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Penn Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 12: Issue no. 1, September 2, 2011
The weekly CEAS Newsletter notifies East Asianists in our region of events and opportunities of interest. Notices appear under six 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

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

* Indicates notices appearing here for the first time.

To get the latest information and updates, please follow us on Twitter (@PennCEAS) or visit our Events page.

Editors Note

This is our first Newsletter of Academic Year 2011-2012. If you have information you would like us to distribute on our mailing lists, please send it to meljen@sas.upenn.edu.

Thank you!
Melissa Jen DiFrancesco, Acting Editor

Jeannie Kenmotsu - Winner of the 2011 Chino Prize for Best Graduate Student Essay in Japanese Art History

Jeannie Kenmotsu, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and her paper is entitled "Sites and Sights of Pleasure in the Eastern Capital: Poetry, Place, and Patronage in Suzuki Harunobu's Zashiki hakkei and Fūryū zashiki hakkei".


In 1766, Suzuki Harunobu (ca. 1725 – 1770) completed an important private commission for the shogunal retainer and haikai enthusiast Okubo Kyosen. This set of eight vertical chūban prints, known to us today as Zashiki hakkei, or Eight Parlor Views, is one of the earliest examples of the azuma nishiki-e (full-color prints or “Eastern Brocade Pictures”) that came to occupy a preeminent place in the visual culture of the city of Edo by the late 1760s. This paper focuses on the first three editions of the Zashiki hakkei (Eight Parlor Views) print set and a subsequent erotic version, the Fūryū zashiki hakkei (Eight Modern Parlor Views), that the artist produced near the end of his life.

The paper argues that the pleasure in looking at both sets of prints derives not only from their sexual content but also from their cultural references. On one hand, the Zashiki hakkei are both symptom of and participant in the cultural education of popular audiences, even as they serve as an index of the larger cultural reorientation toward the city of Edo in the second half of the eighteenth century. On the other hand, through a complex parodic structure and elaborate social and sexual coding, Harunobu’s prints promote the idea of the city of Edo as both site and sight of pleasure, recasting the viewer’s erotic gaze from the figures in the prints to the conception of the city itself as a sexualized landscape.

Again, congratulations to Jeannie Kenmotsu!

(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events

* UNKNOWN JAPAN FILM SERIES: LITTLE SEEN ARTIFACTS OF JAPANESE CINEMA - "Typhoon Club" Film Screening - co-sponsored by Cinedelphia and the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia

Date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: University of Pennsylvania - Claudia Cohen Hall, Room 402
  *Free to the public

Director Somai, who trained under Kazuhiko Hasegawa (see The Man Who Stole the Sun below) and Shuji Terayama (director of Pastoral: To Die in Country, which screened during the past winter installment of Unknown Japan), was one of the most well-known independent directors in 1980s/90s Japanese cinema. He's best known for 1985's beloved Typhoon Club, an atmospheric riff on John Hughes' The Breakfast Club, which was released that same year. A group of junior high school students are trapped in their school during a typhoon, a setting that Hasegawa uses to examine the dark inner-turmoil of youth. The film is perhaps best known for the breakthrough performance of the prolific Tomokazu Miura (Outrage; The Taste of Tea) who stars as the students' amoral teacher, a role that garnered him multiple acting awards. Light on comedy, but heavy on introspection with a sprinkling of brutality...the perfect rain-soaked break from the hot, late summer days.

Click here for more information about the Unknown Japan Film Series.


* Elizabeth Perry, Harvard University - ""Anyuan: Mining China's Revolutionary Tradition" | Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium Series

Date: September 15, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Silverstein Forum of Stiteler Hall
  Co-sponsored by CEAS and Penn Comparative Politics Workshop

