CFP “Promoting Diversity Mobility, Creativity and Socio-Cultural Inclusion in East Asia”

Call For Papers: International Symposium

 “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: MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu. 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!

 

Monash Asia Institute Bulletin October 2017

From the Director’s Desk

October is a month of MAI conferences. MAI is holding an international conference, Other Asians, Asian Otherings: Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics on 30-31 October at Caulfield campus. Featuring Prof. Krishna Sen as a keynote, more than 30 researchers from various countries will discuss new directions and issues of the study of Asian regions. MAI is also supporting the 6th Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN) conference, “Embodiments and inhabitations” to he held at Immigration Museum on 25-26th Oct. And MAI is co-organising South-Asia Citywide Conference in November that aims to bring together Melbourne based graduate students to share their interest in the region. We will also have Herb Feith Memorial Lecture by Associate Professor Charles Coppel (University of Melbourne), Monash Arts Dean’s Alumini Speaker Series featuring Ibu Dewi Wahab, Consul General of Indonesia (Victoria and Tasmania), a seminar on North Korean migration and more. Please check all details in this bulletin and MAI webpage and participate in the events!

Prof. Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute

MAI Events

MAI International Conference: Other Asians, Asia’s Otherings
30-31 October 2017, Monash University Caulfield campus

6th Asian Australian Studies Research Network Conference: Embodiments and inhabitations
25-26 October 2017, Immigration Museum, Melbourne

South-Asia Citywide Conference
17 November 2017, Monash University, Caulfield campus

CFP: MAI International Conference: “Korean Wave” Still Matters? Present and Future Directions
7-8 June 2018, Monash University Caulfield campus

Australia-Japan Foundation Grant Project Symposium: Immigration Museum: Australia-Japan dialogue on the enhancement of cultural diversity
15 October 2017, Tokyo University of the Arts, Ueno campus


CSEAS (Centre of South East Asian Studies)

Double Book Launches
25 October 2017, Monash University, Caulfield campus


Korean Studies Seminar

20 Years’ Evolution of North Korean Migration
5 October 2017, Monash University Clayton campus


MAI and Japanese Studies Centre, Special Public Lecture

From Counterculture to Subculture The Study of Social Movement in Japan after the 3.11 Disaster
1 November 2017, Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University, Clayton campus


Special Lectures

Herb Faith Memorial Lecture 2017: Normalising Chinese Indonesians
18 October 2017, Monash University, Caulfield campus

Monash Arts Dean’s Alumni Speaker Series
12 October 2017, Hotel Windsor, Melbourne


Other Conferences

Asian Studies Association of Australia Conference 2018
3-5 July 2018

Harvard East Asia Society Conference: “(De)Constructing Boundaries”
9-10 February 2018

 

CFP-International Conference: “Korean Wave” Still Matters? Present and Future Directions

Call For Papers: International Conference

 “Korean Wave” Still Matters?  Present and Future Directions

7-8 June 2018

Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

Monash Asia Institute (MAI), Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster (ACMSRC) and Korean Studies Program of Monash University are pleased to welcome submissions of paper abstracts for the conference, “Korean Wave” Still Matters? Present and Future Directions”, which will be held on 7 & 8 June 2018.

Since its initial appearance in Taiwanese and Chinese media in 1997, the term Hallyu has meant different things to different people. It proved to be an effective nationalistic marketing and soft power strategy for the South Korean government and entertainment industries while many fans and casual users alike consumed South Korean cultural contents without any conscious regard for the interests of the state. It also has been received in diverse ways by a wide range of followers in terms of regions, gender, sexuality, ethnicity. As such, Korean Wave has been attracting scholarly interests of many researchers of diverse disciplines across and beyond Asian regions.

Acknowledging the recent vicennial of the Korean Wave, we welcome papers that revisit studies of the Korean Wave and discuss its present and future directions both in and outside of South Korea and Asian regions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to whether or how the discourse of Korean Wave or Hallyu remains relevant today and to whom, new and old sociocultural issues to be explored, South Korean popular culture’s interaction with other national/regional popular cultures and cultural industries such as Indonesian pop or the hip hop culture in China, global implications for the critical study of popular culture in a digital age.

Please submit your proposed title, abstract (200 words max), and brief bio-data (50 words max) to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu by 20 November 2017. Please clearly put “Korean Wave” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by mid December. Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs, but we will try to cover postgraduate students’ accommodation, if partially. There will be no registration fee for the conference.

