BUCSA News Archives

Luce/ACLS Program for China Studies: Now accepting applications for Early Career Fellowships in China Studies (Application deadline: Nov 1, 2021)

July 28th, 2021

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies Now Accepting Applications For the 2021-22 Fellowship Competition The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) invites scholars seeking funds for research and writing to apply for the Henry Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowships in China Studies. In cooperation with the Henry Luce Foundation, ACLS has embarked on a three-year bridging initiative to reassess and reconfigure the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies. We will convene scholars at all ranks, higher education leaders, journalists, and other readers of research and writing on China to re-imagine and transform our program to meet the needs of China studies in... More

“South Asian Nationalisms” is the focus of the latest issue of Asian Ethnology

July 15th, 2021

The editors of Asian Ethnology, Benjamin Dorman (Nanzan University) and Frank J. Korom (Boston University), are pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of the journal which features essays focusing on aspects of nationalism in South Asia. Details and links to the articles can be found at https://asianethnology.org/volumes/145 ASIAN ETHNOLOGY 80 (1) Editors’ Note (80-1) Benjamin Dorman, Frank J. Korom Guest Editors’ Introduction : South Asian Nationalisms Frank J. Korom, Jan Magnusson What Transcends the Nation? Peter van der Veer A Specter Is Haunting Pakistan! : Nationalism in Pakistan’s Horror Pulp Fiction Jürgen Schaflechner Jellyfishing in the Postcolonial Nation State : Baltistan through the Zomia Lens Jan Magnusson Holy Cows... More

New book by April Hughes (REL), Worldly Saviors and Imperial Authority in Medieval Chinese Buddhism

May 19th, 2021

We are pleased to draw your attention to Prof. April Hughes' new book, Worldly Saviors and Imperial Authority in Medieval Chinese Buddhism, published this month by the University of Hawaii Press. Congratulations April! About the Book: (from the publisher) Although scholars have long assumed that early Chinese political authority was rooted in Confucianism, rulership in the medieval period was not bound by a single dominant tradition. To acquire power, emperors deployed objects and figures derived from a range of traditions imbued with religious and political significance. Author April D. Hughes demonstrates how dynastic founders like Wu Zhao (Wu Zetian, r. 690–705), the... More

Congratulations to our newly-tenured faculty in Asian Studies!

May 18th, 2021

We are delighted to pass along news (May 18, 2021) from Provost Jean Morrison that the following faculty members who work on Asia have been awarded tenure and promotion: Lei Guo, COM, Emerging Media Studies, explores the development of media effects theories, computational social science methodologies, and emerging media and democracy in the United States and China. A founding member of the Faculty of Computing & Data Sciences, she is a past recipient of the Google Research Award and the Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly Outstanding Article Award and was BU’s inaugural East Asia Studies Career Development Professor. Her current work... More

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