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August 15, 2012

2013 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships & Refresher Grants for Advanced Study of Asian Languages

Blakemore language grants are awarded to individuals pursuing professional careers in fields such as business, academia, journalism, law, science, medicine, architecture, engineering, the fine arts, public service, education, etc. who would benefit from improved fluency in an East or Southeast Asian language.

The Blakemore Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2013 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships and Blakemore Refresher Grants. The postmark deadline for applications is December 31, 2012. For application forms, eligibility requirements, grant guidelines and instructions see the Foundation's website at www.blakemorefoundation.org.

For 2013, the Foundation plans to award approximately 12-15 grants for the advanced study of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer and Burmese. The grants cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses.

The Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund an academic year of advanced language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei, and similar programs in other countries of East and SE Asia. Where there is no structured advanced-level language program at an educational institution in the country, the grant may provide for the financing of private tutorials under terms set forth in the application instructions. The fellowships are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the U.S. who have an undergraduate degree and are pursuing academic, professional or business careers that involve the regular use of an East or Southeast Asian language. The most important criteria for selection is a focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which the regular use of the language is an important aspect.

Blakemore Refresher Grants are intended to provide mid-career professionals an opportunity to renew their East Asian language skills by attending a language program in Asia for a summer or semester of intensive full-time language study at the advanced level. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., working as a professional in an Asian field, or teaching in an Asian field as a professor at a college or university in the United States, or be a former Blakemore Freeman Fellow.

Posted by zzhu at 02:12 PM

Assistant Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina

Chinese and Comparative Literature
Assistant Professor

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the Chinese Program (http://www.cas.sc.edu/dllc/) at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the field of Chinese and Comparative Literature. Primary fields of expertise in the field of pre-modern Chinese and Comparative Literature; secondary field, Asian, World, or European literature and/or theory. Preference given to candidates whose primary field of expertise is Tang and/or Song Dynasty literature. Teaching responsibilities: two courses per semester in Chinese language and our nationally-ranked Comparative Literature program. Ph.D. in Chinese or Comparative Literature in hand by August 2013. Native or near native fluency in Chinese and English required.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, representative scholarly work and three letters of recommendation to:

Recruitment Coordinator: Chinese and Comparative Literature
ATTN: Terri Lucas
USC Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
1620 College St. Columbia, SC 29208 USA

For full consideration, all application materials must be received no later than October 15, 2012.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Posted by zzhu at 02:06 PM

August 14, 2012

Harvard University Search in Modern Chinese Humanities

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in MODERN CHINESE HUMANITIES, expected to begin on July 1, 2013. We are particularly interested in scholars who combine strengths in film and/or media studies with interdisciplinary range. We would also welcome applicants whose research encompasses other areas of modern Chinese humanities, including cultural and literary studies, Sinophone studies, and thought. All applicants should possess a high level of proficiency in Chinese.

The successful candidate should demonstrate the capacity for excellence in teaching as well as research, and will be expected to teach a range of offerings related to Chinese humanities, from introductory undergraduate lecture courses through graduate seminars.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, the names and contact information of three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and a statement of current and future research plans. To ensure full consideration applications should be submitted online by October 12, 2012 at: http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/4237

Harvard is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

If you encounter technical difficulties with or have questions about the application process, please contact us at chaireal@fas.harvard.edu.

Posted by zzhu at 07:52 PM

August 10, 2012

ACLS Announces New Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce the launch of a new program in support of China studies, made possible by a grant of $1.2 million from the Henry Luce Foundation.
The program aims to assure the continuing vitality of American scholarship on China when the need for understanding one of the world’s oldest continuing civilizations is ever more apparent. “The Henry Luce Foundation has been a steadfast advocate for and benefactor of the study of China for three-quarters of a century,” said ACLS President Pauline Yu. “We are grateful for its generosity and particularly honored that the Foundation’s directors chose to designate this new grant as one of the special initiatives marking its 75th anniversary.”

The Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies will aid scholars embarking on careers in research and teaching on Chinese history, literature, culture, and society. Annually, it will award stipends for pre-dissertation research in China, grants for collaborative reading workshops that unite a number of disciplines and scholarly generations, and postdoctoral research fellowships for scholars within eight years of the receipt of the Ph.D. These awards are designed to compensate for the decline in funding for early-career researchers at many American institutions of higher education. By supporting research in China, Luce/ACLS awards will also facilitate connections between American specialists and their Chinese counterparts, relationships that reflect the increased scholarly trade between the two countries.

“China is intimately connected to the Foundation’s history and lies at the heart of our Asia Program,” said Michael Gilligan, President of the Luce Foundation. “We are delighted to continue a relationship with ACLS on the study of China that began with our first grant to the Council in 1971, at a time when the country was still closed to Americans. With the breathtaking pace of change in China now, it is more important than ever to nurture expertise and encourage contacts.”

