The ASAA is calling for submissions for the John Legge Prize for Best Thesis in Asian Studies

The first prize, known as the John Legge Prize for Best Thesis in Asian Studies, consists of a cash award of $2,000. The writer of the selected thesis will also receive a certificate and priority consideration for publication in one of the ASAA monograph series.

A prize of $1,000 may be awarded to a second outstanding thesis.

Applications close on 31 May.


The thesis must have been conferred by an Australian university in 2019.

The thesis must deal wholly with a country or countries of Asia or with Australia’s relationship with Asia.

The thesis must be in humanities or social sciences disciplines, broadly defined.

Judging Panel.

In 2020, the prize will be judged by a three-person panel consisting Prof. Garry Rodan (Murdoch), Prof. Kirin Narayan (ANU) and Prof. Antonia Finnane (Unimelb).

South Asia book series seeking a new editor

  Expressions of Interest Announcement: Applications Sought for a Chief Editor of the Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) South Asia Book Series The South Asia Book Series of the Asian Studies Association of Australia invites applications for a new Chief Editor, or two co-Editors. In recent years, under the editorship of Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra, […]

Gwyn McClelland awarded 2019 John Legge thesis prize

It is my pleasure to announce the winner and runner up of the 2019 John Legge prize for best thesis in Asian Studies, awarded by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA). The winner is Dr. Gwyn Andrew McClelland, for his PhD thesis, entitled Legacies of suffering, theologies of hope: Nagasaki Catholics, the bomb and […]

Awards and Prizes

Award of life membership to John Ingleson

On 24 May 2019, the Council of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) voted unanimously to award life membership of the Association to Professor Emeritus John Ingleson, approving the following statement. As an institution-builder, there is probably no one who has contributed more to the foundation of the ASAA than John Ingleson.  As a […]