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    Call for Papers: Cultural Industries in Ageing Asia
    Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
    Event Date: 19/10/2019 - 20/10/2019

    International Conference

    Cultural Industries in Ageing Asia

    Many Asian countries are facing a rapidly ageing population. Its impact on the economy, labour force and social security system has much attracted academic study. However, relatively missing is cultural facets—how ageing population is affecting the shapes, marketing strategies and services of cultural industries in Asian regions. Examining the transformation of cultural industries due to ageing populations and the growing importance of senior markets, this conference will rethink the conception and practice of cultural industries, which has been studied mostly from the viewpoints of younger generation, and discuss the future of cultural industries.

    We invite the submission of a paper proposal that examines the following topics regarding ageing populations and senior markets in Asia (not exclusive):

    • Transformation of media industries (TV, film, radio, newspaper, comics, fictions, magazines)
    • Emerging services of media and cultural industries
    • Digital communication and social media
    • Fashion and cosmetic industries
    • Health and death industries
    • Nostalgia industries
    • Volunteer industries
    • Life after retirement
    • Marketisation of cultural welfare
    • Education industries: Cultural centrer and civil seminars
    • Fandom
    • Trans-Asian media and cultural flows
    • The revival of pop culture in the past
    • Creative industries

    The conference will be held at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul on 19 (Sat) and 20 (Sun) October 2019, co-organised by Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Media and Communication Research Institute, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and School of Communications, Kwangwoon University.

    Please send your paper proposals (less than 300 words) with your affiliation details and e-mail address no later than 15 January 2019 to:   ici@hufs.ac.kr

    Please clearly put “Paper proposal for Cultural Industries in Ageing Asia” in the subject line. Acceptance of a proposal will be notified by the end of February 2019.

    We are planning to publish selected papers in an edited volume or special journal issue. Speakers are required to submit papers in advance for the purpose of pre-circulation among participants. But the conference format will be discussion-oriented and all speakers will give a concise talk for 15 minutes by discussing key theoretical questions with related empirical examination rather than reading papers.

    Please kindly be advised that we will not be able to offer financial support for participants’ travel costs. There will be no registration fees for the conference.

    We look very much forward to receiving your proposals!


    Koichi Iwabuchi (Monash University)

    Gil-Soo Han (Monash University)

    Yeran Kim (Kwangwoon University)

    Young-Gil Chae (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)




    Past events

    MAI Research Day
    S901/S902 Building S, Monash University Caulfield campus
    Event Date: 27/04/2018

    Teaching and Learning about Asia in Australia


    In 2019, a new major “Global Asia” will be commencing in the Bachelor of Arts at Monash University. This seminar will take this opportunity to discuss what and how we teach and learn about “Asia” in a globalised world. After informal talk over luncheon, the seminar will start with the introduction of the “Global Asia” major, followed by comments on the curriculum and wider issues regarding the study of Asia.

    Key issues to be discussed will include:a)responding to student interests; b) content vs method vs skills; c) collaboration with Malaysian campus; d) postgraduate study of “Asia”; e) university and “Asia literacy/capability” cultivation in Australian schools and society.


    Beatrice Trefalt

    Gloria Davies

    Hongzhi Zhang

    Anubha Sarkar

    Mridula Chakrabory


    12.15 - 1.00 Informal talk over luncheon
    1.00 - 2.20 Session 1: “Global Asia” major program
    2.40 - 4.00 Session 2: Towards innovative learning about
    “Asia” in a globalised world.

    RSVP by 23 April 2018



    MAI and LLCL Joint Seminar
    N5.02, 5th Floor, Menzies Building, Monash Clayton campus
    Event Date: 29/03/2018

    Building a Global Bookshelf:  Asian Classics for the Nineteenth-Century, General Reader

    Presenter:  Dr Alexander Bubb, Roehampton University



    ‘It has been my endeavour in this book,’ announced the Anglo-
    German writer Helen Zimmern in the preface to her 1883 edition
    of the Shahnameh, ‘to popularize the tales told by the Persian
    poet Firdusi [sic] in his immortal epic.’ She freely confessed to
    almost no knowledge of Persian, explaining that she had derived
    most of her text from a recent French edition, but justified her
    work on the basis of its rendering the medieval poem accessible
    to the Victorian general reader. This was a very different notion
    of ‘the public’ than that entertained by Joseph Champion—a
    colleague of William Jones—and James Atkinson when they had
    produced the first English versions of the Persian epic three
    generations beforehand. My current project hangs on Zimmern’s
    word ‘popularize’. It explores the production of popular or
    ‘people’s editions’ of classical literature from Asia, and seeks to
    explain how—in the course of the nineteenth century—texts that
    were hitherto the preserve mainly of scholars and imperial
    administrators were distributed to typical drawing-room shelves
    in Britain, America, Australia and the wider empire.


