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  1. Positions in University of Scranton’s Department of Asian Studies
  2. Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
  3. Research position at doctoral level in research field "2 Entangled Histories" University of Zurich, URPP Asia and Europe
  4. Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore


  5. Scholarships for Post Graduate students researching in Thai Studies for 2012-13
  6. PhD scholarships in Buddhist Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich, Germany

Conferences/Calls for Papers

  7. “HMONG ACROSS BORDERS” Conference, Friday, October 4 to Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  8. Third Asian Conference on Asian Studies: Conference Theme: Intersecting Belongings: Cultural Conviviality and Cosmopolitan Future
5th SSEASR Conference on Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia

1. Positions in University of Scranton’s Department of Asian Studies

Positions in University of Scranton’s Department of Asian Studies
Closing Date: 05-31-2013

Job Summary/Basic Function:
The University of Scranton's Department of Asian Studies has an ongoing need for highly qualified part-time faculty to staff a variety of courses each semester. Part-time faculty may instruct one or more courses or labs each semester on an "as needed" basis. 

Part-time faculty are expected to teach a specified course(s); prepare course materials; provide support and guidance to students; and report grades.  
Minimum Qualifications: A Master's Degree in Asian Studies or a related discipline.  
Preferred Qualifications: ABD or Ph.D. in Asian Studies or a related discipline; previous teaching experience and a willingness to be flexible in class scheduling.  
Posting Date: 06-10-2012  
Closing Date: 05-31-2013
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online at https://universityofscrantonjobs.com. Complete applications are to include a cover letter, CV and contact information for three professional references. This is a pooled position from which Adjunct/Affiliates will be hired. This pooled position will serve as an electronic file and replace receiving paper CVs. As openings occur, we will draw candidates from this pool. 

For more information on the Asian Studies program, please visit this website: http://matrix.scranton.edu/academics/cas/asian-studies/index.shtml  
Work Hours:

Variable days/times depending upon course assignment(s). 

2. Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Application Deadline: January 7, 2013 

Posted: November 28, 2012
Employment Level: Tenured, tenure track
Website: http://www.uww.edu
Category:Philosophy, Religion
Employment Status:Full-time
Salary:Commensurate with experience

Position: The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies announces a full-time, tenure-track position in Religious Studies beginning August 21, 2013.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. by contract start date. We seek a colleague with a record of excellence in undergraduate teaching and an active research agenda that complements existing faculty strengths. The candidate should demonstrate appreciation for the academic study of religion as a human science, and as fundamental to critical thinking and the aims of a liberal education. Specialization is open to any area in Asian religions; area of competence should include the ability to teach the introductory course in religious studies, the survey course in Eastern Religions, and the universitys upper-level General Education course in the humanities. Preference may be given to candidates who can teach the departments current offerings in Eastern Religious Thought and Women in Religion; introductory courses in Buddhism, Hinduism, or Islam; or whose research draws on a methodological or disciplinary perspective not currently represented by the departments faculty.

Rank & Salary: Assistant Professor.  Salary commensurate.

Responsibilities: The teaching load for this position is 4/4. In addition to primary responsibility for strengthening and growing the departments new World Religions minor, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the Liberal Studies program administered by the department and advise the programs majors.

University & Community: UW-Whitewater is a premier public regional university with an enrollment of 12,043 students in 50 undergraduate majors and 11 master's degree programs.  It offers high quality, career oriented programs with a model general education curriculum.  Located in southeastern Wisconsin near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest, Whitewater offers a wide variety of summer and winter recreational activities within convenient driving distance from the Milwaukee, Madison and Chicago metropolitan areas.

Application: A complete application package must include a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation. Only complete applications will be considered.

Please submit materials via e-mail to: AsianReligions@uww.edu

Review: Applications should be received by January 7, 2013 in order to receive consideration for preliminary interviews via Skype.


3. Research position at doctoral level in research field "2 Entangled Histories" University of Zurich, URPP Asia and Europe

JOB GUIDE NO.: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46067

Application Deadline: February 15, 2013

Institution Type: College / University

Location: Switzerland

Position: Doctoral Fellow

The University Research Priority Program (URPP) Asia and Europe of the
University of Zurich explores exchanges and encounters between Asia
and Europe that have taken and continue to take place in the areas of
culture, law, religion and society. It promotes research by junior
graduate scholars at both doctoral and post-doctoral levels within a
structured and interdisciplinary research environment. The URPP
consists of three research fields, i.e. Concepts and Taxonomies,
Entangled Histories, and Norms and Social Order(s).

We invite applications for:

2-3 research positions at doctoral level in research field 2 Entangled

Starting date: 1 September 2013

Applicants should submit an original research project related to this
research fields general interests:

Of special interest are proposals on the following themes of entangled
histories between Asia and Europe: perception and conceptualization of
nature, the environment, landscape and ecological change; history and
construction of bodies and space and of their conceptual, theoretical,
institutional, performative, and aesthetic representations
(literature, film, theater, art, forms of spatial appropriation,
contested space, border-scapes, contact zones, administration and
institutionalization of space and nature, etc.) as well as translation
processes (theories, texts, conceptualizations, etc.) with a focus on
social frameworks (agents, institutions, networks) and trans-cultural

Candidates are expected to enroll in the URPPs graduate program
(Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program Asia and Europe), where
discussions are conducted in German and/or English. Candidates should
therefore have adequate knowledge of German or be ready to acquire the
necessary language skills upon notice of election.

Requirements: M.A. or equivalent academic degree qualifying the
candidate to submit a PhD thesis in one of the following disciplines:
Chinese studies, East Asian art history, Gender studies, general and
comparative literature, geography, history, Indian studies, Islamic
and Middle Eastern studies, Japanese studies, law, political science,
social and cultural anthropology, study of religion, theology.

Employment conditions: 50% PhD-position at the University of Zurich
for the duration of three years at most. The salary is according to
the Universitys regulations for PhD-students. PhD dissertations are to
be submitted at the University of Zurich.

We offer:a stimulating, demanding and competitive disciplinary and
interdisciplinary research environment (4 faculties, 14 disciplines).


Applicationsshould be submitted electronically in a single
PDF-Document by 15 February 2013 according to the application
guidelines published on our website
(www.asienundeuropa.uzh.ch/aboutus/application.html). Please send them
to the following email address:


Contact: Dr. Inge Ammering, URPP Asia and Europe, Executive Manager,
Tel.: +41 44 634 07 38



Primary Category: Research and Methodology

Secondary Categories: None

Posting Date: 12/10/2012
Closing Date 02/15/2013


4. Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore

Application Deadline: December 31, 2012

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore, seeks applications from scholars specializing in Southeast Asian religion. Appointment will be at the assistant professor level (tenure track). Applicants should have a degree in anthropology with a specialization in Southeast Asian studies. The position requires a research focus in material culture; belief and ritual; anthropology of Christianity; ethnographic methods; and comparative world religion. Applicants should be committed to working and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment with an area studies perspective. We are particularly interested in applicants with in depth expertise on the Philippines but geographical expertise is open to island Southeast Asia. A Ph.D. is required at the time of application.
Other criteria for the position include an active research agenda and a strong publication record. Fluency in one or more Southeast Asian languages is essential.
The successful applicant must have teaching experience which provides evidence of ability to teach at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including large introductory courses, and to supervise individual student research. She or he should also have demonstrable ability to relate to students from diverse backgrounds. In addition to teaching, the successful applicant will be responsible for supervising the overall summer school programme of the Department, including teaching a summer school module, and liaising with other departments within NUS as well as with foreign educational institutions involved in the Department’s summer school.
To apply, please submit a full CV, names and contact details of three referees, and a statement describing your research and teaching interests to the Chair of the Search Committee. Links to information regarding the University, terms of service, benefits and allowances are available at on the OHR website.
The appointment will begin on July 1, 2013.
Candidates should submit all application materials by 31 December 2012. Only short-listed candidates will be notified of the selection committee’s decision.
Inquiries and completed applications should be directed to:
Chair of the Search Committee (Assistant Professor)
Department of Southeast Asian Studies
National University of Singapore
3 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
Fax: (65) 6777-6608
Email: seasec@nus.edu.sg



5. Scholarships for Post Graduate students researching in Thai Studies for 2012-13

Application Deadline: July 1, 2013

Published: 14 November 2012

Scholarships from the Royal Thai Embassy in London for Postgraduate Research in Thai Studies at the University of Leeds School of Modern Languages & Cultures with six months of fieldwork in Thailand.

We are very pleased to advertise a total of three scholarships each of £12,000 for postgraduate studies commencing next academic year (October 2013).
The scholarships continue the support for Thai Studies at the University of Leeds given by Royal Thai Embassy in London and the Royal Thai Consulate in Hull since the introduction of Thai Studies in 2004.

In 2012-13, the Embassy will offer three scholarships to British or foreign postgraduate students to pursue their postgraduate studies in the field of Thai Studies at the University of Leeds and to undertake fieldwork research in Thailand for up to 6 months, as part of a postgraduate research degree (MA by Research or PhD).
In addition, the Consulate will pay for a return flight ticket to Thailand (up to GBP 900) and waive the visa fees for a Single Non-Immigrant visa for each scholarship holder.

The deadline for applications is the 1st of July 2013.

The field research for an MA degree will be part of our 'MA by Research' programme: a 1-year (full time) or 2-year (part time) programme of supervised research into a subject of your choice, supported by research training.

Click here for information about the admissions process for postgraduate research degrees and here to apply on-line
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures acknowledge the continuing generous support received from both the Royal Thai Embassy and the Royal Thai Consulate in Hull for the Thai Studies at Leeds. This has included the provision of internships for our students who have spent up to three months at the Embassy’s Office of Educational Affairs and helped at the Taste of Thailand Festival held in Regent's Park in 2009 and in 2012. The Embassy has also provided substantial support to build our library collection of books on Thailand, providing an invaluable resource for all studying and researching the country.
In addition, since 2009 the Embassy has given annual awards to our students for outstanding academic achievements. These prizes - the 'Saranrom Award' awarded to the best graduate student(s) of the Thai Studies programme and the 'Lanna Award' awarded to the best student of the Thai year abroad - consists of £500, a certificate and a shield.


6. PhD scholarships in Buddhist Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat in Munich, Germany

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2013

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany invites applications for two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism:

Start of scholarship: Fall semester 2013
Duration of scholarship: 3 or 4 years
Scholarship amount: 1000 EUR per month + insurance + support for rent + 460EUR per year
Scholarship donor: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to
the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will
select promising candidates and forward their materials to the
DAAD. In a second stage, an election committee chosen by the DAAD will
decide upon the successful candidates. It is expected that the
successful candidates will be chosen and informed by June 2013.

The prerequisites for application are non-German citizenship (foreign
applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than one year at
the time of their nomination), a Master of Arts or Magister Artium
degree or equivalent, excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist
source language, outstanding qualifications in the subject and
fluency in English. A basic knowledge of German is also desirable and
willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be

For details concerning the application, please visit our homepage:


7. “HMONG ACROSS BORDERS” Conference, Friday, October 4 to Saturday, October 5, 2013, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Deadline for abstracts: April 15, 2013.

The Consortium for Hmong Studies between the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (http://hmongstudies.wisc.edu/index.htm)

will be hosting our second conference entitled “Hmong Across Borders” on October 4-5, 2013 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. This will be an interdisciplinary, international conference that will focus on current, innovative research on the Hmong across different intellectual and national boundaries around the world. The aim of the conference is to gather scholars around the globe who are interested in critical Hmong studies and related ideas. This includes bringing together well-established scholars as well as those beginning their careers. Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts. Although the central focus of this conference is on the Hmong, papers of a comparative nature that focus on the Hmong and other ethnic groups are equally welcome. Presenters will not be required to pay the registration fee for attending, but will be expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Scholars interested in presenting are encouraged to submit individual abstracts not exceeding 250 words, or ideas for panels not exceeding 400 words. Submissions should be sent to Mai Na M. Lee at mainalee@umn.edu. Abstracts should be received no later than April
15, 2013.  Acceptance of abstracts and panel ideas will be confirmed by May 30, 2013.

