In October 2017, scholars of Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in Australia and New Zealand established the Association of Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars (AMSEAS). It is a sub-regionally focused academic association affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia, Australia’s peak body for the scholarly study of Asia. AMSEAS seeks to advance research relevant to Mainland Southeast Asia at a time of rapid change in the region and globally. It recognises the benefits of adopting a multidisciplinary approach and encouraging dialogue between scholars of the individual countries. The association will promote and support the study of Mainland Southeast Asia in Australian and New Zealand universities, as well as work to enhance the general public’s knowledge of the region.
AMSEAS is the first Mainland Southeast Asia-focused academic association in Australia. AMSEAS’ role is to strengthen the community of Mainland Southeast Asia scholars. Our activities include:
- Providing a platform for information dissemination and knowledge exchange to academics, students and other audiences with an interest in Mainland Southeast Asia.
- Identifying research clusters and research themes that encourage country-specific analyses and cross-country collaborative research, including on broad, regional-scale trends of social, political, legal, economic, and environmental change.
- Providing financial support for keynote presentations on Mainland Southeast Asia at ASAA’s biennial conference.
- Facilitating Mainland Southeast Asia-focused panels at the ASAA’s biennial conference and other events.
- Serving as a contact point for scholars of Mainland Southeast Asia beyond Australia.
- Serving as a cross-sector platform between academia, industry, the media and national governments for shared action and learning on Mainland Southeast Asia.
Upcoming events: From 3-5 July 2018, AMSEAS will be facilitating a number of panels and hosting a keynote speaker at the Asian Studies Association of Australia conference held at the University of Sydney.