Call for Proposals: Fourth AAS-in-Asia Conference

AAS-in-Asia 2017 conferenceThe Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies and the Korea Uni­ver­si­ty Research Insti­tute of Kore­an Stud­ies invite sub­mis­sion of pro­pos­als for orga­nized pan­els and round­ta­bles to be pre­sent­ed at the fourth AAS-in-ASIA con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will take place June 24 – 27, 2017, at Korea Uni­ver­si­ty in Seoul. No indi­vid­ual paper pro­pos­als are being accepted. 

The con­fer­ence pro­gram com­mit­tee is seek­ing pro­pos­als deal­ing with all regions of Asia on a wide range of sub­jects under the theme “Asia in Motion: Beyond Bor­ders and Bound­aries.” Pro­pos­als on this theme may cov­er diverse top­ics such as polit­i­cal and eco­nom­ic changes, lit­er­ary and cul­tur­al expres­sion, envi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­i­ty, media and pop cul­tur­al pro­duc­tion, food and ener­gy pol­i­cy, new mod­els for Asian enter­prise and busi­ness, and glob­al­iza­tion and urban growth.

Pro­pos­als are wel­come from Asian stud­ies schol­ars wher­ev­er they may be based. They are espe­cial­ly encour­aged from schol­ars rep­re­sent­ing aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ties that are rel­a­tive­ly under­rep­re­sent­ed in inter­na­tion­al meet­ings. One of the goals of the con­fer­ence is to fos­ter dia­logue and schol­ar­ly com­mu­ni­ca­tion that cross the ordi­nary (often nation-spe­cif­ic) bound­aries of aca­d­e­m­ic networks. 

The pro­gram com­mit­tee will give pref­er­ence to pro­pos­als that include par­tic­i­pants from two or more coun­tries, whether the pan­el focus­es on a sin­gle nation or cul­ture or on some com­par­a­tive dimen­sion. The com­mit­tee dis­cour­ages pan­el pro­pos­als from groups of schol­ars com­ing from the same insti­tu­tion. Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, pan­els with diverse (gen­der, aca­d­e­m­ic rank, nation­al ori­gin, dis­ci­pli­nary approach) par­tic­i­pa­tion will be favored over nar­row­ly con­struct­ed pan­els. Pan­els that address top­ics of broad rel­e­vance are also preferred.

The dead­line for sub­mit­ting pro­pos­als is Octo­ber 31, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EST.

For more infor­ma­tion about the con­fer­ence and for pro­pos­al sub­mis­sion guide­lines and pro­ce­dures, vis­it the Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies Web site.

AAS NEAC Korean Studies Grant Opportunities

NEAC Korean studies grantThe North­east Asia Coun­cil of the Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies has a num­ber of Kore­an stud­ies grant oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able as a result of fund­ing from the Korea Foundation.

Grants are avail­able in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: North Amer­i­ca or Korea/​Outside North Amer­i­ca research trav­el; Korea conference/​seminar/​workshop orga­ni­za­tion; Korea instruc­tion­al mate­ri­als acqui­si­tion; and invi­ta­tion of dis­tin­guished speakers.

The dead­line for receiv­ing grant appli­ca­tions in the AAS Ann Arbor, Michi­gan, office is Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 1, 2016. Award noti­fi­ca­tion will be made by the end of April 2016. Projects must begin after May 1, 2016, and be com­plet­ed with­in one year of award.

Note that the North Amer­i­ca and Korea/​Outside North Amer­i­ca research trav­el grants require that appli­cants be cur­rent mem­bers of the Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies at the time of appli­ca­tion. Reap­pli­ca­tion restric­tions apply for these research trav­el grants.

AAS grants take the form of reim­burse­ment rather than pay­ment in advance, and only after project com­ple­tion and grant report/​form sub­mis­sion. Orig­i­nal receipts need to be retained and reim­burse­ment is only for actu­al expens­es incurred up to the amount of the grant awarded.

Full descrip­tions of the grant cat­e­gories and require­ments and a link to the appli­ca­tion form are avail­able on the AAS Web site:

Ques­tions about the grants may be direct­ed to Jack­ie Page (

For infor­ma­tion about the NEAC pro­gram to sup­port pub­lic pre­sen­ta­tions by senior schol­ars in Kore­an stud­ies at Amer­i­can col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties, see Dis­tin­guished Speak­ers Bureau.

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 ( 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 or David Szan­ton at 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.

Call for Papers: Online Teaching in Asian Humanities

image: Seattle skylineThree or four con­trib­u­tors are need­ed to par­tic­i­pate in a pan­el about online teach­ing at the Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies 2016 Annu­al Con­fer­ence in Seat­tle March 31-April 3, 2016.

This pan­el will pro­vide insights into inno­v­a­tive approach­es to online teach­ing (web-con­fer­enc­ing, hybrid method) and course redesign and will dis­cuss the oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges of online class­es in the Asian human­i­ties. Appro­pri­ate papers will describe emerg­ing meth­ods that opti­mize online teach­ing, dis­cuss poten­tial legal/​copyright issues as well as the con­se­quences of col­lab­o­rate efforts between uni­ver­si­ties and gov­ern­ment-fund­ed insti­tu­tions to cre­ate online classes.

Inter­est­ed par­ties should address ques­tions and pro­pos­als to Maya K. Stiller (, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of Kore­an art and visu­al cul­ture, Uni­ver­si­ty of Kansas, 209 Spencer Muse­um of Art, 1301 Mis­sis­sip­pi St., Lawrence, KS 66045, USA.

The dead­line for sub­mis­sion of abstracts is June 19, 2015.

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: For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the work­shop struc­ture and eli­gi­bil­i­ty, con­tact David Szan­ton ( Ques­tions con­cern­ing admin­is­tra­tive mat­ters and the appli­ca­tion process should be direct­ed to Nicole Restrick Lev­it (