Largest gathering of experts working on Asia takes place at Monash University

The largest gathering of experts working on Asia in the southern hemisphere will take place at Monash University’s Clayton campus next month for the 2022 Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).

Led by the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre, together with the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, ASSA will bring together academics, activists, artists, students, practitioners and community members for the first time since the pandemic hit.

It will run from 5-8 July, attracting delegates across disciplines with a shared interest in Asia, including Asian communities in Australia and globally.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Social justice in pandemic times’ and will feature workshops, music and performance, displays of artwork, keynote presentations, panel sessions, roundtable discussions and more.

Presentations on the pandemic’s influence on Asia will be a key focus, as well as economic equality, human rights, religion, gender and sexuality, art, history, agriculture, food security, migration, climate change and tourism.

Artists involved in the event include Mongolian artist in-attendance, Zolboo, comedian and Vietnamese refugee Hung Le and a display from Project 11, an initiative of Indonesian-born Melbourne-based lawyer Konfir Kabo and his family.

The entire event will be catered by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s catering division, with CEO and founder Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM one of the opening night speakers.

The conference is open to all who wish to share their research and hear about Asia and will feature speakers from all walks of life who will engage with a diverse range of topics.

“The theme of this year’s conference, social justice, is particularly apt as the region grapples with complex issues in a time of COVID-19,” said Associate Professor Sharyn Davies, Director of the Herb Feith Engagement Centre and conference convenor.

“We are seeking to create conversations between people working across Asia, both digitally and in-person, build professional connections, discuss important issues and of course, celebrate the incredible, diverse and rich culture of the region.”

The ASSA conference will be held in-person at Monash University’s Clayton campus in Melbourne from 5-8 July, 2022 as well as online through a virtual conference portal. Conference hubs will also be held at Monash’s Indonesian and Malaysian campuses, as well as at its China and India partner institutions, with keynote speakers presenting in-person across these regions. 

To find out more or register your attendance, please click here.