“From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy” successfully started

The inaugural seminar of the new public seminar series, From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy, was held on 22 September 2016 at Immigration Museum, Melbourne. About 30 people joined the seminar to listen to Prof Fazal Rizvi’s talk on the advantage that Asian-Australian people offer for Australian business activities in Asian regions and  vibrant discussion followed regarding the complicated implications of “the economic advantage” for socio-cultural recognition of Asian-Australian people. Please click here to watch the video of the seminar. The next seminar will be held in November. 

 

Monash Asia Institute Bulletin September 2016

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Monash Asia Institute Bulletin  – September 2016

From the MAI Director’s Desk

Many inspiring events are awaiting us in September. We will have the inaugural public seminar, From Asia literacy to Australia literacy, which MAI has jointly organised with Immigration Museum, Melbourne. Please RSVP by 7 September. MAI is also co-organising the 7th Asian Translation Traditions Conference at Monash Sunway campus in Malaysia. Do not forget that the call for papers for our international conference, Trans-Asia as method (in Prato, June 2017) is still open. Furthermore, there will be two seminars organised by the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, an international conference organised by Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, and two events that MAI is co-organising with South Asia Research Network (SARN) & Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability (CDES) and with the Centre for Global Business. Last but not the least, we are delighted to make an announcement that MAI has been awarded the Australia-Japan Foundation Grant 2016-2017. The project aims to promote the exchange and collaboration between Immigration Museum in Melbourne and Tokyo over the issues of trans-Asian migration. Please check all the details in this bulletin and the linked webpages!
 
Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute


MAI’s New Public Seminar Series Announcement (co-organized with Immigration Museum)
From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy
22 September 2016, Immigration Museum, Flinders Street, Melbourne
 
MAI International Conference
7th Asian Translation Traditions Conference
Shifting Powers: The Ethics of Translation in a Transforming Asia
26-29 September 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

MAI International Conference: Call for Papers
Trans-Asia as method: Exploring new potentials of ‘trans-Asian’ approaches
12-13 June 2017 Monash University Prato Centre


Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Seminars

National rice policy in SouthEast Asia: A comparison
5 September 2016, Monash University Clayton Campus

‘It is not that different’: Online Memorialisation and the Dead in Vietnam
20 September 2016, Monash University Clayton campus


Japanese Studies Centre (JSC) Conference (forthcoming)

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Japanese Studies in Australia
14 and 15 October 2016, Auditorium, Japanese Studies Centre, Clayton campus


Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music International Conference

ICCE 2016: Ache’s culture to foster sustainable development
26-28 September 2016, Sir Zelman Cowan  School of Music, Clayton campus


MAI’s successful grant application
Migrant Diplomacy: Exchange between Immigration Museums Melbourne and Tokyo
Australia-Japan Foundation Grant 2016-2017

Call for Papers: International Conference
ICAS 10 (The International Convention of Asian Scholars) in Chiang Mai, July 2017


Copyright © 2016 Monash University, All rights reserved.

The next Bulletin is scheduled for 3 October 2016. If you have any news or events or other announcements that you would like us to include, please forward to MAI-enquiries@monash.edu by 29 September 2016

Our mailing address is:
MAI-enquiries@monash.edu

 

Trans-Asian Cultural and Media Studies

Trans-Asian Cultural and Media Studies is a research subtheme of the Film, Media and Communication HDR program in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University.

The ACMS research cluster has amongst its members several internationally recognised leaders in this field available for available for supervision.

With an emphasis on transnational perspectives and cross-disciplinary approaches, we cover wide-ranging research topics of cultural and media studies in the contexts of diverse Asian countries/regions including Australia.

