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August 30, 2011

Apply Now! Application deadline for 2011 Taiwan Fellowship is extended to September 26!

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Posted by zzhu at 05:39 PM

August 28, 2011

Confucius Institute Managing Director, College of William and Mary

The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia seeks to fill the position of Managing Director for its Confucius Institute (WMCI), a new collaborative initiative with the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) and Beijing Normal University (Beijing Shifan Daxue). The purpose of the Institute is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of China through primarily expanding the study of Chinese language and culture at the College of William and Mary and in the neighboring communities of Virginia.

This position is a fixed-term appointment for one year with annual renewals.The Managing Director is responsible for the operational aspects and day-to-day administration of the Institute. The incumbent works closely with the Director of the WMCI and carries major responsibilities in the supervision of the Institute' programs, financial operations, program logistics and other needs of the Institute. The work involves designing, implementation, coordination and administration of educational, scholarly, and community out-reach and engagement programs.The major tasks also include developing budgets, making grant proposals to Hanban, and managing all the financial needs and activities of the Institute. The successful candidate will design and participate in cultural events, and will initiate and maintain contacts with all interested and participating units at the College, external organizations and corporations, and K-12 schools over collaborative projects and programs. S/he will also assist with program evaluation and with determining the direction of the future educational curriculums, research activities, cultural programmings and training programs.

The successful candidate will have a comprehensive knowledge of education curriculum, instructional practices, service delivery, research or administration.Considerable knowledge of state and local government policies and procedures and state agency functions is also required.This position also requires the candidate to have excellent people and communication abilities, knowledge of information systems for word processing and spreadsheet application, resource allocation skills and budget management skills.Candidate must be fluent in English and proficient in Chinese.

A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required along with prior experience with program administration, grant writing and/or development. An advanced degree is preferred, and experience working in a higher education institution with diverse faculty and students is ideal.

For full consideration visit http://jobs.wm.edu and submit a cover letter, résumé and the names and contact information for 3 professional references. The site will prompt for names and contact information of your references. After submission, your referees will be contacted by us via email to submit a letter of reference. All inquiries about this position should be directed to Dr. Yanfang Tang, Chair of the Search Committee, at yxtang[at]wm[dot]edu.

Review will begin September 12, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. The College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Posted by zzhu at 08:32 PM

August 27, 2011

IIAS Call for Papers - Third Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network: Connections, Corridors, and Communities

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)

Third Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network

Connections, Corridors, and Communities

Deadline for applications: 1 December 2011
Conference dates: 12 - 15 October 2012

Host: Centre for Southwest Borderland Ethnic Minority Studies, Yunnan University (YU), Kunming, China

Prof. He Ming (YU), Dr. Joy Bai (YU), Dr. Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam, UvA), Prof. Willem van Schendel (UvA) and Dr. Erik de Maaker (Leiden University)

Extensive land and maritime networks have crisscrossed Asia for centuries, providing the basis for encounters between diverse ethnic, linguistic, economic, religious, and political groups. Today, developments such as new infrastructural projects, an increase in media access, and renewed interest in shaping cross-border cultural identities serve to both underscore these long-standing linkages and create new forms of connections across Asia. During the 3rd Asian Borderlands Research Conference in Kunming, we invite submissions that address continuities and ruptures along routes and borders in Asia, broadly related to the theme, "Connections, Corridors, and Communities".

• Connections: How are Asian borderlands made more (or less) visible through the study of cross-border connections? In what ways does the idea of the "borderland" remain resilient throughout political and historical ruptures? What are the characteristics of various kinds of connections that are being created (as well as cut off) in Asian borderlands?
• Corridors: Are networks and paths throughout Asian borderlands being forged, reopened, diverted, or closed, and what are the effects of such processes? Can one conceive of "corridors" in relation to maritime or island borderlands, information technology networks, or bodily borders in Asia?
• Communities: What constitutes a "community" or "communities" in and across Asian borderlands, and how might these be contingent upon other factors, such as politics, environmental issues, and history? What are some of the barriers and restrictions to the creation of communities in the context of Asian borderlands? In what ways is a community defined by the state, by organizations, and/or by local individuals?

Since one of the main goals of this conference is to spur collaboration and conversation across diverse fields in the hope of building up a more nuanced picture of the intersections and relationships across Asian borderlands, submissions are invited from scholars, writers, policy studies researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media, and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. We invite conceptually innovative papers, based on new research, in order to develop new perspectives in the study of Asian Borderlands.

Only a small number of individual papers will be selected. We therefore encourage you to submit a full panel or roundtable proposal. We will consider proposals for panels and roundtables that have a thematic focus, are of a comparative character, and involve scholars or practitioners affiliated with different institutions.*

*New to this Asian Borderlands conference, the roundtable format is intended to allow for a more open forum on a broader theme. Typically, panelists will each address the main issue or topic of the roundtable, and the remainder of the time is open for an informal discussion between the panel members and a more extended question-and-answer period with the audience. Some examples of wide themes in relation to Asian borderlands may include, but are not limited to: migration; security; gender; technology; environmental issues, etc.

Please visit http://asianborderlands.net to submit proposals. The deadline is 1 December 2011.

Participants will be notified towards the beginning of the year 2012.

Very limited financial support may be made available to specific scholars residing in Asia and some junior or low-income scholars in other parts of the world. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please submit along with your abstract for a panel and/or paper a short letter stating the motivation for your request. Please also specify the kind of funding that you have applied for or will receive from other sources. Please note that the conference operates on a limited budget, and will not normally be able to provide more than a partial coverage of the costs of travel.

Further information about registration fees, the venue, and logistics will be provided on the ABRN website once the panels have been accepted.

For more information, please visit the website at http://asianborderlands.net, or email info@asianborderlands.net

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a postdoctoral research centre based in the Netherlands. The Institute encourages the interdisciplinary and comparative study of Asia and promotes national and international cooperation. The Institute focuses on the human and social sciences and on their interaction with other sciences.

Posted by zzhu at 03:22 PM

IIAS Summer Programme 2012 - World Wide Asia: Asian Flows, Global Impacts

The International Institute for Asian Studies Summer Programme in Asian Studies
World Wide Asia: Asian Flows, Global Impacts
A four-day master class followed by a two-day international conference
Date: 27 August - 1 September 2012

Venue: Leiden, the Netherlands

Deadline for applications: 16 November 2011, 9.00 am (CET)

The second IIAS Summer Programme in Asian Studies will partner with the Leiden Global Interactions Research Group (LGIG) at Leiden University to critically explore Asian migrations as a globalizing force. The flows of people, goods, capital and ideas within and from the Asian continents have been transforming the global landscape for centuries. Arguably, this influence has become more recognizable and acute in the present day.

The study of Asian mobilities can provide important insights into the conditions, processes and effects of globalization and historical global forms. In order to gain a nuanced understanding of Asia's role in the transformation of the global, the workshop and conference will focus on exploring the social, historical, political and economic conditions that give rise to particular forms of Asian migration and the diverse impacts they have in various local and global arenas. This master class seeks to cultivate Asian perspectives on historical and contemporary forms of migration and their impact on shaping global-local landscapes, practices, relationships and structures.

The programme invites applications from PhD candidates and advanced research master's students whose work deals with some aspect of Asian migration. Students from Asia and non-European/Atlantic institutions are especially encouraged to apply.

The programme will be run by three leading scholars in the fields of global migration history, the history of globalization, and modern Asian history: Prof. Leo Lucassen (Leiden University), Prof. Adam McKeown (Columbia University) and Prof. Radhika Singha (Jawaharlal Nehru University), respectively.

These scholars will combine their expertise to provide participants with an intensive and interactive experience. The master class will focus on student works. Students will, therefore, be expected to provide a working research paper and will have the opportunity to present their work and get productive critical feedback from the conveners and their student peers.

The programme will close with a two-day conference on the same theme of Asian Migrations, featuring international scholars. Summer Programme participants will be given opportunities to meet and interact with the conference panelists and a select number of students may be invited to present their research in one of the conference sessions. All students will be invited to attend the conference and participate in the discussions.

Information and Application form:
Please visit www.summerprogramme.asia for more information on the Summer Programme, the requirements and the application form.

For questions, please contact Ms Martina van den Haak at M.C.van.den.Haak[at]iias[dot]nl

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a postdoctoral research centre based in the Netherlands. The Institute encourages the interdisciplinary and comparative study of Asia and promotes national and international cooperation. The Institute focuses on the human and social sciences and on their interaction with other sciences.

Posted by zzhu at 03:19 PM

August 14, 2011

Alumni in greater China are invited to meet Professor Linda Lim in Shanghai!

What’s Up With the World Economy?
What is China’s Role?
And What Does the Rest of the World Think?

Linda Lim
Professor of Strategy
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan

Shanghai, China, August 28, 2011

The summer of 2011 has been a turbulent time for the world economy, what with the prolonged European debt crisis, the equally prolonged domestic political fracas over the U.S. debt-ceiling resulting in S&P’s downgrade of U.S. government debt, Japan’s difficulties recovering from the March earthquake and tsunami and its impact on global manufacturing supply-chains, the end of fiscal and monetary stimulus in the developed world, the rise of inflation and asset-bubble fears in emerging markets, volatility in commodity prices and currencies, and an overall slowdown in global economic recovery from the financial crisis and deep recession of 2007-08. The recent plunge in global stock markets has led to fears that another global recession may be developing.

Prof. Lim will consider the implications of all these global and associated regional developments for China’s evolving role in and impact on the world economy, including currency fluctuations, international trade and investment relations, and the strategies of multinational corporations. She will also discuss views of China’s evolving role among other world economic actors, including the U.S., Europe, Latin America and other Asian countries.

Please e-mail wustefan[at]gmail[dot]com for event information.

Posted by zzhu at 02:56 PM

August 12, 2011

China Business Challenge 2011 - Enter Today!

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The China Entrepreneurship Network is proud to host it's first annual China Business Challenge (CBC) to promote social entrepreneurial ventures in China.

CBC is a business model competition designed to challenge U of M future leaders' entrepreneurial abilities to tap China's exponentially growing market and to solve world's problems.

Prizes: $2,000 in 1 of 2 categories
Date: October 5, 2011
Location: University of Michigan Ross School of Business

Website: http://cbc.ourcen.com
Contact: CENOrganizer[at]gmail[dot]com

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Posted by zzhu at 12:00 PM