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    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.

    Book Launch: The Burning Elephant - Christopher Raja
    Event Date: 01/12/2016

    "In The Burning Elephant, we step into Govinda's Calcutta, a world which revolves around the magic and menace of Serpent Lane, just beyond the school gates, and apins out into a city and country in crisis, when the Prime Minister is assassinated..."


    Download the book launch brochure. The Burning Elephant - Christopher Raja

    Monash Arts Alumni Connect - Book launch and social evening
    Monash University, 271 Collins St, Melbourne
    Event Date: 01/12/2016

    David Francis in conversation with Sophie Cunningham

    Join us for an evening of insight and celebration as we kick off the first of our Arts Alumni Connect evenings.

    At this upcoming event we are honoured to have Monash alumnus, David Francis launch his latest novel, Wedding Bush Road. David is an award-winning author, lawyer and academic now based in Los Angeles. Joining him in conversation is  celebrated Melbourne writer Sophie Cunningham, also a Monash alumna, former publisher and editor, and the author of four books.

    Hear them discuss David’s new book, what lies behind the creative process and the inspiration behind his novels.

    Following the launch, drinks and canapes will be served along with some celebratory surprises to bring on the holiday season.

    RSVP:  Monday 28 November 2016
    shelley.steart@monash.edu or register at 

    A conversation with award-winning novelist Leila S. Chudori
    12Anc/e-room (Japanese Studies Centre, next to the bus loop)
    Event Date: 06/10/2016

    Monash is excited to host the award-winning Indonesian novelist and journalist Leila S. Chudori (born Jakarta, 1962). In this conversation, she will be talking about her best-selling novel, Pulang (translated into English and published by Vellum Press under the title Home). About Pulang, Leila has said:   

    I wanted to tell the story of political exiles who could not return home. Those who lived far from their homeland but still felt they were a part of Indonesia, no matter what kind of passports they were issued and no matter how the government treated them.

    She will also talk about her latest major work: a recent essay written for the Australia-Indonesia Centre series.

    Registration is essential: 

    Please note that parking at Monash Clayton is difficult at this point due to building activities. If you are considering driving to the seminar, please consult this webpage for updates about parking at Monash: http://www.monash.edu/people/transport-parking/parking-at-clayton

    The 7th Asian Translation Traditions Conference (Malaysia)
    Monash University Malaysia,
    Event Date: 26/09/2016 - 29/09/2016



    The 7th Asian Translation Traditions Conference


    Shifting Powers: The Ethics of Translation in a Transforming Asia

    26th-29th September 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    This conference seeks to interrogate the role of translators in, and of, Asia as participants in, and commentators on, a changing world. Translators minimise or break down barriers between the ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘we’ and ‘Other’, and in doing so, create inclusive local, regional and global experiences and life trajectories for consumers of linguistic and cultural artefacts. Yet, translation can also be an exclusive process: decisions about what is translated, how and for whom, have far-reaching implications for the inclusion and exclusion of certain communities and/or stakeholders, simultaneously empowering some and disempowering others.

    This conference seeks to explore the ethics of translation in a transforming Asia from the perspective of Asian Translation Traditions (ATT): for further information, please check the website.


    Keynote Speakers
    Li Wei
    Vicente L. Rafael
    Ronit Ricci

    Contact Us
    E-Mail Contact: arts-asiantranslation@monash.edu


    Registration details will be available soon.

    Monash University Malaysia
    Universiti Kebangsan Malaysia
    Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN)


    Asian Cultural & Media Studies Research Cluster - PhD student presentations
    ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
    Event Date: 13/05/2016

    Dear MAI frineds,

    You are invited to ACMS' post-graduate event in 2016 on mobile media use in Asia.

    Three of our PhD students are presenting their work on the topic:

    Earvin Charles Cabalquinto (PhD candidate, RA at Culture, Media Economy), 'promise and paradox: mobile media use and the complexity of Filipino family life at a distance'.

    Danny, Indonesia and Twitter

    Bernice, Singapore and Youtube


    More information on these presentations will follow.


    This event will take place on the 13th May Friday (2pm-3:30pm).

    Venue: H8.05 & 6 at Caulfield Campus.


    Please feel free to forward it to relevant research groups and HDR students. No need to RSVP.

    Thank you


    South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN)
    The Gallery, Sir Louis Matheson Library, Monash Clayton Campus
    Event Date: 02/05/2016

    Writers and Their World Seminars, Monash Asia Institute and Sir Louis Matheson Library present

    South Asian Diaspora International Researchers’ Network (SADIRN)


    Welcome by:
    Professor Rae Frances, Dean, Faculty of Arts, and
    Professor Koichi Iwabuchi, Director, Monash Asia Institute

    Panel presentation

    Are We Here Now? South Asia in Australia

    Panel Moderator:

    Associate Professor Chandani Lokuge, Coordinator, SADIRN

    Mriidula ChakrabortyDr Mridula Nath Chakraborty: “A Genealogy of South Asian-ness in Australia?”

    Dr Mridula Nath Chakraborty is Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute. She teaches and researches on literatures of decolonisation, postcolonial and diaspora studies, translation theory and practice, studies in multiculturalism, minority-migration-memory, identity formation, global Englishes and publishing regimes, public intellectuals and spaces, indigeneity across borders, culinary cultures and Bombay cinema. Among her publications are Broken by Neglect (Jadavpur University Press 2015), Being Bengali: at home and in the world(Routledge 2014) and A Treasury of Bangla Stories (1999). Most recently, Mridula has convened high-impact projects in literary-cultural diplomacy between Australia and India, such as Australia-India Literatures International Forum (Sydney 2013), the Autumn School in Literary Translation (Kolkata 2013) and Literary Commons: Writing Australia-India in the Asian Century with Indigenous, Dalit and Multilingual Tongues (2014-2015).




    Anupama PilbrowAnupama Pilbrow: “Laboured Laughter: Humour in Diasporic Literatures”

    Anupama Pilbrow studies Mathematics at The University of Melbourne. She is Deputy Editor of The Suburban Review and Co-Manager of Sibboleth Poetry Reading Group. She received the 2016 Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship for her poetry manuscript the ravage space, a work dealing with Asian diasporic experience in Australia. Her work has been published in local and international poetry journals. She lives in Coburg.






    Prakash SubediPrakash Subedi: “On the Margins of the Empire: Nepal’s Ambivalent Status within Postcolonial and Diaspora Studies”

    Prakash Subedi is a lecturer in English at Dillibazar Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. His publications include two books of poetry (Stars and Fireflies, 2009, and Six Strings, 2011), and two case books on Ibsen (Ibsen: Beyond Time and Space, 2006, and Ibsen: Prayog ra Sandharbha, 2009). His poems, essays, critical writings, translations and reviews have been published in journals and magazines in Nepal and abroad. He has worked with organisations including Society of Nepali Writers in English, Literary Association of Nepal, Devkota Studies and Research Centre and Asian Centre for Humanities, and has served as an editor to journals Of Nepalese Clay, Literary Studies and Devkota Studies. He has worked as a writer, translator and editor for Kathmandu based Nepali theatres including Gurukul Theatre and Theatre Village. His research interests include South Asian literature and culture, Nepalese literature and aesthetics, translation, Buddhism, theatre and poetry.




    Alis SahaAli Saha: “Are the untouchables still untouchable for Indian Diaspora communities in Australia?”

    Ali Saha is a PhD candidate conducting research with a Monash Graduate Scholarship in the Department of Film, Media and Communication at Monash University. Her current project deals with the impact of media messages of riots on lower caste identity. Saha graduated with a double bachelor’s degree and received the University Gold Medal and Jawaharlal Nehru award for her Masters. She has presented her research at over 25 conferences across India. Her research interests include advertising, caste, aesthetics, media, women-violence and communal riots.




    Date & Time Monday 2 May
    2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Includes refreshments
    Location The Gallery, Sir Louis Matheson Library,
    40 Exhibition Walk, Room G05

    For further information, please see our website: artsonline.monash.edu.au/south-asian-diaspora-network/
    or contact Chandani Lokuge - chandani.lokuge@monash.edu

    Film Screening Seminar- Love Marriage in Kabul
    ACJC Seminar rooms, Building H, 8th floor (H8.06)
    Event Date: 13/04/2016

    Film Screening Seminar- Love Marriage in Kabul

    Producer/writer: Sanaz Fotouh


    Mahboba Rawi is a strong-willed Afghan-Australian woman who has dedicated her life to help orphans in Afghanistan. She is the founder of Mahboba’s Promise and a mother figure for thousands of orphans and widows currently supported by her programs. Abdul, one of these orphans, is in love with Fatemeh, the girl next door. The two have been exchanging romantic letters for almost a year and hope to marry each other one day. But Fatemeh’s father has other plans – he has decided to marry her off to anyone who can offer a large sum of money as her dowry. Devastated, Abdul is hoping when Mahboba arrives for her yearly trip to Kabul, that she will help him again. When Mahboba hears the story, she is very concerned about Abdul, and Fatemeh’s possible fate in a forced marriage, She is determined to make the marriage happen between Abdul and Fatemah. However, the demands that Fatemeh’s father makes are beyond anyone’s expectations. He won’t let the marriage take place unless Mahboba pays him $10,000 or finds a wife for his eldest son who then can replace Fatemeh in taking care of the household. With nothing to Abdul’s name, the fate of the couple depends entirely on Mahboba’s ability to meet or negotiate the father’s terms. But Mahboba only has one month and limited resources.



    Sanaz Fotouhi is an Iranian-Australia writer, and a producer.  She was co-producer (plus many other things as part of a two member team) for Love Marriage in Kabul! She has worked on documentaries in Iran and Afghanistan including on the award winning Hidden Generation: Story of women self-immolation in Afghanistan. Sanaz holds a BA and MPhil from the University of Hong Kong and a PhD in English Literature from the University of New South Wales. Her book The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora: Meaning and Identity since the Islamic Revolution was published in March 2015. Currently, Sanaz is working towards writing a book that complements Love Marriage in Kabul. It is due to come out with Melbourne publisher Transit Lounge in early 2017.

    Link to the film:


    You can find a link to the trailer of the film on the site.