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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. Research Associate in Buddhism, Cambridge University
  2. Teaching Position in Theravada Buddhism, Buddhist College of Singapore
  3. Instructor for Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program, Center for Khmer Studies, Cambodia
  4. Executive Director, The United States Fulbright Commission in Indonesia
  5. University Lecturer in Asian Politics, Cambridge University
  6. Two Positions available at the Faculty of Political Science of Thammasat University, Bangkok


  7. AMINEF Academic Exchange Programs

Conferences/Calls for Papers/Information Sessions

  8. Call for Papers: New England Association for Asian Studies Conference, Storrs, CT, October 3-4 2014
  9. Call for Papers: Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, University of British Columbia, June 6-7 2014
  10. Call for Papers: International Conference on Vietnam, University of Oregon, November 6-7 2014
  11. Call for Participants: Paj Ntaub: A Cross-generational Hmong Women Writing Group

1. Research Associate in Buddhism, Cambridge University

Application deadline: 22 April 2014

Applications are invited for a fixed-term Research Associate (Grade 7: £28,132-£36,661) in Buddhism in the Faculty of Divinity (Cambridge University) for three years from 1 October 2014 -30 September 2017. Preference will be given to candidates with research expertise in the paradigms, ideas and arguments of Indian Buddhism as a way of life. The Research Associate will undertake research and teach courses at undergraduate and master's level in the field, and will be expected to play an active role in developing the subject in the Faculty as well as promoting collaborative activity throughout the University, including the development of a network of those interested in Indian Studies. Candidates, who must have successfully completed a doctorate and have a programme of future research and publications, must be able to take up the post on 1 October 2014. The appointment will be subject to 6 months probation.

More information can be obtained at http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/3346/ and at faculty-office@divinity.cam.ac.uk.

2. Teaching Position in Theravada Buddhism, Buddhist College of Singapore

Application deadline: 30 May 2014

The Buddhist College of Singapore (BCS), founded in 2005 and located within the premises of Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery (for monks) and the Po En Temple (for nuns), offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in Buddhist Studies conducted in both English and Chinese. It invites applications for an open-rank teaching position of Theravada Buddhism beginning in August 2014. The contract is initially two years with the possibility of renewal for a longer term.

Candidates should have a PhD in Buddhist Studies with a special focus on Theravada Buddhism by the time of appointment. Weekly teaching work for undergraduates and postgraduates is 10 hours maximum. Being able to teach Pali in English is required.

Applications should include a cover letter detailing teaching and research interests, a CV, contact details of three referees, and a writing sample or dissertation abstract. Additional materials such as sample syllabi and course descriptions are welcome but not required.

Applications and materials can be submitted electronically to chuancheng@bcs.edu.sg and hrdept@kmspks.org. For more information about the Buddhist College of Singapore, see http://www.bcs.edu.sg/index.php/bcs_en/index/ .

3. Instructor for Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program, Center for Khmer Studies, Cambodia

Application deadline: 1 May 2014

The ‘Summer Junior Resident Fellowship’ is an intensive 6 week study program for American, French and Cambodian undergraduates. It will take place from Monday June 30th, 2014 to Friday August 8th, 2014 at the CKS conference hall and research facilities in Wat Damnak, Siem Reap, and includes a two week field trip to Phnom Penh.

The Center is looking for a qualified instructor to lead the program, and to develop and deliver a syllabus focused on Cambodian history and contemporary society. S/he will hold a Ph.D in a relevant social science or humanities discipline and have teaching and research experience in Cambodian and Southeast Asian Studies.

The program is structured around two hourly interactive classroom sessions and select field trips to historical and cultural sites in and around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Field trips will also include visits to national and international NGOs. Classroom sessions will begin by briefly covering Cambodia’s early history before examining major social, political, economic and cultural changes since the country gained independence from France in the early 1950s. Particular attention will be paid to Cambodia’s recent past, and the ways in which the country is re-engaging with regional and international communities.

Fellows will also attend daily ‘survival’ Khmer language classes and conduct a small (10-15 page) personal project. Instructors are required to provide guidance and support for these projects. Outside of the classroom, in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, fellows will have the opportunity to interact with organizations working in the areas of development, education, democracy promotion, human rights and journalism. Total contact time is 45 hours, this does not include time spent on field trips.

Interested Candidates should send a CV and cover letter outlining their interest in the program by e-mail to: Dr. Krisna Uk, krisna.uk@khmerstudies.org by May 1, 2014.

4. Executive Director, The United States Fulbright Commission in Indonesia

Application deadline: 23 April 2014

Applications are invited from American and Indonesian citizens for the position of Executive Director of the American-Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF), located in Jakarta. AMINEF is a non-profit, binational organization that supports bi-lateral educational exchanges between the United States and Indonesia, including the Fulbright Academic Exchange Program, programs of English Language teaching, and educational advising services. The Executive Director oversees an annual budget of more than $10 million and reports to a binational board that includes representatives of the U.S. Embassy and the Indonesian Ministry of Higher Education and Culture.

