July 2019


ASAA 2020: Call for Papers

The conference will be held at and sponsored by the University of Melbourne from 6-9 July 2020. The theme of our conference is Future Asias.

Global recognition of the multiplicity of Asian communities, within Asia and in diverse Asian diasporas, including those in Australia, highlights the plurality of Asian identities. The dynamism of the Asian region is acknowledged across the disciplines. The organisers of ASAA 2020 ask that presenters explore this diversity and past or contemporary understandings of Asia, to reflect on where these plural Future Asias are headed.

We will be organising a series of roundtable discussions on the following interdisciplinary themes. Individual paper and Panel submissions related to these themes are particularly welcomed.

  • Shifting inequalities in Asia
  • Mobilities across Asias
  • Australia in Asia/Asia in Australia
  • Civil society in Asia
  • Australia-Asia relations
  • New spatio-political-economies of Asia
  • Transitional justice
  • Language diversities across Asia

For more information see here.

Call for papers deadline is Friday 1st November.

PhD Scholarship on Japanese Language

The MJS Centre, the Japanese Studies Centre for Teaching Development at Macquarie University is now offering a PhD scholarship for a candidate in Japanese Studies in the Department of International Studies: Languages and Cultures. The scholarship supports a candidate whose research focuses on Japanese language education. A full scholarship ($27,596 per annum for three years) will be available for the most suitable applicant.

Potential Topics

The research topic should be in the area of Japanese language education including, but not limited to: 

  • Japanese language education in Australia (or other countries)
    • Studies of learner profiles and their pedagogical impacts
    • Sociological or policy studies
    • Teaching and/or leaning key skills related to the Japanese language, such as
      • kanji  (both inside and outside the classroom)
      • contextuality and speech styles of Japanese language
      • historical and socio-cultural changes, e.g., youth language(s)
      • gendered Japanese (particularly to sexual minorities)
      • program/curriculum design
      • textbook/material design
    • Use of novel approaches to teach Japanese
    • Use of contemporary written media/popular culture as a teaching tool

Eligibility & Conditions

  • Applicant must be enrolled or have been accepted into a fulltime Doctorate (PhD) program in Japanese Studies at Macquarie University.
  • The applicant’s research must be on Japanese language education
  • The application needs to clearly articulate their research proposal, including its aims and benefits for Japanese language education.
  • The applicants must have an excellent academic record.
  • Applicants who demonstrate an interest in making a long-term contribution to Japanese language education in Australia will be considered favourably.

For specific inquiries concerning application procedures, please email:  and 


JSAA Member Publishing Round-Up!

Yes, we are coming up to it again! If you or a member you know has published a new book or chapter in the last six months please send us the details so that we can gather together and celebrate the publishing achievements of our members. We will be publishing the special newsletter near the end of the year

Please send the details to Pepi Ronalds via


Do you have content you would like to include in a JSAA newsletter? If so, please send the details to Pepi Ronalds via .








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