    Dr Alex Bubb is a Senior Lecturer in English at Roehampton
    University in London. He works on nineteenth-century literature
    in Britain, Ireland and India and aims to view late Victorian
    culture from a global perspective. In 2016 he published Meeting
    Without Knowing It: Kipling and Yeats at the Fin de Siècle
    (Oxford University Press), a comparative study of the two poets
    and their interlinked networks in 1890s London. He has also
    published articles on aspects of modern Indian history, including
    Irishmen in the colonial armies, and early railway contractors in
    Bombay. He is currently a Marie Curie visiting fellow in the Long
    Room Hub at Trinity College, where he is doing his best to write
    his second monograph on popular translations of classic
    literature from Asia, and the consumption of these editions by the
    English ‘general reader’.

    RSVP: Dr Chris Murray

    T:  9905 4897

    E: chris.murray@monash.edu

    Marriage, Gender and Islam in Indonesia: Women Negotiating Informal Marriage, Divorce and Desire: Maria Platt (Australia-Indonesia Centre)
    Building S, Level 9, Room 901, Monash University Caulfield
    Event Date: 28/03/2018


    In this seminar, Maria discusses the key ideas behind her book Marriage, Gender and Islam in Indonesia: Women Negotiating Informal Marriage, Divorce and Desire, which draws upon ethnographic case studies from the eastern Indonesian island of Lombok. Maria conducted fieldwork in a village on the outskirts of the city of Mataram for an 18-month period between 2007 and 2009. Her research focussed on the lives of married Muslim women – the majority of whose unions were not registered with the state.

    In discussing unregistered marriage, Maria discusses a new approach for theorising marital experiences as playing out across a dynamic marital continuum, in a community where early marriage, divorce and remarriage are common place for Muslim women. In this seminar Maria will also consider how local modalities of Islam shape gender relations in Lombok and how these modalities are actively negotiated by women in pursuing their marital desires.


    Maria Platt is currently is the Coordinator of the Australia-Indonesia Centre Infrastructure Cluster based at Monash Univeristy. She has over a decade of experience in conducting research and managing projects in the Southeast Asian context, with a particular focus on Indonesia. After a trip across Indonesia in the mid-2000s Maria became interested in understanding more about the country and the people that lived there and began her PhD in 2006.

    After completing her studies, Maria returned to Southeast Asia to work at the National University of Singapore (NUS), where she was based until late 2016. Maria’s other research interests lie in the areas of gender, changing ideas of family and marriage, and the politics of identity and citizenship, particularly in the Indonesian context.

    Maria received her PhD in Anthropology from La Trobe University in 2011, and has a Bachelor in Applied Science (Health Promotion) (Hons) from Deakin University.



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    South-Asia Citywide Conference
    Building S, Level 8, Room 802, Monash University Caulfield
    Event Date: 17/11/2017

    Monash Asia Institute (MA) with Australia India Institute and Melbourne South Asian Studies Group (MSASG)

    A conference for Melbourne based graduate students working on topics related to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

    MAI with Australia India Institute and The Melbourne South Asian Studies Group invite graduate students writing PhD theses related to any of the countries of South Asia to present their work at a day-long conference.

    The conference is intended to bring together graduate students from around the city to share their interest in the region and galvanise the chance to talk about their work to a knowledgeable audience of peers.

    Citiwide flyer_final

    TO PARTICIPATE, please send your name, institutional and disciplinary affiliation, a title of your thesis and a very brief description (100 words or less) to Surjeet Dhanji
    dhanji.surjeet@gmail.com by Wednesday 5 November 2017

    Normalising Chinese Indonesians
    H Building, Monash University, Caulfield Campus
    Event Date: 18/10/2017

