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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. Tenure-track Professor Position, Cornell University
  2. Lecturer Position, University of Otago
  3. Academic Position: Dean, School of Pacific & Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa


  4. Research Fellowship Grant, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore
  5. Fellowship, Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
  6. Funding Opportunity, Graduate Student International Field Research Awards
  7. PhD Position, Buddhist Studies at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)

Conferences/Calls for Papers

  9. Call for Panel Participants, IACSS Conference 2013

Study Abroad Opportunities

  10. Study Abroad in Cambodia

1. Tenure-track Professor Position, Cornell University

Application deadline: November 5, 2012

The Department of Asian Studies at Cornell University announces a tenure-track assistant professor position for a scholar and teacher of Southeast Asian literature, religion, and/or culture. Scholars attentive to the intersections of Islam with literary and intellectual histories are especially encouraged to apply. Abilities to teach general education introductory classes as well as more advanced undergraduate courses and graduate seminars are necessary. Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2013, and publishing record or strong potential for publishing are important. Submit by November 5, 2012, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, statement of teaching experience, and three letters of recommendation electronically at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/1824.

For further information contact: asianstudiesjobs@cornell.edu



2. Lecturer position, University of Otago

Application deadline: October 1, 2012

Location: New Zealand

The Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago invites applicants for the confirmation path position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Religion. The position is open to candidates specialising in the study of either Buddhism or Islam.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake research leading to publication, supervise postgraduate students, and teach undergraduate and post-graduate papers on either Buddhism or Islam, and to contribute to other papers as may be appropriate within the successful candidate's sphere of expertise. He or she will also contribute to the administration and development of academic and intellectual programmes and be part of the Department's Distance Learning programme.

Applicants need a PhD and knowledge of languages relevant to their area of research expertise. It is hoped that duties will commence on 1 February 2013.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Dr Will Sweetman,
Department of Theology and Religion,
Tel 64 3 479 8793, Fax 64 3 479 5158, Email will.sweetman@otago.ac.nz.

Applications quoting reference number 1201137 close on Monday 1 October 2012.

Further information: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45260

3. Academic Position, Dean, School of Pacific & Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Application review begins: October 17, 2012

Dean, School of Pacific & Asian Studies &
Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Exchange Programs

University of Hawaii, Manoa

The University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UH Manoa) seeks an innovative, motivated and experienced leader to serve as Dean of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) and as Assistant Vice Chancellor for International and Exchange Programs (OIEP).

Continuous review of applications will begin on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by Wednesday, October 31,2012.

Web announcement: www.pers.hawaii.edu/wuh/Jobs/NAdvert/15329/1696538/1/postdate/desc

4. Research Fellowship Grant, Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

IApplication deadline:  January 1, 2013




Call for applications

The Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM) invites researchers to apply for fellowships in Peranakan material culture, Christianity in Asia (up to 1800), or areas related to the museums collections in general, including Buddhist studies. We prize multi-disciplinary work, cross-cultural studies, and research on ongoing projects at the ACM. The geographical areas of research should be Southeast Asia, South Asia, China, or the Islamic world.

The research fellowships support in-depth original study and writing on specialised aspects of Asian culture. Applications will be screened by a committee of curators and scholars.

The information sheet is attached for your reference. Please visit http://acm.org.sg/research/research_fellowship.asp for more information. To learn more about the ACM collection, check out www.sgcool.sg, which presents over 12,000 objects from the collection.

For enquiries, please contact nhb_acm_rpu@nhb.gov.sg. Applications close on 1 January 2013.


5. Fellowship, Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

Competition deadline: November 15, 2012.

Woodrow Wilson Fellows are among a select group of scholars, on the leading edge of producing new and exciting work.  With a base of 21,000 fellows, Woodrow Wilson Fellows collectively have an impressive record of scholarship, teaching, service, and public influence and represent a remarkable network.
We hope that you will give your students the opportunity to join this network by distributing this email describing the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s 2013 doctoral dissertation fellowship:
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships  The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of religious and ethical values in all areas of human endeavor. Eligible proposals have religious or ethical values as a central concern, and come from fields within the humanities and social sciences.
Ph.D. and Th.D. candidates who will be in the final year of dissertation writing during the 2013-2014 academic year may apply. 
The stipend for the Newcombe Fellowship is $25,000 for a twelve-month period of dissertation writing. The competition deadline is November 15, 2012.
Please see the website for further information www.woodrow.org/newcombe.


6. Funding Opportunity, Graduate Student International Field Research Awards

Application deadline:  4pm on November 2, 2012.

The Division of International Studies is pleased to announce the 2012-13 competition for Graduate Student International Field Research Awards. These awards enable Ph.D. students to conduct exploratory summer field research abroad in order to develop their dissertation topics and be more competitive for extramural fellowships. Awards are intended to cover airfare and living expenses abroad, and are expected to average about $3,000 per student.

Proposals must be submitted to one of the following International Institute member programs: Global Studies, African Studies, LACIS, CREECA, European Studies, Middle East Studies, East Asian Studies, South East Asian Studies, South Asian Studies. Complete applications are due by 4pm on November 2, 2012.

