Biennial Conference

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

The ASAA is delighted to announce Monash University and the Herb Feith Engagement Centre as the 2022 hosts of the ASAA conference with Associate Professor Sharyn Davies as convenor. ASAA warmly thanks the team at Monash University for taking on this role for us. The call for papers is now open.

The ASAA is also now accepting applications for our Postgraduate Conference Awards.

In the Asian Studies Association of Australia, we pride ourselves on 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. For the 2022 conference there are 10 awards available, applications will close 21 January 2022

The conference theme is “Social Justice in Pandemic Times”. The conference will take place from Tuesday 5th July to Friday 8th July 2022 at Monash University, Clayton Campus.


Call For Papers

  • Call for Papers is now open
  • Call for Papers has been extended to 22 November 2021
  • Acceptance of Papers 24 January 2022

Registration is open now!

  • Early Bird Registration Closes March 28th 2022
  • Presenters must register by March 31st 2022 to be included in the program

Stay up to date with the conference developments via the conference website.

ASAA2020 Conference

The ASAA 2020 conference was reshaped into online activities in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. For your records and for easy use we have created a complete Abstract Booklet of the ASAA 2020 Conference Program which is available for download here.

ASAA2020 Conference Book Launches

A number of books were due to be launched at our Conference this year. In the absence of the opportunity to gather and show our support for these accomplished authors, we invite you to read more about these important books here.  If you’re interested in reviewing any of these publications for Asian Currents, I invite you to reach out to me through the contact details on our website.


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.