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NEWS: Inaugural East Asia Studies Career Development Professorship Awardees

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

Boston University announced on January 29, 2015 the institution of a new Career Development Professorship in the area of East Asia Studies. Made possible through the generous support of a BU alumnus based in Taiwan, the East Asia Studies Career Development Professorships recognize assistant professors in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Communication and the School of Management whose research is concentrated in areas of inquiry specific to East Asia. Each professorship provides three years of partial salary support for the awardee’s school or college, plus an annual research fund for the faculty member. Two East Asia Studies Career Development Professorships have been awarded this year with an additional two professorships expected three years from now. More

BU in Shanghai: Our Students Write Home

January 30th, 2015 in Featured, News, Spring 2015.

For some years now, Boston University Study Abroad has run a successful program at Fudan University in Shanghai. The current Program Director is Dr. Allison Rottman (Ph.D. in Chinese History, UC Berkeley)  and this Spring semester over 30 students are in Shanghai for the experience of a lifetime!  BUCSA is proud to support our Shanghai Program, through faculty and student engagement.   Below is the testimony of a recent graduate of the BU-Fudan Program, School of Hospitality (SHA) senior Jocelyn Toll: I was awakened to the reality that I was about to live in Shanghai for the next three and a half months the moment I got to the Chinese Eastern Airlines counter at the JFK Airport to receive my boarding pass and unsuccessfully attempted to read the luggage restriction sign on the countertop. It... More

OPPORTUNITIES: Harvard Kennedy School Looking For Research Associate to Support China Programs

January 26th, 2015 in Opportunities.

The Ash Center China Programs seeks a Research Associate to support the China Programs in areas of strategic growth and to report to the China Programs Director. Ideal candidates will be comfortable in an environment that requires intellectual curiosity, the ability to use discretionary judgment, and a level of independence. Under the direction of the China Programs Director and the Faculty Chair, the Research Associate will use his or her knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to help develop, design, and conduct research projects; produce original written materials; organize and conduct research interviews; gather and analyze time series data; draft and edit a range of academic writing; conduct background research, and potentially draft new cases and other materials for classroom... More

OPPORTUNITIES: Teach in Asia this summer!

January 20th, 2015 in Opportunities.

Learning Enterprises (LE) is accepting applications from college students to spend a summer teaching English in rural villages and live with a generous host family in any of over 10 countries! For more information, please click here. For interested students, there will be a Google Hangout hosted by LE on January 24th at 1pm EST. The email used is Application deadline: February 7

EVENT: Asian Studies BA Launch Party (01/30/2015)

January 17th, 2015 in Announcements, Events, Featured, Spring 2015.

Come join BUCSA for the Asian Studies BA Launch Party! Enjoy Asian cuisine, meet faculty, and socialize with fellow students! Choose a major that takes you places! For more information about the new Asian Studies major, click here. Time: 12:00- 1:30 pm, Friday, January 30, 2015 Location: 121 Bay State Road

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