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.

Proposal submissions have now closed. A provisional program is available on the conference website.

Click here to register for the conference.

Conference Convenor: A/ Professor Katharine McGregor

ASAA Postgraduate Conference Awards 2020

In the Asian Studies Association of Australia, we pride ourselves in promoting young scholars as a key part of our activities as a professional association. For this reason, we support the attendance of postgraduate students at our biennial conferences, and the associated postgraduate workshops.

Our Postgraduate Conference Awards are supported by our endowment fund, managed by the Australian National University for the ASAA as the ASAA Presidents’ Fund. This year, 10 awards were offered, for 10 postgraduate students to attend the 2020 ASAA Conference at the University of Melbourne on 6-9 July.

The ASAA was delighted by both the quality and the number of applications from Australia and around the world for the 2020 conference. Though we were not able to provide all applicants with awards, we hope that unsuccessful applicants will still be able to attend the conference and present on their fascinating research. The ASAA congratulates the ten persons selected for awards this year:

  1. Chieh-Ming Lai, Faculty of Science, University of Sydney
  2. Alison Darby, School of Culture, History and Language, The Australian National University.
  3. Pin Pin Debbie Chan, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Western Australia
  4. Kathryn Phillips, Faculty of Arts Macquarie University,
  5. Kuansong (Victor) Zhuang, Department of Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University
  6. Kaira Zoe Canete, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales,
  7. Rebecca Meckelburg, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University
  8. Elena Williams, Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University
  9. Yu Yating, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  10. Perona Das, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore.

Congratulations to these outstanding early career scholars!


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.