To be eligible students must be enrolled in a University of Wisconsin–Madison doctoral program and have completed their M.A. or M.S. Dissertation research will be considered, but priority will be given to predissertation exploratory research. Please note that the award is not intended to cover language study. The competition is open to U.S. citizens and international students.

For complete application information, please visit http://global.wisc.edu/funding/field-research.htm



7. PhD Position, Buddhist Studies at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)

Review of applications begins: 15 October 2012

Location: Netherlands

Vacancy number: 12-213

The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) invites applications for two fulltime PhD positions in the field of Buddhist Studies, specialization open, to begin 1 January 2013, or thereafter.

Since its foundation in 1575, Leiden University has built an internationally recognized record of excellence in teaching and research. Currently, the University has around 17,000 students and 4,000 staff from around the world. The Faculty of Humanities consists of the Institutes for Area Studies, Creative & Performing Arts, Cultural Disciplines, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. The Graduate School has an annual output of about 50 PhDs.

The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lias/), which comprises the Schools of Asian Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, is committed to the integration of disciplinary and regional-historical perspectives, and has as its aim the advancement of teaching and research of Area Studies at Leiden University and in the wider academic community. Area specializations in Asian Studies include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, South- & Southeast Asian, and Tibetan Studies.

Position description
We seek PhD candidates with excellent qualifications in any area within Buddhist Studies.

Expectations for PhD candidates:
The writing of a PhD dissertation; Participation in local research meetings and PhD courses; Presenting papers at international conferences; Publishing research results in the form of (an) article(s); Teaching (typically in the second and third years of the appointment) in relevant programs, both in Buddhist Studies broadly and in the candidate's area of specialization .

 A (Research) MA degree in Buddhist Studies or in a related field with a strong Buddhist Studies component; exceptionally qualified students with a BA are also encouraged to apply;
            -Knowledge of the relevant language(s);
            -Excellent skills in English.

Conditions of employment
The appointment as a PhD student will be for a period of four years (initially for a period of one year with an extension of three years after positive evaluation of progress and skills development) leading to the successful completion of a PhD thesis. The appointment will be under the terms of the CAO (Collective Labour Agreement) of Dutch Universities.

The gross monthly salary is set on ? 2042 in the first year, increasing to ? 2612 gross per month in the final year. An appointment at the University of Leiden entitles participation in a pension scheme and other benefits such as an annual holiday premium of 8 % and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3 %. Candidates from outside the Netherlands may be eligible for a substantial tax break.

PhD candidates please send your application (in English), including:  A cover letter stating your motivation for this position, and proposed project; A CV; Copies of your academic transcripts; An English writing sample; The names and contact addresses of two academic referees (ideally one of these should be from your (MA) thesis supervisor).

Review of applications will commence by 15 October 2012 and continue until the position is filled or this call is closed. For more information
about the position please contact

Prof. Dr. J.A Silk, tel. +31-71-527-2510, email j.a.silk@hum.leidenuniv.nl. Please note that applications should not be sent directly to Prof. Silk.

Please send your application electronically, indicating the vacancy number to: vacatureslias@hum.leidenuniv.nl . All application materials should preferably be submitted in a single PDF document called: Family Name-Given Name-12-213.  A telephone (or Skype) interview may be part of the selection procedure.

8. Call for Panel Participants, COLONIAL AND NATIONAL RACIALIZATIONS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA at EuroSEAS 2013 (www.euroseas.org)

Deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2012
PANEL 11 -

Keywords: history of race; colonialism; nationalism.

Panel organizers:

Ricardo Roque and Warwick Anderson

Institutional affiliations and titles:
 Dr. Ricardo Roque (University of
Lisbon and University of Sydney, ricardo.roque@ics.ul.pt) and Professor
Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney, wanderson@usyd.edu.au)

Panel abstract:

During the past three decades there has been increasing interest in the production and circulation of racial science for the construction of colonial and national regimes. Race concepts, taxonomies, and varied forms of ³racism² have been constitutive of nineteenth and twentieth-century Western colonial regimes in Southeast Asia; but they may also appear as an enduring phenomenon that can pervade ³post-colonial² nationalisms in the region.  A number of case-studies in imperial history, postcolonial studies, cultural anthropology, and the history of science and medicine already exist that indicate scientific racial formations have come into existence in connection with modes of colonial governmentality, plantation regimes, the establishment of nation-states, and so on. Yet, these studies have not yet been brought together under a broader cross-disciplinary and comparative frame. It is a purpose of this panel to explore these comparative connections, bridging case-studies that explore histories of race, science, colonialism, and nationalism as interconnected historical phenomena in Southeast Asia. We envisage this panel as exploring how one racializes oneself or is racialized by others in a variety of settings, including the production of pure or originary identities and mixed or hybrid identities. The panel seeks papers that will focus on one or more of the following topics in Southeast Asia: (i) emergence and uses of racial sciences in late-colonial contexts; (ii) legacies and significance of racial science in processes of nation-building, (iii) indigenous and anti- colonial interactions with racial conceptions and formations.



