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Oriental Society of Australia

Promoting Asian Studies in Australia since 1956
We promote the knowledge of Asia in Australia and provide a venue for scholars to present their work to their peers and others interested in Asia. We regularly run lectures, discussions and exhibitions to encourage the study of Asian history and culture.

Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia (JOSA)

JOSA: The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia has been published continuously since 1960 and is the longest-running journal on Asia in Australia. Digital copies of JOSA can be purchased through INFORMIT. Printed copies are available through the Sydney University Press.

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For membership inquiries, contact the treasurer, Dr Ying (Eagle) Zhang (eagle.zhang@sydney.edu.au).

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Events

The Oriental Society of Australia holds a lunchtimes seminar series.

Please join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming seminars.

You can find details about our seminars at the SOPHI events calendar page.

When: Thursday 29 October 2020, 6pm
Where: Online (Zoom) -- Register for details

“The bones of our mothers”: Coal, climate and resistance in a Chhattisgarh District

Speaker: Professor Devleena Ghosh (University of Technology Sydney)

In recent years, Adivasis in Chhattisgarh have been resisting the encroachment of their lands and forests by various mining corporations. Such developments have subsumed forest dwellers’ rights to the necessities of resource extraction and caused the displacement and loss of land and livelihoods. This presentation examines the historical status of forest dwelling Adivasis and the appropriation of their lands, first by colonial rulers in the 19th century and then by postcolonial governments.

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From Orientalism to Inter-Asia Referencing: Reflections on Asian Studies in Australia

Speaker: Prof Adrian Vickers (Professor of Southeast Asia, University of Sydney)

This lecture examined the wider issues governing Asian Studies in Australia, moving from colonial Orientalism to Inter-Asia Referencing and the Cold War underpinnings of the field. Drawing on ‘Asia as Method’ and the writings of Chua Beng Huat, Professor Vickers asks what might constitute an Asian-oriented understanding of Asia.

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