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Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 2012: Issue No. 19, February 24, 2012 - last issue before Spring Break!

* Note: There will be no newsletter on March 3 or March 10. Newsletters will resume on March 17, 2012.

The weekly CEAS Newsletter notifies East Asianists in our region of events and opportunities of interest. Notices appear under eight headings:

  1. University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events
  2. Regional East Asia Events
  3. Employment and Internship Opportunities
  4. Fellowship and Award Opportunities
  5. East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries
  6. Conferences and Workshops
  7. Call for Submissions
  8. Opportunities for Teachers

* Indicates notices appearing for the first time.

If you have notices in these categories that you would like posted here, please send them to meljen@sas.upenn.edu.

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(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events

Saeyoung Park, Assistant Professor of History, Davidson College- "From Zero to Hero: Memory and Counter-narrative in the Early Modern Korean Public Sphere"

Date: Monday, February 27, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: College Hall 200

This paper examines the rehabilitation of General Im Kyŏngŏp, a seventeenth-century official in Chosŏn Korea. Im served variously under Ming, Qing, and Chosŏn command, at times even leading forces against a country that had rewarded him for previous meritorious service. Hence, his life reflected the fraught transnational context of the Ming-Manchu conflict in the tumultuous seventeenth-century. But by the late eighteenth-century, the Chosŏn state promoted Im as an ideal subject and honored his loyal service through state-sanctioned commemoration. Today, the memory of Im remains largely positive; twenty-first century Koreans know him predominantly as a Chosŏn hero or as the object of shamanic supplication.

By juxtaposing official accounts, literati essays, legal cases, and historical fiction, this paper’s excavation of hidden narratives reveals that Im was far from the hero that he has been imagined to be. Actually, Im was a deserter and a suspected traitor at the time of his death. This paper suggests that Im’s rehabilitation attests to the growing power of a reading public and the influence of popular culture on political discourse in an early modern public sphere.


* Korean Studies Colloquium, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies


Tiancheng Wang, University of Pennsylvania- "China's Possible Paths to Democracy”

Date: Monday, February 27, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Location: Silverman Hall Room 240B

Wang Tiangcheng earned his B.A. from Hunan Normal University and his law degree from Peking University, where he served as law lecturer. He was active in the 1989 prodemocracy movement and later helped found an independent political party, the Liberal and Democratic Party of China, and was involved in the Free Labour Union of China. Wang was detained in December 1991 and charged with “actively taking part in a counter-revolutionary group” and “carrying out counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement.” In 1992, he was sentenced to a five-year prison term.

Since his release in 1997, Mr. Wang has published influential and prize-winning papers on the rule of law and constitutionalism in China, and has called publicly for a reconsideration of government policies on Tibet.


* CEAS China and International Human Rights Colloquium, Penn Law School


Ken Tadashi Oshima, Associate Professor, University of Washington - "Panoramic Possibilities of the Pavilion"

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Kroiz Gallery of the Architectural Archives, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 220 South 34th Street

Pavilions realized at international fairs uniquely materialize the fantasy of other worlds through their temporal and transportable nature. Philadelphia has been the site of many such structures including British designer Thomas Jeckyll’s Japanese-inspired pavilion at the 1876 Centennial Exposition and Shofuso at Fairmount Park, originally displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1954-55).  This talk will discuss the vicissitudes of this building typology through these examples and beyond in a narrative that continues to today.


* Society of Architectural Historians Philadelphia Chapter


Carl Minzner, Fordham University Law School- "China's Turn Against Law"

Date: Monday, March 12, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Location: Silverman Hall Room 240B

Carl Minzner is an expert in Chinese law and governance. He has written extensively on these topics in both academic journals and the popular press, including his forthcoming article in the American Journal of Comparative Law exploring Chinese authorities’ shift against legal reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as op-eds appearing in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Christian Science Monitor. Prior to joining Fordham, he was an Associate Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, he has served as Senior Counsel for the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, International Affairs Fellow for the Council on Foreign Relations, and Yale-China Legal Education Fellow at the Xibei Institute of Politics and Law in Xi'an, China. He has also worked as an Associate at McCutchen & Doyle (Palo Alto, CA) and as a Law Clerk for Hon. Raymond Clevenger of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


* CEAS China and International Human Rights Colloquium, Penn Law School


Hideki Kanda, Professor of Law, University of Tokyo - “Puzzles on Comparative Corporate Governance: Rethinking the Linkage Between Laws and Ownership”

Date: Monday, March 12, 2012
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Levy Conference Center, Penn Law School
  The Institute for Law and Economics cordially invites you to attend a lecture with Hideki Kanda. Hideki Kanda is Professor of Law at the University of Tokyo. His main areas of specialization include commercial law, corporate law, banking regulation, and securities regulation. He taught as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School in 1989, 1991 and 1993, and as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in 1996. His corporate law book is the standard text on the subject in Japanese universities. He has written many articles in English as well as Japanese in his areas of specialization. He is widely regarded as the top corporate and securities academic in Japan.

* Institute for Law and Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School


* James Lewis, University Lecturer in Korean History and Fellow of Wolfson College University of Oxford - "Trade, Sex, and Diplomacy: A Few Illustrations of Images of Japan in Chosŏn Korea and Images of Korea in Tokugawa Japan"

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Stiteler B26

The purpose of the lecture is to raise questions about boundaries and the images they created between Korea and Japan prior to the nineteenth century. The lecture opens with a broad survey of Korean-Japanese relations from the time of the Waegu/Wakō pirates, through the Imjin Waeran/Bunroku-Keichō no eki, to focus on the period from the seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. The Imjin Waeran broke down Korean internal social hierarchies, confirmed a civilised-vs-barbarian view of the world, and established a Korean mentality that held clear images of we-Koreans and they-Japanese. Did it leave some kind of proto-nationalism? As we move into the post-Imjin period, the lecture looks at sexual incidents connected with the Waegwan (Japan House) in Pusan to consider sexual and security boundaries between Koreans and Japanese and what sorts of images that created. Were the strict punishments meted out to Korean women indicative of concerns that went beyond state security and viewed Japanese as morally dangerous? Trade issues introduce a third, economic boundary and raise questions about self-image: did the Japan trade threaten treasured notions of economic autarky? Finally, the Korean Communication Embassy to Japan is discussed to introduce a fourth boundary that was cultural: did the Korean disdain for the Japanese as uncultured and the Japanese disdain for the Koreans as cultured but effete have repercussions in later periods?


