Asian Studies

Identities, institutions, and intellectual aspirations: the praxis and study of Southeast Asian politics

"Most fundamentally, the study of politics requires attention to identity."

Letter from the editor: Will Australia’s “place” in Asia seem like history for future generations?

Our knowledge of Asia, our learning, our relationships and our expertise have been under fire for the last 20 years.

Reflections on the future of Myanmar Studies

Where to now for Myanmar Studies? New Mandala co-founder Nicholas Farrelly reflects on a rapidly changing field.

Nick Cheesman in conversation with Sumit K. Mandal on “Becoming Arab”

A discussion on the power and limits of colonial racial categories; Hadramis, Sayyids and Sharifas in maritime Southeast Asia; modernity and cultural hybridity; the descendants of Arabs in the Malay world today;

Scientific homophobia: misusing science in Indonesia

Anti-LGBT groups merges scientific jargon with religious conservatism to deliberately obscure the larger terrain of academic debates.

Nationalist rhetoric is impeding climate action in Indonesia

Indonesia's environmental policies are at odds with the rhetoric around palm oil production and Indonesians are not equipped with enough information to understand the risks of a changing climate.

Trapped: slavery in the 21st century

The ILO is making slow but sure progress towards SDGs on human trafficking and forced labour in Myanmar, writes Gary Rynhart.

Was Majapahit really an empire?

A critical reflection on the emergence, dominance and legacy of Java’s historic ‘empire’.

44 Years after invasion: East Timor’s 1975 generation

The role of youth and students has been sidelined in the history of the resistance movement.

Lost in tongue: the politics of mother tongue education in Myanmar

A glimpse into the current state of mother tongue education and its connections to the broader ethnic reconciliation process.

Indonesia’s democratic paradox

The co-existence of Indonesia’s competitive elections with illiberal trends appears contradictory but the two are in fact interrelated.

The medieval tropics

Medieval artefacts and manuscripts are explored by Alex West to give insight on the deep past of Southeast Asia.

A colonial cross of gold: the roots of economic conservatism in the Philippines

On colonial legacies and austerity economics.

Old dominance, new dominoes in Southeast Asia

Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?

Comparative peacebuilding conference series calls for abstracts

Expressions of interest due by 9 October 2017.

Remembering Professor Joel S. Kahn

A tribute to the life and work of the acclaimed anthropologist, who passed away on 1 May 2017.

Four decades of a Malay myth

The 'Lazy Native' at 40 can’t speak English and is a gangster on wheels, writes  Masturah Alatas.

Academia absentia?

Podcast explores academia's disconnect with the public in a post-truth world.

2017 Myanmar Update

Registration now open.

Myanmar bibliographies and booklists

Popular and recommended reading on the Southeast Asian nation.

Travels with Des Ball

Former student Cam Hawker reflects on his time in Southeast Asia with acclaimed scholar Des Ball.

Professor Des Ball AO: the insurgent intellectual

Nicholas Farrelly pays tribute to one of the world's leading strategic studies scholars.

ANU to remember Des Ball

New Mandala invites readers to celebrate the life and career of an extraordinary scholar.