Upcoming events

Seminar: What does economic integration mean for business? AEC vs. the EU


6 August 2015
Level 17, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney
The University of Sydney Business School

Co-presented with the Philippine Consulate General and the Australia Philippines Business Council (APBC), Dr Sandra Seno-Alday from the University of Sydney Business School will be discussing the implications and relevance of the AEC to business strategies.

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is the goal of regional economic integration by 2015. The AEC envisages a highly competitive, single market full integrated into the global economy.

Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free but RSVP is required by 24 July to the .

New Asia Now: A Griffith Review Forum

New Asia Now

11 AUGUST 2015
Law School Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School
The University of Sydney

Co-presented with the China Studies Centre and Sydney Ideas, three outstanding young writers will provide fresh perspectives on life in Asia’s most dynamic and powerful countries.

Miguel Syjuco (The Philippines), Annie Zaidi (India) and Sheng Keyi (China) delve into the many facets of their countries - the powerful and the powerless, the complexities of culture, politics and modernisation. Each describes what it feels like up close and personal with an insider's eye and passion. The writers will be joined by University of Sydney honorary academic Dr Tiffany Tsao, in a panel chaired by Julianne Schultz, editor of Griffith Review.

Learn more about the speakers.

Copies of Griffith Review No 49 New Asia Now will be on sale at the venue (RRP $28). The edition is published in parallel with the Asia Literary Review. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The project is supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia–China Council and the Australia–Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


The event is free but online registration is required.

Postgraduate Seminar Series: Heritage and the Arts

Heritage and the Arts

12 August 2015
12.30 - 14.00
Seminar Room 344, New Law School Annex
The University of Sydney

From the temples of Cambodia, to modern Buddhist Burmese heroes, join the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre for its third instalment of the postgraduate seminar series ‘Heritage and the Arts’.

  • Paper one: ‘The West Mebon Visnu: Style, hydraulics and
    political power’, presented by Marnie Feneley
  • Paper two: ‘Chinese Batik or Batik Peranakan’, presented by Thienny Lee
  • Paper three: ‘Shwe U Daung: A man who introduced Sherlock Holmes to Myanmar. To be a modern Burmese living in a
    nation-state’, presented by Yuri Takahashi

For more information, view the postgraduate seminar series page.


A light lunch will be provided, please register via Eventbrite for catering purposes.


12 August 2015
11.00 - 15.00
Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney

8th August 2015 is observed as ASEAN Day and to celebrate, the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre is hosting our own ASEAN Day celebrations on campus. Co-hosted with the University of Sydney Union's International Festival, join us to experience the tantalising tastes and cultural performances of Southeast Asia.

ASEAN Forum 2015

ASEAN Forum 2015

2 October 2015
Law Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School
The University of Sydney

Originally conceived as a politico-security pact, the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) has evolved to adopt an ambitious economic agenda. The flagship of this economic agenda is the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) to be established by 31 December 2015. The pact aims to produce a unified market and production base and transform ASEAN into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and free flow of capital.

While ASEAN has come a long way to achieving its goal of greater regional integration, progress is not uniform and there are still many obstacles to be overcome for progress to be maintained. As we approach the proposed deadline for the establishment of the AEC, it is timely to reflect on progress achieved to date, future challenges and potential implications for the region.

The 2015 SSEAC ASEAN Forum will focus on ‘Making the ASEAN Economic Community a Reality’. The forum will invite speakers from across the region, to provide assessments of the AEC across three themes that lay at the heart of the AEC; mobility, connectivity, and trade.

For more information, view the ASEAN Forum 2015 page.