ORGANIZED PANELS Organized panels should compose of 3-4 participants presenting formal papers and 1 discussant. Panel organizers should supply the following information:

• Title of the panel

• Name, institution, address and email of the panel organizer

• Name, institution, address and email of each presenter

• Name, institution, address and email of the panel discussant

• Abstract (250 words or less) describing the panel as a whole

• Title and abstract (250 words or less) of each individual papers


Individual papers must include the following information:

• Title of the paper

• Name, institution, address and email address of the presenter

• Abstract of 250 words or less.


8. Third Asian Conference on Asian Studies: Conference Theme: Intersecting Belongings: Cultural Conviviality and Cosmopolitan Future

Deadline for papers: February 1, 2013

Third Asian Conference on Asian Studies: Conference Theme: Intersecting Belongings: Cultural Conviviality and Cosmopolitan Futures

Location: Japan
Call for Papers Date: 2013-02-01
Date Submitted: 2012-12-04
Announcement ID: 199303

Contemporary contexts of the local, regional, national and global raise urgent questions about cultural conviviality and cosmopolitan futures across Asia. These are times when trans-cultural, trans-national and multicultural belonging are particularly being tested through environmental catastrophe, economic volatility, parochialism, fundamentalism, notions of cosmopolitan and multicultural exhaustion, and war. Belonging has become a fundamental dynamic of preservation, atavism, tradition and survival as well as hybridity, possibility, change and transformation. The aim of this conference theme is to open up discussion, exploration and analysis in Asian Studies about emerging social, economic, political and cultural trends formed at the intersection of multiple and multi-sited belongings.

The aim of this International Conference on Asian studies is to encourage academics, scholars and practitioners representing a exciting diversity of countries, cultures, and religions to meet and exchange research, ideas and views in a forum encouraging respectful dialogue. ACAS 2013 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.

We welcome papers that focus on (but not limited to):

* Seeking refuge
* Unruly belonging(s)
* Intersections of gender, race, religion, sexuality
* Transforming cultures
* Trans-cultural displacement/belonging
* New imaginings/formations of home
* Citizenship beyond borders
* Communication, new technologies and belonging
* Cultural narratives of belonging/not belonging
* Cultural politics of survival/transgression
* Cosmopolitan exhaustion/renewal
* Belonging in the Anthropocene
* Construction of identities
* Multiple and complex belongings
* Intersecting narratives and identity
* Re-locating culture across borders

Deadline for call for papers: 1 February 2013.

Professor Baden Offord
School of Arts and Social Sciences
Southern Cross University
PO Box 157 Lismore
Phone: 61 2 66 203 162
Email: baden.offord@scu.edu.au
Visit the website at http://acas.iafor


9. 5th SSEASR Conference on Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia

Greetings from the Philippines! Last Submission of Abstract: February 24, 2013

We have the pleasure of extending to you with this e-mail the information of our forthcoming 5th SSEASR Conference on Healing, Belief Systems, Cultures and Religions of South and Southeast Asia. This international Conference of South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR) is co-sponsored as a Regional Conference by the parent body, International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Member of CIPSH, an affiliate organisation of the UNESCO.

The Conference is being co-organized by the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila and the University of Santo Tomas from May 16 to 19 2013. On May 15, and during May 19-21, we would be organizing some pre/post Conference tours too. We would be pleased if you could present a paper on any subject covering the scope of the Conference (as suggested in the Attachment file). The complete information can be seen at www.sseasr.org and the registration form is also ready to be filled in online.

At the same time, if you find the opportunity to send this information to other scholars from your region, we would appreciate it very much.

Bodies, made up by different elements and substances, are sites of and vehicles for the expression of our existence. It is not surprising, therefore, that the peoples of South and Southeast Asia have long expressed the belief that religious practice can facilitate (and at times, hinder) healing. The diverse beliefs systems and cultural practices of South and Southeast Asia offer many ways to reach this goal, but all reflect the premise that healing is related to spirituality. This is the philosophy of our life and belief in South and Southeast Asia. Coming under various names such as guru, albularyo, achariya, sages and sufi, the healers and their methods reflect the distinctive cultures of this region. Today, several healers come out to combat diseases and restore our health. However, does this process include the treatment to our body only? The answer is pure NO. For us, health and healing go beyond our mortal body. Healing, in this context, however, encompasses more than just the body; it also includes healing the mind, the conscience, the soul and the “essential self.” We South and Southeast Asians encompass the traditional, alternative ways and the conventional methods of healing. Our various beliefs systems and religions and cultures offer many ways to reach this goal.

This Conference covers various aspects of healing beliefs and practices in the cultures and religions of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The Philippines is a cultural playground of inter-ethnicity and an amalgam of hundreds of native belief systems that are spread over 7,113 islands. It is a place that displays ethnic harmony and showcases the cultural values of unity, humility, compassion, and peaceful co-existence. In an age of intolerance, religious tension, and cultural conflict, the 5th SSEASR Conference is dedicated to providing an academic platform for discussing the relationship between culture and religious healing through various scholars from all over the world.

The National Museum of the Philippines in collaboration with the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, Manila invites you to participate in this multinational conference. This 5th SSEASR Conference has been also declared as an IAHR Regional Conference for the year 2013, thus attracting a large number of international experts on the subject.

Sessions and paper proposals dealing with the study of this phenomenon through various academic disciplines are invited. The papers to be submitted on the following suggested sub-themes (but not limited to these only) include:
• Health, Healing, and Healers in South and Southeast Asia
• Healing in South and Southeast Asian Transnational Communities
• Science and Traditional Healing Systems
• Sacred Sounds of South and Southeast Asia
• Traditional and Alternative Means of Healing
• Suffering and Penance Through the Bodily Practices
• Plants, Peoples, and Sacred Practices
• Belief Systems and Island Cultures
• Folk Christianity in South and Southeast Asia
• Pilgrimage and Spiritual Well-being
• Rites, Rituals and Sacredness in South and Southeast Asia
• Beliefs and Survival among South and Southeast Asian Diasporic Communities
• Routes as Carriers of Cultures and Religions
• Literature of Prayers and Invocations
• Indigenous Religions of South and Southeast Asia
• Festivals of the Ethnic Groups of South and Southeast Asia
Other papers are also welcomed covering the study of any area of culture and religion in the region.
• The SSEASR operates under the policies and principles of the parent body International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), which seeks to promote the activities of all scholars and affiliates that contribute to the historical, social, and comparative study of religion. As such, the IAHR is the preeminent international forum for the critical, analytical and cross-cultural study of religion, past and present. The IAHR is not a forum for confessional, apologetical, or other similar concerns.
• On 15th May 2013, the Philippines celebrates the “San Isidro Labrador Festival”, the annual
event for the Filipinos to respect the patron of farmer prosperity. The festivity and watching of
ritual performance and parade connected to this Festival would be our pre-Conference one
day tour for the participants. We are also working on post conference tours. Other details
regarding the accommodation, the amount of registration fees and the mode of payment would
be announced very soon. For details, and registration form online filling, please visit the website
www.sseasr.org or email us at SSEASRphilippines@yahoo.com
Important Deadlines
• Show of Interest: November 24, 2012
• Early Registration Deadline: January 15, 2013
• Last Submission of Abstract: February 24, 2013

Dr. Amarjiva Lochan

Dr. Ana MT Labrador
Organizing Committee
Rev. Fr. Dr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, OP
Rector, University of Santo Tomas
Jeremy Barns, CESO III
Director IV, National Museum

Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you very much.
With best wishes,
Associate Professor Ma. Fylene Uy,
5th SSEASR Conference Secretariat,
Manila, 1115 Philippines
Email: SSEASRphilippines@yahoo.com


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