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.


  1. US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Investigator (Vietnamese)
  2. Consultant Positions: Swiss Cooperation Office for Vietnam (SCO)


  3. Vietnam Studies Group Travel Grants: AAS 2014
  4. The Project of Empowering Network for International Thai Studies, Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Deadline extended)
  5. Center for Khmer Studies: 2014 Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program

Conferences/Calls for Papers/Information Sessions

  6. IIAS Summer School 2014: Reading Craft: Itineraries of Culture, Knowledge, and Power in the Global Ecumene
  7. Call for Papers: Explorations: A Graduate Student Journal
  8. Call for Papers: International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments 2014 Conference, Universiti Putra Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), 14-17 December 2014
  9. Call for Papers: International Conference on East Sea Disputes, Ton Duc Thang University (Ho Chi Minh City), 25-26 July 2014
  10. Call for Book Reviews: Studies on Asia

1. US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Investigator (Vietnamese)

Application deadline: 3 January 2014
More information: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/358328500

This position is open to recent graduates; US citizens are eligible for permanent positions.

The mission of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is to protect the rights of the nation's workers through enforcement of several Acts: the Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act; the Employee Polygraph Protection Act; field sanitation and housing standards in the Occupational Safety and Health Act; and a number of employment standards and worker protections provided in the Immigration and Nationality Act. Additionally, the WHD administers and enforces the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act and the McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act and other statutes applicable to Federal contracts for construction and for the provision of goods and services.

This is an appointment under the DOL Recent Graduates program. The program duration is one year. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

- Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
- Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
- Subject to frequent travel.
- Vietnamese language fluency is required.
- Requires a valid drivers license.

2. Consultant Positions: Swiss Cooperation Office for Vietnam (SCO)

Application deadline: 5 January 2014
More information: http://www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/mekong/en/Home/Job_Openings/Recruitment_of_International_and_National_Consultants_for_SDC_Funded_Project_PAPI

The Swiss Cooperation Office for Vietnam (SCO) is the representative of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It is responsible for the coordination of the Swiss Development Cooperation of the Swiss Government in Vietnam.

Jointly with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), we are seeking a highly qualified team consisting of one international consultant (team leader) and one national consultant to carry out a Mid Term Review (MTR) for our project “Vietnam Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index - PAPI”. The mission is foreseen to take place during Mid-February/March 2014.

The criteria for selection include: proven experiences in result-based development programme evaluation and social study and survey; knowledge on governance and public administration reform (experience in and knowledge of Vietnam is an important advantage); experience in project management and implementation; very good communication and editing skills; fluent English (writing, speaking).

3. Vietnam Studies Group Travel Grants: AAS 2014

Application Deadline: 10 January 2014

The Vietnam Studies Group is now accepting applications for VSG Travel Grants to defray the cost of airfare to the upcoming 2014 AAS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Several grants of $400.00 each will be awarded. Any VSG member in good standing who will be presenting a paper at the conference is eligible to apply. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional travel funds from the AAS, the Southeast Asia Council, and their home institutions to defray additional costs they may incur.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a brief description of the paper to be presented the AAS meeting. Consideration will be given to applicants who have not presented at previous AAS conferences.

Applications should be emailed to Edward Miller (edward.miller@dartmouth.edu) by Friday, January 10, 2014. The recipients of the grants will be announced on the VSG list during the week of January 13. All recipients will receive their awards at the VSG Business Meeting at the conference on March 28.

4. The Project of Empowering Network for International Thai Studies, Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Deadline extended)

Application Deadline: 31 January 2014
More Information: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Enits/489780764377094 and http://www.thaistudies.chula.ac.th/

To increase and disseminate research works and encourage young researchers in Thai studies, the Project of Empowering Network for International Thai Studies (ENITS), Institute of Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn University, wishes to call your attention to the availability of scholarships for graduate students and scholars working on Thai studies or related disciplines. Pleaes visit the links above for more information regarding the ENITS scholarships.

5. Center for Khmer Studies: 2014 Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program

Application deadline: 1 April 2014
More information: http://khmerstudies.org/research-training/summer-junior-resident-fellowship-program/

The Center for Khmer Studies (CKS) is offering 5 American, 5 Cambodian and 5 French undergraduate students an exciting opportunity to join a 6 week (from Monday June 30th, 2014 to Friday August 8th, 2014) Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program in Cambodia. The program provides a unique experience allowing students to live and study alongside others from different backgrounds and cultures while learning about the history and society of today’s Cambodia. During their residency students will be based at the CKS campus in Siem Reap, which is situated in the beautiful grounds of Wat Damnak, one of the town’s largest Buddhist pagodas, only minutes away from the famous Angkor World Heritage Site with its enigmatic temples. It has a full range of study and research facilities, including the largest publicly accessible research library outside of Phnom Penh with over 12,000 books, journals and other reading materials in English French and Khmer, study carrels for up to twenty fellows, a spacious seminar room and conference hall. Resident fellows will also spend time studying in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh.

Application and Eligibility and Requirements:
Candidates must be registered as undergraduate students at the time of application and must hold United States, French or Cambodian citizenship (Cambodian applicants see below). Graduating seniors are eligible.

US and French applicants should provide the following, preferably electronically:
1. Application form
2. A two page statement outlining why they want to join the program, how they think the program will help them in their future careers, as well as a summary of their topic of interest to be presented at the end of the course.
3. Scanned university transcripts with cumulative GPA (scale 1- 4) (Because of limited internet service please ensure your transcripts are sent using the smallest files available).
4. Two (2) recommendations from professors (these can be submitted electronically directly from professor from university/professional email address)

6. IIAS Summer School 2014: Reading Craft: Itineraries of Culture, Knowledge, and Power in the Global Ecumene

Application Deadline: 14 February 2014
More Information: http://www.iias.nl/masterclass/reading-craft-itineraries-culture-knowledge-and-power-global-ecumene

The IIAS Summer School at Chiang Mai will focus on the theoretical issue of the knowledge and practice of culture against the backdrop of historically contingent case studies featuring transnational circulations of craft. Cartographies, itineraries and biographies of craft are windows into craft-scapes which, much like Barbara Bender’s work on landscapes, are discursively constructed, disputed, worked upon from disparate frames of value and meaning, and used to accomplish goals pertaining to identity, heritage politics, knowledge and power.

The Summer School is an occasion to problematize conceptions of culture articulated through readings of craft across territorial boundaries, temporal episodes and knowledge categories. Alternate readings of craft seek to challenge place-based rootedness of culture in colonial and postcolonial constructions in order to emphasize its circulation in global interactions and trajectories. Focusing on ‘social lives’ (Appadurai) or ‘cultural biographies’ (Kopytoff) through records of journeys undertaken and routes charted by the movement of individuals, materials, techniques, recipes, designs and objects within and across diverse epistemic regimes and contexts would allow us to ‘read’ craft from a global perspective.

Participation is open to PhD students worldwide whose work deals with the theme of the Summer School: "Reading Craft in the Long Global Ecumene".

7. Call for Papers: Explorations: A Graduate Student Journal

Deadline for Submissions: 14 February 2014
More Information: http://www.cseashawaii.org/students/explorations/papers/

“Destabilizing Centers and Peripheries: Re-examining Approaches to the Study of Southeast Asia”

The history and present condition of Southeast Asia has been very much shaped by hierarchical arrangements specific to its global and local context, including colonialism, state-sponsored nation-building, the international capitalist economy as well as globalization. These arrangements have been highly influential in the manner in which academics have organized knowledge and have created categories through which that knowledge is presented.

Explorations is looking for papers that re-examine established approaches to the study of Southeast Asia. We are particularly interested in papers that destabilize or problematize existing categories and approaches in the light of contemporary research. In raising these questions, it is possible to consider alternative ways of thinking about Southeast Asia, both past and present. We encourage submissions from all fields of study, topics and time periods.

- Submissions are considered on a rolling basis until the final deadline mentioned above. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.
- Please submit your work by email, as a Word document (.doc or .docx, not .pdf) following the Explorations Style Guidelines, to explore@hawaii.edu.
- Submissions should follow APA or Turabian style, using endnotes and including a complete Bibliography of all works used. The total length of the submission should not exceed 30 pages in length.
- Submissions are expected to neither be currently under review for another publication, nor to have been previously published elsewhere.

- Reviews of current books, films or exhibitions,
- Original translations of poetry or short stories in English, from a Southeast Asian language
- Photo essays
- “Notes from the Field” pieces, that is, informal essays on firsthand field research experiences written for a graduate student audience
- Short reviews of new research tools and resources useful for research

Explorations is supported by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) and the Student Activities and Program Fee Board (SAPFB) at the University of Hawai‘i . The journal is produced through a blind review process, by volunteer editors with the guidance of a faculty advisor. The editorial board consists of graduate students from a range of disciplines whose regional interests lie within Southeast Asia. The journal is published electronically and in hard copy, and is distributed to major Southeast Asian studies centers and libraries both nationally and internationally. Papers published in Explorations are not necessarily representative of the views of the editors or the sponsors, and responsibility for the opinions expressed and the factual accuracy of papers lies with the individual authors.

