BUCSA News Archives

Congratulations to Anne Feng (HAA) for her Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Early Career Fellowship

May 10th, 2021

The BU Asian Studies community extends its enthusiastic congratulations to our colleague Anne Feng  (Assistant Professor of Chinese Art, Boston University Dept. of the History of Art and Architecture) on being awarded a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Early Career Fellowship for 2021-2022. Project details: Aqueous Visions: Water, Meditation, and Mural Painting in Medieval China (618-907 CE) Despite being situated in arid environments, Buddhist caves around the Taklamakan desert were constructed along complex waterways. This study examines the relationship between visions of Buddhist paradise and water management in medieval China and Central Asia. Representations of Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land were famous... More

Laura Brubaker-Wittman (PhD candidate, BU Anthropology) wins Fulbright Scholarship to Indonesia

April 21st, 2021

Congratulations to Laura Brubaker-Wittman, a PhD student in BU's Biological Anthropology program, who has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Indonesia to continue her dissertation research “Interacting with Orangutans: A Multispecies Ethnography of Relationship Building in Borneo.” Laura holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Policy Advocacy from the School for International Training and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Colorado. Her doctoral research focuses on the human-nonhuman primate interface by using the mixed methodology of ethnoprimatology, incorporating theories and techniques from both cultural and biological anthropology. Specifically, her work asks questions about how orangutans and humans... More

Peoples of the Pacific: Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and a Covarrubias anthropological map, portrayals of ethnic diversity raise questions about images and stereotypes

April 20th, 2021

Connie C. Chin, President of the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library explores how a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and a Covarrubias anthropological map provide portrayals of ethnic diversity that raise questions about images and stereotypes.  To read the full article, click here About the author: Connie Chin was appointed President of The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library in 2016. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and as General Manager at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Connie also worked in brand management at Kraft Foods and... More

Unique Perspectives on Kyoto: A Map Chat article by Richard Pegg (MacLean Collection)

April 20th, 2021

The Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library is pleased to present its first Map Chat article in which Richard Pegg, the curator of the MacLean Collection, examines graphic representations of urban Japan from the Tokugawa period. Unique Perspectives on Kyoto Richard Pegg The MacLean Collection Map Library includes a group of maps of the city of Kyoto, a city which was the official Imperial capital and unofficial cultural capital of Japan from the eighth century until the early seventeenth century. During the early Tokugawa period (1603–1868) the Shogun established the administrative capital in Edo, which was later named Tokyo... More

Color and Pigments in South Asian Painting: A Conversation with Jinah Kim and Murad Mumtaz (April 15, 2021)

April 15th, 2021

Williams College Museum of Art invites you to take part in a free virtual presentation: Color and Pigments in South Asian Painting: A Conversation with Jinah Kim and Murad Mumtaz Scholars of South Asian Art Murad Mumtaz and Jinah Kim discuss the material and cultural history of pigments used in South Asian painting. This free program will be presented online via Zoom. April 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm ET This event will take place virtually over Zoom. Registration is required for this free event. Click on the link below for the registration link: https://artmuseum.williams.edu/event/color-and-pigments-in-south-asian-painting-a-conversation-with-jinah-kim-and-murad-mumtaz/ About the program This conversation will touch on the uses, symbolism, and chemical composition... More

Congratulations to Prof. André de Quadros for winning the 2021 Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award from Chorus America!

April 5th, 2021

Chorus America’s 2021 Awards Recognize Outstanding Choruses and Individuals Chorus America Staff | March 30, 2021 From Chorus America's awards website: Chorus America has announced the recipients of its 2021 awards program, recognizing a broad range of achievements in choral music and service to the choral field. The awards program celebrates and fosters meaningful contributions from remarkable individuals and choruses. “Chorus America is delighted to recognize the accomplishments of these incredible award winners,” said Chorus America president and CEO Catherine Dehoney. “Their artistry, their dedication, and the joy they bring to their work lift up the entire field and inspire us all.” The awards will be... More

Congrats to Prof. Eugenio Menegon (Dept of History) on his Berenson Fellowship from Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies

March 31st, 2021

Professor Eugenio Menegon received a Berenson Fellowship for the period January-June 2022 from the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, located at Villa I Tatti near Florence. This is part of his sabbatical leave, when he will bring to completion his current book project on Europeans in Beijing in the early modern period. This Fellowship is designed for scholars who explore “Italy in the World” and address the transnational dialogues between Italy and other cultures during the Renaissance, broadly understood historically to include the period from the 14th to the 17th century. It is named after famed art historian and collector Bernard Berenson (1865-1959), a prominent authority on the... More

Asian and Pacific American Alumni and Student Networking Thursday (April 15, 2021)

March 25th, 2021

Boston University Alumni and Friends invites you to take part in the first  Asian and Pacific American Alumni and Student Networking Event Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 5-6pm ET via Zoom To register for this event, click here Please join us for the first Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) alumni and student networking event. This event will be an opportunity for current Asian- and Pacific-American students to connect with the Asian- and Pacific-American alumni, as well as create pathways for the Asian- and Pacific-American alumni from different years and programs to connect with one another. We will break out two different times: first, into different affinity... More

Prof. Eugenio Menegon to present at the UC-Berkeley Conference “Toleration in Comparative Perspective” (January 19-23, 2021)

January 16th, 2021

The Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion is pleased to work in conjunction with Reset Dialogues on Civilizations to host the conference “Toleration in Comparative Perspective: Concepts, Practices, Documents” over Zoom Conference: Toleration in Comparative Perspective (January 19-23, 2021) The Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion is pleased to work in conjunction with Reset Dialogues on Civilizations to host the conference“Toleration in Comparative Perspective: Concepts, Practices, Documents” from January 19-23, 2021, over Zoom. The conference  gathers scholars to talk about the ways in which religious toleration has been articulated and practiced in places and periods outside of modern “Western” history. Each day will... More

East-West Center in Washington: Asia Studies Visiting Fellowship (Applic. deadline Apr. 9, 2021)

January 15th, 2021

The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW) provides three-month fellowships for individuals from the Indo-Pacific region, including the United States, to undertake research on topics of relevance to contemporary US-Indo-Pacific relations. Visit the East-West Center's website to learn more about the fellowship. Residency for this fellowship is dependent upon the re-opening of the East-West Center's office in Washington, DC and the safety of EWCW staff and fellows due to the ongoing pandemic.  APPLY HERE APPLY BY:   Friday, April 9, 2021  Before Midnight, 11:59 P.M. EST FOR MORE INFO: Sarah Wang   E-mail: wangs@eastwestcenter.org Key Program Elements: The fellowship includes a monthly stipend while in residence at EWCW, office space... More