Time to introduce an exciting new association – The Association for Mainland Southeast Asia Scholars (AMSEAS)!


If you are looking to connect with an interdisciplinary group of academics who work on Mainland Southeast Asia AMSEAS is now accepting applications for membership.


AMSEAS is the first academic association in Australia and New Zealand to focus specifically on Mainland Southeast Asia. It meets a need in sub-regional academic associations and is affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia. I was lucky enough to design the association logo.


AMSEAS seeks to foster and facilitate opportunities for the advancement of research and knowledge relevant to Mainland Southeast Asia. Recognising the benefits of adopting a multidisciplinary approach and encouraging dialogue between scholars of the individual countries, we promote and support the study of Mainland Southeast Asia. While the primary base of AMSEAS is Australian and New Zealand universities, we also welcome membership from academics, students and researchers from abroad.


AMSEAS is currently operating on an interim committee, in which I am serving as treasurer. (Yikes!). The full committee is as follows:


President – Dr Patrick Jory, University of Queensland

Secretary – Dr Melissa Crouch, University of New South Wales

Treasurer – Dr Kearrin Sims, James Cook University

Country Representative Laos – Dr Sverre Molland, Australian National University

Country Representative Myanmar – Dr Nick Cheesman, Australian National University

Country Representative Vietnam – Dr Lan Anh Hoang, University of Melbourne

Country Representative Cambodia – Dr Lee Morgenbesser, Griffith University

Country Representative Thailand – Dr Arjun Subrahmanyan, Murdoch University

International Liaison Officer – Dr Simon Creak, National Institute for Education Singapore

Media Officer – Justine Chambers, PhD candidate, Australian National University

Student Representative – Gerard McCarthy, PhD candidate, Australian National University


If you would like to join AMSEAS membership is currently free. This will likely change though, so sign up now!


There is a simple online registration form. Once you sign up as a member, we will keep you informed of future AMSEAS events and activities. There is also a new Facebook page you can follow to connect with other members and share news on new publications, events and activities. See: https://www.facebook.com/AMSEASAustralia/


AMSEAS will be officially launched at the upcoming conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), to be held at the University of Sydney on 3–5 July 2018. AMSEAS will be hosting a keynote speech at the conference, as well as facilitating a number of panels. We encourage you to attend this event and meet the AMSEAS board and members. Any inquiries can be directed to the Secretary at [email protected]


Note: the bulk of text in this post was taken from: http://www.newmandala.org/introducing-association-mainland-southeast-asia-scholars-amseas/