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Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia

Representing and supporting the study of Malaysia and Singapore
We are a centre for scholarly contact and communication promoting the study of Malaysia and Singapore in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

About us

Formed in 1977, we were the first country-specific association to be affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia. We participate in the association's biennial conference, and every alternate year we host a symposium at which established and emerging scholars present papers.

Our people

The Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia comprises academics and students from across the University of Sydney and welcomes visiting international scholars.


  • Associate Professor Lily Rahim, The University of Sydney, President
  • Michael Barr, Flinders University, Treasurer

State representatives

  • Amarjit Kaur, NSW, University of New England
  • Marshall Clark, ACT, Australian National University
  • Amrita Malhi, SA, University of South Australia

Country representatives

  • Kiranjit Kaur, Malaysia, University of Malaya, Sabah
  • Fadzilah Majid Cooke, Malaysia, University of Malaya, Sabah

Postgraduate representatives

  • Jason Ng

Honorary member

  • Wang Gungwu, NUS

Our conferences

We participate in and host conferences for which we invite academics and researchers to submit abstracts.

20th Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia Symposium

Web of connections towards sustainability: Local, regional, global

8-9 February 2018, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu

View details and call for papers.

Australian History Association

AHA2018: The scale of history

2-6 July, The Australian National University, Canberra

View more information and full details.


19th James Jackson Memorial Lecture, Asian Studies Association of Australia, Australian National University

July 2016

This lecture seeks to show how a knowledge of Malay history can help explain some of the puzzling features of present-day Malaysian foreign policy.


Singapore at 50: History wars over the national narrative

July 2015

An appraisal of Singapore’s first half century as republic through an interrogation of its historiography, placing the construction, study and teaching of its history in the context of mainstream politics and official programs of nation building and regime legitimation.


8th James C Jackson Memorial Lecture, Asian Studies Association Conference of Australia, University of Western Australia

8–10 July 2014

An examination of the tensions inherent in Singapores's model of capitalist development. Singapore’s ruling People’s Action Party suffered significant declines in electoral support in the past two elections amid popular concerns about rising inequalities and living costs, declining social mobility and inadequate public infrastructure.


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Contact us

  • Room 285, Merewether Building H04