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Here are some recent job announcements, fellowships, conferences and other opportunities that may be of interest. Please scroll down to view complete information.


  1. Academic Position:  Lecturers, History, Sun Yat-sen University (Zhongshan University)
  2. Faculty Positions:  Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA) Tokyo University   of Foreign Studies


  3. Postdoctoral Fellowships: International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)
  4. Henry Luce Foundation Resident Scholar Fellowship
  5. AAS Council of Conferences (COC) Outreach Grants
  6. Open Society Fellowships
  7. John Miller Musser Memorial Forest & Society Fellowships

Conferences/Calls for Papers

  8. 61st Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA): Western Michigan University
  9. ASIANetwork SPRING 2013 CONFERENCE: Nashville, Tennessee- Belmont University
  10. Council on Thai Studies Conference: Ohio University- Athens OH   

1. Academic Position:  Lecturers, Sun Yat-sen University (Zhongshan University)


The Sun Yat-sen University (Zhongshan University) History Department invites applications for teaching positions (lecturer, teaching at college level) in U.S. history, European history, Southeast Asian history, African history, Middle East Asian history, Latin-American history, Japanese history and Global history etc. for the future several academic years. Ph.D in history preferred. Sun Yat-sen University (www.sysu.edu.cn) is one of the leading comprehensive research universities in China, with academic areas in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medical sciences and engineering. It has about 53,000 students studying on three campuses in Guangzhou and one in Zhuhai. Benefiting from its location near Hong Kong and Macau, and its regional advantage of opening and economic development, the university has become an important base for training high-level talents, scientific research, providing services to society and inheriting cultural traditions. The University has also successfully built international cooperation and exchange relationships with many top universities in the world. According to the Times Higher Education World University Ranking for 2010-2011, Sun Yat-sen University was ranked in the top 200 in the world.

The Department of History (history.sysu.edu.cn) was founded in 1924, which was one of the earliest founded departments in SYSU. It is currently ranked the fifth in China universities’ graduate schools. Meanwhile there are four full-time foreign professors and faculty members (e.g. Hamashita Takeshi, Paul A. Van Dyke) who teach and conduct research in the Department of History right now. Several fields of the research (e.g. Socio-economic history, pre-modern Chinese history, modern Chinese history, Historical anthropology study and History of Sino-Western Relations) have significant influence in the world. It also has profound, long, and glorious academic tradition, inheriting the legacies left by the most distinguished Chinese historians such as Fu Ssu-nien (Fu Sinian), Ku Chieh-kang (Gu Jiegang), Tschen Yinkoh (Chen Yin-chieh/Chen Yinque), Ts’en Chung-mien (Cen Zhongmian), and Liang Fang-chung (Liang Fangzhong).

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D in History; Evidence of successfully teaching World History at the collegiate level.

For additional information contact:
Lai Xuefeng???
Email: Laixf@mail.sysu.edu.cn


2. Faculty Positions:  Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa(ILCAA)

Location: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Deadline: September 12, 2012

Web announcement: http://www.tufs.ac.jp/other/doc/recruit_12070502aa.pdf

Applications are invited for a position at either of the following ranks:
a) Associate Professor with tenure b) Assistant Professor with a five-year limited term appointement Note that this position is a tenure-track position. The appointee would be eligible to apply for a tenured Associate Professor position after completing two years of service.

(a) The applicant must have demonstrated expertise in any of the following areas: linguistics, cultural anthropology, history, or area studies of regions in Asia (excluding Japan) or Africa. Applicants with expertise in linguistics or cultural anthropology are preferred.
(b) Applicants must already have received, or will have received a doctorate by the date of appointment. (c) Applicants must have an excellent research program and a demonstrated ability to plan and lead creative, cutting-edge joint research projects.
(d) Applicants must have sufficient proficiency in Japanese for administrative duties.

Appointment to begin April 1, 2013: The appointment may, however, start at a later date if there are reasonable grounds for a delay.

For more information on the positions and application processes, please see the web announcement.

3. Postdoctoral Fellowships: IIAS

IIAS, a postdoctoral research center based in the Netherlands, offers four categories of fellowships, including three for postdoctoral fellows and PhD students. The next deadline for applications is October 1, 2012. Please see the IIAS website for application details.