* Philip Jaisohn Distinguished Lecture, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies


* Global Literacy in the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects, featuring IRINA BOKOVA, DIRECTOR-GENERAL, UNESCO

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Hall

EZEKIEL EMANUEL, Professor and Vice Provost for Global Initiatives
ANDY PORTER, Dean, Graduate School of Education
NERISSA COOK, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

RICHARD WHELDEN, Director, USAID Office of Education
MOSES OKETCH, Reader, Institute of Education, University of London
VIVIAN GADSDEN, W. T. Carter Professor of Child Development and Education

DAN WAGNER, Professor and UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy


* Sponsors: Office of the Provost, Graduate School of Education, PennGSE International Educational Development Program & International Literacy Institute; In recognition of the inauguration of the UNESCO-Penn Chair in Learning and Literacy


* Harry Wu, Laogai Research Foundation - China's Laogai: “Reeducation through Labor” Imprisonment and Human Rights Violations

Date: Monday, March 19, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Location: Silverman Hall Room 240B

In 1960, Wu was condemned as a counterrevolutionary by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Due to his class background and political views, he spent 19 years in the Laogai- China's forced labor prison camps. After his release, Wu immigrated to the US and founded the Laogai Research Foundation in 1992. In 1995, Wu was rearrested while doing undercover research in China, but due to international pressure, he was exiled rather than having to serve another 15 year prison term. Wu has written many books and has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2008, the LRF established the Laogai Museum in Washington, DC to spread awareness about China's rights abuses and memorialize the millions of victims of China's communist regime.

In addition to sharing his own story of persecution, Mr. Wu will introduce students to the Laogai, a countrywide forced labor prison system modeled on the Soviet gulag, which was established by the Chinese Communist Party in 1949. "Laogai" is an abbreviation of laodong gaizao (劳动改造), which means "reform through labor". Thus, the Laogai serves two purposes: to produce products for the profit of the state, and to reform the political and ideological thought of the prisoners so that they fall in line with CCP ideology. Since 1949, an estimated 40-50 million have been jailed within, many of whom were prisoners of conscience. Although much has changed in China since the era of Mao Zedong, the Laogai system remains in place today and continues to imprison common criminals as well as political prisoners.


* CEAS China and International Human Rights Colloquium, Penn Law School


* Guobin Yang, Columbia University and Barnard College -"Internet Activism and Human Rights in China"

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 5:45 pm
Location: Silverman Hall Room 240B

* CEAS China and International Human Rights Colloquium, Penn Law School


* Pierce Salguero, Penn State University, Abington College - "Buddhist Medicine in Crosscultural Translation: Disease, Healing, and the Body in the Chinese Tripitaka"

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2012
Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Stiteler B26

As huge volumes of Buddhist literature were transmitted to China in the early medieval period, translators faced the challenge of rendering in a new language the wide range of Indian technical and scientific terminology found in their source texts. My research investigates the translation of medical doctrine in a large collection of Chinese Buddhist sources translated during the medieval period (200-800 C.E.) in light of methodologies developed in the field of Translation Studies. I examine the wide range of translation strategies employed in the attempt to make foreign knowledge accessible to Chinese readers. The decision to use translation terms that underscored the foreignness of the source texts, or conversely to use vocabulary drawn from the Chinese context that emphasized Buddhism's compatibility with indigenous knowledge, were important choices that had an appreciable impact on Buddhism's ability to position itself within the Chinese religiomedical landscape. Acts of translation were not only means by which Buddhist ideas and practices could be explained to Chinese audiences, but simultaneously were also acts of boundary-work and identity-construction by which claims of superiority over other contemporary traditions could be established and maintained, and by which Buddhism's unique contributions to China could be showcased. Understanding the Chinese reception of Indian medicine as a process of negotiation and adaptation allows historical analysis to move beyond a limited focus on the so-called accuracy of translations, instead revealing the cultural resonances and social logics of translated texts in their historical context.


* CEAS Humanities Colloquium


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(II) Regional Events Related to East Asia

* Buddhist Ethics Reading Group - Cultivating Empathy for the Enemy: A Conversation on Buddhist Ethics

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: 5 Ivy Lane, Princeton University
Website: http://www.princeton.edu/csr/current-research/buddhist/berg/

The Buddhist Ethics Reading Group (BERG) is a forum for all to consider and evaluate, from many angles, a Buddhist approach to ethics. The 2011-2012 group will meet approximately once a month over dinner to discuss the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryāvatāra) by the great Indian Buddhist author Śāntideva. The book is a classic of Buddhist ethics, in which moral challenges, psychological insights, and a distinctive wit coalesce into strategic advice for personal cultivation. From a unique, Buddhist perspective, the work addresses universal questions of responsibility, compassion and nonviolence. The conversations will each be addressed to a passage from the Guide, and co-facilitated by Prof. Jonathan Gold of the Department of Religion and Khenpo Lama Pema Wangdak of the Vikramasila Foundation. 


Contact Jonathan Gold (jcgold@princeton.edu) to reserve dinner.



Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time: 9:30 am–5:30 pm
Location: 101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University
Registration: http://www.princeton.edu/tang/symposia/gs/

Myths and orthodoxies have given rise to compelling beliefs and canonical lineages in the arts and art histories of East Asia. The narratives of myths and orthodoxies uphold certain “truths” at the expense of others to serve the needs of those who perpetuate them. But only certain histories become “orthodox,” and only particular stories take on the title of “myth.” The “myths” and “orthodoxies” of historiography exert a further force that shapes the history of art. How do these stories sustain their power, and when do they lose power? Who decides? Do visual materials create, communicate, and maintain myths and orthodoxies in certain ways that texts can never accomplish?

This program brings together graduate students in East Asian art history from across the U.S. and Europe to discuss such questions. The keynote speaker, Professor Donald F. McCallum of UCLA, sets the stage for a diverse program of topics that cover all areas of East Asia geographically and span a broad range of topics: from textual orthodoxies of calligraphic replication to conflicting orthodoxies of vision and rhetoric in Chinese painting, orthodoxies of iconographic Buddhist transmissions, mythologizing effects of secret Buddhist images, myths of the distant other, and political uses of the mythological past.

Please direct inquiries to Lucy Weise (lweise@princeton.edu) or call 609-258-1741.

  * Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
Cosponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum


Great East Japan Earthquake Commemoration Concert - "Overcoming the Disaster: Gratitude from Japan to the World"

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 60th Street
Registration: http://www.princeton.edu/tang/symposia/gs/

On the first anniversary of the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami, a worldwide series of free concerts has been dispatched to convey the Japanese people's sincere gratitude to the global community for its tremendous outpouring of support. On Tuesday, March 6 at 7:30 PM, The Japan Foundation will present "Overcoming the Disaster: Gratitude from Japan to the World," at Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center on Broadway at 60th Street New York City. The event features noted musicians from Japan of various genres, including artists from Tohoku, the region most greatly impacted by the disaster. 

The Japan Foundation is the organizer of this New York concert and the entire worldwide tour. The aim of the concerts is to show that Japan is steadily heading towards recovery with a new "Kizuma" - bonds of friendship - with the international community.

The evening will begin with a prayer for The Earth and for disaster victims anywhere. Eight troupes, involving 31 musicians, will be presented. Headliners will include Ondekoza, seven players of enormous taiko drums whose performance is a fusion of dance and drumming. This performance will also include New York children playing bamboo instruments that will be fashioned in a workshop led by musicians of Ondekoza on Sunday, March 4 at Avenue C Studios on the Lower East Side.

Also headlining will be Wakumizu Kagura, a folk performing arts group from the area stricken by the earthquake and tsunami. Kagura is a Shinto theatrical dance, involving music and vibrant Kabuki-esque theater. Fifteen performers will appear.

The evening will also include Kazutoki Umezu with brass quartet Umezu Chibi Brass; Ochi Brothers (percussion duo), Sizzle Ohtaka (vocals), Suguru Ikeda (vocals & Iriomote sanshin, a stringed instrument), Yoichi Nozaki (electric piano), Yumiko Tanaka (traditional shamisen and vocals), and Bamboo Orchestra featuring Kimihiro Kitamura.

Information on the worldwide concert series is available at: http://www.overcoming-disaster.jp/en/ (English) and http://www.overcoming-disaster.jp/ (Japanese).

  * Organized by The Japan Foundation


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(III) Employment and Internship Opportunities (in order of application deadline)

Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania - Associate Director

The Center for the Study of Contemporary China < http://cscc.sas.upenn.edu/> seeks a staff associate director to provide program, administrative, and financial leadership for this new center at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Center for the Study of Contemporary China (CSCC) will advance Penn’s leadership in programs, research, and scholarship about the political, legal, economic, and social factors shaping China and its role in the world today.   The Center will sustain and extend the University’s work on and partnerships in China, providing an institutional home for campus-wide collaboration among departments, programs, institutes, faculty and students at Penn engaged in work pertaining to contemporary China. Activities will include conferences, roundtables, and a speaker series.  The Center will also provide support for faculty and graduate student research and serve as host for visiting international scholars and prominent public leaders.

Working closely with the faculty director and faculty associate director, the staff associate director will develop and manage the Center’s programs to advance research on contemporary China, promote international collaboration, and strengthen relevant educational and outreach activates at Penn.  The staff associate director will also be responsible for developing publicity and online support for the Center’s programs.  In addition, working with the faculty directors and other offices at Penn, the staff associate director will be directly involved in the Center’s routine financial planning, as well as preparation of grant proposals and fundraising activities.

The CSCC Associate Director is a staff position.  While research competence will be valued, the primary responsibilities of the role are managerial. Applicants must demonstrate the experience, knowledge, and strong interpersonal skills necessary for organizing programs about contemporary China on the Penn campus and, as opportunities arise, in China.  Applicants must have strong writing and communications skills, a Bachelor’s degree, and at least two years of work experience. Fluency in Mandarin and English, as well as the ability to read Chinese are also required.   A background in the social sciences and educational training that has emphasized contemporary China are preferred; work experience in academic, non-profit, or government organizations is desirable.  


Please submit resumes online at the University of Pennsylvania’s Human Resources website:

Friends of the Japanese House and Garden (FJHG, Recreational Specialty Instructor - deadline to apply: March 1, 2012

RSI is a seasonal hourly position at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Japanese House and Garden is a 17th century style Japanese house in the west section of Fairmount Park.  RSIs are an integral part of the site’s day-to-day operations and serve an important role in interacting with the public.

Key Responsibilities
- Assist in caring for and maintaining the historic Japanese house, including cleaning and light gardening
- Provide tours of the house and garden to groups and casual visitors
- Promote site security and compliance with site policies
- Lead special programs for group tours (e.g. tea tasting, origami lesson)
- Staff the guardhouse, including admissions, gift shop, phone calls, email
- Daily cash register bookkeeping
- Staff special programs (e.g. Moonviewing, Summer Concert)
- Staff private rentals (e.g. weddings and commitment ceremonies)
- Other duties as assigned

Desired Competencies
- Oral communications – Will have an interest in working with the public and strives to present the best possible attitude when presenting information about the organization.  This person should enjoy working with both children and adults.
- Sensitivity – Will work with guests from a variety of cultural, social, and age backgrounds.
- Interpersonal skills – Will work well with others in this small and close-knit organization.  This person should be able to build and maintain strong and positive relationships.
- Creativity – Plays an active role in customizing tours and activities for guests.  Should handle unexpected situations well.
- Outdoorsy – Comfortable working outdoors for extended periods of time while still maintaining an energetic, friendly, and professional demeanor.

Website:  http://www.shofuso.com/?page_id=1664

Applications due by March 1st.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter via mail, email, or fax to:
Derek Finn, Site and Program Manager
Friends of the Japanese House and Garden
5070 Parkside Ave. #2104
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Fax: 215-878-5097

One-year Non Tenure-track Assistant Professor/Lecturer Position in Chinese at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA - deadline to apply: March 7, 2012

Morehouse College seeks candidates for a one-year non tenure-track Assistant Professor/Lecturer position in Chinese beginning Fall 2012.

Appointment: The Department of Modern Foreign Languages at Morehouse College seeks a faculty member who can teach all levels of Chinese language. This is a one-year full-time position for an Assistant Professor/Lecturer of Chinese with the possibility of reappointment based on evidence of sound teaching and participation in departmental activities. Morehouse College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualifications: The candidate must have a Masters degree in Linguistics or in a related field (a Doctorate is preferred), native or near-native fluency in Mandarin and English, and knowledge of current technologies in language acquisition/pedagogy. Candidate must be able to teach all levels of Chinese language and culture. Preference will be given to candidates with training and/or experience in teaching Chinese in an intensive program. Commitment to and evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching is especially important. Familiarity with a small liberal arts education institution (2,000 -3,000 students) is preferred. Position will also involve assisting the summer China study abroad program at Shanghai University. 

Application: Send application letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials to hyang@morehouse.edu and yang.morehouse@gmail.com. Electronic application is preferred. If electronic application is not possible, hard copies can be sent to:

Dr. Henrietta Yang
Director of Chinese Studies Program
Department of Modern Foreign Languages
Morehouse College
830 Westview Dr. S.W. 
Atlanta, GA 30314

Application review begins March 7, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Any questions concerning the position can be directed to Dr. Henrietta Yang at both hyang@morehouse.edu and yang.morehouse@gmail.com.

Lecturer in China Studies, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY - deadline to apply: March 15, 2012

Stony Brook University's Department of Asian and Asian America Studies invites applications for a full-time lecturer in China Studies, beginning Fall 2012. Responsibilities include teaching three courses per semester on different aspects of traditional and contemporary China, supervising summer/winter study abroad programs in China as needed, and contributing to the development of the China Studies program in general. 

Required: Candidates must possess a Ph.D. or ABD in a discipline related to China Studies with a diverse academic background in the discipline. They must be qualified to teach lower-division and upper-division courses in Chinese culture, society, politics, economy and environment. The ideal candidate will have some experience in teaching China Studies courses, academic advising of China Studies students and development and enhancement of academic programs related to China Studies. 

Preferred: Ability to liaise with U.S.-based academic and cultural organizations and think-tanks involved with China or U.S.-China relations. Experience in developing campus- and community-related cultural events and programs (outreach activities), films and talks. Experience in organizing, guiding and supporting student clubs. Maintenance of the China Studies program website. 

To apply, submit a State employment application, cover letter with a statement of teaching interests and experience, curriculum vitae, two sample syllabi of relevant courses and three reference letters to: Darlene L. Prowse, Lecturer (7132) Search, Department of Asian and Asian American Studies, Humanities Building, Room 1046, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-5343. For a full position description and/or application procedures, visitwww.stonybrook.edu/jobs (Ref. #F-7132-12-02).

Stony Brook University/SUNY is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.

Apply Here: http://www.Click2Apply.net/2g8hmwn

Assistant Professor of Chinese at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA - deadline to apply: March 15, 2012

TENURE-TRACK ASSISTANT PROFESSOR WHO IS A SPECIALIST IN CHINESE LITERATURE OR CULTURE beginning September 2012. This position is interdisciplinary, with primary teaching responsibilities in Chinese language and literature, as well as general survey courses focused on East Asian civilization and/or culture.

DEPARTMENT The department of 40 full- and part-time faculty offers programs in French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Classics, Arabic and Russian. Faculty teach at all levels of an undergraduate program and are expected to undertake research and participate in service opportunities. Several department faculty participate in such interdepartmental programs as Canadian American Studies, Linguistics, Latin American Studies and East Asian Studies.


- Ph.D. by time of appointment in Chinese Literature, East Asian Studies, or related field with significant emphasis in Chinese literature or culture; 
- Native or near native Chinese and English fluency; 
- Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching;
- Demonstrated ability to teach courses in Chinese Literature and East Asian civilization or culture; and 
- Demonstrated commitment to excellence in scholarship and a dynamic research agenda. 


-Familiarity with and sensitivity to cultural diversity concerns.

Western Washington University is a public four-year institution with competitive admissions. WWU consists of 7 undergraduate colleges plus the Graduate School, with a total enrollment of approximately 15,000.

Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, a city of approximately 81,000. Situated between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., in an area of scenic beauty and extensive cultural opportunities, WWU offers easy access to major research libraries.

Candidates should submit a letter of application describing teaching philosophy and research plans, CV, graduate school transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a sampling of teaching evaluations. An electronic application must be submitted through the following site: http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/hr/employment/AppInst.shtml

Direct any inquiries to:

Dr. Karen Bradley, Chair
Modern and Classical Languages
TEL: (360) 650-3919
FAX: (360) 650-6110

Review of applications begins March 15, 2012; position is open until filled.

Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan - Summer 2012 Internship Opportunity - deadline to apply: March 30, 2012

The Japan Information & Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan seeks unpaid, part to full-time interns (12-35hrs/week) for the Summer term. Internship start/end dates and hours are customized with the academic schedule of the chosen candidate.

The JICC is a part of the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy of Japan in Washington, DC. Our primary role is to promote better understanding of Japan and Japanese culture by providing a wide range of information, educational services, and programs to the public. We strive to build bridges between cultures through various activities such as film screenings, art exhibitions, an online newsletter, and school programs. The JICC is the gateway to connect the American public to Japan and the interns are an integral part of our efforts.

Website: http://www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JICC/employment.html#intern

DK’s International Programs in Beijing, China - Instructors Needed

DK Education, based in Beijing, provides international education programs to Chinese students interested in going to university in the United States. We are currently looking to recruit around twenty new teachers for the fall semester of next year.  The instructor positions are challenging jobs with large amounts of responsibility, but present valuable opportunities for people who want to learn more about China and gain international work experience.

The English website contains information on the positions, the programs and how to apply, and can be found at this link  http://dkip.com.cn/en/

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(IV) Fellowship and Award Opportunities (in order of application deadline)

Center for the Study of Contemporary China, at the University of Pennsylvania - Postdoctoral Fellowship - deadline to apply, March 1, 2012

The Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship during the 2012-2013 academic year. 

The CSCC supports research on all aspects of contemporary China that fall within the broad mission of the CSCC described on our home page.  Applications are welcomed from scholars who have received their Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last two years, or who expect to complete their degree by June 2012.

Fellows at the CSCC will pursue their own research and participate in the activities of the Center.  The fellowship includes a stipend of $45,000-50,000, depending on experience, a $2500 research fund, and health insurance.

The University of Pennsylvania is an EO/AA employer and we welcome applications from women and minorities.  Applications will be reviewed starting March 1, 2012.  To receive full consideration, your application should be received by that date.  To apply, send a C.V., a research statement, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation to cscc-contact@sas.upenn.edu

Website: http://cscc.sas.upenn.edu/post-docs

Penn Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships - deadline to apply: March 2, 2012

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study.

The goals of the fellowship program are:  

  • To assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area or international studies.
  • To foster foreign language acquisition and fluency.
  • To develop a domestic pool of international experts to meet national needs.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Title VI National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.    

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applications by students in professional fields are encouraged. Preference will be given to applicants with a high level of academic ability and with previous language training. Academic Year and Summer FLAS awards are two separate competitions requiring two complete and separate applications.   

Students receiving Academic Year Fellowships must be enrolled in full-time study for the duration of the FLAS award and must take one language course and one related area or international studies course each semester. Academic Year Fellows must be admitted to or enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs at the University of Pennsylvania. FLAS awards may be used in some cases for students participating in official overseas language programs and in very limited cases for dissertators. Please see the FLAS FAQ page or contact the relevant FLAS Coordinator.   

Summer Fellowships are for intensive language programs either domestically or abroad and require a separate application from the Academic Year Fellowship (minimum contact hours and duration of summer courses are outlined in the FLAS FAQ section).

Website: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/flas/

* PENN STUDENTS ONLY: James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies Graduate Research Grant - deadline to apply: March 2, 2012

James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies will award grants, each in an amount up to $2,000, to assist Penn graduate students in their research related to Korean studies. Any student enrolled in a graduate degree program at Penn is eligible to apply. Awards will be made on the basis of the competitively established merit of the proposals. A completed application form and a faculty recommendation letter must be e-mailed to Kim Program (kim-pks@sas.upenn.edu) by 5 pm, Friday, March 2, 2012. Award notifications will be e-mailed by late March.

Website: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/koreanstudies/academics.html

US Embassy Policy Specialist Program (EPS) - deadline to apply: March 14, 2012

The sponsor offers US senior scholars an opportunity to conduct research abroad while serving as experts to a US embassy. Successful applicants will demonstrate how their experience, skills, and knowledge will benefit US Embassy personnel, as well as the academic merit and feasibility of their proposed research.

E-mail: eps@irex.org
Web Site: http://www.irex.org/application/us-embassy-policy-specialist-program-eps-application
Program URL: http://www.irex.org/project/us-embassy-policy-specialist-program-eps

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (UGRAD)--Host Institutions - deadline to apply: March 30, 2012

Applications are now available for institutions interested in being considered as a host for the 2012-2013 Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia & Central Asia. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Eurasia and Central Asia (Global UGRAD) will provide fellowships for 62 promising underrepresented, non-elite undergraduate students from Eurasia and Central Asia for one academic year of fulltime, non-degree study in the United States in any academic field.

E-mail: ugrad@irex.org
Web Site: http://www.irex.org/application/global-undergraduate-exchange-program-eurasia-and-central-asia-global-ugrad-host-univers
Program URL: http://www.irex.org/project/global-undergraduate-exchange-program-eurasia-and-central-asia-global-ugrad

Japanese Association of University Women International Fellowship - deadline to apply: April 20, 2012

The Japanese Association of University Women takes pleasure in announcing its 2012 International Fellowships Programme for women who are carrying out or would like to carry out independent research or advanced study at the post-graduate level in Japan.

E-mail: jauw@jauw.org
Web Site: http://www.afgwnsw.org.au/
Program URL: http://www.beasiswaonline.net/2012/02/international-fellowships-programme.html

* PENN STUDENTS ONLY: Y. H. Park Fellowship in Korean Studies - deadline to apply: early May 2012

The Y.H. Park Fellowship funds a Ph.D. or a master student in the humanities, social sciences, international management, international studies, or fine arts whose primary research area is Korea and whose dissertation will be on Korea. Applicants are expected to continue their scholarly activities outside of Korea after completion of their degrees. They must have sufficient Korean-language proficiency to use Korean-language sources in conducting research and writing dissertations. The Park Fellowship will provide funding of approximately $33,000 (sufficient to cover the cost of Reduced Ph.D. Tuition, a 12-month stipend and health insurance). In order to apply, student must first secure nomination by the head of his or her department/program. Each year, the deadline is usually in early May. For more information, please contact Associate Director of Education Karen Lawrence.

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(V) East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries (in order of application deadline)

The City University of Hong Kong Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a focus on Asia and Asian writing - deadline to apply for 2012 Cohort: March 31, 2012

The CityU Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is now accepting applicants for the 2012 Cohort, which begins next summer. We are the only MFA in the world with a specific focus on Asia and Asian writing in English.

We're also the only low-residency MFA in Asia, and offer a flexible and affordable international course of study for those with busy lives. Candidates for the degree may be resident anywhere in the world. This model is designed for individualized and highly effective one-on-one distance mentoring by our international faculty, supplemented by short and intensive writing workshop residencies in Hong Kong.

Launched in 2010, this two-year, 45-credit postgraduate degree is taught by well-published, award-winning, international poets and writers who are all experienced and qualified teachers of advanced creative writing. The CityU MFA programme is an intensive and rigorous curriculum that accepts applicants in three genres: creative non-fiction, fiction and poetry.*
To ensure programme quality, we take a limited number of applicants each year and candidates for the degree are admitted to specialize in one of the three genres offered. The main criterion of admission is the quality of the applicant's creative work, and applicants are advised to send their best writing samples for consideration.**

For detailed information, please visit http://www.english.cityu.edu.hk/mfa.

Admission consultation sessions
 with Xu Xi, Writer-in-Residence & MFA Programme Leader are available by appointment (in person or by phone/SKYPE). Email mfawriting@cityu.edu.hk or call +852 3442.8732.

Meiji University, "Cool Japan" Summer Program - earlybird deadline to apply: February 29, 2012; final deadline to apply: March 31, 2012

The Meiji University Cool Japan Summer Program 2012 is a series of lectures, workshops and field trips on a wide variety of subjects relating to Japan's contemporary image. In this program, we will explore and contextualize these disparate phenomena to create a clearer image of "Japan" in today’s global society. We invite you to discuss many issues of "Japan" with some of the leading researchers in the fields of humanities and social sciences, including lecturers from the professional business field. Through this course, you can acquire a broader understanding of Japanese culture, as well as its creativity and potential.

Website: http://www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/english/programs/cooljapan/index.html

Beijing Foreign Studies University, Master’s in East-West Relations - deadline to apply: April 30, 2012

The Center for East-West Relations (CEWR) at Beijing Foreign Studies University in Beijing, China is now accepting applications for the East-West Relations M.A. program to begin Fall 2012. This unique M.A. program focuses on the importance of culture in international diplomacy and international communication. The curriculum is constructed in a way to provide students with an understanding of the background assumptions and priorities that inform Eastern and Western policies and practices. All major courses will be taught in English, but students will be expected to participate in Chinese language courses during the two-year program.

We believe that this is an excellent opportunity for students to learn about culture in an international setting with some of the best scholars of comparative politics, philosophy, and culture.

Information about the program can also be found on our website at www.cewr-china.com.


Meiji University, Japanese Language Program (Summer) - deadline to apply: April 30, 2012

Following up on it 2011 program, the Meiji University Japanese Language Education Center will offer a short-term Japanese Language Program in July to August 2012.

The program cultivates study of Japanese language, culture and society from various aspects.

Highly motivated participants can expect Meiji University’s up-to-date educational, media and support facilities to meet their every need. A Meiji University affiliated organization, the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures is available any time and Japanese students will support your study of Japanese and join various events with you.

Website: http://www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/english/programs/mjlp/summer.html

Kathmandu University - Centre for Buddhist Studies, Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepalese Summer Programs - deadline to apply: May 1, 2012

Kathmandu University - Centre for Buddhist Studies is now accepting applications for its Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepalese summer intensive language courses offered in 2012. This summer the language programs include three levels of colloquial Tibetan (beginning, intermediate, and advanced), beginning Sanskrit, and beginning Nepalese. An introductory Buddhist Studies intensive, combining study and a meditation practicum, is also offered.

The courses, which are structured as a full immersion into the local languages and cultures, include the opportunity to live with Tibetan and Nepalese families. All classes are held at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery, just a few minutes' walk from the Great Stupa of Boudhanath in the Kathmandu Valley.

Website: www.cbs.edu.np/summer-courses/

Meiji University, Summer Program in the Social Sciences - deadline to apply: May 18, 2012

This two-week summer program is designed for non-Japanese students to study law, politics and economics in socio-cultural contexts in Japan. All courses are conducted in Japanese in an interactive way. The program will provide the opportunity to discuss hot issues in contemporary Japanese society. Course topics include the constitutionality of citizen lay participation as lay judges in court trials, recent developments in Japanese-style employment, Japanese views of life and death, problems arising from the shrinking population, the future of the Japanese economy, the feasibility of East Asian Community and others.

The program also includes field trips to important institutions such as the national Diet, the Court, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a law firm and a prison.

Meiji University is located at the center of Tokyo, where participants will be able to see and learn how legal, political and economic institutions function in the Japanese society. We welcome everybody who would like to learn about Japan in Japanese.

Website: http://www.meiji.ac.jp/cip/english/programs/sssp/index.html

Institute for Field Research, Yangguanzhai (China) Summer Program

This course has two goals: (1) to introduce students to field methods in archaeology--including a practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, lab, and field cataloging methods; and (2) to give students a basic exposure to the materials of Chinese archaeology and to how archaeology is practiced in China.

The course will take place at the prehistoric village site of Yangguanzhai in the Jing River Valley, approximately 25 kilometers north of the ancient city of Xi’an, in northwest China. This field school is a collaborative project between the Institute for Field Research, the Shaanxi Archaeological Academy and Xibei University in Xi’an, China, and California State University Northridge. The course begins on June 17 and will meet every weekday until July 21. Students will spend the first week in Xi’an for five days of lectures and instructional museum tours. The classroom lectures will focus on some of the most important archaeological finds in the Wei River valley, as well as discussing various anthropological themes as they relate to the Yangshao culture and the Yangguanzhai site. Important themes covered in the class include origin of agriculture, animal domestication, sedentary villages, ritual, and craft specialization.

The following four weeks will be spent in the field performing survey, excavation, and lab work at the Yangguanzhai Station near the Yangguanzhai site. Students will live in a student dormitory at Xibei University while in Xi’an and in the Mingzhu Hotel near the site while at Yangguanzhai.

Location: China-Yangguanzhai
Region: Asia
Type: Field Archaeology
Instructor: Dr. Ye Wa
Dates: Jun 17, 2012 - Jul 21, 2012
Enrollment Status: OPEN
Website: http://www.ifrglobal.org/programs/current/china-yangguanzhai

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(VI) Conferences and Workshops (in order of application deadline)

Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) and Japan-America Student Conference(JASC) - deadline to apply: March 1, 2012

The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) and Japan-America Student Conference(JASC) are recruiting bright and adventurous college (and grad) students for summer 2012. JASC is the oldest student-run exchange between the U.S. and Japan, founded in 1934. KASC launched in 2008, answering the call for closer ties between students in the U.S. and Korea.

In themselves, the Conferences are an unforgettable experience. Each lasts nearly a month (KASC: July 2-29; JASC: July 25-August 19), involving students from the U.S. and partner country. This year, the Conferences take place in the States. Universities across the nation will host students as they travel to four diverse sites. All selected applicants become delegates, who research roundtable topics and meet with experts in their respective fields. Each Conference boasts 5-8 roundtables, ranging from politics to the arts. These KASC and JASC pages share greater detail of sites and roundtables.

The Conferences are held in English, no Korean or Japanese language skills are required! Students may come from all sorts of backgrounds and academic disciplines. The only eligibility requirements are fulltime enrollment as undergraduate or graduate students in the U.S.—and genuine interest in U.S.-Asia relations. The student participation fee is $3000 for U.S. students (the real cost is more than $7000). Each year, students of JASC and KASC meet with great success in raising these funds or securing financial assistance from their schools.

Website to Apply: www.iscdc.org.

Korea Human Rights Foundation 2012 Global Human Rights Essay Contest - deadline to apply: March 15, 2012

The 2012 Global Human Rights Essay Contest on “Human Right City” (Human Rights City Essay Contest, hereafter HRC Essay Contest) is a joint initiative by The Institute for Social Development and Policy Research of Seoul National University, Korea and the Korea Human Rights Foundation with support of the Metropolitan City of Gwangju.

The HRC Essay Contest was launched in order to promote the idea of a human rights city as a means to localize human rights in the context of glocalization (global_local). Its primary goal is to promote youth participation in the building of a human rights city through the articulation of their visions, ideas and experiences.

3 finalists to be chosen among submissions will be invited to the 2012 WHRCF (Gwangju, 16-18 May 2012) to compete in the finals.  They will make public presentation of their essay before judges on 16 May 2012 during the WHRCF.  

Deadline for the registration to participate is 31 January and actual deadline of essay submissions will be 15 March 2012.   

All students, undergraduate and graduate and youth before age 35 interested in the topic of human rights city are encouraged to apply.

Please visit our website for more info: http://humanrightscity.net/eng/subpage.php?pagecode=060101

 With any inquires regarding the contest please feel free to contact Ms Soo Yon SUH, sooyonsuh@gmail.com research fellow at KHRF who is in charge of the project.

*Woodenfish Project’s 10th Year of the “Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program” (HBMLP) - deadline to apply: April 15, 2012

The Woodenfish Project’s tenth year of the “Humanistic Buddhist Monastic Life Program” (HBMLP) in Taiwan, will run from July 15th to August 12th, 2012.

Over the past nine years, the Woodenfish Project has offered undergraduate and graduate students the rare opportunity to extend their learning beyond the classroom, by experiencing authentic monastic life at Fo Guang Shan monastery in Taiwan. Since 2002, I have watched this program evolve and become a key factor in the maturation of all involved. Dozens of Woodenfish alumni have continued on to pursue graduate studies in related fields. It has truly been a life changing experience for us all.

For the past three summers, we have also been offering another program, “Buddhism in China”, to bring scholars, graduates and upper-level undergraduates to the historical sacred mountains and famous temples of China. This program provides a great opportunity for our colleagues and students in Chinese studies to experience firsthand the development of religious culture in China.

In order to continue the success of these programs, please extend these rare opportunities to your students by promoting this year’s programs at your college or university. Those students with an emphasis on the fields of Buddhism and Chinese culture or language are strongly encouraged to apply. There will be a rolling admissions process for both programs, with the same final application deadline of April 15th, 2012.

HBMLP Website: www.woodenfish.org/taiwan
Buddhim in China Website: www.woodenfish.org/china
Contact information of the program coordinators: woodenfishproject@gmail.com.

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(VII) Call for Submissions (in order of application deadline)

Penn Science, Technology, and Society Journal - deadline to apply: March 16, 2012

The STSC Undergraduate Advisory Board is proud to announce the launching of the STSC journal, Momentum.

If you are interested in submitting work to Momentum, please email stsc.momentum.journal@gmail.com with a copy of your submission and a short statement (no more than a paragraph) about why it is appropriate. All types of work are eligible - not just strictly academic work - provided it is relevant to STSC. Examples include:

  • Papers written for a course, independent study projects, theses
  • Short critical pieces on contemporary issues (i.e. op ed pieces from an STSC perspective, commentary on current events)
  • Reviews of books, movies, museum exhibitions, etc.
  • Photographic projects, artistic or digital/multimedia work

Submissions Due: Friday, March 16th 
Journal Slated to be Released in April

Additional Roles: Interested in design, layout, formatting and/or editing? We’re looking for students to help with other aspects of putting together the journal besides writing. Email stsc.momentum.journal@gmail.com with any questions or to find out more information.

Penn Asian Review - deadline to apply: March 31, 2012

The purpose of Penn Asian Review is to provide a forum for Penn undergraduates to intellectually discuss all aspects of the Asia-Pacific region and seeks to promote intelligent awareness of current events and long-term issues of the region through serious discourse.

- Minimum 12 pages
- Chicago citations

Contact e-mail: penn.asian.review@gmail.com

Permanent Seminar for the Histories of Film Theories - deadline to apply: March 31, 2012

The Permanent Seminar on the Histories of Film Theories will hold the first-ever conference (September 27-30, 2012 in Ann Arbor, MI) devoted to the histories of film theory in East Asia. The Scientific Board invites proposals for 20-minute papers concerning any aspect of and period of the history of film theory in Korea, Japan, and Sinophone Asia.

Deadline for 200-word proposals in MS-Word: March 31, 2012
Send to amnornes@umich.edu

The history of film theory has largely been a Euro-American story. However, the Scientific Board of the Permanent Seminar recognizes that it actually has a global dimension that has yet to be adequately mapped. It plans to bring its annual conference to the University of Michigan—this will be the first, broad scholarly gathering devoted to the histories of film theory in East Asia. Our scope is broad. It encompasses classical philosophical approaches to film aesthetics (“essence”), questions of media ontology (“relationship to reality”), intermediality (“the other arts”), spectatorship and questions of perception and psychology (“individual viewers”) as well as sociological approaches to film (“society at large”).

Over the last two decades, Film Studies has matured into a dynamic field characterized by vital debates between well-defined theoretical paradigms. At the same time the field has seen a turn to history on several levels. Film theorists have increasingly become interested in the history of their own approaches to film, situating film theory within the broader histories of philosophy, psychology and other disciplines and fields that have traditionally provided key concepts and arguments to film theory. Among of the indicators for this new interest is the Permanent Seminar for the History of Film Theory, an international association of film theorists founded by Jane Gaines and Francesco Cassetti in 2008. It holds a biennial conference that alternates with smaller workshops on narrow themes. 

The Michigan conference will feature a keynote speech by Aaron Gerow (Yale), panels, a special film screening with professional benshi Kataoka Ichiro, and breakaway sessions. The breakaway sessions will be devoted to two groups of scholars that are currently working on volumes of theory in translation from Chinese (eds., Jason McGrath [Minnesota] and Guo-Juin Hong [Duke]) and Japanese (eds., Aaron Gerow [Yale], Iwamoto Kenji [Waseda] and Markus Nornes [UM]) respectively; thus, the conference will provide a much needed forum for these groups to meet and discuss their book projects, which will eventually commemorate this field-changing conference.  

For more information on the Permanent Seminar on the Histories of Film Theories:


Korean Studies Advancement Center in Andong - deadline to apply: May 15, 2012

The Korean Studies Advancement Center in Andong is seeking original academic papers in English on any aspect or topic related to Andong in terms of history, culture, society, philosophy, religion, folklore, literature, music, geography, or any other field of interest. Those who submit a paper by May 15, 2012 and are selected will be invited to the Andonghak (安東學, Andong Studies) International Conference to be held on June 25-26, 2012. This conference, which is being held to encourage scholars to conduct research on Andong-related topics, is open to anyone who is interested in Andong Studies.

Length of paper: more than 8,000 words

We request papers and contact information be submitted to jskim@koreastudy.or.kr (Dr. Jong Seok Kim, conference organizer) and namlin.hur@ubc.ca (Dr. Nam-lin Hur, conference coordinator).

Those who are invited will be offered full expenses including round-trip transportation to Andong in Korea, accommodation (4 nights at Andong Korean Studies Advancement Center) and meals, and a one-day guided tour of Andong on June 27.

Those who are invited will be notified by May 20, 2012. The Korean Studies Advancement Center expects to publish papers presented at the Conference in Andonghak yŏn’gu, volume 11 in December, 2012. The deadline of submission of papers for publication is July 30, 2012.

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(VIII) Opportunities for Teachers (in order of deadline to apply)

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for College and University Teachers Summer 2012- deadline to apply: March 1, 2012

Each year the NEH’s Division of Education Programs offers teachers opportunities to study a variety of humanities topics in Summer Seminars and Institutes. Please contact the specific projects listed below for more information about the programs and the application process.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2012 (postmark)

Amount of Award
NEH Summer Scholars are awarded fixed stipends to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses. Stipend amounts are based on the length of the NEH Summer Seminar or Institute: $2,100 (2 weeks), $2,700 (3 weeks), $3,300 (4 weeks), or $3,900 (5 weeks).

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete, provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

You may request information about as many projects as you like, but you may apply to no more than two NEH Summer Programs (seminars, institutes, or Landmarks Workshops) and you may attend only one.

Please note:
Adjunct faculty, community college faculty, and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.Up to two spaces in each seminar and three spaces in each institute are reserved for current full-time graduate students in the humanities.

Web Site: http://www.neh.gov/projects/si-university.html

Intensive Summer Language Institutes for U.S. Classroom Teachers - deadline to apply: March 2, 2012

Intensive Summer Language Institutes (ISLI) provides fellowships for U.S. classroom teachers to spend six weeks overseas studying intermediate and advanced-level Arabic in Alexandria, Egypt, and Chinese in Changchun, China. Current K-12 teachers, community college instructors of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese, and students enrolled in education programs who intend to teach these languages can apply. Participants earn ten hours of graduate credit through Bryn Mawr College, and are provided with peer tutors and roundtrip airfare. All travel and study-related costs are fully covered. For more information, please visit www.americancouncils.org/isli or email isli@americancouncils.org.

Program Application Deadline: March 2, 2012

East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University Applications for 2012 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop - deadline to apply: March 5, 2012

For full-time high school teachers of English and World Literature:
The East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University is pleased to announce that applications for 2012 NCTA Teaching East Asian Literature in the High School Workshop is now available online.  Now in its 14th year, the workshop will take place on the campus of Indiana University Bloomington July 8–13, 2012. The application deadline is March 5, 2012. For more details and for the application, please visit:http://www.iu.edu/~easc/outreach/educators/literature/index.shtml (scroll down to the bottom for the application form). Each day professors and experts will lead lectures and discussions of the literature and history of China, Japan, and Korea. Every afternoon a high school world literature teacher experienced in teaching East Asian literature will lead strategy sessions on how to teach the works at the high school level.

Participation includes:
- Set of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literary works covered in workshop (mailed to participants prior to workshop)
- Free lodging at the Indiana Memorial Union Biddle Hotel
-  At least one meal a day
- Certificate of completion
- Option to purchase three graduate credits from Indiana University at in-state rate
- $300 school resource-buying grant for purchasing East Asian literature for classroom use, provided upon completion of all requirements
- Access to curricular resources on the workshop’s Google website

Participants are responsible for a $100 registration fee, transportation to and from Bloomington, and any food that is not provided by the workshop.  Please direct questions to Cathy Gao (leigao@indiana.edu), Outreach Coordinator at the East Asian Studies Center.


UN Conference on Teaching Human Rights and Peace Education, Chestnut Hill College Program - deadline to apply: March 23, 2012

Dates: Thursday, March 29th - Chestnut Hill College; Friday, March 30th - United Nations Headquarter

Teachers, Administrators, Future Teachers, NGOs-- join us for a series of workshops and other related experiences on an important component of 21st Century Education: Teaching Peace and Human Rights in a Multicultural World

  • Interact with human rights education specialists to gain a better understanding of teaching human rights in the 21st Century.
  • Meet Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement in the UN Department of Public Information’s Outreach Division and Chief of the UN Academic Impact initiative
  • Converse with Teacher Sam, (Rayla Melchor Santos), founder and President of McKinley Hill International School and Leadership Academy for Children, Lipa, Philippines. She is also President of I am S.A.M. Foundation and founder of Cyber Kids Best (CKB168).
  • Discuss human rights resources with Ellen Firestone, Youth for Human Rights.
  • Play human rights games with Medard Gabel, BigPictureSmallWorld.
  • Interact with students and teachers from the Philadelphia HS for Peace & Social Justice.
  • Learn more about distance learning for human rights in the classroom and much more…
  • Then participate in Day 2 at the United Nations where you spend the day having a videoconference dialogue with other educators from various parts of the world on Teaching Peace and Human Rights in a Multicultural World.

Website: http://www.gem-ngo.org/UNTCHR_CHC_Site.html

Nishan Confucian Studies Summer Institute - deadline to apply: April 1, 2012

The Second Annual Confucian Studies Summer Institute is taking place at the Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy in Shandong, China, June 9 to July 7, 2012.

This month-long training program for teachers of Chinese culture (and select graduate students) will be led by professors Roger T. Ames (University of Hawaii), Sor-hoon Tan (National University of Singapore) and Tian Chenshan (Beijing Foreign Studies University), with a special series of lectures by Henry Rosemont, Jr. (Brown University). Our time together will revolve around careful and critical readings of classical texts and contemporary commentaries, seminars, discussion groups, cultural events and activities, and a number of field trips.

Given China’s rapid political and economic rise, anticipating the weight and measure of China’s growing influence has become a serious academic concern. To meet this urgent situation effectively, scholars must not only be aware of current affairs, but must also be sensitized through exposure to canonical texts and their interpretive contexts to take Chinese culture on its own terms. The purpose of this program is to read such texts carefully and make them our own.

For more information please contact us at:

Phone: 86-10-8881-5305

Emailnishansummercewrbw@gmail.com or  cewrbeiwai@bfsu.edu.cn

Center for East-West Relations
Beijing Foreign Studies University
2 Xisanhuan Beilu, Haidian District, Beijing, 100089

Website: http://cewren.user.d-jet.com/list.aspx?cid=12

Sponsors of this event include:
Center for East-West Relations, Beijing Foreign Studies University
Nishan Birthplace of the Sage Academy
Beijing Sihai Confucian Academy
School of Chinese Classics, Wuhan University
Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University School of English
Beijing Foreign Studies University
Middlesex Community College

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Center for East Asian Studies
University of Pennsylvania
642 Williams Hall | 255 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Tel: 215-573-4203 | Fax: 215-573-2561
E-mail: ceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu