The Center for the Study of Asia congratulates BUCSA Visiting Researcher Grant...
By Elizabeth D Amrien
The Shaolin Temple Monks of China present:
A Kung Fu/Martial Arts Performance
Monday, October 7, 2013, 7:15 p.m.
Fitzgerald Theater, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
459 Broadway, Cambridge, MA
Theater entrance may be accessed from Cambridge Street
Free and Open to the Public
AI WEIWEI is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.
AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. First-time director Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai while working as a journalist in China. Her detailed portrait provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figure.
Monday, September 16, 2013
6 – 8 PM
Boston University Photonics Center
8 St. Mary’s Street, Room 206
The film will be introduced by historian and journalist PETER RAND, author of several works of fiction and non fiction, including the novel Firestorm and China Hands: The Adventures and Ordeals of the American Journalists Who Joined Forces with the Great Chinese Revolution, a work of narrative non fiction. Peter maintains a dedicated interest in China, and has translated and edited four important works from their Chinese editions, most recently Gao Wenqian’s Zhou Enlai: The Last Perfect Revolutionary.
Co-sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University.
The South Asian Studies Council (SASC) at the MacMillan Center invites applications for post-doctoral positions at Yale University for AY 2014-2015. The Council expects to make one or two appointments. Candidates must have research and teaching experience relevant to modern and contemporary South Asia, in the humanities or social sciences.
All applicants should have in-depth knowledge of at least one SA-related language and fluency in English; and must have completed the PhD by the time of appointment. The post-doctoral fellow will teach one course in each of two terms related to his/her interests, pursue his/her own research, and participate in the activities of the South Asian Studies Council. Applicants should submit a cover letter, one-page description of research plans; a draft of a course syllabus and a title and brief summary of a second course; a CV; names and contact information of two references. Compensation includes an annual salary of $55,000 – $60,000, depending on rank and seniority of the selected individual, and health coverage.
We will accept applications immediately with review beginning on January 10, 2014 and continuing until the selections are final.
Yale is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
All information from the applicant should be submitted electronically through Academic Jobs On-Line. Uploaded PDF copies of signed reference letters will be accepted but signed hard copies should be mailed to the address below:
Ms. Kasturi Gupta
South Asian Studies Council
The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies
34 Hillhouse Avenue
P.O. Box 208206
New Haven, CT 06520-8206
In the context of the excellence initiative II of the German federal and state governments to promote top-level research in Germany the Ruprecht-Karls- University of Heidelberg is looking for the implementation of the institutional strategy: „Heidelberg: Realising the Potential of a Comprehensive University“ in the area of Transcultural Studies for two Junior Research Group Leaders.
The university is looking for outstanding young scholars to build up and independently lead a group of young researchers working towards a PhD degree in the following four thematically related fields:
- Cultural Heritage and Shaping of Traditions (Focus: Cultural Studies and/or Art History)
- Designs of Life and Configurations of Order in Different Cultures (Focus: Cultural Studies and/or History)
- Interpretations of World, Society, and History in the World Religions (Focus: Cultural Studies, History, Study of Religion, Theology)
- Transcultural Flows: Reciprocities and Asymmetries (Focus: Cultural Studies, Philologies, Geography)
- an above average PhD dissertation
- outstanding publications
- Experience in international research and
- Experience in the organization of larger cooperative projects or of large congresses is highly desirable
Aims of the implementation of the two junior research groups:
- experiment with the creation of new structures of staff and hierarchy in the arts and cultural studies;
- develop a new area of concentration of research in the humanistic studies which will interpret central questions of culture, religion, society and history;
- connect the existing area studies with their geographic emphasis on Asia, Europe and the Americas in a new way.
