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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. Volunteer and Study opportunities, VIA Program Applications to Volunteer in Asia and Study in Indonesia are Now Open
  2. Assistant Professor Position, Asian History at Columbus State University
  3. Assistant Professor Position, Asian History at University of Wisconsin-Superior
  4. Assistant Professor Position, Asian Philosophy at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
  5. Faculty Position, Religious Studies and Theology at La Salle University


  6. Fellowship Opportunity, CAORC Multi-Country Fellowship Program

Conferences/Calls for Papers

  7. Dissertation Workshop, AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series
  8. CALL FOR PAPERS: Religion, Secularity, and the Public Sphere in East and Southeast Asia
Call for Abstracts, York Center for Asian Studies (YCAR) Graduate Student Conference
  10. Call for Papers, 2013 Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Conference

1. Volunteer and Study opportunities, VIA Program Applications to Volunteer in Asia and Study in Indonesia are Now Open

With one-year programs in six countries throughout Asia and the Indonesia summer program, VIA has a great number of opportunities for those dedicated to effecting real change in Asia and building cross-cultural understanding.

With 50 years of experience sending American volunteers to Asia, VIA has a wealth of knowledge about how to make an impact in the communities where we operate.

Each year we send 20 to 30 qualified, deeply motivated Americans on our long-term programs.

VIA volunteers create lasting change by teaching English at local institutions and building capacity at grassroots organizations tackling issues from environmental sustainability to anti-trafficking.

In addition, VIA offers the opportunity to study in Indonesia through a 4-5 week research and language program that immerses participants in Indonesian culture and contemporary social issues.
Applications for 2013 are now

Visit our website at www.viaprograms.org to apply today!


2. Assistant Professor Position, Asian History at Columbus State University

Review of Applications begins December 15, 2012

Position ID: 20425
Institution: Columbus State University
College/Div/School: Letters & Sciences
Department: History & Geography
Job Class: Assistant Professor

Job Description:
The Department of History and Geography at Columbus State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Asian History. The starting date is August 2013.

Specialization within the field of Asian History is open, but a focus on gender studies, international relations, or race/ethnicity will be given preference. The successful candidate will teach both introductory survey courses and upper-level/graduate courses each semester.

A Ph.D. in History (or related field) and university teaching experience are preferred but applications from ABDs will be considered. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for continued professional development, scholarship and community engagement.

Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2012. Applications for part-time and full-time faculty positions must include transcripts of all academic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior to campus visit if selected for interview. Applicants must have the ability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) requirements, in particular a minimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.

Please have institutions send official undergraduate and graduate transcripts directly to: Dr. Gary Sprayberry, Interim Chair, Department of History and Geography, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907.

Please e-mail three confidential letters of recommendation that are sent directly from references, university placement services or other professional services (e.g., Interfolio) to hr@columbusstate.edu or mail to: Human Resources Office, Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, Georgia 31907.
Other required documents to submit with online application: Sample Syllabi
A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment.
Required Documents to Submit with Online Application

All applications and required documents must be submitted using the Columbus State University’s online employment site. To access the Columbus State University’s online employment site, please visit https://columbusstate.peopleadmin.com/.
Contact Information

Dr. Gary Sprayberry, e-mail to: sprayberry_gary@columbusstate.edu

Institution Employment Link:

CIP Discipline Code: History, General Asian History
Degree Levels: Doctorate
Position Type: Faculty
Application Deadline: Saturday, December 15, 2012

Position Starting Date: Thursday, August 1, 2013


3. Assistant Professor Position, Asian History at University of Wisconsin-Superior

Review of Applications begins December 1, 2012

POSITION: Assistant Professor (Asian History), Social Inquiry
DUTIES: Teach 12 credits (4 courses) each semester including:

Continuing scholarly activity in the field of Asian history

University level teaching experience

The successful candidate will be dynamic, energetic, creative, and engaging. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the public liberal arts mission and to quality teaching and learning methods. Willingness and interest in utilizing technology in the classroom strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be committed to the highest ethical standards and demonstrate effective leadership and teamwork skills. Candidates that incorporate issues of inclusive excellence and diversity within their curriculum are especially encouraged to apply.

SALARY: UW-S offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance coverage for domestic partners and their eligible dependents.
STARTING DATE: August 2013
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: For additional information visit www.uwsuper.edu or contact search committee chair Kenneth Shonk at (715) 394-8325.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Review of applications will commence December 1, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please apply online at UW-Careers (http://www.uwsuper.edu/hr/employment/career-gateway.cfm) and submit your application packet that is:

1. Letter of introduction
2. Teaching philosophy
3. Unofficial transcripts
4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including sample syllabi and student evaluations
5. Three letters of recommendation

Internal applicants: select the internal applicant link. Registration for account not required.
External applicants: select the external applicant link and register for an account:

How to Register for a UW-Careers Account:

  1. To register for a UW-Careers account, click on the click here to Register link to create your user name and password.
  2. Search for the Assistant Professor (Asian Studies), Social Inquiry position and click on the Apply Now button to submit a resume.

At this time, you will be asked to complete your profile. Please select Save to continue the application process.

  1. To submit your letter of application, unofficial transcripts, etc., you must add the document as an attachment by clicking on the Add Attachment link below the Cover Letters and Attachments box.
  2. Clicking on the Next link, please complete the required Online Questionnaire.
  3. After the Online Questionnaire has been completed, click Next again to provide contact information for three professional references, if required, in the References section by selecting the Add Reference link.
  4. Once reference information has been listed, click on Next to complete the How did you find out about the position? section of the application process.
  5.  Once you have completed all sections, click on the Save button and then Submit button to submit your materials.

At any time you may select the Save button to save your progress. When you have submitted your application, ability to add or change materials submitted will not be available.

If you have questions in regards to the hiring process, please contact Janet Blair at (715) 394-8465 or by email at jblair@uwsuper.edu.



4.Assistant Professor Position, Asian Philosophy at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Application Deadline: December 7, 2012

Category: Philosophy
Position: Assistant Professor of Asian Philosophy
Institution: N/A
Company: Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Region: Southern New Jersey
Location(s): Pomona
Type: Tenure-Track
Date Posted: 09/27/2012
Apply By: 12/07/2012

Assistant Professor of Asian Philosophy
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

ASIAN PHILOSOPHY (Philosophy of Law) --- The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey seeks applicant for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Asian Philosophy to start September 2013. Teach courses in Asian philosophies, Interdisciplinary, and Introduction to Philosophy. Teaching load is three 4-hour courses per semester. Ph.D. required. AOS: Asian Philosophy. AOC: Preferred but not required: Philosophy of Law, Legal Studies, or a J.D. Evidence of teaching excellence required. Interviewing at APA Eastern. Only electronic applications will be accepted. Send letter of application with curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation to: Robert Gregg, Dean, School of Arts and Humanities - AA160, at ARHU-PHIL@stockton.edu. The application deadline is December 7, 2012.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is an equal opportunity institution encouraging a diverse pool of applicants, visit http://www.stockton.edu/affirmative_action. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Sharon Hunt, Recruitment Manager, at 609-652-4384.


5. Faculty Position, Religious Studies and Theology at La Salle University

Review of Applications began November 12, 2012 and will be open until the position is filled.

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Faculty - Liberal Arts - Religious Studies & Theology
Posted: 10/27/2012
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time

La Salle University, Department of Religion, invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position in Asian religions, with expertise in either Buddhism or Hinduism, at the assistant professor level. A strong candidate for this position will be expected to teach about the history and practices of these traditions in both lower and upper division classes. Additionally, the candidate would be responsible for instructing introductory classes in religion. Candidates may be called upon to teach and/or advise graduate or doctoral students as well. Applicants for this position must have completed the PhD by August 1, 2013 and have demonstrated competence in teaching. A Catholic, Lasallian university in Philadelphia, PA, La Salle, celebrating 150 years of service in education, welcomes candidates who can contribute to its unique Catholic and Lasallian mission. For a complete mission statement visit the website at www.lasalle.edu.

A letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation should be submitted to the individual named below. Review of applicants will begin on November 12, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled, pending final budget approval.

Application Information

Postal Address: Brother John M. Crawford, F.S.C., PhD,
Department of Religion
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Phone: 215-951-1335
Email Address: crawford76@la 15;alle.edu


6. Fellowship Opportunity, CAORC Multi-Country Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: January 15, 2013

On-line Application Now Available!

The Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center. Approximately nine awards of up to $10,500 each will be given. The 2012/2013 application is now available. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2013.

