Keynote Speakers

The NZASIA 23rd Biennial International 2019 Conference will be hosted by the Victoria University of Wellington from Sunday, Nov. 24, to Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019


Timothy Oakes

Timothy Oakes is Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his PhD in geography from the University of Washington in 1995, and BA in East Asian Studies from Colby College in 1987. He has held visiting faculty appointments at the University of Iowa, the University of Technology Sydney, Guizhou Minzu University, Wageningen University, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Hong Kong. He is also research affiliate with the Cornell University Contemporary China Initiative, as well as with the Media Studies Department at the College of Media, Communication, and Information at CU Boulder.

His work focuses on social and cultural transformation in contemporary China and, in particular, the uses and reinventions of local culture as a resource for economic development and governance objectives. He has explored this theme in the contexts of ethnic tourism and craft commodity production, cultural heritage development, and urban redevelopment and planning. His most recent research explores the development and use of leisure and consumption spaces in China’s urban areas, as well as in urbanizing areas of rural China. He is currently working on urban planning and infrastructural urbanism in China’s ‘New Area’ urban zones as the project director for "China Made: Asian Infrastructures and the 'China Model' of Development", funded by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Anthony Reid

Anthony Reid, a New Zealander and a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington (and Cambridge University), is the world’s pre-eminent historian of Southeast Asia. A prolific scholar, his work has focused on the political, social, intellectual, and cultural aspects of the Southeast Asian region, and has involved him in extensive fieldwork in, especially, Sumatra, Sulawesi, Sabah, and Aceh. Professor Reid has taught at the University of Malaya (1965-1970), the Australian National University (1970-1999), the University of California, Los Angeles (1999-2002), and the National University of Singapore (2002-2009), and he is presently Professor Emeritus with the Australian National University. His significant and recent books include Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce (2 vols., 1988-93), Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia (2009) and A History of Southeast Asia: Critical Crossroads (2015). Many of his writings have been translated into Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Professor Reid’s scholarly work is characterized by close engagement with the peoples, languages, and cultures of Southeast Asia, and an extraordinary commitment to the fostering of new generations of scholars, training in both the disciplines needed, and the language required

Mrinalini Sinha

Mrinalini Sinha is a historian of Modern South Asia and of the British Empire. She has written on various aspects of the political history of colonial India, with a focus on anti-colonialism, gender, and transnational approaches. She has recently become interested in the different forms of political imaginings, beyond the nation-state, that animated anti-colonial thought in India at least until the interwar period.

Her first book Colonial Masculinity: The Manly Englishman and the Effeminate Bengali sought to combine British and Indian history, and brought gender analysis to bear on questions of “high politics,” to understand a critical moment in the relationship between colonialism and nationalism in India. Her subsequent book, Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire, explores the post-First-World-War changes in the British Empire, especially their implications in India. The book received the Albion Book Prize, awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies and the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize (2007) awarded annually by the American Historical Association. She has also published widely in journals and in edited collections. She has been a recipient of several fellowships, including from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute of Indian Studies, and the American Philosophical Society. She has served as president of the Association for Asian Studies (2014-15); on the Council of the American Historical Association (2005- 2007); and on the executive board founding the Society for Advancing the History of South Asia (2008-2012).