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October 26, 2009

AAS Dissertation Workshop, Philadelphia, March 28–31, 2010

"Popular Culture and Social Change"


The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce plans for a ninth consecutive AAS Dissertation Workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting in Philadelphia next spring. The workshop will again be organized and led by David Szanton, and follow the model used in previous workshops.

No longer are Asian studies largely focused on courts and peasants, ancient cultures, classical texts, and traditional forms. Today all across the humanities and social sciences scholars are approaching and re-interpreting a rapidly changing Asia through various forms of popular culture (film, sports, TV, music, dance, radio, online networks, fiction, fashion, cuisine, fan clubs, martial arts, bars, drugs. etc.), concerned with how it is both producing and marking social, and cultural change all across the region. Intergenerational differences and tensions are growing all across the region, often with serious political consequences. Popular culture, as an alternative “unofficial view of the world,” as a form of subtle or overt resistance to the hegemonic, has become an important lens for approaching and analyzing Asia’s rapidly expanding middle classes, urbanization, consumerism, differentiation and stratification, political mobilization, geographical mobility, diasporic influences, and both transnational and globalizing sensibilities.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences who are (1) developing dissertation proposals or are in early phases of research or dissertation writing; and who are (2) also dealing with the kinds of issues mentioned above in the context of contemporary or historic Asian states and societies.

The workshop will be limited to 12 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 following the 2010 AAS annual meeting in Philadelphia. It will cover two and one-half days of intense discussion beginning the evening of Sunday, March 28, and running through the afternoon of Wed. March 31.

The AAS will be able to provide limited financial support for participants including three night’s accommodations, meals and “need-based” travel funds up to a maximum of $300. Students needing additional funds to attend the workshop are encouraged to approach their home institutions for support. It is hoped that participants also will attend the AAS annual meeting immediately prior to the workshop.

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:

(1) Two copies of a current Curriculum Vitae, and

(2) Two copies of the dissertation proposal, or if the research and writing is well 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 10 double-spaced pages in length. Application materials (hard copy only, no email) must reach the Dissertation Workshop Program, AAS, 1021 East Huron St, Ann Arbor MI, 48104, no later than December 11, 2009.

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 by early January.

For further information about the workshop, or eligibility, please contact Michael Paschal (mpaschal@asian-studies.org) or David Szanton (Szanton@berkeley.edu)

Posted by zzhu at October 26, 2009 06:01 PM