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NEWS: BUCSA Researcher Grant Rhode awarded Taiwan Fellowship

May 31st, 2015 in Featured, News, Spring 2015.

The Center for the Study of Asia congratulates BUCSA Visiting Researcher Grant F. Rhode, who has been awarded a Taiwan Fellowship to research and write on Taiwan’s approach to disputes in the East and South China Seas.  The fellowship will support four months of research in Taiwan from June through October, 2015.  While in Taiwan, Dr. Rhode will be affiliated with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Taiwan University Dr. Rhode has been a BUCSA Visiting Researcher since 2012, has organized several activities and events with the Center and in collaboration with BU faculty on campus and beyond. While affiliated with BUCSA, Dr. Rhode has conducted research on Asian maritime issues and on China educational... More


May 30th, 2015 in Opportunities.

The Taiwan Fellowship, established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), provides assistance for foreign experts and scholars interested in research related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, mainland China, Asia-Pacific region and Chinese studies to conduct advanced research at universities or academic institutions in Taiwan. Financial assistance includes monthly grants paid at the beginning of every month, a round-trip, economy-class ticket for the most direct route to Taiwan, and insurance. The terms of the fellowship last 3-12 months. Eligible applicants include foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors, post-doctoral researchers, doctoral candidates, or doctoral program students at related departments of overseas universities. The application deadline is June 30, 2015 and more information can be found here.

EVENTS: “Binding Maritime China” BU-NEU-Brandeis Conference at Boston University, May 29-30, 2015

May 7th, 2015 in Events, Featured, Spring 2015.

  Frederick S.  School of Global Studies, Boston University,  121 Bay State Road, Boston, Massachusetts, 02215 ALL DAY both days on Friday and Saturday,  May 29 and 30, 2015 Boston University and its Center for the Study of Asia have joined forces with Brandeis and Northeastern University to organize an upcoming international conference on the history of maritime China between the 16th and 20th century, entitled Binding Maritime China: Control, Evasion, and Interloping.” Given the importance of maritime East and Southeast Asia as a crucible of conflict and cooperation today, this timely gathering of major senior and innovative junior scholars will offer a deep historical perspective on the formation of the region and its social, economic and religious dynamics. Please visit the website of the conference for detailed information, program, and... More


May 7th, 2015 in Events, Featured, Spring 2015.

  Please join this exciting workshop, the coronation of several meetings of the BU Travel Literature Group, and learn about travel in Asia, the Middle East, the Atlantic world, and the world of literary imagination. WORKSHOP: "ILLUSION AND DISILLUSIONMENT:  TRAVEL WRITERS IN THE MODERN AGE" Thursday MAY 14, 2015 Boston University, School of Theology Building, room 636; 745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA  PROGRAM  Panel 1: 10-11  am "Travel, Adventure, and Self-fashioning: A Frenchman’s Journey to New Orleans in 1729"  (Elizabeth Goldsmith, Romance Studies, BU, emerita) "Fable, Truth, and Propaganda: Lay and Ecclesiastical Travelers from Europe to China in the Long 18th Century" (Eugenio Menegon, History, BU) 11-11:15 am - BREAK Panel 2: 11:15 am -12:15  pm "Polidori's The Vampyre (1819): Monstrous Travel and the Seductions of Ancient Greece” (James Uden, Classics, BU) "The Chameleonic Identities of Mohan Lal... More

NEWS: BUCSA faculty Menegon, Berger, and Siegel win fellowships and prize on Asian Past and Present

May 7th, 2015 in Featured, News, Spring 2015.

BUCSA is delighted to congratulate  three of our affiliated faculty working on Chinese history, Japanese and East Asian international relations, and Indian history for their recent achievements. Professor  Eugenio Menegon (History & BUCSA Director) was awarded two residential fellowships for  academic year 2015-16  (Fall 2015, Member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Spring 2016 Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College. Menegon is completing a book entitled “Amicitia Palatina: Court Networks and the Europeans in Imperial Beijing, 1700-1820.”  The project focuses on the social, economic, and religious life of foreign experts at the Qing imperial court and how their experience illuminates the workings of global economic and cultural networks, as well as the daily transactions of... More

OPPORTUNITIES: Spalding Professor of Eastern Religions and Ethics

April 30th, 2015 in Opportunities.

