Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia

The Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) is the first ‘country’ association to be affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) - shortly after ASAA’s formation in 1976. The inaugural MASSA Colloquium was held at Griffith University in 1977. MASSA serves as a focal point for scholarly contact and communication and strives to represent and promote the interests of Malaysia and Singapore studies in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Panels on Malaysia and Singapore continue to be a regular feature of the biennial ASAA conferences, where the James C. Jackson Memorial Lecture is delivered by a leading scholar of Malaysia and Singapore studies.

Professor Wang Gungwu (National University of Singapore) presented the James C. Jackson Memorial Lecture at the University of Western Sydney in 2012, Professor Garry Rodan (Murdoch University) presented the James C. Jackson Memorial Lecture at the University of Western Australia in 2014 and Professor Anthony Milner presented the James C. Jackson Memorial Lecture at the Australian National University in 2016. Dr Jomo K. Sundaram will present the James Jackson Memorial Lecture in July 2018 at the ASAA (Asian Studies Association of Australia) Conference, to be held at the University of Sydney. These lectures have been published by MASSA as well as the Asian Studies Review.

In alternate years to the ASAA conference, MASSA hosts a Colloquium/Symposium, at which established and emerging scholars present papers. The 18th Symposium was held at the University of Sydney in December 2013 and the 19th Symposium at the University of Adelaide in July 2015. The 20th MASSA Symposium will be held at the University of Malaysia in Terengganu in February 2018.

The current President of the MASSA is Associate Professor Lily Zubaidah Rahim (University of Sydney) and the Secretary/Treasurer is Associate Professor Michael Barr (Flinders University, Adelaide)

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