Guidelines for Abstracts (this information is also available online)

1. Abstracts should be send by the author(s) to the convenor (s) of the panel;
2. The deadline for sending abstracts to the convenor(s) is the 30th November 2012;
3. English is the official language of the Conference;
4. The text should not exceed 1.500 characters (including spaces). Title of the paper, name of the author(s) and affiliation must be included.




9. Call for Conference Panel Participants, IACSS Conference 2013

Submission deadline: Dec 1st 2012 – online submission form

Main theme: Beyond the Culture Industry
Date: July 3rd to July 5th 2013
Venue: National University of Singapore, Kent Ridge Campus
Organizers: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society, Asia Research Institute, and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS
Announcement of accepted panels: Jan 1st 2013
Email: iacs.conference@gmail.com

Call for Panels
The general theme of the 2013 conference is “Beyond the Culture Industry”. In the past two decades, the cultural sphere of rising Asian economies has increasingly shifted from being marked by the politics of authoritarianism and democratization to being pervaded by the market logic of deepening capitalism. The development of Asian culture industries has come under increasing scrutiny in cultural studies. However, we note that the emphases have been on the cultural policy of developmental states and the production of the cultural economy. For the 2013 conference, we seek to move beyond these emphases and inquire into the politics of culture that accompanies the neoliberalization of the cultural sphere.

We welcome panel proposals of 3-4 papers based on the general theme and other important topics in inter-Asia cultural studies today. Panels proposed will be listed on the Submitted Panels page on the IACS Society website. We will only accept panel proposals, not individual paper proposals. To facilitate panel construction and encourage interaction between scholars, we will be providing the CFP Bulletin Board for prospective panel organizers to put up their panel ideas and contact email — interested presenters are encouraged to either look for a panel to join or to put up a panel idea on the Bulletin Board. The call is now open — please submit your panel proposal using our online form

Accommodation information, registration fees schedule, and other details about the conference will be updated here when they are confirmed.


For enquiries, please email the IACS Society Conference Secretary, Daniel Goh, iacs.conference@gmail.com

10. Study Abroad in Cambodia

In collaboration with the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) and Pāññāsastra University of Cambodia, Global Service Corps (GSC) is proud to launch a Service-Learning Semester Study Abroad Program based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this January. Below, please find a brief summary of the program. For more detailed information on this experience, refer to the full program overview and semester syllabus.
Please share the following information and flyer with interested students and department listservs. If your institution is interested in cosponsoring a program and awarding credits directly or if you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you would like to speak with us directly, kindly reply to this message with the best number and times to contact you.

15 Credit Semester Program: The Role of Civil Society and Buddhism in Post-Conflict Cambodia

Spring: January 7 - April 21, 2013
Fall: September 9 - December 22, 2013 (tentative dates)

Providing an insider’s look into social development in post-conflict societies, the semester course allows students to examine the role that civil society and Buddhism play in rebuilding Cambodian communities following the Khmer Rouge genocide. Incorporating  academic, field work, and group project components, the program is an expansion of Global Service Corps’ community development work in Cambodia and is built on GSC’s successful service-learning study abroad programs in Tanzania. Students attending the 15 week semester program will qualify for 15 transferable semester credits from the University at Albany. 
The program consists of three areas of focus: an intensive three-week foundations course, nine weeks of field work with an NGO engaged in development work in Cambodia, and a final Capstone project. 

Foundations Course (three weeks):
Students will: review key social sectors in Cambodia with a focus on the needs of poor communities to promote inclusive development; examine the unique challenges faced by post-conflict societies; analyze models of social and community development from Cambodia and other countries; and, study the role of Buddhism in development in Cambodia.

The course will be taught at Pāññāsastra University of Cambodia (PUC) in Phnom Penh under PUC professor Dr. Susan Hagadorn, a six-year resident of Cambodia with over 25 years of experience in the public health, non-profit, and NGO sectors.  Dr. Hagadorn has extensive knowledge of social development in Cambodia, and wrote her EdD Dissertation on “Khmer Rouge Survivors Retell Culture for the Children of Cambodia.”  Buddhist staff and students at PUC will join Dr. Hagadorn in the classroom to provide a unique cultural exchange experience and an in-depth look at the role of Buddhism in Cambodia. 
During the first three weeks students will also have the opportunity to experience Buddhist culture firsthand through a two-night stay at one of the most significant monasteries in Cambodia. Students will engage in meditation, chanting, alms giving, and other rituals at the wat and may also have the opportunity to teach beginning English to wat residents.

Field Work (nine weeks):
After the foundations course, students will gain hands-on development experience interning with an NGO involved in development work in and around Phnom Penh. Based on the background of the volunteer and the needs of the community at the time, placements may be in the fields of human rights, public health, mental health, education, politics, or cultural renewal. 

Capstone Project (three weeks):
The final three weeks of the program will consist of academic classes and group work in which students will integrate their course work and field experiences, culminating in final group presentations on their projects as well as required academic papers.

For more information on this program as well as other opportunities for students, please visit http://globalservicecorps.org/site/for-students/

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