Examples of research topics include:

  • Globalization and popular culture (TV, film, music, sports, celebrities etc.)
  • Trans-Asian cultural flows, connections and exchange
  • Cultural economy and cultural policy
  • Critical studies of soft power and nation branding
  • Digital culture
  • Communication technologies and the body
  • Media, citizenship and the public
  • Media and affect
  • Youth culture and urban culture
  • Multiculturalism, racism, nationalism
  • Diaspora, migrants and transnationalism
  • Visual culture, gender/sexuality and queer studies
  • Asian-Australian studies
  • Asia-Australia connections and interactions

Please see individual staff pages for detailed research interests and areas of supervision.

For more information about enrolling in the HDR (Higher Degree by Research) program of Film, Media and Communication, please visit:

Find out more about the ACMS cluster

Transforming Cultural Identity: Media flows between Australia and East Asia

(Koichi Iwabuchi, Fran Martin, Audrey Yue, Olivia Khoo
ARC DP160100304

The rise of East Asian media industries, estimated to be worth US$120 billion and reaching at least 2 billion consumers, is changing Australian media culture. While East Asian media reach in to Australian audiences via new media, Australian media industries are reaching out to Asia via transnational co-productions.

This project examines these trends in media consumption and production to analyse impacts on the cultural identities of Australian audiences and media products.

Through the innovative framework of minor transnationalism, it will evaluate Australia’s involvement in East Asian media circuits and produce a deeper understanding of the nation’s  relationship with its region.

Find out more about the ACMS cluster

Nouveau-riche Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Korea

9781138781504Nouveau-riche Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Korea: A media Narrative Analysis.
Gil-Soo Han (2016)
London and New York: Routledge.

 

Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia

imagesContemporary Culture and Media in Asia,
edited by Daniel Black, Olivia Khoo and Koichi Iwabuchi, Lanham, MD:
Rowman and Littlefield, 2016.

 

Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia

9781138026001Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia,
edited by Larissa Hjorth and Olivia Khoo,
London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

 

MAI Awarded Australia-Japan Foundation Grant 2016-2017

 

Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) Grant Round 2016-17

Project title:

Migrant Diplomacy: Exchange between Immigration Museum in Melbourne and Tokyo

 

Project organizer:

Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

 

Project partners:

Immigration Museum, Melbourne

Immigration Museum Tokyo (pilot project)

 

*Foreign Minister’s media release:http://foreignminister.gov.au/releases/Pages/2016/jb_mr_160901a.aspx

 

Project description

Immigration Museum creatively displays and exhibits the history of migration and migrants’ stories to understand fellow citizens’ experiences and foster cultural diversity as part of Australian society. This project aims to promote Australia-Japan bilateral relations on common ground of trans-Asian migration and cultural diversity by promoting exchange and build up collaborative relations between Immigrations Museum in Melbourne and Immigration Museum Tokyo (pilot project), whose establishment was inspired by the former. Through four days mutual visit (by one manager and three curators/artists with migrant backgrounds from Asia), two museums and people concerned, including migrant communities, will hold collaborative workshops and public symposia to present and discuss their activities, programs and artistic works, and have an intensive dialogue about how they work together to innovatively enhance the understanding of the experience of Asian migrants/diaspora as constitutive of society. The possibility of organizing a joint exhibition will also be discussed.The project will contribute to newly advancing people-to-people exchange between two countries and promoting public diplomacy in mutuality as it showcases Australian achievements of fostering cultural diversity in Japan and deepens Australia’s understanding of migrants’ experiences in Japan. The project is expected to expand by involving museums/artists of other Asian cities in the future.

 

 

MONASH ASIA INSTITUTE BULLETIN AUGUST 2016

MAI BULLETIN AUGUST 2016

From the MAI Director’s Desk

Second semester has just begun. Please get ready for exciting events in August. We will have seminars
on Gender and sexual diversity in China and India; Malaysian gender politics; Apocalyptic fictions in
Japan as well as the screening of Sri Lankan film, “The Singing Pond”. We are also pleased to
announce that MAI will launch a new public seminar series in September, “From Asia Literacy to
Australia Literacy”. Jointly organised with the Immigration Museum, Melbourne, the seminar series
will discuss how we can further advance Australia’s engagement with Asia by rethinking Australian
culture, society and identity in ways to go beyond a bipolarised Australia-Asia perception. In October,
Japanese Studies Centre will organize a conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the
teaching program in Japanese Studies at Monash University. Last but not the least, the call for papers
for MAI’s 2017 international conference is now open, which will intensively discuss innovative
potentials of trans-Asian approaches. Please check the detail of all events and information in this
bulletin and the MAI webpage.

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi

Director, Monash Asia Institute

 

Trans-Asia as method: Exploring new potentials of “trans-Asian” approaches

Call for papers

 

International Conference

 

Trans-Asia as method

Exploring new potentials of “trans-Asian” approaches

  

12-13 June 2017

Monash University, Prato Centre, Italy

Organized by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University

 

Monash Asia Institute, Monash University will host an international conference, ‘Trans-Asia as method’ at Monash University Prato Centre in Italy on 12 and 13 June 2017.

The conference aims to discuss the potential of trans-Asian perspectives and approaches for the investigation of human mobilities, media culture flows and people’s cross-border connection across Asia. With the intensifying globalization processes, intra-regional and transnational approaches to the study of Asian culture and society have been developed in the last decade as shown by initiatives such as the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies society and journal, InterAsian Connections (by the Social Science Research Council), and TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, to name just a few. Monash Asia Institute has also been engaging with trans-Asian approaches to promote intellectual dialogue beyond country, region and discipline. More specifically, drawing on the idea of “Asia as method” that was suggested by Takeuchi Yoshimi—which Kuan-Hsing Chen expands in association with the development of inter-Asia cultural studies—, Monash Asia Institute has been engaging with “trans-Asia as method” to encourage the analysis of transnational connections engendered by human mobilities, media culture flows and people’s solidarity across the Asian region, as well as intra-regional comparison and reciprocal learning about how globally shared issues are commonly and differently articulated in various Asian countries and cities. The purpose of this conference is to further advance such “trans-Asian” approaches, and rigorously flesh out their definition, through extensive discussion of how they generate innovative knowledge production, what kinds of scholarly frameworks need to be developed, and how transnational collaboration can be fruitfully formed.

Examining empirical cases regarding human mobilities, media culture flows and people’s connection across Asia, “Trans-Asia as method” will explore four patterns of trans-Asian approaches, which are not mutually exclusive to each other, as follows:

1 Cross-border flows and connections

Much has been studied about of trans-Asian flows and connections in terms of human mobilities, migration, media culture and social activism. The conference will discuss how we can further advance such studies and what has been hitherto neglected issues of investigation. How to define the scope of “trans-Asia” in an open and inclusive manner will also be discussed.

 

2 Inter-Asian comparison and referencing

While the examination of cultural and social issues in a particular socio-historical context is crucial, giving fresh insight from other Asian experiences enriches our understanding. The conference will discuss how we can tactically develop inter-Asian comparison and referencing to further deepen our understanding of the issues and engender innovative conceptualization and theorization from Asian experiences.

3 Transnational & de-nationalized approaches

In a globalized world, so many issues have been shared among Asian countries (and beyond). The conference will explore transnational and de-nationalized perspectives through which we can better understand and engage with globally shared issues, which are commonly and differently articulated in a particular place. We will also consider the lessons, relevance and implications of Asian experiences to other parts of the world and vice versa.

4 Cross-border collaboration

The investigations above will cultivate the sense of shared-ness among researchers working on similar issues in different places and foster transnational collaboration to tackle these shared issues. The conference will discuss some ways to further promote transnational collaboration beyond the confinement of the nation-state and region as well as beyond academic community.

Confirmed speakers include: Ien Ang (Western Sydney University), Jeroen de Kloet (University of Amsterdam), John Erni and Chow Yiu Fai (Hong Kong Baptist University).

Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 30 September to: MAI-Enquiries@monash.edu

Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Trans-Asia as method” in the subject line. Acceptance of proposals will be notified in late October.

This is a discussion-oriented conference, which will have 15-20 presenters. Presenters will be required to send a paper by the end of May. To facilitate discussion, all speakers will give a concise talk of the main points for 20 minutes. Speakers are not expected to present complete papers but to raise key theoretical questions with related empirical examination where relevant.

Selected papers will be published as an edited volume as part of the book series, Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches (Rowman & Littlefield International).

Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs, but we will try to cover accommodation, if partially. There will be no registration fee for the conference.

You can find more details of the conference and the venue at the Monash Asia Institute website: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/mai/

We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!

 

Best regards,

Koichi Iwabuchi

(Convener, Monash Asia Institute, Monash University)

 

 

Top minds meet on Asia: MAI Research Day on 6 May 2016

See the coverage of MAI Research Day by The Insider

 

Launch of SADIRN at Monash University

Launch of SADIRN at Monash University

The event began with a welcome by Professor Rae Frances, Dean, Faculty of Arts, and Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, Director of the Monash Asia Institute.

This was followed by a Panel presentation entitled: ‘Panel presentation Are We Here Now? South Asia in Australia Panel. The panel was moderated by coordinator of SADIRN, Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge. Speakers on the panel were Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Anupama Pilbrow, Prakash Subedi and Ali Saha. 

For more information click here

 

Monash Asian Studies Debating Competition

A debating competition for secondary students, focusing on topics relating to Asian Studies.

For the first time, the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University is running a debating competition for students in Years 10-12 (in conjuction with the Monash Association of Debaters and the Debaters Association of Victoria). The topics focus on contemporary issues relevant to Asia.

The competition is an excellent opportunity for students to develop their knowledge of Asian politics and societies.

Audience members are welcome to attend the debates.

For more information, consult the competition website: http://www.dav.com.au/schools/MonashAsianStudies/

 

When:   14th May 2016

Time:     10:00am- 4:00pm

Where:  Building B, Level 2 Foyer

                Caulfield campus

For enquiries contact:  Jonathan Benney 99052268

 

MONASH ASIA INSTITUTE BULLETIN MAY 2016

MAI BULLETIN MAY 2016

From the MAI Director’s Desk

MAI Research Day is coming soon. It is an exciting initiative to develop crossfaculty collaborative projects on environment, sustainability and social changes in Asia. We have received many interesting expressions of interest and really look forward to having a productive scholarly exchange! MAI welcomes a new research initiative, South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN). Its launching seminar with four inspiring speakers will be held on 2 May. The Centre for Southeast Asian Studies May Seminar will discuss an important issue of indigenous conceptualisations of entrepreneurship in Indonesia’s oil palm business. And there will be a book launch of South Vietnamese Soldiers that innovatively examines the hitherto neglected experiences of two generations of soldiers. Last but not least, please be gently reminded of the last call for submission of proposals for two international conferences MAI is organizing. Please check the detail of all events and information in this bulletin and the MAI webpage.

Prof. Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute

 

MONASH ASIA INSTITUTE BULLETIN MAY 2016

MAI BULLETIN MAY 2016 _

environment_asia

From the MAI Director’s Desk

MAI Research Day is coming soon. It is an exciting initiative to develop crossfaculty
collaborative projects on environment, sustainability and social changes in Asia. We have received many interesting
expressions of interest and really look forward to having a productive scholarly exchange! MAI
welcomes a new research initiative, South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network
(SADIRN). Its launching seminar with four inspiring speakers will be held on 2 May. The Centre for
Southeast Asian Studies May Seminar will discuss an important issue of indigenous conceptualisations
of entrepreneurship in Indonesia’s oil palm business. And there will be a book launch of South
Vietnamese Soldiers that innovatively examines the hitherto neglected experiences of two generations
of soldiers. Last but not least, please be gently reminded of the last call for submission of proposals for
two international conferences MAI is organizing. Please check the detail of all events and information in
this bulletin and the MAI webpage.

