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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

OPPORTUNITIES: North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh Faculty Search

April 14th, 2015 in Opportunities.

The Department of History and Philosophy, North South University would need immediately Faculty at Assistant/Associate Professor level for the History part of the Department. Candidates who have just obtained their Ph.d would be offered the post of Assistant Professor and those having a few years’ teaching and research experiences would be offered the post of Associate Professor. The candidates at the moment will be teaching History of Bengal/Bangladesh from the ancient period to the present day. Those who have specialized in South Asian History would be eligible for the post. The present job of the successful candidate will be to teach some aspects of Bengal history and develop the syllabus of Master’s degree in History having the approach of modern day history... More

OPPORTUNITIES: Future Leaders’ Program on the Role of China in the World

April 6th, 2015 in Opportunities.

Future Leaders’ Program on the Role of China in the World Selecting first Cohort Application Opens April 15 with October 1 deadline. Schwarzman Scholars, inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, is a program designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China’s culture, economy, governance and motivations. Up to 200 Scholars chosen annually from around the world for this highly selective, fully-funded program will have an unrivaled opportunity to live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing first-hand exposure to China and its people. Scholars will study for a one-year Masters degree in public policy, international relations, or economics and business at Tsinghua... More

EVENT: Sushi Lecture (04/09/2015)

April 1st, 2015 in Events, Featured, Spring 2015.

Please join us next Thursday for this year's "Sushi Lecture" with professor Ann Sherif of Oberlin College. For those of you who don't know, Howard Zinn was a well known historian and social activist who taught here at BU until his death in 2010. Zinn wrote powerful, popular books on American history from the perspective of the disenfranchised, exposing the racism, inequality, and violence that has marked the history of the United States. His most famous book, "A People's History of the United States" is a must read, says one reviewer, for "every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” Professor Sherif will tell us what happened when Zinn traveled... More

OPPORTUNITIES: The International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (IKGF) Invites Applications for Fellowships

March 30th, 2015 in Opportunities.

The International Consortium for Research in the Humanities (IKGF) "Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication. Strategies for Coping with the Future in East Asia and Europe" at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg invites applications for fellowships. We invite scholars from the broader field of Sinology who are working on issues related to our research focus "Fate, Freedom and Prognostication" and preferably those who are open to a comparative approach with an Asian-European perspective. We especially welcome applications from individuals who are willing to contribute to our book series project “Prognostication and Prediction in East Asian Society”, which will be announced at the 1st International Conference on Prognostication and Prediction Research in East Asia at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg in July 2016. The specific topics can be downloaded... More

EVENTS: BU Asian Film Week: Asia: Love and Other Obsessions

March 27th, 2015 in Announcements, Events, Featured, Spring 2015.

  The third bi-annual BU Asia Film Week is on from Monday, April 6, to Friday, April 10, 2015! Our theme this year is “Asia: Love and Other Obsessions.” The theme reflects both Asian societies’ own takes on personal relationships in the face of enormous social transformations and the ways in which these relationships are presented in phantasies and stereotypes of other cultures and societies. The festival will highlight the particular features of different countries. The weeklong event will start on Monday, April 6, with a talk by our invited keynote speaker Yomi Braester (Washington University) on Wong Kar-Wai’s masterpiece In the Mood for Love (2000). All films will be screened in the afternoons and evenings. Activities also include Japanese, Chinese, More

NEWS: NEW FACULTY PUBLICATION: Cathy Yeh’s The Chinese Political Novel

March 25th, 2015 in Featured, News, Spring 2015.

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Yeh from the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature at Boston University, who has just published a new book, The Chinese Political Novel: Migration of a World Genre (Harvard East Asian Monographs 380), Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Asia Center & Harvard University Press,  2015. Professor Yeh traces the genre of the political novel from Disraeli’s England through Europe and the United States to East Asia. The political novel, which enjoyed a steep yet short rise to international renown between the 1830s and the 1910s, is primarily concerned with the nation’s political future. It offers a characterization of the present, a blueprint of the future, and the image of the heroes needed to get there. With the standing it gained during its meteoric rise, the political novel helped... More