Women’s Forum

Women’s Forum

Women’s Forum

The Women’s Forum of the ASAA is open to any member interested in promoting scholarship on women and/or gender in Asia or supporting women working within Asian Studies. The Women’s Forum:

Women’s Forum History

The ASAA Women’s Caucus was established in 1978 and changed its name to the Women’s Forum at the 2006 ASAA Conference. The forum has played a significant role in raising the profile of women doing research on Asia in Australia, as well as promoting research about women in Asia.


The Women in Asia Forum is supported by the Asian Studies Association of Australia and hosts a biannual interdisciplinary conference.

The 2021 Women in Asia conference is titled Fashioning Gender in Asia, and builds on past Women in Asia conferences and the Women’s Forum of the Asian Studies Association of Australia to further research on gender in the Asian region. The conference explores how gender, sexuality and bodies; objects, culture and memory; citizenship, geography and economy, and technology, media and mobility intersect and entwine in the very fabric of gendered personhoods in/of Asia.

The conference will open with a Public Lecture on Tuesday 23 November, supported by La Trobe Asia, and conclude with a Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher workshop on writing for publication on Friday 26 November.

There are five subthemes to the conference

  • Fashioning the Body – art, culture, embodiment
  • Borders Frayed/Reinforced – nation, citizenship, mobility
  • Stitched Together – law, human rights and social justice
  • Digital Tapestries – technologies and relationships
  • Materialities – economy, work, education, welfare

Previous conferences include:


The Women’s Caucus produced a newsletter 2-3 times a year up to 1997 before being replaced by the Women’s Forum Listserv.

Past editors include:

  • to 1994: Antonia Finnane
  • 1994-1997: Louise Edwards and Anne Cullen
  • 1997-1998: Andrea Whittaker

View scanned archived newsletters published between 1994 and 1997.

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