BUCSA News Archives

Recruiting Participants for the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network (Application Deadline: Aug. 23, 2023

May 23rd, 2023

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation is pleased to announce the recruitment of the third group of scholars for the Mansfield-Luce Asia Scholars Network. The vast geographic size and diversity of East Asia have created unfortunate divides between Northeast and Southeast Asia specialists. Given the complex nature of the region and its growing integration, these divides serve as an obstacle to understanding the complexities of contemporary Asia as a whole. They also compromise efforts to create cohesive and sustainable U.S. policies to advance its vital national interests across a region that will decisively shape the 21st century. This initiative, supported... More

Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor (Worcester Art Museum, through Feb. 2024)

May 18th, 2023

Samurai, members of Japan's warrior class, ruled the country for nearly a millennium, from the 12th through the 19thcentury, and continue to be revered as symbols of bravery, loyalty, and honor. While they initially rose to power due to their military prowess, they maintained their elevated positions through political, financial, and cultural acumen. They were expected to hold administrative positions within their military government. In addition, and in contrast to the brutality of their profession, they also became highly-cultivated individuals, practicing and supporting the arts, such as calligraphy and painting. The elaborate arms and armor of the samurai thus speak... More

Spirits: Tsherin Sherpa with Robert Beer (Exhibition at the Peabody Essex Museum, on view Feb 4 to May 29, 2023)

May 18th, 2023

The Peabody Essex Museum invites you to view the new exhibition Spirits: Tsherin Sherpa with Robert Beer On view February 4 to May 29, 2023 Tsherin Sherpa, Lost Spirits, 2014. Pale gold leaf, acrylic, and ink on cotton. Private Collection, Hong Kong. Explore the captivating paintings of one of the most renowned Himalayan artists of our time. Tsherin Sherpa’s works are grounded in the traditional Buddhist art of his training but stretch, bend, reconfigure, and repurpose its forms to explore contemporary concerns. The exhibition’s paintings and sculptures trace the evolution of his Spirits series whose subjects resemble Tibetan Buddhist deities transformed by the modern world. Dislocated... More

Tree & Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India, 200 BCE–400 CE (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, June 21- Nov. 13, 2023)

May 18th, 2023

This is the story of the origins of Buddhist art. The religious landscape of ancient India was transformed by the teachings of the Buddha, which in turn inspired art devoted to expressing his message. Sublime imagery adorned the most ancient monumental religious structures in ancient India, known as stupas. The stupa not only housed the relics of the Buddha but also honored him through symbolic representations and visual storytelling. Original relics and reliquaries are at the heart of this exhibition, which culminates with the Buddha image itself. Featuring more than 140 objects dating from 200 BCE to 400 CE, the exhibition... More

Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 26-July 26, 2023)

May 16th, 2023

Taking a new approach to the work of the ever-popular Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), this major exhibition explores in detail his impact on other artists—both during his lifetime and beyond. Throughout a career of more than 70 years, Hokusai experimented with a wide range of styles and subjects, producing landscapes such as the instantly recognizable Great Wave and Red Fuji (both about 1830–31), nature studies known as “bird-and-flower pictures,” and depictions of women, heroes, and monsters. The exhibition brings together more than 100 woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrated books by Hokusai with more than 200 works by his teachers, students, rivals, and admirers. These unique... More

“Global China and India in a Post-Liberal World” Post-Doctoral Fellowship opportunity (ICI The New School, applications due May 15, 2023)

May 5th, 2023

The India China Institute (ICI) of The New School seeks applications for a one-year position in 2023-24 as Postdoctoral Fellow in our “Global China and India in a Post-Liberal World” research cluster. The fellow will be in residence at ICI for the 2023-24 academic year. Application Deadline: May 15, 2023 This theme of the 2023-24 postdoctoral fellowship is motivated by global challenges to the Western-led liberal order and the influence that India and China have in bringing changes to existing regimes or creating alternatives to the liberal world order. ICI welcomes applications from those whose research focuses on emerging alternative orders in geopolitics; authoritarian governance domestically... More

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Competition Awards to India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore now open (Application deadline Sept. 15, 2024)

May 1st, 2023

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 competition is open! Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards give opportunities to U.S. citizens to teach, research and carry out professional projects around the world. Through Fulbright awards, participants advance their professional and academic interests, promote mutual understanding, and collaborate with partners around the world. At a time when we face many global challenges, international engagement is more important than ever. Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Competition Awards to India The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 competition is open! Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards give opportunities to U.S. citizens to teach, research and carry out professional projects around the world. Through Fulbright... More

LI Foundation (NY) Fellowships at the Needham Research Institute (Cambridge, UK) for 2023-2024 (application deadline March 31 2023)

March 14th, 2023

THE LI FOUNDATION OF NEW YORK FELLOWSHIPS FOR US-BASED SCHOLARS AT THE NEEDHAM RESEARCH INSTITUTE, CAMBRIDGE, UK (2023-2024) to honour the memory of Dr Lu Gwei-djen 鲁桂珍 (1904-1991) The Needham Research Institute (NRI), home of the Science and Civilisation in China project, provides scholars with excellent facilities for research into the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia. Funds granted by the Li Foundation of New York make it possible for the NRI to offer 2-4 fellowships tenable at the Institute for US-based scholars and researchers working on the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia for 3... More

Congratulations to Min Ye on her promotion to full Professor at Boston University!

March 14th, 2023

Min Ye, Pardee, International Relations, is a scholar of East Asian politics, with specific focus on Chinese domestic and international political economy and security, as well as regional relations with India and other developing nations. Respected as a leading intellectual voice on the Belt and Road Initiative and US-China relations, she has published three books, including 2020’s The Belt, Road and Beyond: State-Mobilized Globalization in China, 1998-2018, along with two book chapters and a dozen articles in important field journals, including the Journal of East Asian Studies. She is a recent Rosenberg Institute Scholar at Suffolk University, a past director... More