Education Requirements: Masters required. Ph.D. or doctoral level degree in higher education administration, international education or a similar field desirable. Commensurate experience will be considered, including graduate level study or research, preferably in both the United States and Indonesia.

The AMINEF Executive Director position requires a “hands on” manager, willing to exercise leadership, oversight and active management of Commission programs and staff. The successful candidate will be a proven leader with a vision for promoting mutual understanding through educational exchange between the United States and Indonesia. A demonstrated ability to set priorities is essential. Travel within Indonesia and annual consultations in Washington, DC is required. Applicants must demonstrate effectiveness when interacting with American and Indonesian academics, government officials and business leaders. The Executive Director must also be able to manage and direct an international exchange program compatible with the changing needs of both countries, ensuring that AMINEF fulfills the purposes of the binational agreement.

To Apply: Submit a cover letter succinctly addressing each of the above qualifications, resume, salary history, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references by April 23, 2014, the closing date. Applications post-marked later than the closing date will not be considered.

Mark Howard
East Asia and Pacific Fulbright Program
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
SA-5, Fourth Floor 4J02
United States Department of State
Washington, DC 20522
Email: howardme@state.gov

5. University Lecturer in Asian Politics, Cambridge University

Application deadline: 20 April 2014

The Department of Politics and International Studies and Pembroke College are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified individual to a University Lectureship in Asian Politics. The successful candidate will be elected to the Mohamed Noah Fellowship in Asian Politics at Pembroke College.

Candidates should be able to provide evidence of completed research of international standing, and of outstanding research potential, including the ability to raise research income. They should demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the continued growth of the Department and will be expected to make a substantial contribution to the undergraduate and graduate teaching in the Department. The successful candidate will also carry out duties associated with the College Fellowship.

For more information, see http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/2912/

6. Two Positions Available at the Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Bangkok

Application deadline: 25 April 2014

Two positions are open with the Direk Jayanama Center of International Cooperation (DJC), Faculty of Political Science at Thammasat University in Bangkok.

For questions about the advertised position please contact the current project coordinator, Ms. Miyo Hanazawa (e-mail: mhanazawa.icird@gmail.com). Please send your application electronically (as a single pdf file), including cover letter, CV, and contact information for two referees to info@icird.org and mhanazawa.icird@gmail.com by 25 April 2014.


7. AMINEF Academic Exchange Programs

Application deadline: 15 April 2014

The American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF), established in 1992, is a binational non-profit foundation which administers the Fulbright and other related scholarship programs inIndonesia. The primary focus of the Fulbright Program in Indonesia is to promote mutual understanding between the Republic of Indonesia and the United States of America through educational exchange and academic scholarship.

Programs for US Citizens include Research Programs for Faculty, Lecturer Program, Research Grants for Students, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program, and Fulbright Senior Specialist. For more information, please consult http://www.aminef.or.id/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17/ .

Programs for Indonesian Citizens include MA and PhD Degree Programs, USAID Funded Fulbright Agricultural MS and PhD Scholarships, Research Programs, and Special Programs such as the Fulbright Foreign Language (Indonesian) Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program and the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program. To see a list of all programs, please consult http://www.aminef.or.id/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11 .

8. Call for Papers: New England Association for Asian Studies Conference, Storrs, CT, October 3-4 2014

Application deadline: 1 August, 2014

The Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut is pleased to co-host the annual meeting of the New England Association for Asian Studies on October 3-4, 2014. The NEAAS Program Committee welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, or individual presentations that address the history, societies, diasporas, political and economic systems, languages and literary/visual cultures of Asia. Panels and roundtables that take an innovative approach to format (interdisciplinary, creative, mixed media) and an interdisciplinary methodology (with regard to field) are welcome, as are traditionally organized academic panels. The coordinators also welcome comparative approaches. Last, but certainly not least, the oranizers also encourage roundtables that address the state of the field. All proposals are due August 1, 2014.

Inquiries about the conference can be addressed to either of the co-chairs of the Program Committee: Cathy Schlund-Vials and Alexis Dudden.

9. Call for Papers: Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century, University of British Columbia, June 6-7 2014

Application deadline: 23 May, 2014

The Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program at UBC will hold a conference "Buddhism and Politics in the Twenty-First Century", June 6-7, 2014, at the University of British Columbia's Point Grey campus. The program committee welcomes proposals for papers from academics, professionals, and graduate students interested by the influence of Buddhism in contemporary politics. The conference will serve as the foundation for an edited volume on that topic. For more information, please consult the following link: http://ubcbuddhism.wordpress.com/ .

The deadline for the abstract and a short biography submission is March 13, 2014. The papers are due on May 23, 2014.

