CFP: Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia Symposium 2021

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The Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA), formed in 1977, is the first country-specific association to be affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia. Since then, it has been holding their bi-annual symposium on a regular basis. The next symposium will be hosted by the Asia Institute, University of Tasmania, on 11-12 Nov 2021.


Associate Professor Michael Barr, Flinders University, will present the James Jackson Memorial Lecture during the symposium.


The conference theme will be “Malaysia and Singapore under Covid-19 Lockdown”. We are keen to hear from scholars the impact of Covid-19 on Malaysia and/or Singapore’s constitutional and legal system, democracy and civil society, economy, politics and political economy, education, society, culture and the arts. We also welcome other non-Covid-19 topics related to Malaysia and Singapore.


If you are keen to participate, please email your paper title and an abstract not exceeding 300 words to Prof James Chin (, with a copy to Dr Yeow-Tong Chia (, by 17 September 2021.


Presenters can present their papers via Zoom if they cannot travel to Hobart. MASSA will not be able to provide any financial support towards this symposium. Please direct any enquiries to Prof Chin or Dr Chia.



Dr Jason Lim

Senior Lecturer in Asian History, University of Wollongong

Secretary-Treasurer, MASSA