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OPPORTUNITIES: International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS9) 9th Biennial Conference

December 16th, 2014 in Opportunities.

The International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS9) 9th Biennial Conference will be held in Adelaide July 5-9 2015. The conference will run over five days, and there will also be special sessions for post grad students. ICAS9 boasts the unique feature of also being held in conjunction with the annual/biennial conferences of the Malaysia and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) the South Asian Studies Association of Australia (SASAA), the Chinese Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) and the active support of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA). It will be a truly international event on an unprecedented scale. We therefore invite your members to organise panels and round tables, present papers and be a part of this rare opportunity, either via general submission using the... More

EVENT IN REVIEW: BUCSA co-sponsors Workshop on Oxford Handbook of Chinese Classical Literature

December 16th, 2014 in Event in Review, Events, Fall 2014, Featured.

On December 4 and 5 2014 two dozen scholars from the US, Europe, Taiwan, and Vietnam convened at the East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at Harvard to discuss their drafts for an Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature 1000 BCE-900 CE. The workshop was generously sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA), as well as the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the Harvard Asia Center, the Harvard-Yenching Institute, and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. The Handbook is co-edited by Wiebke Denecke (Boston University, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature and affiliated BUCSA faculty), Wai-yee Li (Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations), and Xiaofei Tian (Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations). More

NEWS: MLCL’s Wiebke Denecke wins Boston University’s first “New Directions” Fellowship from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

December 11th, 2014 in Fall 2014, Featured, News.

Wiebke Denecke, Associate Professor of Chinese, Japanese and Comparative Literature in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department has won the first “New Directions Fellowship” from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ever awarded to a BU faculty member. Only a handful of early career scholars earn the honor each year and Denecke will use it over the next couple of years to expand her expertise in Classical Chinese and Classical Japanese Literatures into Korean language and Literature. Why Korea? Generally interested in bringing people together and working in ambivalent areas, Denecke underlines the importance of Korea as the underappreciated “missing link” in the cultural exchange between China and Japan and also wants to foster dialogue between Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans about... More

NEWS: BU School of Hospitality Freshmen Collaborate with Peers at Chinese University of Hong Kong

December 10th, 2014 in Fall 2014, Featured, News.

During the fall 2014 semester, six freshman students at the BU School of Hospitality (SHA) collaborated with six students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Students explored the hospitality customs of their home country, focusing on two topics, wedding planning and “walking a guest” at a hotel. On December 8, 2014 students presented their findings to each other via video conferencing. SHA is excited to continue this shared project during future HF100 classes. Check this link at the SHA website.

NEWS: Frank Korom Receives a BU Arts Initiative Grant to Bring Hindu Deities to Campus

December 9th, 2014 in Fall 2014, Featured, News.

The study of visual piety and material religion has become a topic of immense concern in recent years. To enable his students in his course on Hinduism in the spring of 2015 to appreciate the popular iconography of the Hindu pantheon, Korom will travel to India over the winter break to assemble a variety of chromolithographs to be used in the classroom and displayed strategically around campus. Korom says that the Sanskrit term darshan (auspicious sight)) cannot be appreciated fully without subjectively experiencing the uniqueness of each deity’s visual manifestation. To this end, he wishes to bring the deities to Boston University, so that they can be seen and appreciated not only by students but the general public as well. Source: Boston University... More

OPPORTUNITIES: Announcement of a New BU Undergraduate Award: The Studies in Romanticism Undergraduate Essay Prize

December 4th, 2014 in Opportunities, Undergraduate.

Studies in Romanticism, BU’s flagship journal on the Romantic period in European, American, and world history, is pleased to announce the creation of a new undergraduate essay award. Its purpose is to encourage interest among BU undergraduates in the period conventionally known as “Romantic,” roughly extending from 1789, the year of the outbreak of the French Revolution, to about 1830. SiR recognizes that the precursors of European Romanticism may reach back as far as the mid-eighteenth century and that its impact on various nations, both within and outside Europe, continued throughout the nineteenth. Romantic ideas, attitudes, and influences were also apparent in many fields of endeavor subsequent to 1900, up to and including the present day: in popular culture and the... More

OPPORTUNITIES: Middlebury Language Schools Accepting Applications for the Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace Scholarships

December 3rd, 2014 in Opportunities.

The Middlebury Language Schools are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Kathryn Davis Fellows for Peace scholarships. Every summer since 2007, Fellows for Peace has brought 100 aspiring and experienced peacemakers to the Middlebury Language Schools to help develop their linguistic and cultural fluency. The Davis scholarships are merit-based and intended for exceptionally qualified individuals with demonstrated interest or experience in international, global, or area studies; international politics and economics; peace and security studies; or conflict resolution. The Fellowships cover 100 percent of tuition, room, and board for one summer of language study at any level, from beginner to graduate, in any of the eleven languages  we offer. Individuals in other fields are also encouraged to apply if their field of expertise requires proficiency in one... More

OPPORTUNITIES: Harvard Divinity School Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professorship in Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society in Southeast Asia

December 2nd, 2014 in Opportunities.

Harvard Divinity School Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professorship in Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society in Southeast Asia November 2014 Harvard University’s Faculty of Divinity seeks to make a full-time, tenured appointment to the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair in Contemporary Islam. We seek a scholar whose work engages the social, intellectual, political, artistic, economic, or any other aspect of contemporary Islamic life with specialization in Southeast Asia. The candidate should demonstrate a deep understanding of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of Islamic institutions, movements, and ideas in Southeast Asia with emphasis on the 18th-century to the present. The candidate should be also conversant with the broader, global history of Islamic religion and culture. Applicants should be competent in the appropriate research languages and... More

OPPORTUNITIES: American Institute of Indian Studies applications for its summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 language programs

November 24th, 2014 in Opportunities.

The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Hyderabad), Gujarati (Ahmedabad), Kannada (Mysore), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram), Mughal Persian (Lucknow), Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request. All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of prior language study. For summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses... More

EVENTS: “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above” Film Screening and Dialog with Director (12/10/2014)

November 24th, 2014 in Announcements, Events, Fall 2014.

Co-sponsored by BU Center for the Study of Asia, OCAC Boston, TECO Boston Education Division, BU Taiwanese Student Association, Harvard Taiwanese Student Association. Free tickets are available for BU faculty and students. Email for more information.       For more information about the film, click here.