EPElizabeth J. Perry is Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government and Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute. She is a comparativist with special expertise in the politics of China. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, she sits on the editorial boards of nearly a dozen major scholarly journals and has served as the President of the Association for Asian Studies. Professor Perry's research focuses on popular protest and grassroots politics in modern and contemporary China. Her books include Rebels and Revolutionaries in North China, 1845-1945 (1980); Chinese Perspectives on the Nien Rebellion (1981); The Political Economy of Reform in Post-Mao China (1985); Popular Protest and Political Culture in Modern China (1992); Urban Spaces in Contemporary China: The Potential for Autonomy and Community in Chinese Cities (1995); Putting Class in Its Place: Worker Identities in East Asia (1996); Proletarian Power: Shanghai in the Cultural Revolution (1997); Danwei: The Changing Chinese Workplace in Historical and Comparative Perspective (1997); Chinese Society: Change, Conflict, and Resistance (2000); Challenging the Mandate of Heaven: Social Protest and State Power in China (2002); Changing Meanings of Citizenship in Modern China (2002); Patrolling the Revolution: Worker Militias, Citizenship and the Modern Chinese State (2006); Grassroots Political Reform in Contemporary China (2007); and Mao's Invisble Hand: The Political Foundations of Adaptive Governance in China (2011). Her book, Shanghai on Strike: the Politics of Chinese Labor (1993) won the John King Fairbank prize from the American Historical Association.


* Stephen Miller, University of Massachusetts - Amherst - "Whose Michi is It Anyway?: The Road(s) to Buddhahood in the Heian Court" | CEAS Humanities Colloquium, and the LaFleur Conference

Date: September 23, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm,
Location: Stiteler Hall B21
  *CEAS Humanities Colloquium, and the LaFleur Conference



* The One Who is Really Lost: A Conference in Honor of William R. LaFleur - September 23-24, 2011

Date: September 23 - 24, 2011
Location: University of Pennsylvania, various locations

Schedule for Friday, 9/23/11

  • 12:00 pm: “Whose Michi Is It Anyway?:  The Road(s) to Buddhahood in the Heian Court” - by Professor Stephen Miller of the University of Massachusetts Amherst; Location TBD
  • 3:30 pm: Memorial Service for William R. LaFleur; Cohen Terrace Room

Schedule for Saturday, 9/24/11:

  • Readings of the posthumous works; Location TBD

Participants are scheduled to include John Harding, University of Lethbridge, Eleanor Kerkham, University of Maryland at College Park, Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University, and others.

Please register by e-mailing the Center for East Asian Studies (ceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu) with the following information:

  • Name
  • Title/Affiliation
  • E-mail address
  • Day(s) of Attendance (Friday memorial service? Saturday conference?)
  • Number of Attendees
  • Dietary restrictions?

Note: Registration will be also available on-site for Saturday's conference

(II) Regional East Asia Events


Leah Stein Dance Company will be performing a site-specific dance piece at the Shofuso Japanese House in Fairmount Park on the following dates and times:

  • Wednesday, September 7th - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 8th - 6:00 pm
  • Friday, September 9th - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, September 10th - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 11th - 2:00 pm

The Dance Company will be joined for the performance by Roko Kawai, and Toshi Makihara, a local percussionist.


* JAPAN AMERICA SOCIETY OF GREATER PHILADELPHIA - Fall Japanese Classes - Registration deadline September 14th, 2011

Interested in learning Japanese? Sign up for evening classes with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia!

The registration deadline is Wednesday September 14. Registration cost is $280 with a member discounted rate of $250.

*In the event of low enrollment, classes may be cancelled and no charges will be incurred.

  • Beginner Classes – Barnes-sensei
    Genki 1 Textbook and workbook (Second edition) available for $100

    Japanese 101 – Thursdays 7:45 – 9:15 pm
    Japanese 102 – Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm
  • Intermediate Classes –Hashimoto-sensei
    Genki 2 Textbook and workbook (First edition) available for $75

    Japanese 201 – Wednesdays 7:45 – 9:15 pm
    Japanese 202 – Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Click here to register for Japanese classes through the JASGP website.


