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April 20, 2011

Next Generation Fellowship Program - National Bureau of Asian Research

The Next Generation Fellowship Program by The National Bureau of Asian Research will grant a one-year award to two to four fellows annually. Next Generation fellows will work on NBR research projects and participate in the effective delivery of that research to the policy community. The four major components of the Next Generation Fellowship are:
• Publication. A signature element of the program is the completion by the fellow of at least one journal-quality article that could be published by either NBR or an outside scholarly journal.
• Bridging the gap between research and policy. Because NBR believes that writing alone is not adequate to inform policy, the fellow will also participate in NBR’s active outreach toward the policy community in Washington, D.C., through participation in conferences, briefings, and private meetings.
• Gaining in-depth knowledge of U.S. foreign policymaking. Fellows will engage the policymaking community through association with current and former U.S. government officials on the program’s advisory board, the program orientation, the Leadership Forum, and briefings to policymakers.
• Guidance and mentoring. The Next Generation fellows will be incorporated directly into NBR’s substantive policy research projects. Responsible to and guided by the relevant project director, the fellows will be embedded in the workings of an organization that expresses in daily practice the high ideals of the fellowship’s goals.

The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), organizes its research around three broad topics: politics and security, economics and trade, and societies and health. Our current research initiatives within these topics include:
• Politics and Security: The Political and Security Affairs (PSA) group advances NBR’s mission of informing and strengthening policy by engaging in innovative, forward-looking policy research on political and security issues in Asia of critical importance to U.S. interests. The group’s research focuses on three broad areas: Asian Security, Politics in Asia, and Muslim Asia.
• Economics and Trade: The Economic and Trade Affairs (ETA) group leads NBR’s efforts to conduct policy research on the rising economic importance of Asia to the United States. The group’s research initiatives focus on Energy and the Environment and Trade, Investment, and Economic Engagement Issues.
• Health and Society: The mission of the Center for Health and Aging (CHA) is to facilitate dialogue between science, industry, and policy for a healthier world. Toward this end, CHA coordinates innovative research and dialogue on the demographic, economic, social, political, and medical trends related to health and aging across the globe.

Applicants are required to submit the following:
• Curriculum vitae/resume
• 750-word essay stating their qualifications for and interest in applying for the fellowship, particular topical and regional research area, and how their research within that area would contribute to NBR’s research agenda
• Three written references (one professional and two academic) highlighting the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses, leadership potential, and other relevant information, emailed directly by those writing them to NBR with subject line “applicant name, application,” by January 15, 2011
• Application Form

Fellowship Eligibility
U.S. citizenship or permanent residence status (by time of application deadline) is required. The applicant must have completed a master’s degree by the time the fellowship begins. Individuals who have received their master’s degree diplomas up to twelve months prior to the application deadline may apply to the program; exceptions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis. Prospective fellows should apply only for the year that they expect to participate. No deferrals are permitted.

Please email the above materials to nextgen@nbr.org. Should you have any questions about the application process, please email Kailani Chin-Hidano, also at nextgen@nbr.org. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all application materials, including reference letters, are received by January 15, 2011.
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April 12, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS Muslim Religious Authority in Contemporary Asia

Date: 24 – 25 November 2011
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

Most of the world’s Muslim population lives in Asia, but to date this important region continues to be underrepresented in studies of contemporary Islam. Contemporary Muslim leaders across Asia confront major changes in their diverse socio-political environments, experiencing varying degrees of democratization, the rise of populist religious movements, and the (re-) assertion of autocratic rule. Within these contexts, Muslim religious leaders face complex questions regarding how to exercise authority in the public sphere. This workshop will develop a nuanced assessment of the developing roles of Muslim religious leaders (ulama) in modern Asia, pursued through contextualized studies of social, legal and political dynamics of Islamic religious leadership in diverse Asian contexts. In doing so, it will address questions including, but not limited to:

• How do ulama and their religious organizations engage with electoral politics?

• What is the involvement of ulama and their religious organizations with political parties, politicians and the state bureaucracy?

• How are political activities undertaken by ulama and their religious organizations regulated by the state?

• What are the public perceptions of religious leaders who participate in politics?

• What are the potential consequences of ulama involvement in politics? How does their involvement in political activities bolster or compromise their spiritual and communal roles?

We invite those interested in participating in the workshop to submit original paper proposals which should include a title, an abstract of 250 words, a short biography of 100-150 words, and should be submitted using the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Please submit your proposal to Sharon Ong at arios@nus.edu.sg by 1 July 2011. Papers that have been selected will be notified by 1 August 2011. If accepted, the full paper must be submitted by 30 September 2011. Participants are encouraged to seek funding for travel from their home institutions. However, a limited number of travel grants will be available for the participants.


Workshop Convenors

Dr Jeremy KINGSLEY (arijjk@nus.edu.sg)
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Assoc Prof Michael FEENER (arifm@nus.edu.sg)
Asia Research Institute and Department of History, National University of Singapore

Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block, 469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Email: arios@nus.edu.sg
Tel: (65) 6516 8784
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

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April 04, 2011

CFP: Crossing Borders, Traversing Boundaries: Bridging the Gap between International and Internal Migration Research and Theory

Date: 13-14 October 2011
Venue: Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore – Bukit Timah Campus
Seminar Room, Level 10 469A Tower Block, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1159

Within the inter-disciplinary field of migration studies, the division between internal and international migration research and theory has persisted over the past three decades, despite increasing calls to bring these two bodies of literature into engaged scholarly conversation with one another. It is undeniable that a distinction between internal and international migration is important in a world in which national sovereignty is determined both by a state’s ability to determine who might enter and leave, as well as by the ability to enact and enforce the laws that regulate those within its geographic boundaries. Nevertheless, the internal/international division within migration studies is a problematic one, given the highly varied kinds of migration that take place within each of these categories. For example, an internal migrant in China may move thousands of kilometers from a northern village to work in a factory in one of the country’s prosperous southern provinces, while a Shan highlander may move only a short distance across the unmarked Thai-Myanmar border to become an international migrant and refugee in Thailand. Furthermore, internal and international migration, like other migration categories, are linked through complex chains of political, economic, social and cultural processes that shape migration and the experiences of migrants.

Given this complexity and the growing importance of migration in the contemporary world, this conference will provide an important forum for bridging the persistent academic “gap” between these two migration literatures and for working towards more nuanced and theoretically rich research of migration that crosses disciplinary and categorical boundaries. The primary aim of this workshop is to provide an important intellectual space for scholars working on internal and international migration in the region to come together to exchange knowledge, share research findings, explore theoretical points of convergence and divergence within migration studies, and to map possible pathways for future collaboration. Participants will work together in a workshop setting order to:

• Critically interrogate the conceptual divide between internal and international migration through a close investigation of both “macro” processes and “micro” decisions that drive and shape migration within and across national boundaries.

• Identify and develop “nodes” of theoretical convergence where internal and international migration can be linked, compared, and conceptualized as part of larger political-economic processes, particularly in discussions of the relationship between migration and development.

• Promote collaborative exchange, research and writing between scholars working on issues of internal and international migration in Asia by fostering innovative methodological and conceptual approaches to bridge the internal/international migration divide.

• Carefully map out the changing, contradictory and still crucial role of the nation-state in contemporary migration of all kinds, in order to create a more nuanced picture of the ongoing relevance and power of the state (and the limits to state power) in shaping migration in Asia in the current “age of migration.”

We encourage submissions from scholars and researchers working in all aspects of migration research; participants may focus primarily in either international or internal migration, but should have a strong interest in exploring the empirical and theoretical linkages between these two areas while at the conference. Papers from scholars in the region, particularly from China, South Asia and Southeast Asia, are especially welcome.

Among other topics, we are actively seeking papers that address one or more of the following four themes:

1) Underlying Political-Economic Drivers of Internal and International Migration across the Region and World-Wide
Within this theme, we seek contributions on the role of structural political-economic processes operating at and through different spatial scales in “driving” both internal and international migration and in identifying the linkages between them (for example: uneven development, internal displacement and landlessness, national development policies designed to encourage/discourage migration, political turmoil, and regional and global financial crises over the past several decades).

2) Empirical Linkages between Different Groups of Migrants and between Different “Waves” of Migration, Both Within and Between Countries
Participants presenting within this theme will have an opportunity to engage directly with other scholars researching different types of migration in different locations and to explore the intersections, parallels and divergences of migrants’ decision-making processes, migration across the life-cycle, and migrant household strategies. Such an engagement could strengthen theories of migration decision making (for example: whether to migrate internally or internationally, or which household members should migrate and when). Scholars investigating direct and indirect linkages between internal and international migrants, whether through processes of chain migration or “knock on” effects are particularly encouraged to participate under this theme.

3) The Increasingly Complex Role of the State and of National Borders in Contemporary Global Migration
How is the role of the state changing – within borders, at borders, and across borders - in contemporary migration? Papers within this theme will investigate and complicates the role of national borders in migration studies through an examination of the theoretical linkages, parallels and divergences in considerations of citizenship, identity, integration and rights for international and internal migrants.

4) The Need for Critical Evaluation of “Migration and Development” Programs and Policies in Both National and International Settings
The so-called “Migration and Development Nexus” is a major theme in both internal and international development research and policy. This conference will provide an opportunity to critically evaluate the ongoing linkage of migration and development in international development policy and scholarship by utilizing empirical data and current research in two key areas that cross-cut internal and international migration, namely: (a) economic remittances and economic development impacts, and (b) social remittances, social costs, and the global “care crisis.”


Academics, researchers, policy-makers and graduate students are encouraged to submit paper proposals to the conference. Proposals should include a title, an abstract (300 words max.) and a short bio-note of the author(s) (200 words). Please submit and address all applications and enquiries to Dr Maureen Helen Hickey (arimhh@nus.edu.sg) and Dr Melody Lu Chia-Wen (arilcw@nus.edu.sg) by 31 May 2011. Please click here for the Paper Proposal Submission Form. Partial funding will be available for some presenters, particularly from within the region, depending on need and the availability of funds.

Successful applicants will be notified by 30 June 2011 and will be required to send in a completed paper (5,000-6,000 words) by 20 September 2011. Selected papers will be developed and included in an edited journal issue or book.

Prof Brenda Yeoh
Head of Migration Research Cluster, Asia Research Institute, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
Professor, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

Dr Maureen Hickey (arimhh@nus.edu.sg)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Migration Research Cluster, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

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