Disruptive Asia Debate | Values vs Interests (Melbourne)

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How do our values intersect with our interests when it comes to Australian research, education and philanthropic collaboration with China?

Disruptive Asia China edition

How do our values intersect with our interests when it comes to Australian research, education and philanthropic collaboration with China?

This year Disruptive Asia focuses on China. We asked our authors, what should Australia's ‘bounded engagement’ with China look like?

Now we broaden the discussion with a public debate series unpacking the boundaries and parameters of our relationship with China.

Following events in Sydney and Canberra, the official launch of the Disruptive Asia essay book takes place at Asia Society Australia Centre in Melbourne.

Date: Tuesday 3 December 2019
Time: 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins St, Melbourne

This event is open to all members of the public. Registration essential. If you're unsure, please contact programaustralia@asiasociety.org for further information. 

Registration and speakers coming soon.


Since the launch in 2017, Disruptive Asia has become widely recognised across policy, business and education circles for its contribution to understanding the major issues facing Australia-Asia relations. The publication offers original analysis, nuanced perspectives and practical policy recommendations.

In 2020 the debate series will be stepped-up to quarterly programs across major state capitals.


About the Speakers 

Professor John Fitzgerald, Faculty of Business and Law, Swinburne University

John Fitzgerald

Before joining Swinburne in 2013 John served five years as Representative of The Ford Foundation in Beijing where he directed the Foundation's China operations. Before that, he was Head of the School of Social Sciences at La Trobe University. 

Before that again directed the International Centre of Excellence in Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. In Canberra he served as Chair of the Education Committee of the Australia-China Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as chair of the Committee for National and International Cooperation of the Australian Research Council, and as International Secretary of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

He is currently the President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His research focuses on territorial government and civil society in China and on Australia's Asian diasporas. His publications have won international recognition, including the Joseph Levenson Prize of the US Association for Asian Studies and the Ernest Scott Prize of the Australian Historical Association.

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Associate Professor Fran Martin, The University of Melbourne 

Fran Martin

Fran's best known research focuses on television, film, literature and other forms of cultural production in contemporary transnational China (The People's Republic of China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong), with a specialization in transnational flows and representations and cultures of gender and sexuality.

She is currently working on a 5-year ARC Future Fellowship project that uses longitudinal ethnography to research the social and subjective experiences of young women from China studying and living in Australia (http://www.mobileselves.org). Fran received both her BA (hons) and her PhD from Melbourne University.

Fran is fluent in Mandarin, having begun learning the language in primary school in Australia. She later spent two years studying Chinese language and literature at Beijing Second Foreign Languages Institute and East China Normal University (1989 - 1991). She then spent a further two years researching in Taiwan, including at National Taiwan Central University's Center for the Study of Sexualities. Prior to joining Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne, Fran lectured in the Cinema Studies program at La Trobe University (2000-2003).

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Fiona Li, Communications Specialist

Fiona Li

Fiona Li comes from a mixed background of Language & Culture Education and Media & Communications, currently working as a digital marketing specialist in Melbourne with passions for eco-feminism, food politics, ethical consumerism and green marketing.

She has accomplished Master of Global Media Communications at the University of Melbourne in 2017 where she met Prof. Fran Martin and participated in the five-year ethnographic study of Chinese university students’ social and subjective experiences of studying in Australia. During Fiona's stay in Australia, she has experienced significant transformations in all aspects of her lives which could shed light on the study. 

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Wayne Crothers, Senior Curator, Asian Art, National Gallery of Victoria

Wayne Crothers

Wayne lived in Japan for more than eighteen years and has researched extensively on Chinese, Indian and South-East Asian art. He completed a Master of Fine Arts at Tama Art University, Tokyo, lectured for six years at Tokyo’s Musashino Art University and held guest lecturing residencies at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China; Australian National University, Canberra; Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, USA and the Joan Miro Foundation, Spain.

He has curated a number of significant NGV exhibitions, including Visions of Paradise: Indian Court Paintings in 2018–19 and the first major Australian survey of renowned Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai in 2017. He is the lead curator of Terracotta Warriors & Cai Guo-Qiang and was integral to the development of the exhibition, from concept to final display.

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About the Moderator

Sarah Dingle, Reporter, ABC News

Sarah Dingle

Sarah is a dual Walkley Award-winning investigative reporter and presenter with the ABC, working across radio and TV current affairs, news and documentary. Her work has also won the UN's Media Peace Prize, the Voiceless Media Prize, and the Australian College of Educators Media prize.

Her radio documentaries have been recognised by the Australian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, and the National Press Club. In 2010 she was the ABC's Andrew Olle Scholar. 

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Event Details

Tue 03 Dec 2019
5:45 - 7:30 p.m.

Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins St, Melbourne

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