* "IMAGING DISASTER: TOKYO AND THE VISUAL CULTURE OF JAPAN'S GREAT EARTHQUAKE OF 1923" - a lecture by Gennifer Weisenfeld, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art History, Duke University

Date: Friday, September 16th, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, 1 East 78th Street, New York City

This talk will examine the varied Japanese visual responses to the Great Kantō earthquake of 1923.  Regularly rocking the Japanese isles, natural disasters from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions to typhoons and tsunamis have inscribed themselves upon Japanese culture as people struggled to make sense of the resulting trauma. Yet paradoxically, as much as these calamitous events have brought physical devastation and psychological trauma, they have also created times of reflection and renewal. And radical social upheavals, whether from natural or man-made causes, have often produced tremendous surges of artistic foment, the physical marks of the catastrophe etched onto the land, cityscape, or the human body, inspiring a disturbing aesthetic or poetic resonance even as the event defies representation.

The lecture is free and open to the public.



Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2011
Time: 6:45 pm
Location: Haverford Centennial Hall Performing Arts Center | 450 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford, PA 19041



* TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP SERIES: Presented by the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia

Admission: $65 for JASGP Members and $75 for non-members
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
10 Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1574

Schedule: 3:30 pm - Registration
  4:00 pm - Program (Keynote, Panel, Q&A)
  5:30 pm - Networking & Cocktail Reception


For decades, the US-Japan partnership has long been the centerpiece of Trans-Pacific commerce. But the sustained growth of other regional economies, most notably China, has changed its dynamics. This seminar will examine new challenges and opportunities of the changing paradigm in the region while addressing Japan's leadership role. It will also examine the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that fundamentally changed the course of Japan's infrasturcture developments.

Mr. Kiichiro Sato, President of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) New York who spent last three decades as a career officer of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), speaks to these issues. Mr. Sato's presentation will be followed by Asia Pacific experts for a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Terry Cooke (PhD in Cultural Anthropology, UC Berkeley) and an audience Q&A session.



Kiichiro Sato is the president of JETRO New York. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Japan's prestigious Tokyo University. In 1980, he entered what is now known as Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), the first of many positions that he has held within the Japanese government throughout his career. 

Sato has served as the Consul of Japan in San Francisco, a position to which he was appointed in 1995. He has also served as Director or Director-General of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Division of Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry's General Coordination and Policy Planning Department, and the Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry, among others. His diverse career has given him many opportunities to engage himself in the constantly-evolving dynamics of international trade, economics, and commerce.

JASGP Members: Register here
Non-JASGP Members: Register here



* SM Town Live World Tour - Coming to NYC on October 23rd

K-Pop is coming to Madison Square Garden in October when the SM Town Live World Tour descends on the world's most famous concert venue in Manhattan, New York.  The six-hour concert on Oct. 23 will feature prominent artists such as Girls' Generation, Super Junior and SHINee.

(III) Employment and Internship Opportunities

* Newcastle University Nine-month Teaching Fellowship

Newcastle has acquired a last-minute job opening for a 9-month 0.8 FTE teaching fellowship in East Asian history, to start in September. There are modern China and modern Japan modules on the books, and there may be opportunities to teach more in accordance to the fellow's own interests in the second semester (though there is no guarantee of this).

Details can be provided at need, but obviously the situation is urgent. If you know anyone who might be interested - a new PhD or someone who's almost finished - please get them to get in touch with the Head of School, Tim Kirk (t.b.kirk@ncl.ac.uk) as a matter of urgency.


* HK (Humanities Korea) Research Professorship (non-tenure track) positions: Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University

Asiatic Research Institute, Korea University, seeks candidates for 3 non-tenure HK (Humanities Korea) Research Professorship positions in the fields of 1. East Asian Politics (International Politics, Political economy, National Defense) (1 Position), 2. Cultural Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Migration, and/or Multiculutralism (1 position), and 3. East Asian Philosophy or History (1 position). Candidates should have PhD at hand. No teaching duty. Salary ranges KRW 33,000,000~35,000,000 with other benefits. Application Form, Research Proposal (in relation to the research agenda of the institution: for this visit the website), 3 writing samples, official university/college transcript from each university/college attended, and a copy of PhD diploma should be sent by September 30 to the Office of Asiatic Research Institute (room #106), Korea University, Seongbuk-Gu, Anam-Dong, Seoul, Korea.

For more information about the HK Research Project, Asiatic Research Institute, the application procedure, as well as the application form, please visit asiaticresearch.org, or call at 82-2-3290-1604 (for Koreans) or at 82-2-3290-5247 (for Non-Koreans)

(IV) Fellowship and Award Opportunities

Blakemore Language Grants for Advanced Study of Asian Languages

The Blakemore Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2012 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships and Blakemore Refresher Grants.

Blakemore language grants are awarded to individuals pursuing academic, business or other professional careers (e.g. science, medicine, law, engineering, journalism, the fine arts, public service) who would benefit from improved fluency in an East or Southeast Asian language.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships fund a year of advanced language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama (IUC), the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing (IUP), the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taipei (ICLP), 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. 

Blakemore Refresher Grants are shorter-term language grants restricted to former Blakemore Fellows, college professors, post-doctoral professionals and graduates of the academic year programs at the IUC, the IUP and the ICLP. The grants cover tuition and a stipend for related educational expenses, basic living costs and transportation, but do not include dependent expenses.

For application forms and further information see www.blakemorefoundation.org

  • Pursuing academic, professional or business career that involves the regular use of a modern Asian language
  • Have a college undergraduate degree
  • At or near an advanced level in the language as defined in the Grant Guidelines
    Able to devote oneself exclusively to the language study during the term of the grant; grants are not intended for part-time study or research
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States

Selection Criteria
Grants are highly competitive. Last year we were able to offer funding to less than 9% of applicants.  Applicants will be judged on having:

  • focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which use of the language is an important aspect
  • potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country
  • prior experience in the country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country
  • good academic, professional or business background, appropriate to the career program

Deadline for Applications                                       
·  Postmarked by December 30, 2011

Grants Awarded
·  Late March/early April 2012

(V) East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries



(VI) Conferences and Workshops


*CALL FOR PAPERS: Comparative Perspectives: The Politics of Public Space in Korea - deadline: September 16, 2011

November 11-12, 2011 | University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

One distinctive feature of postwar South Korean society has been its citizens’ propensity for ‘taking to the streets’ to appropriate, contest or offer alternative narratives of the nation.  From individuals tagging graffiti to mass candlelight vigils, from popular remembrances of the Korean War to ritual observances at monuments, the so-called ‘public space’ has been fertile ground for Koreans to present their visions of the past, present, and future. 

This conference provides an opportunity to reassess and reconfigure existing frameworks regarding public action (by individuals and groups) by inviting papers that advance our understanding of the role of public space in Korean society and culture. 

Social sciences and humanities scholars that are interested in Korea or in Korea in the region are welcome to submit papers situated in contemporary or historical time periods. Interested participants are encouraged to draw from and discuss recent innovations in their respective fields with respect to time, space and identity formation in public spaces. 

We encourage submissions that address at least one of the following themes:

  • ‘public’ and ‘private’
  • memorialization and ritual
  • identity and temporality
  • security and stability
  • socio-structural transformation
  • institutional actors

Papers that depart from classic state-society dichotomies are particularly welcome.

This conference is made possible with funding from the Academy of Korean Studies, as well as the generous support of the James Joo-Jin Kim Korean Studies Program at the U. of Pennsylvania.  The organizers are Nicholas Harkness (Harvard U.) and Saeyoung Park (U. of Pennsylvania).

Please submit paper proposals (max 250 words) by 16 September 2011 to Saeyoung Park (saeyoung@sas.upenn.edu). Notification of acceptance will be sent on September 19. Selected presenters will submit 12-15 page papers by October 18.  All papers are pre-circulated.  We especially welcome papers by junior faculty and advanced graduate students.

For questions or to submit abstracts, please direct your queries to: Saeyoung Park | saeyoung@sas.upenn.edu


Teaching About Asia Workshop for K -12 Teachers: The Many Faces of Modern Asia - Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies

Date: Friday, October 21, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frist Campus Center, Multipurpose Room, B Level, Princeton University
Directions: For directions to Princeton University, campus maps, and visitor parking:

Help your students understand the complexities of modern Asia:
In the 21st century, Asia has emerged as the fastest developing region of the world. Some facts:
• Two out of the three largest economies in the world, China and Japan, are in Asia. In addition, India and South Korea are major centers of technological innovation.
• China and India are two of the world’s major military powers.
• Asian countries represent major producers of nuclear power, for both military and civilian use.
• Asian crisis hotspots continue to command our attention - such as the persisting conflicts between  India/Pakistan/Afghanistan, or between North and South Korea. Recent natural disasters - from Japan to Bangladesh, and Indonesia to China - have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and uprooted and displaced millions more.
Our focus is the “view from the bottom:”
How has modernization affected people living in these Asian societies?
How have rapid industrialization and urbanization impacted traditional  cultural and religious values, social structures, and gender roles?
Professor David Leheny will discuss the ongoing rescue, relief, and rebuilding operations in Japan following the March 2011 tsunami.
About the Princeton faculty teaching the workshop:
Janet Chen, Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Studies, researches modern China and has examined changing patterns of social welfare and their impact on the lives of the urban poor.
Michael Laffan, Professor of Southeast Asian History, has studied the role of Islam in modern South and Southeast Asia.
David Leheny, Professor of East Asian Studies. His recent publications include Think Global, Fear Local: Sex, Violence, and Anxiety in Contemporary Japan.
Gyan Prakash, Professor of Modern South Asia/Urban History and Postcolonial Studies, will discuss his 2010 book Mumbai Fables.

In addition to talks and discussions, the workshop program will include a choice of tours of the highlights of the Asian Collection in the Princeton Art Museum, or of a special exhibit by the Cotsen Collection of Princeton University’s Firestone Library, featuring children’s and youth literature, periodicals, and posters from 20th century Asia.

The registration fee of $15 includes Friday lunch and refreshments, workshop handouts, workshop participation  certificate, and, if desired, free attendance of the following Mid-Atlantic Region Association of Asian Studies Conference on October 22-23 (excluding Saturday lunch and dinner).

For online workshop registration and further information on the MAR-AAS conference: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/asc/maraas/

Alternatively, registration checks payable to MAR-AAS may be sent to:
Dr. A. Maria Toyoda
Interim Treasurer MAR/AAS
800 E. Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085

On-site registration will be possible on the day of the event from 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Professional Development Credit:
Each participant will receive a certificate for 6 hours of professional development credit, meeting state requirements.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Lesley Solomon, Workshop Coordinator, at lesley86@hotmail.com.
The Teaching About Asia Workshop is part of the 40th Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies  October 21 - 23, 2011


40th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference at Princeton University -"Human Rights and Social Justice in Asia"

October 22 - October 23, 2011 | Princeton University, Princeton NJ

Human Rights and Social Justice in Asia is the theme for the next MAR/AAS Conference, hosted by Princeton University.

Questions may be directed to the 2011 Program Co-Chairs:

Dr. Charles Desnoyers, LaSalle University [desnoyer@lasalle.edu]
Dr. A. Maria Toyoda, Villanova University [amaria.toyoda@villanova.edu]
or sent to midatlanticAAS@gmail.com

To register for the conference, please go to the MAR/AAS conference website.


* The Eagle and the Dragon: Stability and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

November 3-4, 2011 | Lexington, Virginia

Take a fresh look at the relationships among the U.S., China, and nations in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Join experts in exploring what drives current American and Chinese interests in Africa and how they can work individually and together for political stability and economic development.

Join top-tier experts for a two-day conference, 3 & 4 November, “The Eagle and the Dragon: Stability and Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa.”  The meeting will take place at the Center for Leadership and Ethics, Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia.

Lexington is a beautiful college town that features unique shops and dining, the Virginia Horse Center, and the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Located just three hours southwest of Washington, DC, Lexington is home to VMI and Washington & Lee University.

Participants include:

  • Ambassador Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State
  • Kwesi Aning, Ph. D., Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana
  • Deborah Bräutigam, Ph. D., author, The Dragon's Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2009)
  • Raymond Gilpin, Ph. D., Associate Vice President, Sustainable Economies Centers of Innovation, United States Institute of Peace

Don’t miss this opportunity to step outside the gridlock to network with colleagues in academia, government, business, and the military to take a fresh look at these important international relationships.

Registration is now open.  Learn more about the conference here.

Center for East Asian Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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E-mail: ceas@ccat.sas.upenn.edu