10. Call for Papers: International Conference on Vietnam, University of Oregon, November 6-7 2014

Application deadline: 30 August, 2014

This two-day international conference promotes the study of Vietnam and dialogue between diverse communities of Vietnam scholars inside and outside Vietnam. This annual event has been held for five times since 2009 in Vietnam, Australia, and the U.S., co-sponsored by Monash University, Vietnam National University Hanoi, University of Hawaii at Manoa, the East-West Center in Honolulu, and Thai Nguyen University in Thai Nguyen, Vietnam. The Sixth Conference will be held on the beautiful campus of the University of Oregon.

One of the key identities of the Engaging with Vietnam Conference is its interdisciplinary research rigor that places scholarship as well as policy-research dialogues at the core of its agendas. It has brought speakers from various fields across the social sciences, humanities, education, and policy to engage in these questions. Now in its sixth year, the conference has contributed to providing a forum for sharing exciting new research on Vietnam among a rapidly expanding scholarly community. The Sixth Conference will also be among the few general conferences dedicated to Vietnam ever held in continental United States in recent years. It will feature keynote panels consisting of scholars and education leaders speaking directly to the key foci of the conference.

The core theme of the Sixth Engaging with Vietnam conference is Frontiers and Peripheries: Vietnam Deconstructed and Reconnected.¯ We invite participants to think of Vietnam not as a self-contained entity as in the conventional way. Instead, we want to deconstruct Vietnam, both as a frontier or periphery of larger entities and as containing in itself distinct frontiers and peripheries. The larger entities of which Vietnam constitutes a periphery or frontier can be some larger geographical/historical/cultural/economic/political zones, such as wet-rice economy, Chinese civilization, the Indo-Malay world, European imperialism, the Roman Catholic Church, Cold War camps, the K-pop wave, transnational social movements, transnational crimes, global capitalism, and diasporic communities.

We are interested in both cutting-edge academic research as well as policy issues. While the organizers prefer submissions for panels, they are also willing to consider individual submissions. If accepted, the organizers will seek to group such individuals into panels reflecting similar research or interests. Excellent submissions may be selected for publication in an edited volume. Participants are expected to find their own way to Eugene, Oregon. A modest conference fee will cover meal and other costs of the conference.

Deadline for abstract submission: August 30, 2014
Notification of acceptance: September 15, 2014
Individual presentations: 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for questions
Panel (4 paper maximum): up to 120 minutes, including question time

For further information and to download the abstract submission form, please see http://www.engagingwithvietnam.com/. Please address all queries and your application to engagingwithvietnam@gmail.com.

11. Call for Participatns: Paj Ntaub: A Cross-generational Hmong Women Writing Group

Application deadline: 5 May 2014

I am looking for a group of 12 to 15 female Hmong American undergraduate students to participate in an oral history collection and creative fiction/non-fiction writing of gendered Hmong refugee histories to be implement throughout the 2014-2015 academic year. This project, based on the concept of paj ntaub, floral-patterned embroidery historically sewn by Hmong women, will bring together Hmong American students with older Hmong women in the community. Through the cross-generational collection of oral histories interwoven with contemporary reflections, this project aims to provide a space in which Hmong women’s voices are heard and evolving gender dynamics explored. Additionally, this project seeks to develop a Hmong female writing consciousness. The compiled narratives and student reflections will be published and publicized at a campus/community-wide event. Students will also be provided the opportunity to present the results of this work at the Hmong Conference being organized by the Hmong Studies Consortium at UW-Madison on April 10-11, 2015.

This project is funded by UW-Madison’s Center for the Public Humanities as part of the Humanities Exchange Program (HEX), which aims to engage the university with the broader Madison/Dane county community. UW-Madison Hmong American students will sign up for a credited directed studies course with Professor Ian Baird of the Geography Department and UW-Madison coordinator of the Hmong Studies Consortium. The project will be carried out in two stages:

1. Fall 2014
Students will receive 1 credit on a pass/fail basis.
Students will participate in 1.5 hour-long weekly sessions during which introductions to the project, talks by Hmong women leaders and workshops on oral history taking will be held. Students will conduct interviews by mid-November. Initial material for preliminary editing will be compiled by the first week of December.  

2. Spring 2014
Students will receive 2 credits on a letter-grade basis.
Students will participate in 1.5 hour-long weekly workshops on the writing process. Students will also engage in weekly check-ins and peer-review sessions during the writing stage, and conduct follow-up interviews and/or translation services if necessary. Students’ efforts will be publicized in a scheduled event during late April/early May and at the Hmong Studies Conference. Materials will be prepared for publication by the end of the spring semester.

Workshop session times are flexible and will be coordinated according to the schedules of participants during each semester. Interested applicants should send a one-page cover letter to Jacqulyn Teoh (PhD student, English Dept.) at jgteoh@wisc.edu by May 5, 2014. The letter should state how this project aligns with one’s interests, explain one’s involvement/affiliations with the Hmong community, and highlight one’s experience, if any, with collecting oral histories, creative non-fiction/fiction writing and/or other forms of ethnography-inspired writing. Further queries are welcome.


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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E-mail: seasia@intl-institute.wisc.edu