The Women’s Forum of the ASAA includes people interested in promoting scholarship on women 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’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.


The 2019 Women in Asia Conference will be held at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney on 21-23 June 2019.

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

The theme of the 2019 conference is “Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism: Responding to the Challenge of Rising Populism and its Threat to Gender Inclusivity”.

There are four subthemes to the conference

  • Gendered processes of generation, accumulation and appropriation of political power
  • Women in Law in Asia: Navigating the Legal Profession and the Judiciary in an Era of Anti-Elitism,
  • The Role of Technology in Populism and Gender Inclusion
  • Gendering populism in Asia

Submissions are strongly encouraged to consider papers that may fit within one of these themes, or to organize a full panel on any topic related to the broader conference theme of Women in an era of Anti-Elitism in Asia.

Abstracts for papers or full panel proposals are due by 15 November 2018. The registration form is now open at the online address above. All information on the Conference is available here:


Previous conferences include: