Category: Faculty

OPPORTUNITY: 2 Junior Research Group Leader Positions with the University of Heidelberg

August 15th, 2013

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)

Requirements

  • 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.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: The NEW Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Program in Buddhist Studies

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.

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AIIS Research Fellowship Programs

March 21st, 2013

For more than 50 years, the American Institute of Indian Studies has provided funding to pre- and post-doctoral scholars and artists in pursuit of knowledge about India.

  • Junior Fellowships are for graduate students conducting research for their doctoral dissertations in India.
  • Senior Long- and Short-term Fellowships are for those holding the PhD degree.
  • Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships are available to accomplished practitioners of the arts to conduct their projects in India.

The AIIS fellowship competition is not restricted to those from its member institutions. Non-U.S. citizens may apply as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at colleges and universities in the United States. Approximately 35 fellowships are awarded each year.

Applications from scholars who are part of a collaborative project involving other scholars are welcome, though AIIS fellowships are granted to individuals, not to teams. Amounts awarded to successful applicants who are members of group projects will be equivalent to fellowships awarded to scholars who submitted applications for individual projects.

Fellowships are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, and the Smithsonian Institution. Some fellowships for non-U.S. citizens and artists are supported by AIIS Rupee funds in India. Fellowships for six months or more may include support for dependents.

Visit indiastudies.org for more information and application.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology 2013 Meeting

February 11th, 2013

The Northeast Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology invites ethnomusicology students and faculty as well as scholars in related disciplines to submit abstracts for the NECSEM annual meeting to be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Proposals for individual papers, panel discussions and lecture/performance demonstrations are welcome. We also invite proposals for short presentations by musical ensembles (please include an audio attachment or CD of one or two pieces). The President of NECSEM invites proposals as well for a roundtable discussion on the following topic: The Role of Sacred Music, Sound, Text, and Syllables to Instill a Sacred Experience. Students and scholars in all branches of music scholarship and related disciplines are encouraged to participate. Papers will be limited to a maximum of 20 minutes. An abstract (250 words maximum), together with anticipated audio/visual and other technological requirements, should be emailed by Friday, March 8, 2013 to the Local Arrangements Chair Michael Birenbaum Quintero at the following address: mbq@bowdoin.edu. Please put NECSEM 2013 Proposal in the Subject Header. Proposals for the Roundtable discussion should be sent to both Brita Heimarck (britaheimarck@gmail.com) and Michael Birenbaum Quintero (mbq@bowdoin.edu).

Please include the following in your proposal in this order:

  • your name
  • contact information (email and phone number)
  • institutional affiliation (students, please indicate if you are at the graduate or undergraduate level)
  • a title for your proposed project
  • a 250 word (maximum) abstract
  • anticipated audio/visual or other technological/special requirements

Participants with accepted proposals will be notified by March 25, 2013.

We are encouraging NECSEM members and presenters to arrive Friday April 19 and we will arrange a reception or group dinner to take place Friday evening.

Chapter prizes: NECSEM now awards two memorial prizes for outstanding papers presented by students at the chapter meeting: The Lise Waxer Prize (undergraduate) and the James T. Koetting Prize (graduate). Students whose proposals have been accepted may apply for the appropriate prize by submitting their completed paper via email to Brita Heimarck at britaheimarck@gmail.com by Wednesday, April 10, 2013 (please indicate the prize for which you are applying in the subject header).

Any questions regarding the meeting can be directed to Michael Birenbaum Quintero. We look forward to seeing you on April 19-20 at Bowdoin College!

There is a special group rate of $129 for rooms at the Inn at Brunswick Station for Friday or Saturday night (tel. 207 837-6565). Please book ahead and indicate that you are attending the NECSEM Meeting.

NECSEM Officers: Brita Heimarck, President; David Pruett, Vice President; Fran Wildeboor, Secretary; Peter Kvetko, Treasurer; Karl Haas, Graduate Student Representative; Antanas Meilus, Website Editor; and Michael Birenbaum Quintero, Member-At-Large and 2013 Local Arrangements Chair. We have also added two Undergraduate Student Representatives to the NECSEM Committee this year: Robin Buyer, and Hannah Dietrich. Additional information can be found on our website www.necsem.org

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International School for Jain Studies Fellowships

January 28th, 2013

The Center for Jain Studies at Claremont Lincoln University invites you to study Jain Dharma at the International School for Jain Studies (ISJS) in India this summer.  Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students with an academic background, or strong interest, in the Indic traditions are encouraged to apply for this heavily subsidized immersion experience.

Prospects have the choice of applying to one of two fellowship programs:

The 6-week program (June 1-July 15): This fellowship program is designed to meet the needs of scholars and students with some background in South Asian or Religious Studies.  Students can earn 6 graduate semester credits for completing this program.  Up to 20 fellows will be admitted into the six-week program.

  • Eligibility: You must be a graduate student or a faculty member at the start of the six-week program to be considered for admission.
  • Cost: $700 tuition [includes round-trip airfare, room and board (with three Jain-friendly meals per day), travel costs in India, and course materials]; approximately $100 in Visa fees; and personal expenses.  All participants will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of the program.  Full-time faculty will receive a $1,000 stipend to help defray costs in India.
  • Statement of Purpose: The best graduate student statement of purpose for the six-week program will be  awarded $300 to help defray costs in India. The 2nd best statement will be awarded a stipend of $200.

The 4-week program (June 1-June 30): This fellowship program offers an ideal introduction to India, the Dharma traditions, and Jainism.  In four weeks, students will acquire proficiency in Jain Studies, and be prepared to undertake more advanced research in the future.  Students can earn 3 graduate or undergraduate semester credits for completing this program.  Up to 20 fellows will be admitted into the four-week program.

  • Eligibility: You must be a senior undergraduate student, or a graduate student, at the start of the four-week program to be considered for admission.
  • Cost: $600 tuition [includes room and board (with three Jain-friendly meals per day), and travel costs in India]; approximately $1600 for roundtrip airfare; approximately $100 for visa fees; and personal expenses.  All students will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of the program.
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To apply, please submit an application form, 2 letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word personal statement (explaining why you are interested in studying Jain dharma, and your past academic training relevant to the Indic traditions), to: Lidiya Potapenko, lpotapenko@claremontlincoln.org
Consideration of applications will begin January 15, 2013.  The final application deadline is February 10, 2013 (at midnight PST).  All candidates will be notified of their admission status via email by end of February 2013.

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Claremont Lincoln University Jain Studies Program in India

December 10th, 2012

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The Center for Jain Studies at Claremont Lincoln University invites you to study Jain Dharma at the International School for Jain Studies (ISJS) in India this summer.  Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students with an academic background, or strong interest, in the Indic traditions are encouraged to apply for this heavily subsidize immersion experience.

Prospects have the choice of applying to one of two fellowship programs:

The 6-week program (June 1-July 15): This fellowship program is designed to meet the needs of scholars and students with some background in South Asian or Religious Studies.  Students can earn 6 graduate semester credits for completing this program.  Up to 20 fellows will be admitted into the six-week program.

  • Eligibility: You must be a graduate student or a faculty member at the start of the six-week program to be considered for admission.
  • Cost: $700 tuition [includes round-trip airfare, room and board (with three Jain-friendly meals per day), travel costs in India, and course materials]; approximately $100 in Visa fees; and personal expenses.  All participants will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of the program.  All full-time faculty will receive a $1,000 stipend to help defray costs in India.
  • Statement of Purpose: The best graduate student statement of purpose for the six-week program will be  awarded $300 to help defray costs inIndia. The 2nd best statement will be awarded a stipend of $200.

The 4-week program (June 1-June 30): This fellowship program offers an ideal introduction to India, the Dharma traditions, and Jainism.  In four weeks, students will acquire proficiency in Jain Studies, and be prepared to undertake more advanced research in the future.  Students can earn 3 graduate or undergraduate semester credits for completing this program.  Up to 20 fellows will be admitted into the four-week program.

  • Eligibility: You must be a senior undergraduate student, or a graduate student, at the start of the four-week program to be considered for admission.
  • Cost: $600 tuition [includes room and board (with three Jain-friendly meals per day), and travel costs in India]; approximately $1600 for roundtrip airfare; approximately $100 for visa fees; and personal expenses.  All students will be required to provide their own health insurance for the duration of the program.
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To apply, please submit an Application Form, 2 letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word personal statement (explaining why you are interested in studying Jain dharma, and your past academic training relevant to the Indic traditions), to: Lidiya Potapenko, Program Director, lpotapenko@claremontlincoln.org

Consideration of applications will begin January 15, 2013.  The final application deadline is February 10, 2013 (at midnight PST).  All candidates will be notified of their admission status via email by end of February 2013.

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Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore Research Fellowships

September 18th, 2012

The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) invites researchers to apply for fellowships in Peranakan material culture, Christianity in Asia (up to 1800), or areas related to the museum’s collections in general, including Buddhist studies. We prize multi-disciplinary work, cross-cultural studies, and research on ongoing projects at the ACM. The geographical areas of research should be Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, or the Islamic world.

The research fellowships support in-depth original study and writing on specialised aspects of Asian culture. Applications will be screened by a committee of curators and scholars.

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To learn more about the ACM collection, check out www.sgcool.sg, which presents over 12,000 objects from the collection.

For enquiries, please contact nhb_acm_rpu@nhb.gov.sg.

Applications close on 1 January 2013.

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Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative

August 28th, 2012

The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces an open competition for the support of projects through the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI). Announced by the US and Indian governments, OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Accredited US post-secondary educational institutions meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501©(3) may submit proposals to support the program’s goals of encouraging mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post secondary educational institutions.

Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars, among other activities. Activities should be designed to develop expertise, advance scholarship and teaching, and promote reliable, long-term communication between partner institutions.

Proposals in the following fields are eligible: Energy; Sustainable Development; Climate Change; Environmental Studies; Education and Educational Reform; Public Health; and Community Development and Innovation.

Request for Proposal

Proposal Submission Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

Deadline: November 1, 2012

Contact: osi@usief.org.in

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Call for Papers: Symposium on South Asian Studies

August 27th, 2012

The Boston-area South Asian Studies Consortium invites papers for its first symposium to be held on November 17, 2012 at MIT. The symposium will be held in memory of the late Jalal Alamgir, professor of political science at UMass-Boston. The purpose of the symposium is to showcase scholarship and foster dialog on South Asian Studies among scholars within the greater metropolitan Boston-area. The Executive Committee encourages submissions that deepen insights into the geopolitical, cultural, historical, social, discursive, and economic understanding of South Asia and its global or diasporic impacts.

Presentations are solicited from all disciplines, from anthropology, art, architecture, history, literature, political science, sociology, theatre, as well as those located in their interstices, including film studies, religious studies, gender and sexuality studies. We are equally interested in papers that engage with the past as well as those that consider histories of the present. Works-in-progress and recently published scholarship are especially welcome.

Please submit 300-word abstracts to southasiastudiesconsortium@gmail.com.

Areas for submission may include but are not limited to:

    Governance and governmentalities
    Literary, film, media criticism
    Anthropological and sociological ethnographies
    Art, aesthetics, and architecture
    Political formations, institutions, struggles
    Colonial histories and legacies
    Social and political movements
    Policy studies
    Diasporas
    Circulations of finance and capital
    Religious-cultural texts and communities

Timeline:
Deadline for abstracts: October 1, 2012

Notification of acceptance: October 22, 2012

Symposium: Saturday, November 17, 2012

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Apply for the East Asia Institute Fellows Program 2012-2013

April 5th, 2012

The East Asia Institute (EAI) based in Seoul, South Korea, invites applications for its Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia. Funded by the Japan Foundation, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange of Taiwan, and YBM/KIS, an education institute of Korea, the Fellows Program targets East Asia specialists with cutting-edge expertise in political science, international relations, and sociology for an international exchange program with the goal of encouraging interdisciplinary research with a comparative perspective in the study of East Asia. The EAI Fellows present seminars and lectures, based on an unpublished article on current issues submitted solely for the purpose of the Fellows Program, at two or more Partner Institutions in East Asia.

Program: The Program is designed to give the Fellows the flexibility required to bring out the best of their expertise in seminars and lectures. Fellows choose the subjects of their articles, seminars, and lectures within the broadly defined themes of peace, governance, and development in East Asia in order to make the visitation an integral part of their on-going research. Fellows are free to decide how they will divide their time among two or more Partner Institutions, giving a seminar and a lecture apiece at each of the sites chosen. The Partner Institutions are the East Asia Institute in Seoul, Fudan University in Shanghai, Keio University in Tokyo, Peking University in Beijing, and National Taiwan University in Taipei.

Eligibility: The EAI Fellows Program is intended for tenured, tenure-track, and untenured East Asia specialized professors based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and other non-Asian regions, conducting research in the fields of political science, international relations, and sociology.

Selection Process: The EAI will select up to five Fellows in 2012. The representatives of the Partner Institutions plus an Advisor based in the United States select EAI Fellows through an annual competition.

Support: The program provides funds ranging from USD 8,000 to 10,000 for each of the Fellows. The grant covers an honorarium for the article, seminar, and lecture as well as the cost of ground transportation, round-trip economy-class international air flight, hotel accommodation, meals, and a per diem for a total of three-week stay in East Asia (see comments on Application Forms).

Application: For further details and instructions on how to apply, please download a booklet titled “Fellows Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia” available online at Fellows Program or e-mail fellowships@eai.or.kr for assistance. All application materials must be type-written and in English.

Deadline: Applications for fellowships must be received no later than July 16, 2012. The results of the competition will be announced by the end of August, 2012, by both e-mail and letter.

For further inquiry, please contact Young-Hwan Shin (Mr.), Executive Director, at fellowships@eai.or.kr.

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