2016 Conference

THANK YOU to everyone who attended and supported this important event. We look forward to welcoming you back to the JSC soon. A report on the conference is now available here.

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Looking Back, Looking Forward: Japanese Studies in Australia

14-15 October 2016

Japanese Studies Centre

Clayton Campus, Monash University

  • Celebrate the distinguished history of Japanese Studies in Melbourne, Victoria and Australia
  • Engage with cutting-edge research on Japan
  • Connect with acquaintances old and new

This conference is designed as an opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future of Japanese Studies in Australia. It will bring together eminent alumni of the Monash University Japanese Studies program, current academics and postgraduate students from across Australia to share experiences and research findings and to re-affirm a shared commitment to fostering critical understanding of Japanese culture and society and stronger ties between Australia and Japan. The conference is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the teaching program in Japanese Studies at Monash University.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by alumni of Monash Japanese Studies and a series of research presentations by postgraduate students from universities around Australia. The presentations will be of interest to academic researchers, secondary and primary school teachers, policymakers and business people engaged with Japan.

The Japanese Studies Centre gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, and the Monash University Faculty of Arts in supporting this conference.


The conference will be a two-day event held on Friday 14 (afternoon) and Saturday 15 (full day) October, 2016. Participants are also invited to attend a dinner on Friday 14 October to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Japanese Studies at Monash University.

View the program here


Registration is required for both the conference sessions and the dinner.

There is no charge for attendance at the regular conference sessions. The charge for dinner on Friday 14 October is $80 including three-course meal and ‘kampai’ drinks. Additional beverages will be on sale at bar prices.