FACULTY OF ORIENTAL STUDIES in association with All Souls College Start date: 1 January 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The University of Oxford is seeking an outstanding candidate to fill the Spalding Professorship of Eastern Religions and Ethics. The Spalding Professorship is one of the most prestigious international academic positions concerned with the study of Indian religions and philosophies, and the successful candidate will play a leading role in researching and teaching these subjects. The Faculty of Oriental Studies seeks especially applications from colleagues working in Hindu religious and philosophical traditions. The successful candidate will be a scholar of the highest international standing, with an outstanding record of research and publication in Indian religions or philosophies, the ability to teach and... More

NEWS: BUCSA Welcomes New Director and Board Members

April 28th, 2015 in Featured, News.

BUCSA announces that Prof. Catherine V. Yeh, Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed the new Director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA). Elections were also held for its executive board, and BUCSA welcomes its four new executive board members: Prof. William Grimes (Pardee School of Global Studies), Prof. Benjamin Siegel (History), Prof. Alice Tseng (History of Art and Architecture), and Prof. Anna Zielinska-Elliot (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature).  An article on the website of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies captures it well:  Prof. Catherine V. Yeh, Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed the new Director of the Boston University Center for the Study of Asia, one of the affiliate area... More

NEWS: ASIABU student group wins Mindy Stroh Award

April 28th, 2015 in Featured, News.

BUCSA is proud to announce that the Asian Studies Initiative at Boston University (ASIABU) was awarded the Mindy Stroh Excellence in Collaborative Programming Award during an Oscar-style ceremony attended by 350 students, advisors, and faculty at the BU GSU Metcalf Grand Ballroom. BU’s “Excellence in Student Activities Awards” is a celebration of the engaging events, activities, and experiences created by BU student groups during the academic year.   ASIABU received two nominations from the  Student activity Office: one as Student Organization of the Year for Academic/Professional Group; and another for Best Event Collaboration. Among 450 student societies on campus, only five groups are nominated in each category. ASIABU previously won an award for the 2012-2013 academic year.    Initiated and co-hosted by ASIABU, the Asian New Year Celebration held on February 26, 2015 fetched the Mindy Stroh Excellence in... More

Prof. Grimes Appointed Associate Dean at Pardee School of Global Studies

April 17th, 2015 in Featured, News, Spring 2015.

We congratulate Professor William Grimes, BUCSA founding Director (2008-2010), current member of the BUCSA Executive Board, and Professor of Japanese  and Asian political economy, on his new position as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, with responsibility for the School’s Division of International Studies (DIS) and Academic Affairs.  Bill is a respected and beloved pillar of our Asian Studies community, and we all look forward to working with him and the Pardee School to strengthen Global Studies and Asian Studies on campus and beyond. An article on the website of The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies captures it well: In announcing the appointment, Dean Adil Najam of the Pardee School said, “Bill Grimes is a effective leader who is highly... More

EVENTS: Producing the Political: Religious Authority and Local Governance

April 16th, 2015 in Announcements, Events, Featured, Spring 2015.

Join us for this  co-sponsored BUCSA-Fairbank Center one-day conference on April 22, organized by Professors Robert Weller (Anthropology and CURA Institute, BU) and Michael Puett (East Asian languages and Civilizations, Harvard).    What are the interactions between ritual practices, religious authorities and political contestations in the production of political authority and the practices of local governance? Papers will consider how religious authority is conceived, legitimized, negotiated and integrated into modes of local authority, based on the idea that enactments of local governance are part of the constitution of day-to-day politics itself, not just the nation-state. The hope is to begin to craft an anthropology of governance based on the comparative analysis of religiously framed processes of state-making Asia. 9:00-10:00  Indira Arumugam (National University of Singapore), More