Biennial Conference

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

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 outlined 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 Forthcoming Webinars:

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 publishing industry
Tuesday 24 November 2020, 3:00pm-4:30pm (AEST)

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)


In 2020 ASAA hosted three webinars on topics which were to be presented as roundtables during the ASAA 2020 conference. Recordings of these webinars can be accessed on our website via the links below. Thanks to all panelists, chairs and audience members for participating and helping keep the community of Asia focused scholars connected.

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)

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)