Any enquiries should be directed to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

 

 

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


News

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

 

MAI Awarded Australia-Japan Foundation Grant in the second consecutive year

Migrant Diplomacy: Collaboration to advance museum’s role to foster diversity

Highly appreciating the ongoing project to facilitate the exchange between Immigration Museums in Melbourne and Tokyo, Australia-Japan Foundation has awarded Monash Asia Institute a grant for the second consecutive year.

This project aims to promote Australia-Japan partnership and innovatively advance public diplomacy in mutuality on a common ground of trans-Asian migration. Founded on the current project, this project will further promote cooperation and exchange between Immigration Museum in Melbourne and relevant organizations in Japan such as public museum, university and art council to establish a long-term sustainable relationship on an institutional level. The project will facilitate mutual learning among participants through an intensive dialogue on how museum can enhance its capacity to foster cultural diversity and inclusion in society, and a concrete action plan for organizing collaborative projects in the following years will be made. The project will also consider the establishment of a trans-Asia museum consortium to collaboratively engage with a regionally and globally shared issue of embracing migration and fostering cultural diversity.

 

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).

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

 

Call For Paper – The Sense of Time in a Hyper-Mobile Digital Age: Nostalgia, Presentism and Hope

Call For Paper: 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

For details: 

http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mai/wp-admin/post.php?post=5929&action=edit

 

ICCR Chair of Indian Studies

Monash University is one of only five select Australian Universities to have instituted an Indian Council for Cultural Relations Chair of Indian Studies.

 

CFP: OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING-Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics

Call for papers: International Conference

 OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING-Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics

 Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

 30 & 31 October 2017

Monash University Caulfield Campus, Melbourne

Monash Asia Institute (MAI) is pleased to welcome submissions of paper abstracts for its Conference on “OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING; Inclusionary Utopias, Exclusionary Politics” on 30-31 October 2017. The conference will open with a public keynote address by Professor Krishna Sen (The University of Western Australia) in the evening of 30 October 2017. On the next day, there will be three panel sessions, each focussing on one of the MAI central research themes for 2017 (see below). Overall, the conference deals with two distinct but related issues; empirical observation and questions of method: recent changes in Asia and the challenge of analysing these changes.

CHANGES IN ASIA: Asia has changed dramatically in multiple dimensions in the past three decades, of which the speed and scope of demographic mobility and cultural fluidity, are some of the most striking. We witness the escalation and intensification of mobility, diversity and connectivity in relation to newly configured politics of inclusion/exclusion. Why and how politics of race has gained momentum for a while in some circles, while politics of religion, gender, or class gained more currency in other times or social settings? Where and when do they intersect, blend, or contradict across Asia and over trans-Asia? 

STUDYING ASIA: Ironically, when such rapid changes are taking place across Asia and require fresh analyses and comprehension, formal training in “Asian studies” in schools and universities outside Asia has been in serious decline or under institutional threat. Where such studies survive, there has been a significant rise of Asians studying Asia outside Asia, including Australia in its multiple framework and focus: studying Asia ‘in’ Australia, studying ‘Asians in Australia’ and studying ‘Australia as part of Asia’. What does it mean to study Asia in the new millennium? How and why the Cold War-styled “Asian studies” has been outdated; how today’s Asia poses institutional and methodological challenges to studying Asia, in and/or outside Asia? How can trans-Asia approaches contribute to the debate?

We will welcome papers examining MAI’s three key themes: 1) Migrants, Diaspora & Identity politics; 2) Mobility, Diversity & Inclusion; 3) Media and cultural practices, although proposals that are in other intriguing ways relevant to the conference topic will also be considered. Papers can focus on a single nation or metropolitan area in Asia, but priority will be given to papers with focus on trans-Asian issues, international dimension of a local issue, a comparative perspective of more than one nation, or innovative insights into the future of studying Asia in Australia. Innovative approaches and new interrogations of methods of studying Asia are most welcome. Early Career Researches are strongly encouraged.

Please submit your proposed title, abstract (200 words max), and brief biodata (50 words max) to <MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu> by 15 July 2017. Please clearly put “Paper proposal for OTHER ASIANS, ASIA’S OTHERING” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposals will be notified by the end of July.

Any enquiries should be directed to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu. 

We look forward to receiving your proposals. 

Koichi Iwabuchi, Ariel Heryanto, Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Julian Millie (Co-conveners)

Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

 

 

“Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia”: Book Publication based on MAI conference

“Precarious Belongings: Affect and Nationalism in Asia” is just out from Asian Cultural Studies Book Series of Rowan & Littlefield!! The collection is based on Monash Asia Institute international conference in Taipei in Oct 2015 (co-organized with National Taiwan Normal University)
http://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/precarious_belongings/3-156-d12648b4-b1fc-4d90-af9e-e70081a4199e

 

Monash Asia Institute Bulletin April 2017

From the MAI Director’s Desk

 The inaugural seminar of MAI focus theme, “Diversity, Mobility and Inclusion” that was held on 31 March was very successful. We had good discussions on some issues to be further pursued towards trans-Asian investigation. The next seminar will be held on 28 April. We hope to have another stimulating dialogue over significant issues on the theme of on “Migration, Diaspora and Belonging”. While April is a month of Easter Break, there will be other exciting events such as the third “From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy” seminar, which will discuss the experiences of “being the Asian student” in Melbourne; a Mon@sia seminar that will consider the emerging trend of socially critical school reform in many parts of Asia and a Japanese Studies Centre seminar that will discuss linguistic variants in Japanese. We are also pleased to announce that MAI supports the 6th Asian Australian Identities Conference of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, which will be held in October 2017. Call for paper is open now. Please also be reminded that the call for expression of participation in MAI postgraduate research Day on 1 May is still open. Please check all details in this bulletin.

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute

MAI Seminars

From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy
On Being the Asian Student in the Asian Century, Melbourne 12 April 2017, Immigration Museum, Melbourne

Trans Asia as Method: Focus theme seminar
Key issues on Migration, Diaspora and Belonging for Trans-Asian approaches 28 April 2017, HB39, Monash University, Caulfield campus

Mon@Sia Seminar
Socially critical school reform in Asia
27 April 2017, N7.02, Monash University, Clayton campus

Japanese Studies Centre Seminar
 ‘-Ga or -O? Which one to use?’ 12 April 2017, JSC, Monash University, Clayton campus

MAI Research Day: Call for Expression of Participation
MAI Postgraduate Students Research Day

1 May 2017, S901, Monash University Caulfield campus

Call for Papers

Embodiments and Inhabitations -The 6th Asian Australian Identities (AAI6)  conference of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network

25-26 October 2017, Immigration Museum, Melbourne

The next MAI Bulletin is scheduled for 7 May 2017.

If you have any news on any events or other announcements that you would like us to include, please forward this to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu by 1 May 2017.

 

Call for Papers: Embodiments and Inhabitations -The 6th Asian Australian Identities (AAI6) conference of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network

MAI is pleased to announce that we support the 6th Asian Australian Identities Conference of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network, which will be held in October 2017. Please see the details via below link.

Embodiments and Inhabitations -The 6th Asian Australian Identities (AAI6) conference of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network

25-26 October 2017, Immigration Museum, Melbourne

 

 

 

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: https://www.monash.edu/news/internal/the-insider/8-sep-2016/herb-feith-professor-announced


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 http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mai/welcome-new-academic-staffs-joined-monash


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: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mai/visiting-scholar-south-asia-diaspora-international-researchers-network/

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 MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu by 28 March

 

Focus Theme Inaugural Seminar: Key issues on Diversity, Mobility and Inclusion for Trans-Asian approaches

Monash Asia Institute Focus Theme Inaugural Seminar

Key issues on Diversity, Mobility and Inclusion for Trans-Asian approaches

Date & Time: 31 March Friday, 12-2pm (light lunch will be provided)

Venue: N105, Caulfield Campus, Monash University

Speakers:

Julian Millie (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies)

Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash Asia Institute)

In a globalized world in which people’s mobility and accompanying human exchange have been intensifying, the promotion of diversity is a key issue. While the current attention to diversity tends to be economy-driven with an emphasis on its utility to make the workplace creative and globally competitive, this seminar will discuss what kind of issues regarding socio-cultural diversity, human mobility and inclusion are emergent and need to be critically studied in various parts of Asia and whether and how we can make a comparative examination of Asian cases and/or collaboratively tackle the transnationally shared issues which are distinctly articulated in specific local contexts.

This seminar is an inaugural event of the establishment of MAI focus themes and regional coordinators (please see http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mai/). Together with focus theme and regional coordinators, we will discuss how to productively promote collaborative research by organizing seminars/conferences and inviting international visiting scholars to Monash.

Please RSVP for catering purpose to MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu by 25 March.

 

 

MAI 2017 Focus Themes and Regional Coordinators

FOCUS THEMES & REGIONAL COORDINATORS (**Inaugural Seminar on 31 March**)

MAI establishes four focus themes to promote inter-disciplinary and trans-Asian research collaboration and dialogue. Coordinators of focus themes will organize trans-Asia seminar series. MAI will also invite international scholars who are working on the below themes to give a talk at trans-Asia seminar series.

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

 

MAI also appoint regional coordinators who are responsible for facilitating cross-regional exchange and responding to inquiries about the research of the region:

East Asia: Gil Soo Han and Gloria Davies/Jonathan Benney

Southeast Asia: Ariel Heryanto and Julian Millie

South Asia: Mridula Chakraborty and Chandani Lokuge

 

Welcome! New academic staff joined Monash!

MAI warmly welcome three new academic staff (on Indonesia and Korea)

* Herb Feith Professor Ariel Heryanto

Professor Heryanto is regarded as one of the world’s most influential analysts of contemporary popular culture and of radical political movements in Indonesia since the 1980s. His focus on the politics of everyday life and relationships between language, media and popular culture have revolutionised the field of Indonesian Studies by connecting insights from anthropology, political science and cultural studies. He is currently working closely with Professor Koichi Iwabuchi at the Monash Asia Institute to reconceptualise Asian Studies to provide more emphasis on the cultural flows that shape modern Asian societies. Professor Heryanto’s appointment also adds to the already strong cohort of scholars working on aspects of Indonesia at Monash.

Faculty Welcome Lunch will be held on 22 March 2017, Taste Baguette, Monash University, Clayton campus.

See his full profile at: https://www.monash.edu/news/internal/the-insider/8-sep-2016/herb-feith-professor-announced

* Dr. Andrew David Jackson is Senior Lecturer and the Convenor of Korean Studies. He obtained his PhD in Korean history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2011. As well as pre-modern history, he is interested in modern Korean history and society, South and North Korean film, and theories of rebellion and revolution. andy.jackson@monash.eduDr. Josie Sohn is Lecturer in Korean Studies)

* Josie Sohn is a Lecturer in Korean Studies. Prior to arriving at Monash, she directed Global Korean Studies at the Catholic University of Korea and was a fellow at the Literature Translation Institute of Korea. Her research focuses on South Korean film culture, youth culture, and transnational reception practices. She holds a PhD in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a minor in Cinema Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Welcome Monash!

 

 

Visiting Scholar (South Asia Diaspora International Researchers’ Network)

Dr Maryam Mirza is a  visiting researcher at SADIRN and Monash Asia Institute from 20 February to 25 March. She will be at Clayton campus, 20 Chancellors Walk, Room W711. Please contact A/Prof Chandani Lokuge, Director SADIRN on 03 9905 2136 for further information

Maryam Mirza received her PhD in English Studies from Aix-Marseille University, France and is currently a BeIPD-COFUND Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Liege, Belgium. She is the author of a monograph entitled Intimate Class Acts: Friendship and Desire in Indian and Pakistani Women’s Fiction (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), and her articles have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and Gender, Place & Culture

Project description:

As a visiting researcher at the South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN) and Monash Asia Institute from 20 February 2017 to 25 March 2017, Dr Maryam Mirza will carry out research on South Asian-Australian fiction by women writers (notably Chandani Lokuge, Chitra Fernando and Michelle de Kretser), and will participate in the activities of the South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network. Her research will focus on the literary depiction of the work/class identities of South Asian women in the diaspora. She will also deliver a talk that draws on her recently published monograph. The talk is entitled ‘Marginality, Consent and Desire in the Anglophone novel by Indian Women Writers’.

Dr Mirza will give a talk at SADIRN seminar series, on Wed 22 March 2017, 12.30pm-2.00pm at Japanese Studies Centre, Monash University, Clayton Campus. The title of paper is “Marginality, Consent and Desire in the Anglophone novel by Indian Women Writers”

 

2017 Welcome

The Asian Cultural and Media Studies research cluster is pleased to welcome you to its 2017 events. We have big plans for this year following a very active year in 2016. The inaugural pre-conference to the 5th Inter-Asia Popular Music Conference on 9th December 2016 allowed an engaging exchange of new research ideas by our PhD students across a variety of disciplines. The reading groups organised by Earvin Cabalquinto (our 2016 postgraduate representative and now ECR representative) are growing in popularity and the reading groups will continue in 2017 as a monthly event to provide our HDR students with a collective identity and a relaxed and social environment within which to discuss key texts in the field. ACMS cluster members will provide short introductions to key readers as a way of creating a space for ongoing engagement and sharing of ideas between academic staff and postgraduate students. We welcome participation from interested students across all Faculties and from other universities. Please email Tegan Farell, our new postgraduate student representative, for more information about the reading groups and how to get involved.