    Herb Feith Memorial Lecture 2017

    Associate Professor Charles Coppel, University of Melbourne

    18 October 2017
    6pm for
    6.30 – 8.30pm
    H116, H Building, Caulfield campus, Monash University
    RSVP here [RSVP essential as light supper will be served]
    Indonesia has a very large population comprising hundreds of ethnic groups. The ethnic Chinese are one of the largest, but their numbers are much smaller than is commonly believed. Historically, they have been treated differently from other ethnic groups, especially during the three decades of President Suharto’s New Order regime. Since 1998 formal discrimination against them has been repealed. Have the Chinese been ‘normalised’? What does the experience of Ahok in the recent Jakarta gubernatorial election say about this?
    Charles Coppel is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at The University of Melbourne. He has been researching the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia for more than half a century. His publications include Indonesian Chinese in Crisis (1983), Studying Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia (2002), and the edited volume Violent Conflicts in Indonesia (2006). His contribution to the field was recognised in the festschrift edited by Tim Lindsey and Helen Pausacker, Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting (2005) and his contribution to Indonesian nation-building by a NABIL Foundation Award (2009).

    Monash Arts Dean's Alumni Speaker Series
    Windsor Hotel
    Event Date: 12/10/2017

    Strengthening Australia and Indonesia's Bilateral Relations

    Monash Arts is delighted to present the Dean's Alumni Lecture Series, featuring alumni who are eminent leaders in their fields.

    Hosted by the Dean, Professor Sharon Pickering, this inaugural lecture features Ibu Dewi Wahab, Consul General of Indonesia (Victoria and Tasmania), with a response by Professor Ariel Heryanto and questions from the audience. The event will also feature the book, 'Footprints of Indonesians in Victoria' presented by Professor Margaret Khartomi.

    This free event is open to alumni, staff, students and the public. Drinks, canapés and desert will be served. Registration essential by Thursday 5, October.

    Windsor Hotel, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne, Thursday 12 October, 6.15pm-7.30pm

    Click here to Register

    Trans-Asia Workshop
    S Building, Level 8, Room 802 and 803
    Event Date: 22/09/2017

    Trans-Asia Workshop on the "political" potential of digital communication and social media

    The rise of digital communication and social media
    has revolutionarily opened up the potential of newly
    engendering cross-border alliance, social
    movements, activisms and affective publics.
    However, what has also been generated is group
    polarisation, hate speech and fake news. This
    brainstorming workshop aims to revisit the “political”
    potential, and limitation, of digital communication
    and social media by considering some cases in
    Asian contexts.


    EARVIN CABALQUINTO, Monash University

    Topic: Affective Publics (Philippines/diaspora)

    DR THOMAS BAUDINETTE, Macquarie University

    Topic:  Transnational Sexual Politics in East Asia (Japan-Korea-China)

    YACINTA KURNIASIH, Monash University

    Topic:  Social-Media and Multilingualism (Indonesia)

    MAI/CSEAS presents
    N5.02, 5th Floor, Menzies Building, Monash Clayton campus
    Event Date: 17/08/2017

    Joining the Counterinsurgency: Armed Civilian Mobilization in the Philippines

    Steven Zech, Politics and International Relations, Monash University


    Civilian Armed Force Geographical Units (CAGFUs) and other armed civilian groups in the Philippines serve an important auxiliary role in security provision. For decades, these community-based militias have played an active role in fighting armed revolutionary groups that challenge the state. Tens of thousands of “civilians” have taken up arms and participated in CAFGUs. Despite ties to state security forces, civilians exhibit significant agency in armed mobilization. What motivates community members to participate in CAFGUs? Existing scholarship suggests a variety of factors can influence individual participation, including: general conditions related to insecurity, economic opportunities, resources access, or permissive legal frameworks. Furthermore, factors related to individual threat perceptions, relationships with the state, emotions, and social pressures could also influence civilian participation in CAFGUs, among others. In this research, which I am conducting jointly with Joshua Eastin of Portland State University, I evaluate these explanations with new survey data, and data from personal interviews and community focus groups with CAFGU participants carried out in June and July 2017. The survey data provide descriptive statistics regarding many of factors driving civilian participation in local security institutions, while the interviews and focus groups help to identify the social processes and mechanisms. 


    Dr. Steven Zech is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Monash University. He serves as Deputy Director for the Master of International Relations program and specializes in international relations, comparative politics, and research methodology. His general research interests include political violence and terrorism, non-state actors, human rights, social identity, and network analysis. Dr. Zech has worked as a researcher on collaborative projects related to nonviolent political change, global transnational terrorism, ethnic conflict, and militant violence in Iraq. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver between 2014 and 2016. In that position he conducted research for projects on "nonviolent action in violent settings." His dissertation and current book project, “Between Two Fires: Civilian Resistance during Internal Armed Conflict,” examines the origins and evolution of civilian self-defense forces in Peru and elsewhere. He carried out extensive fieldwork in the Ayacucho and Junín regions of Peru between 2011 and 2017. Dr. Zech has published numerous academic journal articles on terrorism and political violence, counterinsurgency, torture, and network analysis. He also contributes regularly to the blog Political Violence @ a Glance.


