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Largest gathering of experts studying Asia in the southern hemisphere


2 July 2018

The 22nd biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), 3-5 July 2018.
The 22nd biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), 3-5 July 2018.

The University of Sydney is proud to be hosting the 22nd biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) from 3-5 July 2018.

Co-organised by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, the China Studies Centre and the School of Languages and Cultures, the 2018 biennial conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia will bring together almost 1,000 academics with a shared interest in Asia—the largest gathering of experts working on Asia in the southern hemisphere.

The conference theme, Area Studies and Beyond, builds upon traditional interdisciplinary fields of research within Asian Studies and moves beyond them, to celebrate the full breadth and depth of scholarly interest in Asia.

The conference will feature over 200 panels, including five roundtables examining:

  • Asia’s cities
  • Asia’s heritage challenges
  • Asia’s democracies
  • Climate change
  • Reining in Asia’s tobacco consumption

Keynote speakers include:

  • Emeritus Professor Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Institute of Strategic & International Studies, Malaysia and Columbia University) - prominent Malaysian economist and former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development 
  • Anis Hidayah (Migrant Care in Indonesia) - an Indonesian activist who works with migrant workers and human rights issues.

See the full program here (pdf).