Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA)
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 and Professor Garry Rodan (Murdoch University) will be presenting the James C. Jackson Memorial Lecture at the University of Western Australia in 2014. These lectures have been published by MASSA and, from 2014, will also be posted on the MASSA website. In alternate years to the ASAA conference, MASSA hosts a Colloquium/Symposium, at which established and emerging scholars present papers. The most recent 18th Symposium, was held at the University of Sydney in December 2013.
Professors Amarjit Kaur (University of New England) and Harry Aveling (Monash University) have served as MASSA Presidents. The current President of MASSA is A/Professor Lily Zubaidah Rahim (University of Sydney) and the Secretary/Treasurer is A/Professor Michael Barr (Flinders University).