events in this Bulletin and the MAI webpage!

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute

MAI International Conference

The 5th Inter-Asia Popular Music Studies conference
11-12 December 2016, Monash University, Caulfield campus

Trans-Asia Human Mobilities and Encounters
23-24 January 2017, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

MAI Public Seminar series: From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy (with Immigration Museum)

Who are Aussie celebrities? Social presence and media representation of Asian-Australians
Speaker: Andy Trieu (Actor & co-host of SBS PopAsia)
Sunday 13 November 2016, Immigration Museum, Melbourne

Trans-Asia as Method seminar jointly organised with Japanese Studies Centre

The Spectre of Dying Alone: A Magna of Lonely Death in Japan
8 December 2016, Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University Clayton campus

Centre of South East Asian Studies (CSEAS) Seminar

Customary Renewal in Post-occupation East Timor and the Construction of the Future as a “Cultural Fact”
8 November 2016, Monash University Clayton campus

Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster (ACMS) Workshop

PhD Pre-ConferenceWorkshop
9 December 2016, Monash University Caulfield campus

South East Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN) Book launch

The Burning Elephant – Christopher Raja
1 December 2016, Eltham bookshop, Main Road, Eltham


Professor Margaret Kartomi receives the 2016 Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture’s prestigious Penghargaan Kebudayaan award
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Publication of Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia (edited by Daniel Black, Olivia Khoo and Koichi Iwabuchi) based on a 2014 MAI international conference
Further information

Call for papers

Biennial conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia
26-30 June 2017, University ofWollongong, NSW
Call for papers closes: 9 December 2016

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (ICAS) Conference 2017
28-30 July, Sungkonghoe University, Seoul, South Korea
Call for papers closes: 31 January 2017

The next MAI Bulletin is scheduled for 1 March 2017.
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