AAS Dissertation Workshop: Social and Political Implications of New Media in Asia

dissertation workshop site: SeattleThe Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies will offer its fif­teenth con­sec­u­tive Dis­ser­ta­tion Work­shop in con­junc­tion with the annu­al con­fer­ence in Seat­tle in the spring of 2016. The work­shop theme will be “The Social and Polit­i­cal Impli­ca­tions of New Media in Asia.” The work­shop is intend­ed for doc­tor­al stu­dents in the human­i­ties and social sci­ences who are propos­ing or are in the ear­ly stages of con­duct­ing dis­ser­ta­tion research on the con­cep­tu­al­iza­tions, the­o­ries, and the social, polit­i­cal, and cul­tur­al con­se­quences of the New Media with­in and across Asia.

The work­shop is sched­uled for the days imme­di­ate­ly pre­ced­ing the 2016 AAS annu­al con­fer­ence, begin­ning with din­ner on the evening of Mon­day, March 28, con­tin­u­ing for the next two and a half days of intense dis­cus­sion, and clos­ing with lunch on Thurs­day, March 31.

Work­shop enroll­ment will be lim­it­ed to twelve stu­dents, ide­al­ly from a broad array of dis­ci­plines and work­ing on a wide vari­ety of mate­ri­als and in var­i­ous regions of Asia. It also will include a small mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary and mul­ti-area fac­ul­ty with sim­i­lar inter­ests. 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.

Appli­ca­tions con­sist of two items only: a cur­rent cur­ricu­lum vitae and the dis­ser­ta­tion pro­pos­al, or if the research and writ­ing are under way, a state­ment of the spe­cif­ic issues being addressed, the intel­lec­tu­al approach, and the mate­ri­als being stud­ied. Nei­ther the pro­pos­al nor state­ment should exceed ten dou­ble-spaced pages in length using stan­dard-sized fonts.

Appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als should be sent as e-mail attach­ments to Michael Paschal (mpaschal@asian-studies.org) no lat­er than Jan­u­ary 8, 2016. Include “Dis­ser­ta­tion Work­shop Appli­ca­tion” in the e-mail sub­ject box.

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 in Jan­u­ary.

The AAS will pro­vide lim­it­ed finan­cial sup­port for par­tic­i­pants, includ­ing three nights’ accom­mo­da­tions, meals, and par­tial “need-based” trav­el funds. Stu­dents are encour­aged to approach their home insti­tu­tions for addi­tion­al sup­port. It is hoped that par­tic­i­pants also will attend the AAS annu­al con­fer­ence imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing the work­shop.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the work­shop, or eli­gi­bil­i­ty, con­tact Michael Paschal at mpaschal@asian-studies.org or David Szan­ton at Szanton@berkeley.edu. Fac­ul­ty hav­ing relat­ed research inter­ests who would be inter­est­ed in serv­ing as men­tors for the work­shop should con­tact David Szan­ton for details. Mod­est sup­ple­men­tal fund­ing will be avail­able to men­tors to help off­set relat­ed costs.