Eligibility Guidelines
Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements and will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin and/or disability.
• Must be a U.S. citizen. Proof of citizenship (photocopy of passport) must be shown upon award notification.
Must have a Ph.D. or be a doctoral candidate who has completed all Ph.D. requirements with the exception of the dissertation.
• Must be engaged in the study of and research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences.
• Must wish to conduct research of regional or trans-regional significance in two or more countries outside the United States, one of which must host a participating American overseas research center (ORC).

Application Deadline
The deadline for application submission is Tuesday, January 15, 2013.

Applications Available at http://caorc.org/programs/multi.htm

CAORC Member Centers are Located in: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen
CAORC fellowships for multi-country research are funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State



7. Dissertation Workshop, AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series

Open for applications, deadline is January 4, 2013. Apply Now

2013: Family, Gender, and Generation

San Diego, March 18-21, 2013

The Association for Asian Studies and the Social Science Research Council are pleased to announce the second jointly organized AAS/SSRC Dissertation Workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the AAS annual conference in San Diego in March, 2013. The workshop will be organized and led by David Szanton, and follow the same basic model used in previous AAS workshops.
Everywhere in Asia family relations, gender definitions and roles, and previously relatively stable inter-generational continuities are being contested and reconfigured in homes, schools, work places, national politics, and literary and cultural productions. Global forces such as urbanization, migration, expanded educational and employment opportunities as well as old and new media and information technologies are all challenging and expanding the boundaries of what is acceptably male and female, as well as previously tight relations between children and parents. While closely inter-related phenomena, there are also important variations by country, rural and urban locations, class, and within the various religious traditions of Asia. Stereotypic or "traditional" images of gender roles and generational hierarchies are being challenged and redefined with growing consequences for marriage, family, sexuality, property rights, community, and national politics.
This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students, regardless of citizenship, in the humanities and social sciences who are (1) developing dissertation proposals or are in early phases of research or dissertation writing; and who are (2) also dealing with the kinds of issues mentioned above in the context of contemporary or historic Asian states and societies. The workshop will be limited to 12 students, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials in a variety of time periods, and in various regions of Asia. It also will include a small multidisciplinary and multi-area faculty with similar concerns.
The workshop will be scheduled for the days immediately preceding the 2013 AAS annual conference in San Diego. It will cover two and one-half days of intense discussion beginning the evening of Monday, March 18, and running through noon of Thursday, March 21.
Pending receipt of outside foundation funding, participants also will be invited back for a post-fieldwork workshop. The second workshop will be held 24 months later, after many or most participants have completed a significant amount of fieldwork or archival research and are at varying stages in the writing process. This follow-up workshop is intended to help participants shape and articulate the key focus of their dissertations as they begin writing.
The organizers will be able to provide financial support for participants including three night’s accommodations, meals and travel funds.  It is hoped that participants also will attend the AAS annual meeting immediately following the workshop.

Eligiblity and Application

Applicants need not have advanced to candidacy but must have at least drafted a dissertation research proposal. Applications are also welcome from doctoral students in the early phases of writing their dissertations. A narrative description of the dissertation topic (ten double-spaced typed pages), short application form, and curriculum vitae will be required for submission. Applications must be submitted by January 4, 2013.
Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and a concern to include a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, intellectual traditions, and regions of Asia. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for the workshop by late January.
For further information about the workshop structure or eligibility, please contact David Szanton szanton@berkeley.edu. Questions concerning administrative matters or the application process should be directed to Nicole Restrick restrick@ssrc.org.



8. CALL FOR PAPERS: Religion, Secularity, and the Public Sphere in East and Southeast Asia

Proposal Deadline: December 5, 2012

Co-sponsored by the Asia Research Institute, National University of
Singapore and the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy Contemporary
Philosophy in the Age of Globalization

Date: March 7-8, 2013
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

The ongoing debate about the secular public sphere reaches to the core of the issue of the foundation of modern political power. Scholars upholding liberal democracy insist on a normative, privatized definition of religion in their efforts to sustain the secular, rational public sphere. Critiques of this approach call into question the viability of the distinction between the religious and the secular, and argue the public sphere, far from a free space for rational political discussions, is the very terrain where the public power of the state is deployed to ensure the proper formation of its national-citizens by shaping what they believe as truth. This debate reflects a primary concern with religion and the state as manifested in European and North American context. This conference is an attempt to engage the conversations on religion, secularity and the public sphere from the specific sites of East and Southeast Asia. The goals are to problematize social-political conditions and generate new ways to understand state-society relations in these regions.

