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.

Newsletters

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.

Conference

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

There were 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

Previous conferences include: