Monash Asia Institute Bulletin November-December 2016

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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


Congratulations

Professor Margaret Kartomi receives the 2016 Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture’s prestigious Penghargaan Kebudayaan award
Details of full story

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.
If you have any news on any events or other announcements that you would like

 

Book based on a MAI Conference published!

An edited volume, Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia, has been just published. It is based on a highly successful MAI international conference in October 2014 and edited by three Monash scholars of Asian Cultural and Media Studies Research Cluster—Dan Black, Olivia Khoo and Koich Iwabuchi. It is the first volume from a book series, Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches (Rowman & Littlefield International), of which Prof. Koichi Iwabuchi is the Editor.

 

MONASH ASIA INSTITUTE BULLETIN OCTOBER 2016

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From the MAI Director’s Desk

 On 22 September, we successfully held the inaugural seminar of “From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy”. The video of the seminar is now accessible, please watch it if you were not at the event. Also successfully held was the 7th Asian Translation Traditions Conference at Monash Malaysia campus. Participants thoroughly enjoyed great talks and inspiring discussions in these two events. There will be many stimulating seminars in October too. Issues to be discussed include Chinese tourists; Asia literacy and education; an Indonesian best-selling novel; South Asian diasporic mediations; and religious, cultural and political issues in Iran, Syria and Afghanistan. Japanese Studies Centre will hold a two-day conference in celebration on the 50th anniversary of the teaching program in Japanese Studies at Monash University.

Please check the details of all events in this bulletin and MAI webpage!

Professor Koichi Iwabuchi
Director, Monash Asia Institute


Monash Asia Institute Seminars/Conferences

Public seminar recently held at Immigration Museum, Melbourne  From Asia Literacy to Australia Literacy

Everyday Multiculturalism and Trans-Asian Mobilities
27-28 October, Monash University Caulfield campus (closed workshop)


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

Sleeping Together with Different Dreams?
6 October 2016, Monash University, Clayton campus


Mon@sia seminar jointly organised with the Faculty of Education

 Asia as Method and Asia Literacy
12 October, Monash University Clayton campus


Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Seminars

Leila S. Chudori – in conversation
6 October 2016, Japanese Studies Centre, Clayton campus


Japanese Studies Centre (JSC) Conference

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


South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN) Research Symposium

Diasporic Mediations: New Trends in South Asian Research and Creative Processes
19 October, 2016, Japanese Studies Centre, Clayton campus


Central and West Asia Diasporas Research Network (CWADRN) Seminars

Sectarianism or Sectarianisation? Iranian views on the Sunni-Shi’a Divide
7 October 2016, Monash University Caulfield campus

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and the ghosts of Hama in the 2011 uprising &  Peace and Stability in Afghanistan: The role of Pakistan
21 October 2016, Monash University Caulfield campus


Call for Papers

Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia
Debating Democracy in Japan, 26-30 June 2017, University of Wollongong

ICAS 10 (International Convention of Asia Scholars)
ICAS 10 Chiang Mai, 20-23 July 2017, Thailand

FNAISC (French Network for Asian Studies Conference)
6th Congress of Asian studies 2017. 26-28 June 2017, Paris

 

 

“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


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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

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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)

 

 

Bulletin

See the coverage of MAI Research Day by The Insider

 See the forthcoming events & news in the MAI November/December BULLETIN

 

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

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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.