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 opens July 23rd 2021
  • Call for Papers closes November 1st 2021
  • Acceptance of Papers January 24th 2022


  • Early Bird Registration Opens January 24th 2022
  • 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. You can find details of these activities, including links to recordings of our Roundtable series, below. A note from the conference organisers can be found on the conference website.

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.


In 2020 ASAA is hosting a series of webinars on topics which were to be presented as roundtables and workshops during the ASAA 2020 conference.


The Uncertain Future of The Himalaya: The cultural, environmental and political transformation of the Himalaya,
Wednesday 10 February, 3pm AEDT
Link to join webinar

Recordings of Roundtables can be accessed on our website via the links below. Thanks to all panelists, chairs and audience members for participating and helping to keep the community of Asia-focused scholars connected.

Postgraduate Workshops

Panel 1: From PhD to Book. Recent experiences in the publishing industry
Tuesday 24 November 2020, 3:00pm-4:30pm (AEDT)

Moderator: Ms. Carman K. M. Fung (ASAA2020 Postgraduate Representative, PhD candidate in Screen and Cultural Studies, University of Melbourne)
Speakers: Dr. Nathan Hollier (Melbourne University Publishing), Dr. Kevin Carrico (Monash University), Dr. Sophie Chao (University of Sydney), Dr. Benjamin Hegarty (University of Melbourne)

Panel 2: Photographs and image rights in the publishing world
Wednesday 25 November 2020, 3:00pm-4:30pm (AEST)

Moderator: Ms. Chloe Ho (University of Melbourne)
Speakers: Dr Claire Roberts (University of Melbourne), Dr Susie Protschky (Monash University), Dr Benjamin Hegarty (University of Melbourne), Mr Wil Villareal (University of Melbourne)


The Future of Asian Studies: Opportunities and challenges for Australian universities beyond 2020
Friday 27 November, 2-4pm AEDT, 1pm-3pm AEST, 11am -1pm WST
Register via Zoom

The Asian Studies Association invites you to a forum to discuss the future of Asian Studies in Australian universities.

In this open forum we invite participation from members of the academy, students, and members of the general public to take stock of the state of Asian Studies and to ask: Does Asian Studies have a future in Australian universities?

Speakers: Professor Edward Aspinall, Australian National University, President, ASAA; Associate Professor Melissa Crouch, University of New South Wales, Secretary ASAA; Professor Kanishka Jayasuriya, Murdoch University.

Politics of the unseen: Visual practice, spirituality and resistance in contemporary Indonesia
Friday, 20 November 2020, 12-2pm AEDT/8-10 WIB
Watch recording here. Password: 4iMn7_LGa4Zl

Chairs: Wulan Dirgantoro and Edwin Jurriëns, the University of Melbourne
Speakers: Naomi Srikandi (Peretas, Yogyakarta), Intan Paramaditha (literary author, Macquarie University), Arahmaiani (visual artist, Yogyakarta/Denpasar) and Gustaff Iskandar (Common Room Networks Foundation, Bandung).

The Future of #MeToo in Asia: A Conversation with Youngmi Choi
Korean Studies Distinguished Speaker Series
Thursday 5 November, 2020

In this Korean Studies Distinguished Speaker Seminar at the Asia Institute, Ms Youngmi Choi, a prominent feminist poet and leading figure in Korean literature, will speak with Dr Jay Song about her work and fight against sexism in South Korea.

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

Roundtable: Asian Australian Studies as a Subject for Future Research and Teaching
In association with the Asian Australian Studies Research Network (AASRN)
Thursday 20 August, 4pm-5pm (AEST)
*Recording of available via link

Chair: Monika Winarnita (Deakin University)
Panelists: Samia Khatun (SOAS), Chunyan Zhang (RMIT), Amrita Malhi (ANU), Farzana Yesmen Chowdhury (UQ), Sophie Loy-Wilson (University of Sydney)

Roundtable: Bound By Interests: Australia-Asia Relations Today and Tomorrow
Thursday 13 August, 12.30pm-1.30pm (AEST)
*Recording of webinar available via link

Panelists: Melissa Conley Tyler, Research Fellow, Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne, Dr Pradeep Taneja, School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Dr Avery Poole, Senior Fellow at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

Panel: Perspectives on four Asian Cities – Manila, Delhi, Kathmandu and Dhaka
*Recording of webinar available via link

Chair: Tanzil Shafique (University of Melbourne)
Panelists: Ishita Chatterjee (University of Melbourne), Reden Recio (University of Melbourne), Neeraj Dangol (University of Melbourne), Stephanie Butcher (University of Melbourne)

Roundtable: The Future of Historical Justice in Southeast Asia
*Recording of webinar available via link

Chair: Kate McGregor (University of Melbourne)
Panelists: Rachel Hughes (University of Melbourne), Lia Kent (Visiting Fellow, Australian National University), Ken Setiawan (University of Melbourne), Lisandro Claudio (University of California)

Roundtable: Informal Urbanities: Asia after COVID 19
*Recording of webinar available via link

Chair: Anoma Pieris (University of Melbourne)
Discussant: Kim Dovey (Informal Urbanism Research Hub)
Panelists: Jeff Hou (University of Washington), Amanda Achmadi (University of Melbourne), Sidh Sintusingha (University of Melbourne), Jayde Roberts (University of New South Wales)


Thanks to all the mentors who have volunteered to help mentor ASAA mentees with publication advice and more general mentoring advice. We have been able to find mentors for around 30 mentees. Jemma Purdey and Kate McGregor (Vice President of the ASAA) are in the process of writing to all mentors and mentees to update them on their matches. We hope this is an enriching experience for both mentors and mentees.

Thanks also to David Hundt editor of Asian Studies Review and Edward Aspinall, ASAA President who will work with our ASAA bursary winners and another team of mentors towards a publication in Asian Studies Review featuring Emerging Scholars.

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.