4. Henry Luce Foundation Resident Scholar Fellowship

School for Advanced Research (SAR), Santa Fe, New Mexico
Deadline: 1 November 2012

One nine-month fellowship is available for a postdoctoral Asian or American scholar whose research focuses on East Asia or Southeast Asia. Fellows receive a $40,000 stipend and housing and office space on the SAR campus.

The following criteria guide SAR's selection of the Luce Fellow:

Citizenship: Applicants may be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or nationals of the following Asian countries or regions, listed alphabetically: Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Non-U.S. citizens must be affiliated with universities in the United States or in their country or region of citizenship.
Academic Discipline: Applicants should be pursuing research in one of the following social sciences or humanities: anthropology, economics, education, geography, history, languages, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, social work, or sociology, or in an interdisciplinary field that incorporates two or more of these disciplines.
Career Standing: The fellowship is restricted to postdoctoral scholars who are finishing research projects and who would therefore benefit from the time to think, write, and interact with a diverse group of intellectuals.
Research Topic: The research program that applicants propose to undertake at SAR must be primarily focused on one of the East Asian countries listed under “citizenship” above.
English Fluency: To facilitate full engagement in the SAR intellectual community, applicants who are Asian nationals must demonstrate their fluency in English, such as through their record of professional interaction in written and spoken English.

Applications to the Resident Scholar Program are due on November 1st of each year. See the Henry Luce Foundation page on the SAR website for more information.

5. AAS Council of Conferences (COC) Outreach Grants

Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Deadline: 1 February 2013

AAS Council of Conferences (COC) Outreach Grants of up to $2,000 are made available to encourage education in Asian Studies. Previously successful projects have included the organization of workshops and panels in conjunction with AAS Regional Conferences, the preparation of teaching materials, the compilation of source books, etc. All worthy proposals are welcome, with the stipulation that they must be connected with and of benefit to the regional conference’s outreach endeavors. To ensure this, each proposal must be approved by the regional conference’s appointed outreach coordinator, regional conference chair, or regional president. His/her signature must be included on the cover sheet of the proposal. The use of grant money for registration waivers as a means of attracting annual conference attendance is not a high priority. Receipt of grant money does not preclude regional conferences from using other resources for this purpose.

Proposals are due by FEBRUARY 1, 2013 and will be distributed to COC representatives, who form a panel for judging proposals, for evaluation and recommendation. Applicants will be notified by mid-April, 2013.

Application Process: The AAS is currently evaluating possible implementation of an online grant application submission system. As a result, no grant applications are currently being accepted. We hope to make a determination in the near future. Please check back for grant application submission updates.

Questions? For further information, please contact Paul Clark, West Texas A&M University, pclark@mail.wtamu.edu.


6. Open Society Fellowships

Deadline: 1 August 2012; Spring 2013

The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world.

A fellowship project might identify a problem that has not previously been recognized, develop new policy ideas to address familiar problems, or offer a new advocacy strategy. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion.

Fellows are expected to take full advantage of the foundations' expansive reach and work to bring new people and fresh ideas into the organization's ambit. Successful projects should push the boundaries of current thinking and carry lessons that can be applied to a variety of settings. Fellows may produce a variety of work products, including publications such as books, reports, or blogs; innovative public-education projects; or the launch of new campaigns or organizations. They may also engage in activities such as hosting panel discussions, traveling to conferences, participating in policy debates, and aggressively promoting their ideas in public venues.

Eligibility Criteria

The Open Society Fellowship accepts proposals from anywhere in the world. Applicants should possess a deep understanding of their chosen subject and a track record of professional accomplishment. Past and current fellows have included journalists, activists, academics, and practitioners in a variety of fields. Successful applicants will be eager to exploit the many resources offered by the Open Society Foundations and be prepared to engage constructively with our global network. Ideal fellows are specialists who can see beyond the parochialisms of their field and possess the tenacity to complete a project of exceptional merit. Proficiency in spoken English is required.

Ineligibility Criteria

The fellowship does not fund enrollment for degree or non-degree study at academic institutions, including dissertation research. This is a fellowship for individuals only; proposals from two or more applicants will not be accepted.

See the Open Society website for more information.


7. John Miller Musser Memorial Forest & Society Fellowships

Deadline: As soon as possible

For fellows with graduate degrees in forestry or forest-related specialties. To broaden their understanding of the relationship of forest resource problems to humans, including policy makers, environmentalists, farmers, scientists, and forest-product industrialists.

Those interested in applying should send an initial letter of interest and a resume by August 1, 2012, to Executive Director Steven Butler, briefly outlining the proposed project and explaining the personal background and professional experience that would qualify them for the fellowship. (Note: the usual June selection round has been deferred until December because of the large number of fellows appointed in December 2011.)

Candidates who meet the basic requirements will be invited to submit full applications, which would be due on Septmeber 1, 2012. The Institute’s Board of Trustees makes a final selection in early December 2012.

Fellowship recipients are expected to initiate their fellowship within six months of receiving notification of the award.

Initial letters are preferred by email, however, fax and regular mail is also accepted:
Email: apply@icwa.org
Fax: 202-364-0498

Mail inquiries to:
Steven Butler, Executive Director
Institute of Current World Affairs
4545 42nd Street NW, Suite 311
Washington, DC 20016

8. 61st Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA): Western Michigan University

It is never too early to start planning a carpool to the annual MCAA conference!

The Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education at Western Michigan University is pleased to host the 61st Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) from September 21-23, 2012 as a joint conference with WMU's chapter of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, at WMU's Fetzer Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

A regional conference of the Association of Asian Studies (AAS), MCAA has provided a forum for scholars and teachers of Asian Studies in the Midwest to gather and exchange knowledge about the history and cultures of Asia for over a half-century. The conference will feature panels and roundtables at which faculty and graduate and undergraduate students present and discuss new research and pedagogical tools.

Conference registration will soon be open via this website. All invited presenters must be members of MCAA and must have pre-registered by August 31, 2012 to attend and present. The membership fee will be collected as part of the registration fee for the conference. The conference schedule is yet to be announced.



Nashville, Tennessee: Belmont University
Conference Dates: 12-14 April 2013
Deadline: 16 August 2012

The 2013 ASIANetwork Conference theme is GLOBAL ASIA. Asia has always been a vibrant force in shaping the world and being shaped by the world throughout history. We need look no further than the Silk Roads for an early example. As the world is becoming ever more interconnected in the 21st century and more aware of our interconnectedness, questions about what Asia is and what role Asia plays have been coming to the forefront of many disciplines. The conference intends to address the theme of global Asia broadly in a wide range of fields in the liberal arts. The ASIANetwork 2013 program committee invites proposals for panels and individual papers from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspectives. We welcome proposals on scholarly research, pedagogy, and other forms of artistic expression or knowledge production. We particularly encourage panels and papers exploring any aspect of the conference theme. Possible ideas or topics for panels or individual papers might include (but not limited to) the following:

-Transformation of Asia or the identities of Asia by forces of globalization
-Historical experiences or trends of interactions between Asia and the world
-Cultural encounters and/or cultural cross-fertilization between Asia and the world
-Economic, political, and/or security relations between Asia and the world
-Asia in the global discourse on human rights, the environment, or other global issues
-Perspectives on Asia’s role in the world in the 21st Century
-Asian communities outside Asia or non-Asian communities within Asia
-Academic exchange and/or collaboration between Asia and the world

For contact information and submission guidelines, please see the ASIANetwork website.


10. Council on Thai Studies Conference (COTS)

Ohio University, Athens OH
Conference Dates: 26-27 October 2012
Deadline: 3 August 2012
The Council on Thai Studies invites students and scholars of Thailand and the broader Tai world to submit paper abstracts for the 2012 COTS conference, which will be held at Ohio University on October 26 and 27, 2012. We welcome all topics and disciplines. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to shane@ohio.edu by August 3, 2012. For additional information, please contact shane@ohio.edu. See the website for the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University for more information.

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
207 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr. 53706
Tel: 608.263.1755 / Fax: 608.263.3735
Website: http://seasia.wisc.edu/
E-mail: seasia@intl-institute.wisc.edu