The ACMS webpage has a new look featuring our research projects, profiles of current and recently graduated postgraduate students, and events. It is worth checking in if you haven’t done so for awhile to familiarise yourself with the new interface: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mai/the-asian-cultural-and-media-studies-research-cluster-page/

All cluster members (old and new) and postgraduate students are warmly invited to our welcome event on 20 March 2017. More details about all of our events will be posted as details are finalised. Please also feel free to join our Facebook group where current information will be posted regularly: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MonashACMS/.

 If you would like to discuss any ideas for the cluster or advertise or promote research initiatives via ACMS in the new year, please do get in touch. 

Convenors: Xin Gu (xin.gu@monash.edu) and Olivia Khoo (olivia.khoo@monash.edu)

Postgraduate representative: Tegan Farrell (tegan.farrell@monash.edu)

ECR representative: Earvin Cabalquinto (earvin.cabalquinto@monash.edu)

Postgraduate Student Profiles

Tegan Farrell

PhD, Film, Media and Communications. Arts
tegan.farrell@monash.edu

TITLE: Gods, ghosts, and ancestors in contemporary Taiwan: Reality and representations

SUMMARY: This project explores folk religious practices and beliefs in present-day Taiwan and how these practices and beliefs are represented in Taiwanese news, film, and television, combining an anthropological study of engagement in and experiences of folk religious practices in Taiwan with content and discourse analysis of representations of folk religion in Taiwanese Chinese-language media.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Taiwan, media, journalism, religion, cultural studies, China


Le Thu Mach

PhD, Journalism. Arts
Thu.Mach@monash.edu

TITLE: Emerging social media and the green public sphere

SUMMARY: Compare coverage of green issues (environment, climate change, sustainability) on mainstream media and social media; Examine the contexts in which the coverage is generated; Identify the impact of social media on green issues.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Journalism and social media about Environment, climate change and sustainability


Yuning Zhang

PhD, Literary and Cultural Studies. Arts

TITLE: Reality TV in China and its audience

RESEARCH INTERESTS: media, audience studies, contemporary Chinese society


Wanchana Tongkhampao

PhD, Film, Media and Communications. Arts
wanchana.tongkhampao@monash.edu

TITLE: Other masculinities: filmic and literary representations of popular masculinist heroes in Thailand

SUMMARY: In Thailand, the outlaws are usually celebrated in popular culture and become an icon of teen masculinities. My research argues that these outlaw heroes, whom I called them ‘popular masculinist heroes, have emerged and developed along with the growth of modern media, especially film and literature in Thailand since the post World War II to the present. Despite being out of focus in the Thai cultural studies research, these heroes have largely contributed to the identity of Thai ‘modern’ masculinity.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Thai cultural studies and cultural history, Thai and Asian cinemas, Thai literature, Gender and masculinities, Theories of representation, Alternative modernities


Teck Fann GOH (Fann)

Film, Media and Communications. Arts
teckfann.goh@monash.edu

TITLE: Japanese Film Festivals and Cultural Exchange in the Asia-Pacific

SUMMARY: This project will examine the transformations and the recent development of Japanese Film Festivals in the Asia-Pacific in relation to international cultural exchange and their contributions to the dynamics of international film festivals in the region.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Film festivals, Asian media cultures, Japanese popular culture, cultural exchange in Asia


Naziat Choudhury

PhD, Media, Film and Journalism. Arts
naziat.choudhury@monash.edu

TITLE: Social capital and the audience commodity: Online media in the USA and China

SUMMARY: A comparative analysis of the rise of online social networking sites and messenger apps in the USA and China. The political economy that governs the popularity of these sites, as well as the migration of social capital is compared. While trying to understand the success of these social media, an attempt is made to understand the relation between the changing patterns of urban life and the consequent attractiveness towards these media.

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Social media, intercultural communication, internet and society

 

 

My Place, My Story

My Place, My Story is a short story competition for emerging writers of all ages in the Monash Council area. Emerging writers are encouraged to submit entries that explore ideas about place, home and belonging.  The competition begins on the 4th of December, 2016. Entries close on the 14th of January, 2017.

Find out more about My Place, My Story…