Two anchoring points ground the more specific discussions of each paper. First, the "religious" and the "secular" are categories of performativity that have been instrumental in constructing distinctions of the private and public, belief and reason, distinctions central for the operation of the power of modern nation-state. We seek to examine these performativity moves of the categories of the religious and the secular through specific case studies of East and Southeast Asia. Second, the secular public sphere will be rethought. It operates upon the premise of exclusion of what is defined as religion. Questioning the "secular" nature of the public sphere requires interrogations into such notions as public good, citizenship, minority, ethnicity, freedom, and fundamentally the relation of the individual with the public authority of the state. Instead of the liberal democratic public sphere, we propose the possibility of envisioning an alternative one that is unbound, inclusive, and embodied. The conference seeks in the past and present of East and Southeast Asia alternative conceptions and practices of that which can be called a public realm.

We pursue these issues while addressing specific questions of:

-In what ways are ongoing discussions on religion, secularity and the public sphere relevant to E/SE Asia?
-How were these ideas shared, borrowed, understood and experienced in this part of the world?
-How were/are the pre-modern or indigenous conceptions, such as gonggong (koukyou) ???? (public) ormaslaha (public good), transformed in modern nation-state building? ? How did the diverse populations of Buddhists, mus"lims, Christians and adherents of other religions in Asia pursue public good"?
-How did the definition of religion relate to constructions of nation-states and of modern scientific knowledge in Asia?
- How did the secular become constitutive of modes of representations of the state in the diverse Asian contexts?
- How were/are the pinciples of religion-state separation and religious freedom legally and politically instituted and practiced? What tensions and problems were generated in the process?
- Howand in what sense do the religious revivals in Asia challenge the very ideas of the public sphere and the nation-state, and why?

Papers from any field in the humanities or social sciences are welcome. We
are particularly interested in theoretically informed empirical study of
cases, issues and events pertaining to the conference themes.


Paper proposals must be for original, previously unpublished work.
Selected papers from the conference proceedings will be compiled for an
edited volume. Proposals should include a title, a 300-word abstract, and
a 200-word personal biography. For any question regarding paper
submission, please contact the conference organizers.

Please submit all applications to Dr. Yijiang Zhong (arizyj@nus.edu.sg)
and Dr. Yongjia Liang (arilyj@nus.edu.sg) by December 5, 2012. Successful
applicants will be notified by January 1, 2013 and will be required to
send a draft paper (5,000-7,000 words) by February 15, 2013. Travel and
accommodation support is available from the Asia Research Institute,
depending on need and availability of funds.


Conference Conveners
Dr. Yijiang Zhong
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Dr. Yongjia Liang
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Mr. Jonathan Lee
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Email: jonathan.lee@nus.edu.sg


9. Call for Abstracts, York Center for Asian Studies (YCAR) Graduate Student Conference

Abstract and keyword deadline: December 1, 2012
Successful candidates submit completed papers by March 25, 2013

Please consider submitting abstracts to the York Center for Asian Studies' (YCAR) graduate student conference scheduled for 26-27 April 2013. This graduate student workshop offers the opportunity to present your work and receive feedback from fellow graduate students, in addition to discussions with YCAR faculty and keynote presenters. We will be able to offer a limited number of small travel grants to graduate students, especially those who are coming from outside Canada or Toronto. We will also be able to offer discounted accommodations for graduate students during the conference. Questions and abstracts can be sent to: YCARreconstructions2013@gmail.com

Thank you and please feel free to distribute to other lists.

Call for Papers

(Re)Constructions: Researching and Rethinking Asia


York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) Graduate Student Conference

York University, Glendon Campus, Toronto, Canada: April 26 and 27, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Vinay Gidwani, Department of Geography and Institute of Global Studies, University of Minnesota

How does scholarship of or about "Asia" contribute to dispelling geographies of ignorance?* How can our own work better contribute to understanding, and pointing out themisunderstandings, of the categories, spaces and frameworks constructed as part of Asian Studies within and beyond the territorial limits of "Asia"?

