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The Past and Present of Australian Studies from Japanese Perspectives

Sector: Education and Australian Studies

Country location: Japan

Grantee: Australian Studies Association of Japan

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Australian Studies Association of Japan 2017 annual conference – Symposium on "Transformation or Evolution?: Ten years after the Japan-Australia Joint Declaration of Security Cooperation", June 2017 at Seijo University. Credit: Kiyohito Hanai

Project description

The Australian Studies Association of Japan (ASAJ) was established in 1989 and is comprised of dedicated Japanese academics who organise a bilingual annual Australian Studies conference on contemporary issues of interest to both Australians and Japanese.

This year's conference will include two sessions at the University of Tsukuba on 9-10 June 2018. The first session "Economic Geography of Contemporary Australia" will analyse the recent trends in Australian demography and logistics. With a group of Japanese geographers, ASAJ will invite Professor Emeritus Kevin O'Connor from the University of Melbourne as a guest speaker. The second session "Reconsidering 1988: Indigenous Affairs since the Bicentenary" will mark the 30th anniversary of Australia's bicentenary.

To reflect on the history and historiography of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous relationship, ASAJ will organise a panel of six Japanese leading scholars from the fields of history, anthropology and art: Sachiko Kubota (Kobe University), Ritsuko Kurita (Hiroshima University), Takao Fujikawa (Osaka University), Hiroshi Tsuda (University of Tsukuba), Megumi Kato (Meisei University) and Tomoko Ichitani (Seinan Gakuin University).

Key dates:

  • Announcement of the project in the ASAJ Newsletter, 01 May 2018
  • Conference, University of Tsukuba, 09 to 10 June2018

Social media: Facebook: Australian Studies Association of Japan

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $25,000.00 with no GST in addition

Total project value: $37,841.00

Last Updated: 14 September 2017
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