Thank you to everyone for their rich presentations and nourishing engagement at AAI7. Although we’d like to celebrate everyone’s part in the success of the conference, our voters have recognised a few outstanding papers that deserve to be rewarded.

In the category of Best Postgraduate Paper, the winners are:
1. Priya Kunjan and Carol Que for their paper, ‘Decolonising Asian solidarity: Politicising Asian Australians and learning from First Nations and Refugee movement’.
2. Loren Nilsson for their paper, ‘Mapping the Digital Desi Diaspora: Indo Chic Both On and Offline’.

In the next category we have rewarded one ECR and one arts practitioner/community activist presentation:
1. Ryan Gustafsson for their paper, ‘Spectral Genealogies: Korean Transnational Adoptees, Substitutability, and the Diasporic Self’.
2. Hoa Pham, Mindy Gill, and Eleanor Jackson for their panel, ‘Imperilled Archives’.

Mridula will be in touch with the winners to send them their prizes. Congratulations to the winners!
Thank you to all involved!


In the past year, the AASRN Board has been discussing ways of formalising the network, so that we can function with an increased level of autonomy as well as find ways to support our membership better with opportunities for conducting research and having that research recognised. At such a time, we received an email from one of our keynote speakers, Gilbert Caluya, who too had been reflecting on the difficulty that early career scholars face in pursuing research in Asian Australian Studies and working in an academic context in Australia where this research, teaching and writing technically has no institutional home. As a way of acknowledging and affirming the work of early-career Asian Australian researchers, Gilbert paid the registration fees that now funds two awards for a best student and a best ECR paper. This suggestion was completely in sync with where the Board had been going, so the national convenor, Mridula Nath Chakraborty, matched this funding, as a result of which we now have two Best Paper Prizes for doctoral candidates and two Best Paper Prizes for early career researchers. While this is not a monetary prize, but a simple book voucher, we feel the awards will go a long way in providing peer recognition that can afford our junior colleagues a better chance to compete for research grants and fellowships, and ultimately jobs, which will help us grow Asian Australian scholarship within universities and other institutions.

The prizes will be determined by popular vote, so please vote through the link provided at the top of the page.

Best Paper Prizes


Best student paper (2 prizes)

Best contribution to arts practices and community activism or Best early career Researcher (ECR) paper (2 prizes)

Criteria for selection:

Which paper makes the most significant contribution to the body of knowledge in the research field of Asian Australian studies, arts practices and community activisms?

  • Eligibility and criteria of what constitutes significant contribution? 
    • Original research/area/topic/analysis 
    • Little known/new Asian Australian community, 
    • Older lineage but significant new finding, 
    • New media/genre/art form addressed in a significantly creative manner 
    • Significantly contribute to discipline specific theoretical analysis
    • Significantly contribute to discipline specific methodology
    • Significantly contribute to the community addressed in the paper through research (well-being, solutions to social/health/other problems, policy)
    • Innovative, engaging, well written paper and presentation