AAS/SSRC Dissertation Workshop: Religion and the State in Asia

image: SSRC/AAS logosThe Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies and the Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil, with sup­port from the Hen­ry M. Luce Foun­da­tion, have announced the fourth joint­ly orga­nized AAS/SSRC Dis­ser­ta­tion Work­shop. The work­shop will be held March 23–26, 2015, in con­junc­tion with the AAS annu­al con­fer­ence in Chica­go.

This work­shop, with the theme “Reli­gion and the State in Asia,” is intend­ed to bring togeth­er doc­tor­al stu­dents, regard­less of cit­i­zen­ship, in the human­i­ties and social sci­ences who are devel­op­ing dis­ser­ta­tion pro­pos­als or are in ear­ly phas­es of research or dis­ser­ta­tion writ­ing; who are plan­ning, con­duct­ing, or are in the ear­ly phas­es of writ­ing up dis­ser­ta­tion research on the dynam­ics of reli­gion, com­mu­ni­ty, and the state in Asia; and who sense the sub­stan­tive and the­o­ret­i­cal val­ue of locat­ing their project in a com­par­a­tive geo­graph­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal con­text.

The work­shop will be lim­it­ed to twelve 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 pri­or to the 2015 AAS annu­al con­fer­ence in Chica­go. It will cov­er two and one-half days of intense dis­cus­sion begin­ning the evening of March 23 and run­ning through Thurs­day, March 26.

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 5, 2015.

Full details regard­ing the work­shop and appli­ca­tion process are avail­able on the SSRC Web site: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/aasworkshop/. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the work­shop struc­ture and eli­gi­bil­i­ty, con­tact David Szan­ton (szanton@berkeley.edu). Ques­tions con­cern­ing admin­is­tra­tive mat­ters and the appli­ca­tion process should be direct­ed to Nicole Restrick Lev­it (levit@ssrc.org).