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Harry Aveling holds an adjunct appointment as a Professor in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics. He specialises in Indonesian and Malay Literature, and Translation Studies. Prof. Aveling has published widely in translation theory and is the author, with Teri Yamada, of the new entry on Southeast Asian Translation Traditions in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, 2009.

He has translated extensively from Indonesian and Malay, from Vietnamese Francophone writing, and co-translated from Hindi. In 1991, he was awarded the Anugerah Pengembangan Sastera by the Federation of Malay Writing Societies (GAPENA) for his contributions to the international recognition of Malay Literature. Among his major translations are Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry 1966-1998 (Ohio University Press 2001), short listed for the NSW Premier’s Translation Award 2003, and Saint Rosa: Selected Verse of Dorothea Rosa Herliany (IndonesiaTera 2005), winner of the Khatulistiwa Prize for Poetry, Jakarta 2006.  

His current research relates to the work of the Singapore Malay author Isa Kamari.   

Besides his supervisory work at Monash University, he has taught courses in Translation Studies at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta; Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta; University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City; and the Vietnam National University, Hanoi. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Center for International Studies, Ohio University, for Spring Quarter 2011.

Prof. Aveling is a Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History, Stockholm University, representing island Southeast Asia. He was President of AALITRA, the Australian Association for Literary Translation, from 2005 to 2008, and is currently Immediate Past President of the Malaysia and Singapore Society, a regional subgroup of the Asian Studies Association of Australia. 


  • PhD, Malay Literature, National University of Singapore
  • DCA, Literary Translation, University of Technology, Sydney
  • STM, Spirituality, Wollaston Anglican Theological College
  • MAppLing, Translation Studies, University of Newcastle

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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