    Korean Studies at Monash Re-Launch
    Japanese Studies Centre
    Event Date: 05/05/2017

    To register for this event:  http://events.arts.monash.edu/koreanstudiesrelaunch2017

    The Korean Studies program at Monash, established in 1988, is one of the fastest growing language and studies programs in the School.  With the retirement of the foundational lecturers in 2015, the School has made two international appointments to carry the program in new directions. This event marks these appointments with a guest lecture by the esteemed Korean Studies’ scholar and President of the Association of Asian Studies, Professor Laurel Kendall (American Museum of Natural History / Columbia University). 


    4:00      Refreshments served on the deck of Japanese Studies Centre
    5:10      Opening remarks: Gloria Davies
    5:20      Andrew Jackson (Monash University)
    ‘Invented Traditions in North and South Korea: Internationalization and Contention’
    5:40     Josie Sohn (Monash University)
    ‘Collegiate Cinephilia: Unlikely Film Buffery in Neoliberal South Korea’
    6:00      Keynote: Professor Laurel Kendall (AMNH/ Columbia University)
    ‘Retrospective in Korean Studies, or what I got wrong in my first book’
    6:30      David Hundt (Deakin University)
    ‘How Australians Think About Korean Migrants’
    6:50     Closing remarks: Carolyn Stevens

    Dr. Kendall is an anthropologist of Korea and the Curator of Asian Ethnology and Division Chair, Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City.  Her major publications include Shamans, Housewives, and other Restless Spirits: Women in Korean Ritual Life (1985); The Life and Hard Times of a Korean Shaman (1988); Getting Married in Korea (1996); Under Construction: The Gendering of Modernity, Class, and Consumption in the Republic of Korea (2002); Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion (2009); Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity: Commodification, Tourism, and Performance (2011); and God Pictures in Korean Contexts: The Ownership and Meaning of Shaman Paintings (2015). In 2010, Korean colleagues awarded Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF the first Yim Suk Jay Prize recognizing a work of anthropology about Korea by a non-Korean. She is the current President of the Association of Asian Studies and the former president of the Society for East Asian Anthropology. At the AMNH, she curated Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, and Spirit (2003), a unique collaboration with the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology that earned Kendall a Friendship Medal from the Government of Vietnam.
    Andrew David Jackson is Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies at Monash University. Prior to his appointment, he was Associate Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He obtained his PhD in Korean history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2011. Other research interests include: late-Chosŏn rebellion and factionalism, legal responses to rebellion in late-Chosŏn.  As well as pre-modern history, Andrew is interested in modern Korean history and society, South and North Korean film, sound in Korean film, and theories of rebellion and revolution. He is the author of The 1728 Musin Rebellion: Politics and Plotting in Eighteenth-Century Korea (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016) and co-editor (with Colette Balmain) of Korean Screen Cultures: Interrogating Cinema, TV, Music and Online Games (Peter Lang, 2016). 
    David Hundt is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Deakin University. His research interests are the politics, security and political economy of the Asia–Pacific, and he has a particular interest in Korean Studies. His articles have appeared in journals such as the Australian Journal of International Affairs, Journal of Development Studies, Political Science and Contemporary Politics. His first book, Korea's Developmental Alliance: State, Capital and the Politics of Rapid Development, was published with Routledge in 2009, and his new book, about the social origins of capitalism in Asia, will be published with Palgrave Macmillan in mid-2017. He was an associate editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science from 2010 until 2016, and he will assume the duties of Editor in Chief of Asian Studies Review in 2018.
    Josie Sohn lectures in Korean Studies at Monash University. 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.


    Tourism, Water and Social Justice in Bali
    Buinding H, Lecturer Theater H2.38, Monash University Caulfield
    Event Date: 14/03/2017

    Tourism, Water and Social Justice in Bali by Dr Stroma Cole (University of the West of England)

    6-9pm, 14 March 2017, Buinding H, Lecturer Theater H2.38, Monash University Caulfield campus.

    For details, see the flyer.