The Women’s Forum of the ASAA includes people interested in promoting scholarship on women in Asia or supporting women working within Asian Studies. The Women’s Forum:

Women’s Forum History

The ASAA Women’s Caucus was established in 1978 and changed its name to the Women’s Forum at the 2006 ASAA Conference. The forum has played a significant role in raising the profile of women doing research on Asia in Australia, as well as promoting research about women in Asia.


The Women’s Caucus produced a newsletter 2-3 times a year up to 1997 before being replaced by the Women’s Forum Listserv.

Past editors include:

  • to 1994: Antonia Finnane
  • 1994-1997: Louise Edwards and Anne Cullen
  • 1997-1998: Andrea Whittaker

View scanned archived newsletters published between 1994 and 1997.


The 2019 Women in Asia Conference was held at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney on 21-23 June 2019.

The Women in Asia Forum is affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia and hosts a biannual interdisciplinary conference.

The theme of the 2019 conference was “Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism: Responding to the Challenge of Rising Populism and its Threat to Gender Inclusivity”.

There were four subthemes to the conference

  • Gendered processes of generation, accumulation and appropriation of political power
  • Women in Law in Asia: Navigating the Legal Profession and the Judiciary in an Era of Anti-Elitism,
  • The Role of Technology in Populism and Gender Inclusion
  • Gendering populism in Asia

Previous conferences include: