Hello from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UW-Madison!

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

Volunteer/Internships/Jobs

  1. Two Academic Positions at the History Section, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  2. ASIANetwork Teaching Fellows
  3. Research Fellows for Resource Conflict in Burma and Cambodia
  4. Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Visiting Fellowship/Visiting Senior Fellowship at ISEAS
  5. Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong
  6. Political Economy Analysis Researcher (Trafficking in Persons), The Asia Foundation, Thailand

Fellowships/Scholarships/Grants

  7. SUPER Fellowships in Indonesia and the Philippines
  8. Royal Thai Embassy Scholarships 2014/15
  9. Train Fellowships in Conservation
10. Indonesian Field Research Opportunity for PhD Students

Conferences/Calls for Papers/Information Sessions

11. Call for Papers: Women and Development in Vietnam, Temple University, May 21-22, 2014
12. Call for Papers: International Symposium on Khmer Past, Phnom Penh, December 15-17 2014
13. Call for Papers: Crossroads Studies, University of Bonn, November 27-28, 2014


1. Two Academic Positions at the History Section, School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Application deadline: 30 May 2014

The History Section of the School of Humanities at Universiti Sains Malaysia invites applications for the posts of lecturer/senior lecturer/Associate Professor, beginning September 2015. Outstanding candidates with teaching and research interests in the field of modern Indian History and modern history of Southeast Asia are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should have a PhD in modern Indian history/modern history of Southeast Asia with a specialisation in either Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos, and an excellent track record of international publications and research activity.

Candidates will be expected to teach undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, supervise graduate students, contribute effectively to curriculum development, and show commitment in enhancing the research profile of their discipline. In addition, the candidate must also be willing to teach in Malay or Bahasa Indonesia. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for the interview.

Applications should be addressed to:
Dean
School of Humanities
Universiti Sains Malaysia
11800 Minden
Penang, Malaysia

The closing date for application is 30 May 2014.

2. ASIANetwork Teaching Fellows

Application deadline: 14 May 2014

With the generous support of the Luce Foundation, ASIANetwork is supporting three teaching fellow positions for its member colleges in 2014-15. For more information about our program and links to current position postings, see: http://www.asianetwork.org/programs/postdoc/

Hendrix College: Southeast Asian Studies (various disciplines)
Hope College: Asian Music
Muhlenberg College: Asian Theater and Performance

Contact: Gary DeCoker, PhD (Director): decokga@earlham.edu

3. Research Fellows for Resource Conflict in Burma and Cambodia

Application deadline: 15 March 2014

The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD) of Chiang Mai University, a vibrant academic research hub on issues around agrarian transformation, resource conflict and development are calling for applications for two (2) Research Fellows starting June 2014, and will work for two years. Preferably the applicant should have a doctorate, but we are open to accepting applications from senior PhD candidates in case the qualification requirements are met. One Research Fellow will work on Cambodia and the other on Burma/Myanmar.

Requirements:
- A recently completed PhD – or a PhD candidate in her/his later stage of candidacy -- in the social sciences
- Great appreciation of, and ability to work with, grassroots rural social movement organizations and NGOs
- Evidence of publication capacity, including an emerging publications track record and clear research and publications plans
- Deep familiarity with either Burma/Myanmar or Cambodia; knowledge of the local language an advantage
- Ability to work in an inter-disciplinary and international team
- Willingness to be based for the most part of the research period in the Burma/Cambodia, and/or in Chiang Mai

Applications and more information:
Applications, accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae and the names of three Referees, should be addressed to Ms. Chanida Puranapun (rcsd@cmu.ac.th). Short-listed candidates will be requested to supply samples of published output and at that stage their referees will be contacted. More information about the vacancy can be obtained from the project co-coordinators: Dr. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti (ethnet@loxinfo.co.th) and Dr. Saturnino M. Borras Jr. (borras@iss.nl). A Selection Committee composed of the project consortium representatives will deliberate and decide on the applications.

4. Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Visiting Fellowship/Visiting Senior Fellowship at ISEAS

Application deadline: 21 April 2014

The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre (NSC) of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) in Singapore, pursues research on historical interactions among Asian societies and civilizations prior to the 17th century. The Centre also supports translation and digitisation works. We are now accepting applications for Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Visiting Fellowship/Visiting Senior Fellowship from scholars at all ranks who wish to undertake research and writing in:
- State formation and social formation in Southeast Asia
- Economic interaction within Southeast Asia or or between Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the South China Sea
- Culture and Identity
- Archeology and archeology-related research in Indonesia, Cambodia, or Myanmar

The deadline for applications is 21 April 2014 and applications should be sent to the following address:
ATTN: Visiting Fellowship Application
Nalanda-Sriwijaya Center
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119614

For more information, see: http://nsc.iseas.edu.sg/fellowships.htm#nscfellowship

5. Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Buddhist Studies, University of Hong Kong

Application deadline: 25 May 2014

Applications are invited for appointment as Assistant Professor in Buddhist Studies in the Centre of Buddhist Studies from September 1, 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter, on a two-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal.
The Centre promotes innovative thinking and new horizons for Buddhist studies and research. Further information about the Centre can be obtained at http://www.buddhism.hku.hk

Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree in Buddhist Studies, with at least three years' teaching experience in a recognized tertiary institution. The appointee should be able to direct research activities and supervise postgraduate students, and have an established record of research and publications. The area of specialization is Early Buddhism, as taught in Pali Canon. Applicants should possess good knowledge of Pali; and, preferably, have taught it at the tertiary level. Competence in Sanskrit will be an additional advantage.

Contact:
Applicants should send a completed application form and an up-to-date C.V. to cbshr@hku.hk. Application forms (341/1111) can be obtained at http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/form-ext.doc . Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk

The individual/s selected will be an experienced researcher (social scientist, political scientist or anthropologist) with experience in conducting political economy assessments or TIP-related ethnography in South East Asia, and in conducting key informant interviews (with local community members as well as elite informant interviews). Experience in writing academic or donor reports strongly desirable.

6. Political Economy Analysis Researcher (Trafficking in Persons), The Asia Foundation, Thailand

Application deadline: ASAP

This is an opportunity for an experienced researcher to conduct research on the criminal justice response to trafficking in persons in Thailand. This research will be a political economy analysis of criminal justice responses to trafficking in persons for both sexual and labour exploitation in Thailand. The purpose of this research is to inform the Australia-Asia Program to Combat Trafficking in Persons (AAPTIP) program, and to identify and assess constraints, opportunities and risks related to the program approach in the programming environment. This is a short-term contract carried out between March and September 2014.

The individual/s selected will be an experienced researcher (social scientist, political scientist or anthropologist) with experience in conducting political economy assessments or TIP-related ethnography in South East Asia, and in conducting key informant interviews (with local community members as well as elite informant interviews). Experience in writing academic or donor reports strongly desirable.

The researcher/s will ideally have an advanced degree in a social or political science (anthropology, sociology, development studies, politics, international relations, public policy) as well as knowledge of trafficking in persons. You should be able to work independently to collect detailed ethnographic data; have excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy; and be capable of carrying out high-quality, cutting-edge research.

All applicants must be fluent in Thai and English, in both spoken and written forms.

If you are interested in this role, and have the skills and experience we are looking for, please send email your resume to rositalarmytage@gmail.com as soon as possible.


7. SUPER Fellowships in Indonesia and the Philippines

These are competitive fellowships with Save the Children offices around the world, most of which include at least cost coverage for the fellow. Quite a number of our students have done the SUPER Fellowship. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Nancy Kendall nkendall@education.wisc.edu to discuss the application process.

8. Royal Thai Embassy Scholarships 2014/15

Application deadline: 27 June 2014

The Royal Thai Embassy will offer three scholarships worth £12,000 (approximately $20,000) each for MA by Research students working on Thai Studies. Closing date 27th June 2014. Applicants should first apply for a place to study, and then apply for the scholarship.
For further information and how to apply see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/downloads/file/1935/royal_thai_embassy_scholarship_further_information

9. Train Fellowships in Conservation

Application deadline: 28 February 2014

Russell E. Train Fellowships support individuals pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in conservation. Each year, WWF supports committed conservationists from target countries to receive financial support for their studies and field research. Applicants can apply to attend any university around the world and must return to their home countries to work in conservation for at least two years after completing their degree. Applicants from select WWF-US priority countries must meet all of the eligibility criteria to be considered for a grant.

Eligible candidates must submit a completed online application which includes two letters of recommendation, a signed personal service agreement, academic transcripts, and CV or resume. Please note that eligibility criteria vary by country. Be sure you submit all relevant documentation as noted under the guidelines for your country.

For more information, see https://worldwildlife.org/projects/train-fellowships
Contact: efn@wwfus.org

10. Indonesian Field Research Opportunity for PhD Students

Application deadline: 14 March 2014

The Transparency for Development project seeks between two and four talented and eager ethnographic predoctoral scholars to conduct case studies of health information and social action interventions in Tanzania and Indonesia. Each scholar will be expected to live among and closely observe between 5-10 communities in one of the two countries for a period of two years, to document the social and political processes resulting from an informational intervention to improve health care, including its dissemination, reception by communities, social actions that result, and the response of health care providers and officials. These case studies will be paired with separate quantitative survey studies of a larger group of communities.

Eligibility:
This fellowship is ideal for doctoral students interested in conducting field work and writing dissertations in either Tanzania or Indonesia. PhD students should have completed all or most of their coursework and must have demonstrated skill in ethnographic methods, strong writing ability, and experience working in rural developing country settings. Prior experience in rural Indonesia or Tanzania is a strong plus, though not required. Applicants who do not speak Swahili or Bahasa should have demonstrated facility with foreign language as they will need to acquire language skills quickly.

Application Procedure:
Applications should include:

  1. a one-page cover letter outlining the interest in the position and relevant experience
  2. a five-page writing sample, minimum 12 point font, double spaced, with one inch margins (sections of larger papers are acceptable; please indicate the larger document from which the sample is taken)
  3. a resume or C.V.

The full job ad and application instructions are here: http://www.ash.harvard.edu/Home/Students-Education/Fellowships/Transparency-for-Development


11. Call for Papers: Women and Development in Vietnam, Temple University, May 21-22, 2014

Application deadline: 31 March 2014

This workshop will feature reports on the research of three Vietnamese women who have received small research grants from Temple University's Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society. The Center was founded in 2004 to encourage scholarly collaboration and exchange between Vietnam and the US.

Each of these presentations will form the core of one panel. We have invited US-based experts on Vietnam and women's issues to chair these three panels and to act as discussants. We would like to invite other US-based researchers to join our discussions, so if you or a student you know has been working on a topic in one of these subject areas, we would be happy to consider your paper for inclusion in this workshop.

If you would like to submit an abstract of approximately 500 words, we can accept them up until March 31, 2014. The basic framework for the workshop is below:

Please reply to Prof. Kimberley Goyette

12. Call for Papers: International Symposium on Khmer Past, Phnom Penh, December 15-17 2014

Application deadline: 1 May 2014

Linguistics, History and Ethnology - three of the disciplines practised in Khmer studies - have attempted in ad hoc fashion to describe the perceptions of the past, but too often they have done so in terms of “what is missing”. For example, the fact that the Khmer language hardly uses any clearly recognisable temporal markers might affect the perception of duration. Likewise, the scarce and often inaccurate narrative documents could imply a reduced historical awareness. Moreover, villagers’ poor genealogical awareness, sustained by chthonian cults harking back to a mythical founder-ancestor, could be the sign of a memory deficit. This even extends to the hyperbolic image of Angkor in the consciousness of the Khmers, this "burden of history", which has been described as the result of foreign involvement, in this case French.
The value of these works, both diverse and scattered, stems from their pioneering nature in identifying a specific relationship to the past. However, most of them are still in thrall to an ethnocentric approach, an approach which it is possible to overcome today. Instead of employing grammatical categories drawn from the experience of Indo-European languages, we will prefer to study the linguistic units in the diversity of their uses and semantic values – of which the aspectival uses (perfective versus imperfective) are only one part – in order to gain a more subtle understanding of the units traditionally identified as temporal markers. Instead of lamenting the scant historical value of the sources, we will be able to uncover a “texture of history” in genres that seem at first glance not to be historical by identifying the narrative techniques used in them to refer to the past. Instead of the simple analysis of the foundation myths, we will opt for a comparativist study of rites and the reuse of the objects and monuments, which constitute a host of memory traces betokening an active awareness of the past.
More generally, this symposium calls for an in-depth consideration of the experience of the past, based, as far as possible, on recent research outcomes, both Orientalist and Europeanist. Since representations of the past cannot be understood outside of their defining environments, special attention will be paid to the materiality of the Indochinese world within which the Khmer people live, be it sites constructed through narration (rivers and ponds; forests and trees; knolls and mounts; toponyms) or objects showing the "durability of the world" (temples, ritual objects, oral texts, etc.). These traces, which are often perceived as being those of deceased ancestors, link temporal perspectives to one another and thus become the medium for the successive development of representations of the past on the basis of present events and expectations of the future.

Practical Guidelines:
The Archaeology Department of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, in collaboration with the Structure and Dynamics of Languages Research Unit (SeDyL - UMR 8202 - INALCO/IRD/CNRS) and the Exchanges and Training for Khmer Studies Society (Association d'Echanges et de Formation pour les Etudes Khmères), intends to host a panel of specialists in order to explore representations of the past within the Khmer and, more broadly, the Indochinese, world, pursuing four approaches which are not moreover necessarily mutually exclusive:

  1. A linguistic approach: the linguistic units that can be used to construct the values of perfectiveness and the past in the Khmer language; the markers of repetition and anaphora; the lexical field of memory and forgetting in the Khmer language; the study of words as traces of an historical past.
  2. An historical approach: representations of the past through textual sources and the realia of ancient and modern Cambodia (from the 6th to the 19th Century); the awareness and use of genealogical bonds in the struggle for power (circa 1863-1993).
  3. An ethnological approach: the representation of the past through myths, rites and the remains of temples, which supply a host of religious bridges to ancient Cambodia.
  4. A comparativist approach within the framework of the aforementioned three disciplines; the past of the Khmers as seen against that of the peoples of the Indochinese Peninsula (the perception of the Khmers’ past by the peoples of the Indochinese Peninsula and vice versa; representations of the past among the peoples of the Indochinese Peninsula).

For more information, visit the symposium website: http://cambodge2014.free.fr/pages/whiterings_indexpag.html

13. Call for Papers: Crossroads Studies, University of Bonn, November 27-28, 2014

Application deadline: 30 April 2014

Crossroads Studies: Mobilities, Immobilities and the Issue of Positionality for Rethinking Area Studies
The research network Crossroads Asia: Conflict, Migration, Development, funded by the Area Studies Initiative of the German Ministry of Education and Research since March 2011 questions the validity of the conventional ‘world regions’ of Central and South Asia as defining bases for Area Studies as conceptualized, organized and taught at German universities. The increasing mobility of people, goods and ideas along Asia’s crossroads – so the networks assumption – does not justify a division of the world in territorially fixed ‘areas’, defined by certain character traits to be found on the ‘inside’, but instead demands for concepts that take these dynamisms into account. The network chose Norbert Elias’ concept of figurations to generate knowledge transgressing conventional areas and brought together researchers trained in Central, South Asian and Iranian Studies with geographers, political scientists, sociologists, linguists and social anthropologists.
We thus would like to encourage the submission of innovative papers related to the rethinking of Area Studies from any disciplinary or Area Studies perspective as well as of empirical and/or conceptual nature.

For submission please send a max. 2 page long abstract and a short CV to Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge. by latest April 30th. Selected speakers will be expected to submit a full draft of the conference paper by October 15, 2014. The conference organisers will cover the travel expenses of all invited speakers.


 

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Website: http://seasia.wisc.edu/
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