The 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 (firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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.