Prof. Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute

 

CFP – Universal Periodic Review in Southeast Asia: An Evidence-Based Regional Assessment.

Asia Centre is proud to announce the 

 

Universal Periodic Review in Southeast Asia: 

An Evidence-Based Regional Assessment.

 

By May 2016, each state in Southeast Asia will have completed its second cycle of the Human Rights Councils Universal Periodic Review (UPR). But what is the impact of the UPR on human rights in the region? And does the focus on constructive dialogue and the state-centric nature of the process help improve the situation?

 

Asia Centre -an independent non-profit think-tank based in Bangkok- is bringing together academics and researchers for an evidence-based analysis of the UPR’s impact on Southeast Asia. The findings will be compiled into a publication after the seminar.

 

Abstract Submission:

Submit an abstract of 300 words and a short bio by 30th May 2016. For more information please refer to the attached call for abstracts.

 

Date: 15th -17th September 2016

Venue: Asia Centre, Bangkok, Thailand.

Conference Fees:USD 150 Early bird rate until 15 June 2016

                             USD 75   Special Student Rate

 

For inquiries, please contact Michelle @ contact@asiacentre.co.th. Do also like the Facebook page for conference updates.

 

 

Film Screening and Directors Q&A – DAMMED

 

Monash University’s Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability invites you to a screening of the award-winning documentary 

 

DAMMED

to be followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors, Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl, and an opportunity to discuss the film over drinks and canapés.

 

Thursday 5 May, 6:30-9pm

at Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St

Carlton  

 

About the film

Winner of Best Film in the “Water for All” category at the Vatavaran Environment & Wildlife Film Festival, India, 2014 and Gold for Best Script at the IDPA Awards, India, 2015

For more information please… click here

 

Event is FREE but registration is Essential for catering purposes – drinks and canapés will be served. Please click here to RSVP

 

 

Film Screening and Directors Q&A – Cotton For My Shroud

Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability invites you to a FREE screening of the award-winning documentary:  

 

Cotton For My Shroud,

to be followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors,

Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl.

 

Date: Wednesday 4 May 2016

Time: 03:30 pm – 05:30 pm

Venue: Campus Centre Cinema, Building 10, Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton.

 

 

About the film

Winner of Best Investigative Film at the National Film Awards, India, 2011, Gold for Best Script at the IDPA Awards, India, 2011 and Best Film at the Development Film Festival, India, 2012…click here for more

 

https://business.monash.edu/centre-for-developmental-economics-and-sustainability/events/film-screening-and-directors-q-and-a-cotton-for-my-shroud

 

 

MONASH ASIA INSTITUTE BULLETIN APRIL 2016

MAI BULLETIN APRIL 2016_

From the MAI Director’s Desk

Easter break is over and MAI is gearing up for a multitude of activities. We are organizing a
special international seminar of TransAsia
as Method, in which two distinguished scholars will
discuss “Diaspora Diplomacy” in the context of India and Australia. A new Film Screening
Seminar will begin in April. The first film to be shown is Love and Marriage in Kabul. The Centre
for Southeast Asian Studies will present a seminar on an intriguing topic of Islamic Preaching and
Indonesia’s Public Sphere. And there are two stimulating seminars on modern Japanese history one
on Kobe beef and the other on the Beatles’ Tokyo concerts. Please check the details of all
events in this Bulletin. Last but not least, please do not forget that the call for expressions of
interest is still open for MAI Research Day in May. We will aim to develop crossfaculty
collaborative projects on environment, sustainability and social changes in Asia. The call for
papers is also open for two international conferences being organised by MAI. Please kindly
circulate this information. We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Prof. Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute