Biennial Conference

The biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) conference is the largest gathering of experts working on Asia in the southern hemisphere.

ASAA2020 Conference

The University of Melbourne will host the 23rd biennial Asian Studies Association of Australia conference from July 6-9 2020. The conference theme will be Future Asias.

We invite you to please mark the conference dates in your diary and consider submitting an abstract or organizing a panel. A call for papers will be released in May- June 2019.

The conference organizing committee also welcomes any ideas you have for additional conference events. We really hope that you will help make the conference a success. For questions and suggestions please contact our executive assistant Jemma Purdey (

Conference Co-Convenors: A/ Professor Katharine McGregor and Professor Akihiro Ogawa

ASAA 2018 Conference

The ASAA held its 22nd biennial conference from 3–5 July 2018 at the University of Sydney with the theme Area Studies and Beyond. It was convened by Professor Michele Ford and co-organised by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the China Studies Centre and the School of Languages and Culture.

You can read the articles on Asian Currents on each day’s events:

Day 0, Looking at Asia through the lens of disability, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.

ASAA 2016 Conference

The ASAA held its 21st ASAA biennial conference on 5-7 July 2016 at the Australian National University in Canberra. Convened by Professor Edward Aspinall and Professor Robert Cribb, the conference presentations addressed shifts, continuities, innovations and tensions in Asia.

Previous ASAA Conferences

The ASAA biennial conference has been a regular feature of Australian scholarly life since 1976. The National Library of Australia has kept a record of these conferences since 2004, using its web archive service, Pandora. A full list of ASAA biennial conference, and any websites that still exist, is also available here.