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September 18, 2012

Call for Dissertation Workshop Proposals Theravada Civilizations

Call for Dissertation Workshop Proposals
Theravada Civilizations

Theravada Buddhism is practiced throughout the world with over 150 million practitioners settled primarily in Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, and Thailand. The South and Southeast Asian diaspora communities as well as the rise in global interest in vipassana meditation has led to the growth of Theravada Buddhism in the Americas, Australia, Japan, and Europe. The scholarly study of Theravada Buddhism began with the scrutiny of Pali literature, but now covers many disciplines including literature, ethics, anthropology, philology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, political science, urban studies, and art and material culture.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students and/or post-doctoral academics in the humanities and social sciences who are (1) developing dissertation proposals or are in early phases of research, dissertation writing, or revising dissertations for publications; and who are (2) engaging some aspects of Theravada classical and/or vernacular literature and/or researching aspects of Theravada history and cultural practice among South or Southeast Asian communities.

The workshop will be limited to 6 doctoral students and/or post doctoral academics, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials in a variety of time periods on themes related to Theravada traditions and communities in Southeast Asia. It will provide a day of intense discussion, presentation, and close review of dissertation proposals, outlines, and/or draft review on March 6, 2013. Priority will be given to doctoral candidates at North American universities.

The /Theravada Civilizations Project/ will be able to provide 1,000 US dollars in support for participants to help cover travel and accommodation. Meals will be provided at the workshop. Students needing additional funds to attend the workshop are encouraged to approach their home institutions for support.

Applicants need not have advanced to candidacy but must have at least drafted a dissertation research proposal to apply. Applications are also welcome from doctoral students in the early phases of writing their dissertations. Applications consist of two items only:

(1) A current Curriculum Vitae, and

(2) A dissertation proposal, or 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 must reach Ashley Thompson at a.c.thompson@leeds.ac.uk no later than November 30, 2012. 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. Applicants will be notified in early January 2013. For further information about the workshop, or eligibility, please contact Dr. Thompson at the above email address.

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Call for Papers The Afterlives of Empire

2013 Association of Asian American Studies Conference

April 17-20, 2013
Seattle, Washington

Deadline for Submission: October 15, 2012
See AAAS website for abstract submission details at aaastudies.org/content/index.php/conference/call-for-papers

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Call for Papers (Re)Constructions: Researching and Rethinking Asia

York Centre for Asian Research, Toronto, Canada
April 26 and 27, 2013

PDF version: www.yorku.ca/ycar/Events/reconstructions_call.pdf

How does scholarship of or about "Asia" contribute to dispelling geographies of ignorance?* How can our own work better contribute to understanding, and pointing out the misunderstandings, of the categories, spaces and frameworks constructed as part of Asian Studies within and beyond the territorial limits of "Asia"?

The question of reconstructing the conceptual frameworks for research in Asia and Asian Diaspora has been actively debated in the last few decades, reflecting dynamic changes in both scholars' and broader society's notions of "Asia." These discussions pay critical attention to the modern politics of constructing Asian spaces and identities, and of disseminating knowledge of the area throughout the world. The disciplinary divides traditionally associated with Area Studies are also being contested, and more interdisciplinary approaches are being demanded for researching Asia.

Taking up this challenge, the conference seeks graduate student research that can speak to ways of rethinking the epistemologies and methodologies of researching Asia, and reconstructing conventional categories and frameworks from a broad range of disciplines. The theme for this conference seeks to build upon the successful YCAR Graduate Student Conference in 2008.

Interested participants should submit a paper title, abstract with keywords (250 words maximum) along with brief biographical information (name, affiliation, stage of graduate study) by December 1, 2012. Successful candidates will be contacted by January 15, 2013 and must submit completed papers by March 25, 2013. Please email submissions to the conference organizers at: YCARreconstructions2013@gmail.com

More information about the conference can be found on the conference web site:

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September 13, 2012

Transnationalism, Gender Hierarchies and Masculinity in Asia

Date: 11-12 March 2013
Venue: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Website: http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/events_categorydetails.asp?categoryid=6&eventid=1355

This workshop will address issues of masculinity and men’s experiences in contexts of heterosexuality, migration, and transnationalism. Studies that theorize gender in transnational contexts have overwhelmingly focused on women’s experiences. These include the feminization of migration, foreign domestic workers, marriage migration, and transnational sex work among others. Men and masculinity often figure peripherally in such studies. Although attention to masculinity has increased substantially over the past decade, the marginalization of men in gender theory and related scholarship remains prevalent. Our objective is to place masculinity, and especially heterosexual masculinities, at the center of analysis.

The specific analytic for this workshop to address is the (re)ordering and (re)valuing of status hierarchies in relationship to heterosexual masculinities. Social status is of particular importance to men. Such hierarchies have to do not only with mere socioeconomic status, but are also ordered through ideas of race, nationality, citizenship, and other non-economic or not purely economic indexes. A second, and related focus of the workshop will be the ways in which men establish and sustain relationships with women and other men through family, kinship and other social institutions. We seek to understand how men become embedded and disembedded within social relationships.

Our workshop aims to build explicitly on the existing and emergent literature on masculinity, while at the same time going beyond existing contributions. The workshop will examine following questions:

• How masculinities are constructed under particular conditions, including particular contexts of migration and regimes of neoliberal commodification and value?
• How do heterosexual men live their lives in relation to women and other men?
• How are men’s experiences embedded or disembedded vis-a-vis traditional or newly emergent assemblages of gender, power, economics and cultural ideals.
• How do states or other institutions shape masculine ideals and practices?


Paper proposals should be submitted using this form and include a title, abstract (500 words maximum) and a brief personal biography (150 words) by 19 October 2012. Please send the form in word document format to Drs Lee and Zhang at arilho@nus.edu.sg and arizj@nus.edu.sg

Successful applicants will be notified by 26 October 2012 and will be required to submit a draft paper (approximately 6,000-8,000 words) by 22 February 2013.



Dr LEE Hyunok
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
E| arilho@nus.edu.sg
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
E| arizj@nus.edu.sg

Assoc Prof Eric THOMPSON
Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
E| socect@nus.edu.sg


Miss Sharon ONG
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
#10-01 Tower Block,469A Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
E| arios@nus.edu.sg
T| +65 6516 8784
F| +65 6779 1428

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