“ACLS shares with the Henry Luce Foundation the conviction that understanding China is both a national priority and a vital intellectual goal if we are to thrive in today’s world, and in tomorrow’s,” commented President Yu. “Over the past century American scholarship on China has become enormously strong and capacious, but to remain vital such knowledge must be constantly renewed and extended. This program will assist the scholars who will do that.” An understanding of the importance of China studies marked the ACLS’s earliest history. The first formal meeting of the ACLS, in 1920, concluded by resolving to promote China studies in the American academy. Since then, the Council’s work has supported individual and collaborative research, conferences, scholarly associations, publications, libraries, and exchange programs. ACLS and the Henry Luce Foundation have partnered in many of these areas; the recently concluded program in East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History being the most recent joint effort.

More information on the new program may be found here. The deadline for applications for the first competition is November 15, 2012.

Posted by zzhu at 12:58 PM

August 03, 2012

Job opening at Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, University of Montana

Assistant Director, China Relations Liaison/Outreach, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center

Job Description

The Assistant Director, China Relations Liaison/Outreach for the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center (“Center”) at the University of Montana will share leadership in the Center’s East Asian Programs. The position will work as part of a leadership team tasked to provide academic oversight, courses, exchanges, extensive university and community programming, including federally funded training/exchange programs, aimed at increasing understanding between the United States and the people of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. These duties include involvement in strategic planning, communication with foreign partners, assistance in the coordination of grant-funded and other programs, and representing the Center within the University, the community, and the state.

The position will also play a key role in furthering the program goals of The Confucius Institute (“Institute”), which is administered by the Center. Program goals include fostering knowledge and appreciation of Chinese history, Chinese culture, and Chinese language in the state of Montana, including the creation of courses in Chinese language and culture offered in public schools (K-12) through teacher training and diverse forms of public, community, and media outreach. Position will also work with other staff to determine Institute strategy, plan its events, and prepare budget and the annual financial report. Finally, the position will serve as the chief point of contact between the Institute and both Chinese authorities and Chinese university partners, as well as with the public, including various state education officials and education district supervisors, and media outlets.

About Us

The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center is an academic unit of The University of Montana dedicated to enhancing mutual understanding between the United States and Asia, particularly East Asia and India. It does so by assisting in campus instruction; fostering university and community links with Asia; and providing distance learning, public education, and service to the community, the state, and the nation. Established in 1983 with an endowment from the U.S. Congress, the Center honors and continues the legacy of Asian education and ethical public service for its name sakes: Senator Mike Mansfield and his wife, Maureen Hayes Mansfield.

The University of Montana provides a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, diversity, collegiality, innovative thinking and teamwork, making it a great place to grow and develop professionally.

Nestled in the Rocky Mountain grandeur of western Montana, Missoula is the hub of five valleys and three major rivers – the Blackfoot, the Bitterroot and the Clark Fork. Roughly halfway between Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, Missoula is a blend of small-town charm and big-city sophistication.

Learn more about The University of Montana and the Missoula community at the following websites.

Mike and Maureen Mansfield Center - http://www.umt.edu/mansfield/default.aspx
The University of Montana – http://www.umt.edu
City of Missoula - http://www.ci.missoula.mt.us

Required Experience

Master’s degree in East Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, or a closely related field, plus two years of work experience (in the United States or abroad) in a position requiring application of knowledge of Chinese society and culture is required, as is fluency in oral and written Chinese.

To apply, please click here.

Application deadline is September 10, 2012.

Posted by zzhu at 02:29 PM

August 02, 2012

Call for Papers: Fourth Annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

April 26-27, 2013, Stanford University

The joint organizing committee of the Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Conference Modern Chinese Humanities invites currently enrolled graduate students to submit paper proposals for its meeting on April 26-27, 2013 at Stanford University.

The conference will bring together a keynote speaker and approximately twelve graduate students to present innovative research on any aspect of modern Chinese cultural production in any humanistic discipline. We encourage interdisciplinary scholarship within and between literary and cultural studies, cultural history, art history, film and media studies, musicology and sound studies, as well as the interpretative social sciences.

Conference registration is free; lodging at Stanford will be provided by the Berkeley-Stanford organizing committee for all conference presenters. Please submit a 300-word paper proposal and a short bio via our online submission form [http://ceas.stanford.edu/resources/chinese_humanities_Form.php] by November 16, 2012.

Posted by zzhu at 02:53 PM

Asian Borderlands Conference: Connections, Corridors, and Communities

Third Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network:
Connections, Corridors, and Communities

The conference is organized by the Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore; International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands; the Asian Borderlands Research Network; in collaboration with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore

Date: 11-13 October 2012
Venue: University Hall, National University of Singapore, Lee Kong Chian Wing, 21 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore 119077

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 Singapore, presentations will 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?

Conference registration fee - Observers
The registration fee includes a conference kit, teas, lunches and one dinner.

Regular (before 1 September): 125 euro
On-site: 150 euro

(PhD) students:
Regular (before 1 September): 80 euro
On-site: 100 euro

Information and Registration
For more information and registration, please visit the website at http://asianborderlands.net

* Prof. Prasenjit Duara (Asia Research Institute of the National University of Singapore)
* Prof. Tansen Sen (Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore)
* Prof. Willem van Schendel (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
* Dr. Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
* Dr. Erik de Maaker (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

Posted by zzhu at 02:39 PM