Monash Asia Institute Bulletin September 2017

From the MAI Director’s Desk

The Trans-Asia workshop on “post-imagined-communities” in August attracted many participants and we had very productive discussions. In September, MAI will organise another Tran-Asia workshop to revisit “political” potentials of digital communication and social media. Calls for expression of interest in presenting a paper are still open. In September, there also will be exciting seminars such as “Democratization and Disability Activism in Indonesia” and the inaugural event of postgraduate students conversation series. Featuring three acclaimed creative writers, “From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy” seminar at Immigration Museum will consider the ways in which migrant or diasporic stories are addressed as a member of multicultural society. Finally, we are very pleased to have received many stimulating proposals for MAI International Conference, OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING: Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics to be held on 30-31 October. The program will be uploaded soon on the MAI webpage. Also please check the final program of MAI-sponsored conference, Embodiments and Inhabitations -The 6th Asian Australian Identities (AAI6) conference of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, which will be held on 25-26 October

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute

MAI Events

MAI Trans-Asia Workshop
Revisiting the “political” potential of digital communication and social media
Friday 22 September 2017, S Building, Level 8, Caulfield campus

From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy
Narrating my story as a member of multicultural society
Sunday 24 September, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Public Seminar with Asia Society
Going Global: Japanese Culture from Edo to Emoji
Thursday 28 September, 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm, National Gallery of Victoria

MAI International Conference: Call for Papers
The Sense of Time in a Hyper-Mobile Digital Age: Nostalgia, Presentism and Hope
18-20 May 2018, Doshisha University Kyoto, Abstract deadline: 30 September 2017

CSEAS (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies) seminar
Democratization and Disability Activism in Indonesia
7 September 2017, S building, Level 8, Caulfield campus, 1.00pm-2.30pm

Postgraduate Student Seminar
The PhD Challenge: HDR Conversation Series 1
Tuesday 5 September 2017, Room N5.02, Menzies Building, Clayton campus


Migrant Diplomacy: Collaboration to advance the Immigration Museum’s role to foster diversity
MAI has been awarded Australia-Japan Foundation Grant for the second consecutive year

Monash Arts Alumni Networking Event in Indonesia: Impact and Change
9 September, 6-7:30pm, Fairmont Jakarta Hotel, Indonesia