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The Australasian Network for Asian Art (an4aa) consists of researchers including academics, curators, and post-graduate students from Australia and New Zealand working in the field of Asian art. Our specialisations and interests are various across geographical and temporal registers. In addition to studies in Asian art, the Network is attentive to histories of cultural interaction among Asian cultures and between Asian and non-Asian cultures.

Our activities currently include: 

  • Talks and symposia related to Asian art

  • Annual professional gathering held in conjunction with the AAANZ annual conference

  • Annual graduate researcher workshop

  • Advocacy for Asian art research and resources

an4aa is an open means for sharing research and fostering a scholarly community. It is also a vehicle for advocacy and a site for mutual critique in a supportive environment. There is no fixed membership structure, and all researchers are supported by their home institutions. Building and maintaining critical mass in this area of research is a primary goal of the Network, to which end, we seek to proactively engage with researchers and research groups across Australasia and internationally. The Network seeks to be inclusive as well as adaptive and responsive in uncertain and at times hostile environments that have been made even more complex by the pandemic. Over 2020-2023 the group is being managed by members from Australian National University and the University of Melbourne with bi-annual discussion with a Consulting Group. From 2023, it is envisioned that colleagues from a new pair of institutions will assume the triennial coordinating duties.


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Michelle Antoinette

Senior Lecturer, Art History & Theory Programme | Course Director, Bachelor of Art History & Curating | School of Fine Art |  | Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture | Monash University



Olivier Krischer

Lecturer, Master of Curating & Cultural Leadership, UNSW | Lecturer, Modern & Contemporary Art of East Asia, National Art School | Convenor, Sydney Asian Art Series, AGNSW & University of Sydney Power Institute


Alex Burchmore

Lecturer, Art History and Curatorial Studies | Centre for Art History and Art Theory | School of Art & Design | College of Arts and Social Sciences | Australian National University


Russell Kelty

Curator, Asian Art | Art Gallery of South Australia

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Tammy Wong Hulbert



Hasina Chowdhury

PhD Candidate |  RMIT University


Yuexiu Shen

PhD Applicant | Lorraine Hossack Emerging Curator | Art Gallery of South Australia 


Ruihan Ma

PhD Candidate | University of Sydney

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Asep Topan

Postgraduate Researcher |  

University of Sydney


Akshatha Rangarajan

PhD Candidate | Monash University 


Jennifer Yang

PhD Candidate | University of Sydney

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Aulia Yeru

PhD Candidate | University of New South Wales 


Claire Roberts FAHA


Professor, Art History | Head of Art History and Curatorship |  School of Culture and Communication | The University of Melbourne

Emily Brink

Assistant Professor of Art History | School of Design | University of Western Australia 

Richard Bullen

Associate Professor | Art History and Theory | School of Humanities and Creative Arts | Te Whare Wānanga o |Waitaha | University of  Canterbury

Chaitanya Sambrani

Associate Professor, Centre for Art History and Art Theory |  Convenor, Higher Degrees by Research, School of Art and Design |  ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences | The Australian National University

Wulan Dirgantoro

Lecturer in Art History and Curatorship | School of Culture and Communication |  Faculty of Arts | The University of Melbourne

Mark Erdmann

Lecturer in Art History

School of Culture & Communications | Faculty of Arts | The University of Melbourne

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