Promoting Asian Studies in Australia since 1956

We promote the knowledge of Asia in Australia and provide a venue for scholars to present their work to their peers and others interested in Asia. We regularly run lectures, discussions and exhibitions to encourage the study of Asian history and culture.

Become a member

For membership inquiries, contact the treasurer, Dr Ying (Eagle) Zhang.

Professor A.R. Davis who was then Head of Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Sydney, founded the Oriental Society of Australia in 1956. The Society has been established to promote the knowledge of Asia in Australia and to provide a venue for scholars to present their work to their peers and to other people interested in Asia and things Asian. This was the first such organisation in Australia with an Asian focus and continues its leadership in Asian Studies up to the present day. Yearly peer-reviewed journal publications advance the societies long-standing tradition of collaboration and research in the twenty-first century. Membership includes both academic and non-academic people who were interested in the history and culture of Asia. In the early years of the Society, lectures attracted a large audience and lively discussion ensued. The annual dinner is held at restaurants in Sydney. During the academic year, monthly lectures given by Australian and overseas scholars are reported in a newsletter called the Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, later abbreviated to JOSA. After JOSA was established, the papers started to be widely circulated to subscribers, both private and institutional, in America, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia (JOSA)

JOSA: The Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia has been published continuously since 1960 and is the longest-running journal on Asia in Australia. Digital copies of JOSA can be purchased through INFORMIT. Printed copies are available through the Sydney University Press.