Stuart Robson

Dr Stuart Robson

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2017
  • Section(s): Asian Studies


Stuart Robson is internationally recognised for his outstanding contributions to the study of the literary traditions of Java. As the pre-eminent translator and interpreter of Old Javanese kakawin poetry, he has made major contributions to literary studies and to the understanding of the cultural and social history of Java. His many acclaimed translations have ensured a number of significant Indonesian literary works are available and accessible in English. He has also made significant contributions to the teaching and study of Modern Javanese. His recent edition of the Old Javanese Rāmāyaṇa was shortlisted for the 2016 Australian Academy of Humanities Medal for Excellence in Translation. He took early retirement in 2001, and is currently Adjunct Professor in Indonesian Studies at Monash University.

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