Asian Australian studies as a subject for future Research and teaching


Dr Samia KhatunDr Samia Khatun1 2Ms Chunyan Zhang, 3Dr Amrita Malhi, 4Ms Farzana Yesmen Chowdhury

1 Senior Lecturer, Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, 2RMIT University, Melbourne Victoria, 3Australian National University Canberra, Australia, 4 University of Queensland, Australia 


Asian Australian Studies is a difficult subject to place within the various disciplines in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It is a conundrum often pose (faced) by academics who research in this field and would like to also teach the subject. For example, how does it sit within a teaching curriculum in an Asian Studies major with a focus on area studies and languages such as Indonesian, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese or Korean? Can an Asian Australian research project be considered for the newly proposed Australian Research Council funding (though not mentioned in the description) on Australian history, culture, and its people?  This roundtable panel will discuss research and teaching experiences in Asian Australian Studies; what works and what does not work in terms of research project funding application and teaching within the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. We would like to also ask those attending for their input on how those working in the fields of Asian Australian Studies and Asian Studies in Australia can mutually benefit and collaborate, and how Asian Australian studies might be positioned within the association.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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