The Junior Research Group Leaders will be engaged from January 1st, 2014
The Junior Research Group Leaders will have the right to supervise PhD students and to evaluate their dissertation (Promotionsrecht). The teaching load will be four hours per week during term time. The salary level is (at the least) TV-L E15. Junior Research Group Leaders will be appointed until 31.10.2017. The positions are subject to continuous evaluation. Positions within the research groups are also temporary with a maximum time allotment of three years for PhD students (2 PhD students, salary level TV-L E13/2).
The application should contain a CV, list of publications and courses given, copies of certificates and an exposé of the Junior Research Group Leader’s proposed project as well as a description of the thematic focus and of the intended interdisciplinary composition of the potential group of young researchers (up to 10 pages) will have to be handed in by September 15th to:Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg Transcultural Studies Prof. Dr. Vera Nünning Marstallstraße 6 D-69117 Heidelberg.
Texas Asia Conference: Tradition and Transition
Department of Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference
The University of Texas at Austin
Friday November 1st & Saturday November 2nd 2013
The University of Texas at Austin Department of Asian Studies Graduate Conference (i.e. the 2013 Texas Asia Conference) will be held this year on Fri and Sat, November 1st & 2nd, 2013 in Austin, Texas (USA). The Texas Asia Conference (TAC) is a wonderful opportunity for graduate students to present their original research on all aspects of Asia (ancient and modern), become familiar with other graduate students’ work, and meet burgeoning scholars within the broad and interdisciplinary field of Asian Studies.
Our keynote speakers will be:
- Prof. Patrick Olivelle, Professor Emeritus of Sanskrit and Indology at the University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Asian Studies, and
- Prof. Daniel Stevenson, Professor of Chinese Buddhism at the University of Kansas, Dept. of Religious Studies.
The Texas Asia Conference (TAC) is a biennial and international graduate student conference organized by the graduate students of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. This year’s conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 1st & 2nd 2013. Our theme is Tradition and Transition. We welcome papers that explore various definitions of and approaches to the term “tradition” in the study of Asia as well as the ways in which change has been enacted and negotiated within and across traditions. Traditions encompass a broad scope of overlapping modes and contexts including socio-cultural, literary, religious, economic, artistic, and performative, as well as traditions in academic research investigating these areas.
We are accepting individual paper abstracts as well as proposals for group panels. The deadline for both is August 10th, 2013. Individual abstracts must include a title and topic. For panel proposals, the organizer of the panel must email the panel abstract, proposed title, topic, and names of presenters. Each panel can include 3 or 4 presenters who are also required to submit individual abstracts. All abstracts should be limited to 300 words. For abstract submissions and additional information or questions, please contact TAC conference co-chair Vibha Shetiya at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Texas Asia Conference provides graduate students with a platform to present their research and to benefit from a scholarly exchange of ideas. We welcome applications from graduate students in all academic disciplines engaged in research on South, Southeast, Central, and East Asia. These disciplines include, but are not limited to, anthropology, art history, communication, ethnomusicology, history, literature, philology, political science, religion, sociology and women’s studies. Our previous conference, held in 2011, drew over 100 participants and 30 academic panels, from both the United States and abroad.
East Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program
At Commencement in May 2013, BU’s East Asian Studies Interdisciplinary Program granted for the first time three essay prizes for the best undergraduate term papers on East Asia submitted in 2012-13.
A committee of East Asian Studies faculty (Professors Joe Fewsmith, IR & Political Science; Eugenio Menegon, History; and Catherine Yeh, Modern Languages and Comparative Literatures), in coordination with EAS Director Professor Min Ye, and IR and MLCL Chairs William Grimes and Sarah Frederick, selected among 16 submissions from several departments the three winners of a cash prize of $ 200 each in three different categories (Economics/IR; Literature; History), as follows:
- Calvin Chiu, a junior majoring in IR and Economics, wrote an essay on “The Development and Efficacy of Chinese Banking Reform” showing a sophisticated understanding of the way banking and financial systems work in China. Calvin was also able to offer a trenchant criticism of the findings of professional researchers at several junctures, in his attempt to explain the dynamics of the 2008 financial crisis and its connection to economic trends since the mid-2000s.
- Thea Diklich-Newell, a senior majoring in Comparative Literatures, won for her essay “Murakami and Magic Realism.” Japanese celebrated writer Murakami was directly influenced by the quintessential representative of “magic realism,” Gabriel Garcia-Marquez and his masterpiece One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967). Thea’s linguistic expertise is mainly in Spanish, yet she decided to engage on a comparative topic over a Japanese author, deftly summarizing some key episodes in Murakami’s novels in English translation.
- Kristen Lee, a senior pursuing a double major in IR and East Asian Studies, in her essay “Pirate Queens and Dragon Ladies” revealed the similarities and differences between an Irish and a Chinese female pirate in the early modern period, and displayed a sophisticated understanding of how texts and images are manipulated in history, often to efface gender and women from master narratives controlled by men.
Congratulations to our winners!
The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan is seeking unpaid, part to full-time interns (12-35hrs/week) for Fall 2013. Internship start/end dates and hours are customized with the academic schedule of the chosen candidate. (Download informational pdf for JICC Internship)
The JICC is a part of the Public Affairs sectionof the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Our primary role is to promote a better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of information and events to the American public, particularly in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. We strive to build bridges between the two cultures through various activities, such as film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures, an online newsletter, and school programs. The JICC is the gateway to connect the American public to Japan and the interns are an integral part of our efforts.
- Enrolled in a four-year degree program and have at least two years of undergraduate study completed. Graduate students may also apply.
- Enrolled in a U.S. accredited university throughout duration of internship.
- Major in International Studies, Japanese Studies, Asian American Studies, Public Diplomacy, Political Science, or a related field.
- English: Proficient to fluent in speaking/reading/writing
- Japanese: Proficient to fluent in speaking/reading/writing
- Excellent writing, public speaking, and organizational skills
- Superior interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to take initiative and work successfully both independently and in teams
- Interns are required to work at least 12 hours per week. Generally these hours are between 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. On occasion, interns are asked to work evening/weekend events.
- Interns must be available to begin and end the internship within a week or two of the specified Internship Term. See below for specific Internship Term information.
- Candidates must either (a) be eligible to receive credit for the internship, or (b) have the internship noted on their academic transcript.
- Candidates selected for an interview must have an in-person interview at the JICC in Washington, DC during business hours.
- This position is open to Japanese and American citizens. The JICC, Embassy of Japan cannot sponsor visas for Japanese citizens.
Intern Job Description
- Interns at the JICC contribute to and participate in valuable cultural and international relations programs and events by assisting diplomats and Embassy staff. Specific duties include:
- Participating in JICC’s School Program, a cultural presentation about Japan for local schoolchildren and students
- Conducting research and drafting letters to respond to inquiries from the public
- Creating resource materials to educate the public on Japanese culture
- Preparing for and assisting with events
- Assisting Japanese diplomats and JICC staff
Application Process(Application language is English.)
- Applications are only accepted during the specified dates below:
- Email your resume and cover letter as a PDF file to Mr. Brian Kato at email@example.com. Due to the high volume of applications received, consideration of your application cannot be guaranteed if the submission instructions are not properly followed.
- Candidates chosen to be interviewed must submit all of the following documents at their interview:
- Document(s) certifying that the intern candidate will either (a) receive credit, or (b) have the internship noted on their academic transcript
- Copy of Student ID (2 copies)
- Copy of Passport(s) (2 copies)
- Copy of U.S. Student Visa (Japanese students only; 2 copies)
- Copy of Driver’s License (2 copies)
- College Transcript – unofficial transcripts are acceptable
- Recommendation Letter from the Dean, Department Head, or Student Advisor
|Internship Term||Application Period|
|Fall 2013 (early September ~ early December)||June 10, 2013 ~ July 12, 2013|
|Spring 2014 (mid January ~ early May)||TBD|
|Summer 2014 (early June ~ late August)||TBD|
If you have any questions, please contact the Intern Coordinator, Mr. Brian Kato, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prof. Wiebke publishes volume on the Long History of the Concept of “Literature” in Japan, a conference volume on the changing faces of the concept of “literature” in East Asia and Japan, edited by Wiebke Denecke (BU, MLCL) and Kimiko Kono (Waseda University, Director of the Institute of Japanese Classics, Tokyo).
Professor Wiebke writes,
I wanted to thank BUCSA once more for the very generous support of the conference I co-organized with a Waseda colleague last summer in Tokyo. It was a wonderfully productive event (we already published a volume on the notion of “literature” in Japan, in good part based on the conference contributions. BUCSA’s contribution is gratefully acknowledged in our preface). Also, in response to the success, my colleague Kono Kimiko and I got a contract for a three-volume series on the history and future of the notion of literature/bun in Japan and East Asia, so last year’s event was really very fruitful.
This volume is the first attempt to recapture the adventurous history and future critical potential of the Chinese concept of wen 文 (Japanese pronunciation bun), which encompasses a broad range of meanings ranging from “pattern” and “refinement” to “writing,” “civilization,” and “literature. The concept of wen/bun has played an exceptionally prominent and manifold role in the cultural history of East Asia. The character for wen, 文, already appears on Chinese oracle bones used for divination and in bronze inscriptions from the 12th century BCE on, where it seems to refer to patterned animal fur or tattooed human skin. The rich connotations this concept accumulated over a period of almost two millennia in China were quickly adopted in Early Japan. However, with the Meiji Period (1868-1912) the particular relation between bun and the East Asian traditional notion of elite “Letters” changed dramatically, as “bun-gaku” (bun-learning) became the standard translation for the contemporary European idea of “literature,” in particular for fiction and belles-lettres, which had traditionally a low standing in the East Asian genre hierarchy. Nowadays the Western concept of literature has overwritten the traditional concept of “Letters” in Japan and we need to invest much effort in historical research to recover that lost world of wen/bun and reflect on what it meant in traditional East Asia and what it can contribute to critical discourse in contemporary literary studies around the globe.
Based on regular cyber-conferences of the two editors over the past couple of years and an international symposium held in Tokyo in July 2012, the volume presents articles by 19 scholars from Japan, China, the US, and Europe. Boston University’s College of Arts and Sciences and Center for the Study of Asia generously sponsored the workshop and made this volume possible.
He sits in his office among books about nature and environment. This man got pavements along the campus broken to grow grass and go green. He offered his students bicycles in exchange for their cars parked in the university’s parking lot.
He has criticised on-campus politicking and supported the rule of law. He has never accepted a single appeal during his two years in office. He has always believed in moderation, and wants people in Pakistan to smile more often.
Known for being accessible and easy to talk to, this academic’s tweets are laden with Munir Niazi and Faiz Ahmed Faiz. He jokes about Twitter being especially created for Urdu poetry. “What else can you fit in 14- characters?”
This is Dr Adil Najam, the Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). As he gears up to step down this June, there is a stack of books that he has been meaning to read waiting for him. And he cannot wait to resume teaching.
The building of the Razia and Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law – the fourth school at the university— has been designed already. The campus covered space has been increased by 30 per cent since 2011 and the energy cost and consumption reduced by nearly 10 per cent. A new agreement to increase funding under the LUMS National Outreach Programme is to be signed soon. In the year 2012, Rs358 million was given as aid under the same programme. Najam is a VC satisfied with what he has achieved.
Najam, who has formerly taught at the Tufts University and the Boston University, has been director of Boston University’s Frederick S Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. What brought him back to Pakistan after 20 years in the US was that “this opportunity gave me a chance to connect with my country closely. But what made me say yes, mainly, was the LUMS National Outreach Programme for the under-privileged students.”
When he moved back with his wife and children, he didn’t know for how long. “I never plan. Why should we? My two-year plan for a degree in the US took me 20 years to return.”
While he has no definite future plans for now, he is open to offers in and outside Pakistan.
Asked about a recent debate on local students’ online forums suggesting that Imran Khan should offer him the VC’s post at the University of Engineering and Technology in Peshawar, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Najam responds with good humour. “Public universities are a much bigger responsibility than private, but I will certainly not refuse Imran’s call; not the phone call at least.”
How important is popularity among students to the VC of LUMS? “This is not a popularity contest and I am not a candidate,” he said, adding that he’d rather be remembered as a VC who was fair and honest.
Najam shared his thoughts that there is a lack of patience and trust in Pakistani society as he briefly touched the controversial issues of the alleged paper leak and resignation of Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy, a former faculty member, who is also mentioned in Najam’s next book scheduled for release in July.
Supportive of evolution and change, Najam sees a social threat in those who have strong and blind certitude in their belief, and have extremist tendencies. Dr Najam sees the Pakistani youth as a “much more interesting generation than his”. He is hopeful because “people want to send their children to school. They have realised that the ticket to success is education.”
For him, youth are one of the five things in Pakistan that are going in the right direction. Music, media, resilience and responsibility are the other four.By Ayesha Hasan
Published in The Express Tribune, June 1st, 2013
Offered in partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the grants reflect the Foundation’s belief in Buddhism’s relevance to contemporary issues.
The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Program in Buddhist Studies, a new initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies funded by a $1.9 million grant from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. Working with the Foundation, ACLS will offer an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. ACLS will organize competitions for Dissertation Fellowships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Collaborative Research Grants, and Visiting Professorships.
These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants.
“We are honored to partner with the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu. “The humanities study how people create and convey meaning; the study of religions is thus one of the core concerns of the humanities. This new initiative will help bring Buddhist studies to the center of academic inquiry worldwide.”
“We are committing substantial resources to strengthening the teaching and study of Buddhism in modern society, supporting outstanding scholars and institutions worldwide. This is an important step towards realizing my family’s vision of developing a Buddhist Learning Network to further the study of Buddhist philosophy and broaden its impact in the twenty-first century,” said Robert Y.C. Ho, chairman of the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation.
Dissertation Fellowships assist advanced graduate students at a critical point in their academic careers, helping them accelerate progress to the degree and prevent attrition in later stages of doctoral study. This one-year fellowship will allow Ph.D. candidates to devote full time to preparing dissertations. The fellowship period may be used for fieldwork, archival research, analysis of findings, or for writing after research is complete.
Postdoctoral Fellowships enable scholars early in their careers to establish scholarly credentials and strengthen their research records. This is especially valuable in emerging fields, where those just starting out often break new ground. These two-year fellowships provide funding that will allow recent recipients of the Ph.D. to revise the dissertation into a publishable manuscript or to begin the first new project after completion of the Ph.D. degree.
Collaborative research grants foster interdisciplinary scholarship at a time when more and more contemporary issues cannot be adequately addressed by a single discipline. Recently, scholars across the university have shown a growing interest in the intellectual wealth of Buddhist studies and a desire to work with Buddhist studies specialists.
These grants will support work that may be interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary. International and multilingual projects are encouraged. Especially welcome are projects that relate several traditions in Buddhist studies to each other or that relate scholarship on the broad Buddhist tradition to contemporary concerns in other academic fields.
Visiting professorships in Buddhist studies enable universities without programs in the field to explore the contributions it could make to their institutions. Institutions with existing programs of Buddhist Studies may strengthen their curricula and research capacity. Institutions without such programs may accept a visiting professor as a means of exploring the contribution this field could make to the institution’s portfolio. These grants will allow universities and colleges to host accomplished scholar-teachers in Buddhist Studies as visiting professors for one semester or one academic year.
Application guidelines and more information are available at https://www.acls.org/programs/buddhist-studies/
Please send all inquiries to BuddhistStudies@acls.org.