Farewell from ASAA President, Professor Edward Aspinall

Dear colleagues, At the end of the year, my term as president of the Asian Studies Association of Australia expires. During the last two years while I have held the office, our field has faced many challenges. These challenges became acute in late 2019, with the announcement by the National Library of Australia that it […]

Language studies crisis – a national conversation

In recent weeks, the issue of cuts to language programs at Australian universities has received significant media attention. We have collated below some of these articles. Please contact ASAA if you know of other articles that should be featured here. We’ve also included links to petitions circulating on this issue, and articles on our Asian […]

Statement: A crisis in Asian languages

Australia is facing a fast-approaching crisis in the teaching of Asian languages at our universities. After learning several weeks ago that La Trobe University was considering closing its Indonesian and Hindi programs, over the last fortnight we have learned that Murdoch University is planning to close its Indonesian program, and Swinburne University wishes to close […]

Announcing the 2021-2022 ASAA Executive Council

We’re pleased to announce that the executive council for 2021-2022 has been confirmed. Congratulations and many thanks to those who nominated for postions; we warmly welcome new members in many positions and look forward to their contributions. Many thanks are also due to the 2019-2020 Executive Council for their hardwork over an especially difficult period […]

Jobs, Universities

Applications invited for a tenured position at University of Victoria, British Columbia

The Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada is advertising a position in the thematic area of Transcultural Japan. It is a tenured Associate or Full Professorship, with a preferential search for a woman scholar. Full details on applications are available via the link below. https://www.uvic.ca/faculty-staff/careers/faculty-and-librarian-postings/current/paas_250_081.php

Statement of grave concern about the potential closure of programs in Hindi and Indonesian at La Trobe University.

On behalf of Asian Studies academics in Australia we express our grave concern about the potential closure of programs in Hindi and Indonesian at La Trobe University. The current funding crisis of the Australian university sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic should not be an occasion to wind back teaching programs in areas of vital […]

Events, Latest News

The Future of Asian Studies: Opportunities and challenges for Australian universities beyond 2020

The Asian Studies Association invites you to a forum to discuss the future of Asian Studies in Australian universities. Over the last two decades, policy settings and long-term trends in the university sector have placed pressure on Asian studies, undermining the study and teaching of some Asian languages and fields of study, while encouraging others. […]

Forthcoming events from the ASAA 2020 Conference

Visions of the Future in 20th Century Indonesia Friday, 2 October 2020, 4-7pm AEST, 1-4pm WIB and 8-11am CET Panel 1: Ravando, Bronwyn Anne Beech Jones, Heather Goodall, John Ingleson Panel 2: Jonathan Tehusijarana, Paula Hendrikx, Rhoma Dwi Aria Yuliantri, Gerry van Klinken Postgraduate Workshops Panel 1: From PhD to Book. Recent experiences in the […]