Twelve Biennial Conference will be held jointly withAustralian and New Zealand Slavists’ Association and Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand
atUniversity of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-3 February 2015
Other activities: The association issues annual Newsletters.
From the history of the Australasian Association for Communist and Post Communist Studies
The Association was founded as the Australasian Association for the Study of Socialist Countries by a group of scholars on the initiative of Dr T.H. Rigby in 1975. Dr Rigby served as the first President of AASSC. Under his administration the association’s constitution and general focus were established.
Such were the events leading to the formation of the association as Prof Rigby recalled them:
The basic purpose of the Association was to serve as a “clearing house of information of interest for scholars” in the area, as well as to promote general interest in the area and to stimulate scholarly activity by organizing conferences and symposia. The association was also active in encouraging inter-governmental and inter-university exchange with the (then) socialist countries. The AASSC united scholars interested in East European, Soviet and Chinese studies. Over the years the position of President of the AASSC was held, among others, by T.H Rigby, L.G. Churchward, W. Brugger, J. Wilczynski, R.F. Miller, A. Jones, S. Fortescue and L. Holmes.
Yet in 1968 Dr Rigby initiated the formation of the ANU interdisciplinary Committee on Soviet and East European Studies. From 1973 the Committee issued a semiannual Newsletter on Soviet and East European studies in Australia and New Zealand, which then became the Newsletter of the AASSC.
In 1982 the first AASSC ‘special interest seminar’, or the first AASSC conference, was held during the ANZAAS congress. From 1987 the former journal of the Australian and New Zealand Slavists’ Association (ANZSA), Melbourne Slavonic Studies, was replaced by the journal Australian Slavonic and East European Studies as a joint organ of ANZSA and AASSC.
From 1993 the Association became known as the Australasian Association for Communist and Post-Communist Studies (AACPCS). This change of name was preceded by the period of reflection on the future of the association. The renewed association aims to provide a forum for continuing links between the 'Soviet' and 'Chinese' members, and continue to have 'Eurasian' focus as well as to promote academic exchange and the study of political, socio-economic and cultural issues faced by the countries formerly belonging to the ‘socialist system’.