8. Call for Papers: International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments 2014 Conference, Universiti Putra Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), 14-17 December 2014

Deadline for abstracts: 17 February 2014
More Information: http://iaste.berkeley.edu/conferences/105.html

Past IASTE conferences have called on scholars to consider tradition’s relationship to development, utopia, and most recently, myth. In response, scholars have advanced multiple perspectives regarding the construction of traditions in space and place. These discussions necessarily involve the dimension of time. Utopia implies the construction of a future ideal, whether religious or philosophical, while myth attempts to discover the origins of history, whether in the imagination or in reality. While myth usually invokes an invented past and utopia imagines an alternative future, the dimension of time is paramount. Thus, traditions are revealed never to be the static legacy of the past, but rather a project for its dynamic reinterpretation in the service of the present and the future. To understand how traditions are tied to notions of time and space, it is thus important to consider their subjectivity, authorship, and power. Behind the construction or deconstruction of any tradition also lies the subject, whose interests in the present are often hidden. To reveal this process of agency, one may ask: tradition, by whom?

In examining themes of authorship and subjectivity, this conference will seek to uncover in what manner, for what reason, by whom, to what effect, and during what intervals traditions have been deployed with regard to the built environment. Our current period of globalization has led to the flexible reinterpretation of traditions via the mass media for reasons of power and profit. A proliferation of environments, for example, adopt traditional forms of one place and period in a completely different contextual setting, while new design traditions may privilege image over experience. At the same time, the advent of new mobile technologies with the power to compress and distort traditional configurations of space and time has allowed for the flourishing of new, empowering practices. Such practices have led to new traditions of urban resistance and uprisings that travel fluidly between such diverse locales as Sao Paolo and Istanbul, Madrid and Cairo, and give voice to certain populations previously excluded. Questions of power, the other, and changing configurations of time and space will open up discussions of the ways in which traditional practices shape the histories and futures of built environments.

9. Call for Papers: International Conference on East Sea Disputes, Ton Duc Thang University (Ho Chi Minh City), 25-26 July 2014

Deadline for Proposals: 25 April 2014
More Information: http://icesdi.tdt.edu.vn/

Ton Duc Thang University will hold a two-day conference on East Sea Disputes in Ho Chi Minh City, July 25-26, 2014.

The East Sea is the world’s second busiest sea-lane with more than half of the world’s super tankers and $5.3 trillion in annual trade passing through the area. In recent years, conflict over maritime boundaries and attempts to unilaterally impose territorial claims have caused tension, threatened regional peace, maritime security and freedom of navigation, and affected the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in their traditional fishing area. Failure to reduce tension and manage conflict may lead to skirmishes and wars. It is important to find ways to peacefully manage conflict and resolve disputes based on international law.

The focus of the conference is not on the conflict itself, but on how to manage conflict and resolve disputes without the use of force or threat of use of force and protect the right of fishermen to continue fishing in their traditional fishing area.

We look for papers and panel proposals dealing with every aspect of conflict management and dispute resolution, including legal approach, diplomatic approach, and conflict resolution approach to find satisfactory solutions to contain conflict and eventually settle dispute to preserve the East Sea as an area of peace, cooperation, and prosperity.

Each paper proposal must include 1) title of your paper; 2) an abstract of your paper; 3) your name, and a short bio. The deadline for proposals submission is April 25, 2014, and for papers submission is June 12, 2014. All submitted papers should be written in MS Word format, and are to be limited to a maximum of 10 pages, for invited speakers 15.

Questions about potential submission and participation should be sent by e-mail to the Program Chairs, Dr. Nguyen Manh Hung (hnguyen@gmu.edu) and Dr. Nguyen Dang Hung (h.nguyendang@tdt.edu.vn).

10. Call for Book Reviews: Studies on Asia

More Information: http://studiesonasia.illinoisstate.edu/

Studies on Asia, the on-line, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) strongly encourages graduate students in any area of Asian Studies to submit unsolicited book reviews for consideration for publication. Reviews should be around 1000 words in length, and can be on any monograph published within the last three to four years. Please refer to previously published reviews on the SOA website (http://studiesonasia.illinoisstate.edu/) for an example of the format to be followed. Reviews should be emailed as a Word document to Greg P. Guelcher, Book Review Editor, at guelcher@morningside.edu. SOA is published twice a year, in March and October.


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Tel: 608.263.1755 / Fax: 608.263.3735
Website: http://seasia.wisc.edu/
E-mail: seasia@intl-institute.wisc.edu