The 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Questions concerning administrative matters and the application process should be directed to Nicole Restrick Levit (email@example.com).