The question of reconstructing the conceptual frameworks for research in Asia and Asian Diaspora has been actively debated in the last few decades, reflecting dynamic changes in both scholars' and broader society's notions of "Asia." These discussions pay critical attention to the modern politics of constructing Asian spaces and identities, and of disseminating knowledge of the area throughout the world. The disciplinary divides traditionally associated with Area Studies are also being contested, and more interdisciplinary approaches are being demanded for researching Asia.

Taking up this challenge, the conference seeks graduate student research that can speak to ways of rethinking the epistemologies and methodologies of researching Asia, and reconstructing conventional categories and frameworks from a broad range of disciplines. The theme for this conference seeks to build upon the successful YCAR Graduate Student Conference in 2008.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Art history and visual culture
-Epistemologies of Asian Studies
-Global capitalism and resistance
-Globalization and "worlding cities"
-Indigeneity as right and discourse
-Literature and translation
-Media and technology
-Methodology and fieldwork
-Migration and diaspora
-Mobilities and borders
-Music and performing arts
-Orientalism and re-Orientalism
-Political ecology and politics of nature
-Positioning and subjectivity
-Race, gender and class
-Sexuality and the body
-Social movements and social justice
-Urban spaces and industrialization

Interested participants should submit a paper title, abstract with keywords (250 words maximum) along with brief biographical information (name, affiliation, stage of graduate study) by December 1, 2012. Successful candidates will be contacted by January 15, 2013 and must submit completed papers by March 25, 2013. Please email submissions to the conference organizers at: YCARreconstructions2013@gmail.com

There may be an opportunity to collaborate on a common peer-reviewed publication, which will be discussed at the conference.

More information about the conference can be found on the conference website: http://www.yorku.ca/ycar/Events/reconstructions_graduate_conference.html

*The term "geographies of ignorance" draws on Willem van Schendel's 2002 article titled "Geographies of knowing, geographies of ignorance: jumping scale in Southeast Asia" published in Society and Space.

10. Call for Papers, 2013 Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Conference

Abstract Submission Deadline:  January 10, 2013

Notification of Acceptance:  Late January 2013
Confirmation of Attendance Deadline:  February 5, 2013
Full Papers Due:  February 15, 2013

The Cornell Southeast Asia Program invites submissions for its 15th Annual
Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be
held March 1-3, 2013 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast
Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Lindy Williams
from the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell will deliver our
keynote address.

We welcome submissions of abstracts from graduate students who have
completed original research related to Southeast Asia. There is no specific
theme for this conference, as we hope to attract a wide range of
submissions. Our intention is to reflect the dynamic research currently
undertaken by graduate students. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s
Graduate Committee will review the abstracts, select presenters, and
organize panels by theme. In order to aid this process of thematic
organization, we ask that you please include a few keywords summarizing
your presentation along with your abstract.

Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper
abstracts will be included in the conference program. All the panels will
have discussants, so presenters should be prepared to submit full papers of
5000-8000 words by February 15. All accepted papers will be rigorously
reviewed for potential submission to *SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in
Southeast Asia*. If selected, we will work with you to further prepare the
paper for submission.

A very limited number of modest travel allowances may be available for
those traveling longer distances. We encourage applicants to seek funding
from their home institutions first. Please indicate along with your
abstract whether you expect to receive travel funding from your home
institution and if you would like to be considered for a travel allowance
from the Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Committee. We will
be in touch in February to coordinate graduate student host lodging for
confirmed presenters. In the spirit of collegiate engagement, all
presenters are requested to attend the entire conference.

Please submit abstracts to the following email address: *
seapgradconference@gmail.com*. All abstracts should be limited to 250 words
and sent in MS Word format.  Do not send a .pdf. Please name your abstract
using your first and last name together (for example, johnsmith.doc for
John Smith?s abstract). The subject of the message should specify
?Abstract? and the body should include the following information:
   - Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email
   -  Title of paper
   -  Paper topic or keywords
   - The abstract
   -  Expectations of Funding Needs

Abstract Submission Deadline:  *January 10, 2013*

Notification of Acceptance:  *Late January 2013*

Confirmation of Attendance Deadline:  *February 5, 2013*
Full Papers Due:  *February 15, 2013*

Jack Meng-Tat Chia and Matthew Reeder
Co-Chair for Graduate Student Committee 2012/13
Cornell Southeast Asia Program

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