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Penn Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 12: Issue no. 3, September 16, 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 Newsletter No. 3 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, Editor



(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events

STEPHEN MILLER, University of Massachusetts - Amherst - "Whose Michi is It Anyway?: The Road(s) to Buddhahood in the Heian Court Poetry" | part of the LaFleur Conference


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

 

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UPDATED: 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
LF
 
The sudden unexpected demise of Penn’s distinguished Japanologist William R. LaFleur in February 2010 deprived us of a major voice in the fields of Japanese religion, literature, culture, and recently and perhaps most importantly, bioethics.  At this conference, we will explore our colleague’s posthumous works, which range widely across these fields.  We will also spotlight his original poetry.  All are welcome.

 

Schedule for Friday, 9/23/11

  • 12:00 pm - Stiteler Hall B21: “Whose Michi Is It Anyway?:  The Road(s) to Buddhahood in the Heian Court Poetry” - by Professor Stephen Miller of the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 3:30 pm - Claudia Cohen Terrace Room: Memorial Service for William R. LaFleur - open to the entire community

Schedule for Saturday, 9/24/11

  • 9:00 am - 5:30 pm - Claudia Cohen G17: Keynote presentation by Steven Heine, Florida International University, "Seasons Are the Reason: On Bill LaFleur's Methodological Influences, and Dogen's Chinese Poetry Collection"; Readings of the posthumous works and papers on his influence
  • 6:00 pm - Cafe 58, Irvine Auditorium: Closing Reception

Participants are scheduled to include: John Harding, University of Lethbridge, Eleanor Kerkham, University of Maryland at College Park, Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University, Edward Drott, University of Missouri; Gary Ebersole, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Denis Gainty, Georgia State University; Hank Glassman, Haverford College; Lewis Harrington, UPenn, Maki Isaka, University of Minnesota; John Lizza, Kutztown University; Rika Saito, Western Michigan University; Henry Smith, Columbia University, Justin McDaniel, UPenn

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

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* YONG HUANG, Kutztown University - "The Patient-Centered Moral Relativism in the Zhuangzi"


Date: September 26, 2011
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: TBA
  *CEAS Humanities Colloquium

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* NORIKO HORIGUCHI, University of Tennessee - "Women Adrift: The Literature of Japan's Imperial Body"


Date: October 12, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: Stiteler Hall B21
  *CEAS Humanities Colloquium

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* YEONG-KUANG GER, Control Yuan, Republic of China; National Taiwan University - "The Rise of China and Taiwan's Response: Implications for the United States"


Date: October 14, 2011
Time: 11:30 am
Location: 1528 Walnut Street, Suite 610
  *CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium, co-sponsored with Foreign Policy Research Institute

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR CHINESE STUDIES - 53rd Annual Conference | hosted by University of Pennsylvania


Date: October 14 - October 16, 2011
Time: 4:30 pm
Information: Please visit the AACS Conference website for more information about the schedule and registration.
Note: *Free to all Penn undergraduate and graduate students

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WU YU-SHAN, Director and Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica (Taipei) - "Power Transition in East Asia and Taipei’s Rapprochement with Beijing: Hedging, Pivot-playing, or Bandwagoning?"


Date: October 17, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Meyerson B3
  *CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium, co-sponsored with Foreign Policy Research Institute


(II) Regional East Asia Events

* KyoDaiko Taiko Drumming Concert


Date: Sunday, September 18
Time: 4:00-5:00 pm
Location: West Pikeland Cultural Center
Art School Road
Chester Springs, PA 19425

KyoDaiko taiko drummers will rock West Pikeland with their heart-poundingwall-shaking Japanese rhythms! Hear, feel and become a part of the excitement. If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with taiko drumming, this is your chance!

KyoDaiko Drummers, a Philadelphia-based community taiko drumming group will perform a number of pieces demonstrating a variety of traditional Japanese drumming styles. This concert will include a talk back with the audience.

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Mid-Autumn Festival Gala and Concert

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

Mid-Autumn

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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
Location: FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF PHILADELPHIA |
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.

GUEST SPEAKER: KIICHIRO SATO (President, JETRO New York)

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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

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* Confucius Classroom Opening at Berks County Intermediate Unit - November 9, 2011

 

On November 9, The Berks County Intermediate Unit Asia Studies Collaborative will be inducted as a Confucius Classroom. Please join us as we celebrate this event:
 
November 9, 12:00-2:30 pm
Opening of classroom. This event includes opening remarks by a representative from the Chinese Embassy, and from from the director of the University of Pittsburgh Confucius Institute. This will be followed by student performances and an interactive Ribbon Dance performance by Nai Ni Chen dance company.
 
November 9, 7:30 pm
Performance by Colorful China. Colorful China, sponsored by World Artists Experience will be performing at Wilson High School in West Lawn. Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, this group showcases the ethnic minorities of the country.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information please contact Sue Calvin at suecal@berksiu.org.

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"Intercultural Communication: Learning NOT to Disturb the WA (Japanese harmony)"- a lecture by Dr. Adair Linn Nagata


Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Workshop
7:00 - 7:30 pm - Reception
Location: Bartley Hall #1010, Villanova University

 



(III) Employment and Internship Opportunities

* Indiana University seeking Associate Director for East Asian Studies Center

The East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University invites applications for the position of Associate Director. This is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the Center Director. The East Asian Studies Center has significant national presence as a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC) in a consortium with the East Asian center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). It is also a coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

The Associate Director directs the Center’s day-to-day operations, supervises full- and part-time staff, provides regular reports to the Director on the status of programs and finances, and makes recommendations to the Director for program modifications and budget adjustments; manages the logistical, financial, and PR effort for all Center activities, ensuring compliance with university and sponsoring agencies’ regulations and policies; serves as a lead writer on grant proposals, including the NRC and NCTA grants; serves as the NCTA national co-director, represents IU at national NCTA meetings, and oversees NCTA programming; collaborates with faculty and staff in various campus units to strengthen the presence of East Asian studies and to promote internationalization in general; coordinates Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships; assists the Director in development efforts; oversees data collection; writes the Center’s biannual newsletter.

Qualifications: Successful candidates will have a Master’s degree in a relevant field (Ph.D. strongly preferred); administrative experience required; grant proposal writing experience preferred; high degree of initiative and ability to work in a multi-faceted Center facing frequent grant deadlines; excellent communication and organizational skills.

Application procedures: Applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, contact information for three (3) references, and a letter of recommendation from a former supervisor that can attest to the candidate’s record as an organizational leader. Applications received by September 30, 2011 will be assured of consideration. To apply, please send materials to:

Search Committee
East Asian Studies Center
1021 East Third Street
Memorial Hall West 207
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005

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* Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) - Information Session


Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Bartley Hall #033, Villanova University

For more information, please contact:
Masako Hamada, Ed.D. | masako.hamada@villanova.edu
Associate Professor
Japanese Studies
Institute for Global Interdisciplinary Studies
Villanova University

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Hong Kong University Department of Philosophy - Opening for an Assistant Professor of Philosophy

HKU’s Department of Philosophy has an opening for an assistant professor of philosophy. The area of specialization for the post is not Chinese philosophy, but preference is likely to be given to candidates with competence in Chinese or Chinese-Western comparative philosophy in addition to another area. So people working in Chinese or comparative philosophy are strongly encouraged to apply.

The first paragraphs of the advertisement run as follows:

Applications are invited for appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy in the School of Humanities, from July 1, 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal. Appointees with demonstrated performance will be considered for tenure towards the end of the second three-year contract. Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Philosophy by the date of appointment. Preferred area of specialization: Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Social Science, or Meta-Philosophy. Area of Competence: Open. Preference may be given to candidates who also work in Chinese or Comparative Chinese-Western philosophy.

For more information, see http://www3.hku.hk/philodep/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Job.201109  

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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

* Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship - now accepting applications


Sponsor:
Asian Cultural Council
Title: Taiwan Fellowship Program
E-mail: acc@accny.org
Web Site: http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org
Program URL: http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/?page_id=16
SYNOPSIS:  The sponsor provides support to artists, scholars, and
specialists from Taiwan for research, study, and creative work in the
United States.  The sponsor also supports American arts specialists
visiting Taiwan to participate in cultural exchange projects organized
by local arts institutions.
Deadline(s): 11/01/2011

DEADLINE NOTE:
If you are from Taiwan, please visit
http://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/archive/tfp/

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* 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program - Deadline: November 15, 2011

The United States Department of State is pleased to announce the scholarship competition for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for overseas intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical need foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully-funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to ten weeks for U.S. citizen undergraduate and graduate students. Students may apply for one language, and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection.

Languages offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.  

Interested applicants should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website: www.clscholarship.org/applicants.htm. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found here: http://www.clscholarship.org/applicants.htm#prerequisites.

Students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, sciences, and humanities are encouraged to apply. While there is no service requirement attached to CLS Program awards, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

The CLS Program has planned outreach events at universities across the U.S. in fall 2011. Check out the CLS webpage or our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CLScholarship, as we may be coming to your institution!

For more information about the CLS Program and to access the on-line application, please visit the CLS website: http://www.clscholarship.org.

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* AsiaNetwork - Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellow Program - now accepting applications


Sponsor:
AsiaNetwork
Title: Student-Faculty Fellows Program
E-mail:
vanjsymons@augustana.edu
Web Site:
http://www.asianetwork.org/
Program URL:
http://www.asianetwork.org/programs/freeman/2012sff/2012program.html
SYNOPSIS:  
The sponsor provides a summer fellowship program for
student-faculty teams to encourage undergraduate research in Asia
during the summer of 2012.
Deadline(s):
12/01/2011

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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship - accepting applications

Sponsor: Social Science Research Council
Title: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship
E-mail: japan@ssrc.org
Web Site: http://fellowships.ssrc.org
Program URL: http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/jsps-fellowship/
SYNOPSIS:  The sponsor provides recent PhD recipients and ABDs with opportunities to conduct research in Japan under the leadership of a host researcher. Fellows are encouraged to advance their own research and at the same time closely collaborate with young Japanese researchers and contribute to Japanese research communities.
Applications are welcome from all social science and humanities disciplines and need not be explicitly related to the study of Japan.

Deadline(s to apply): 12/01/2011

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Blakemore Language Grants for Advanced Study of Asian Languages - accepting applications

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

Eligibility
  • 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

*Japanese Language Proficiency Test - Last test date of 2011


Date: Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Time: 12:00 - 4:30 pm
Location: Bartley Hall Villanova University
Website: http://www.jlpt.jp/e/index.html

 



(VI) Conferences and Workshops

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:
http://www.princeton.edu/main/visiting/

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?

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.

Registration:
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
C/0 PSC
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

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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.

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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.

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* Call for Papers: Myths and Orthodoxies in East Asian Art and History, Princeton University Graduate Symposium - deadline to apply: November 6, 2011

Graduate Student Symposium in East Asian Art
Saturday, 3 March 2012
101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University
9:30 am – 5:00 pm

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

Keynote Speaker: Professor Donald F. McCallum, Department of Art History, UCLA Asuka Myths and Orthodoxies: Ikarugadera – Umayado no ōji – Hōryūji

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 and serve the needs of those who perpetuate them. But what kind of history becomes an “orthodoxy,” and what sort of story can we call a “myth”? How do these stories sustain their power, and when do they lose power? Who decides? How do visualized myths and orthodoxies shape what we believe?  Do we believe the textual or the spoken more readily than the visual? Do visual materials help create, communicate, and maintain myths and orthodoxies in ways that text can never accomplish? How do the uses of “myth” and “orthodoxy” in discussions of historiography change our understanding of history and art history? Does identifying myths and orthodoxies tend to serve a revisionist purpose? When something is called a myth, is the validity of its message automatically called into question? How do orthodoxies remodel their self-evident “truths” as they progress through time?

We invite graduate students in East Asian art history and related fields to submit abstracts of 300–400 words for papers that will address myths and orthodoxies in their various forms. Please send your abstract with a copy of your curriculum vitae by  Monday, 7 November 2011, to:

Michael Hatch and Mimi Chusid
Myths.Orthodoxies@gmail.com
Department of Art and Archaeology, McCormick Hall
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544-1018



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