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Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 2012: Issue No. 8, October 31, 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

Spring 2012 Course Listings related to East Asia have now been updated and can be found on our Academics page, and here.

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 on CEAS events, please follow us on Twitter (@PennCEAS) or visit our Events page.

(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events

MORRIS ROSSABI, Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College- "Mongol Influences on China"

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: College Hall, Room 200
  Descriptions of Mongol influences, specifically on Ming and Qing, China have varied considerably. Greater attention to the Yuan dynasty over the past few years has prompted diverse interpretations of the Mongols' impact. Many writers traditionally portrayed the Mongols as having few and mostly negative influences while popularizers and scholars have recently maintained that the Mongols had substantial and often positive impacts on the succeeding Ming dynasty. This presentation seeks to assess these claims and to ascertain Khubilai and the other Khans' influences on Chinese government, economy, society, religion, and art.

* Annual EALC Rickett Lecture


* PENN MUSEUM, Imagine Africa Educators' Evening

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: College Hall, Room 200
  Free, drop-in event open to all educators.  Explore the newly installed Imagine Africa with the Penn Museum and provide feedback to create an ongoing African exhibition that best serves teachers and students. Discover a new classroom space especially designed for our expanded field trip offerings. The Center for East Asian Studies, African Studies Center, Middle East Center, and South Asia Center, will all be present to exhibit our outreach programs available for K-12 teachers. Refreshments will be served.


* QIN-HAN SEMINAR, hosted by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at University of Pennsylvania

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: EALC Seminar Room (Williams 844)

10:00-10:15 A.M.



Nancy S. Steinhardt, “The Qin-Han Transition in Imperial Tomb


Charles Sanft, “Reading the Qin Population Registers from Liye”


Paul R. Goldin, “Han Law and the Regulation of Interpersonal
Relations: ‘The Confucianization of the Law’ Revisited”

12:30-1:30 P.M.  



Matthias L. Richter, “The Evolving Role of the Odes as Reflected in
Min zhi fumu and Transmitted Counterparts”


Paul van Els, “How Were Anecdotes Collected in Early China?”


Ori Tavor, “Cultivating the Social Body: Ritual and Rulership in the
Western Han”




Nicola di Cosmo, “The Morphology of the Xiongnu Empire”


Wai-kit Tse, “Dynamics of Disintegration: The Later Han Empire
and Its Northwestern Frontier”


* CONFERENCE: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES - Politics of Public Space in Korea, funded by the Academy for Korean Studies, and the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies

Date: Friday - Saturday, November 11-12, 2011

Friday check-in - 2:00 pm, Cafe 58
Saturday check- in - 8:30 am, Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

Conference Description:

From individuals tagging graffiti to mass candlelight vigils, from popular remembrances of the 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 inviting papers that advance our understanding of the role of public space in Korean society and culture. 

Panelists will offer recent innovations in their respective fields with respect to time, space, and identity formation in public spaces. Panelists include:

  • Laurel Kendall, American Museum of Natural History
  • Seungsook Moon, Vassar College
  • Hyung Il Pai, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Eugene Y. Park, University of Pennsylvania
  • Hyunjook Park, University of Pennsylvania
  • J. J. Suh, Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Registration: Registration is free, but interested attendees must register by November 5, 2011. For more information, please go to the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies website, or e-mail Jooyeon Hahm, the Kim Program Assistant at kim-pks@sas.upenn.edu


* YU KEPING, Professor and Director of the China Center for Comparative Politics and Economics and the Center for Chinese Government Innovation at Peking University - "China’s Road toward Democratic Governance”

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: TBD

Since the Reform Era began in 1978, China has pursued a series of reforms in governance and civil society.  What have been the principal achievements, breakthroughs and trends? What are significant recent developments? What are the biggest challenges facing China’s government today and the greatest sources of public concern?  What policies can address them effectively?

Professor Yu is a leading scholar and advisor on political reform and the author of Democracy is a Good Thing, Globalization and Changes of Governance in China and Democracy and Rule of Law in China.


* NATIONAL COMMITTEE ON UNITED STATES-CHINA RELATIONS, 5th Annual China Town Hall, featuring via live webcast Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: College Hall, Room 200

China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of just about everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections, is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts. ZB

The National Committee is pleased to present this program, which will feature a webcast by Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security advisor, followed by local presentations from on-site China specialists addressing topics of particular interest to the community. Each program is cosponsored by the National Committee and a local organization(s). CHINA Town Hall is generously underwritten by the Starr Foundation.

From 1977 to 1981, Dr. Brzezinski was national security adviser to the president of the United States. In 1981, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom “for his role in the normalization of U.S.-Chinese relations and for his contributions to the human rights and national security policies of the United States.”

Before his government service, Dr. Brzezinski was on the faculty of Harvard University (1953-60) and Columbia University (1960-69). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from McGill and his doctorate from Harvard.


* LENA EDLUND, Associate Professor of Economics - Columbia University - "The Kindness of Strangers: Adopted in China"

Date: Monday, November 28, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: McNeil 103

Sex ratios at birth are abnormally male in China, leaving millions of Chinese families with sons who will find it difficult to marry. Son preference and sex selection is of long standing in Chinese society, and so is the problem of how to procure a daughter-in-law in society that shuns daughters. A traditional method to solve this problem was for families to adopt a girl at a young age and raise her to marry a son. By abandoning daughters and taking in girls, parents secured their son's future marriage and avoided spending resources on a daughter who would be of little use to them. While parents today can no longer force their children to marry (each other), an adopted daughter hedges parents of sons. She can be traded for a daughter-in-law, or her bride price can finance the marriage of her brother. During this talk, we draw attention to the dramatic rise in domestic adoptions of girls in China following the introduction of the one-child-policy.

  * Co-sponsored by CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium Series, Penn Population Studies Center

(II) Regional East Asia Events

* DAVID SCHAMBAUGH, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs & Director of the China Policy Program, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University - "China Goes Global”

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2011
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, University of Maryland, Baltimore County | 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250

A light reception will follow the lecture and question and answer period.

  * Phi Beta Kappa Society Visiting Scholar Lecture, an Asian Studies Program Event and Social Sciences Forum Lecture


** UPDATED ** Foreign Policy Research Institute & Reserve Officers Association Conference - "Contested Terrain: China's Periphery and International Relations in Asia"

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Reserve Officers Association, One Constitution Avenue NE, Washington DC
Website: http://www.fpri.org/research/asia/internationalrelationsinasia1111/

China’s long-term rise and its recent international assertiveness have made long-standing and recently emerging issues of relations along China’s periphery matters of pressing international concern. The rapid development that has provided the material underpinnings for China’s rapid rise as a regional power has been fueled partly by economic integration along China’s periphery. Foreign investment flows, integration in a regional supply chain that feeds global markets and burgeoning intraregional trade have made Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and other states in East Asia key participants in China’s rise and eroded the economic significance of political borders in the region.

This conference will address this complex cluster of issues through papers and panels, each of which will be organized along geographic lines but will also have a distinct analytical focus on the issues most germane to the region.

Speakers Include:

Michael Green, Georgetown University and Center for Strategic and International Studies - "Implications for U.S. Policy and Interests"

John Garver, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, “China’s Relations with South Asia: Cooperation, Conflict and Implications for the United States”

Allen Carlson, Cornell University, “A Hard or Soft Frontier?: New Chinese Discussions about Securing China’s Territorial Periphery”

Jacques deLisle, FPRI and University of Pennsylvania, “Sea Changes?: China’s Approach(es) to Territorial Claims and Sovereignty in the South China Sea.”

  For more information or to register contact 215 732 3774, ext 303 or lux@fpri.org.



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

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011
12:00-2:30 pm
Opening of classroom at Berks County Intermediate Unit. 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.
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.

Location: Berks County Intermediate Unit, Wilson High School in West Lawn

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

(III) Employment and Internship Opportunities

*SOTHEBY'S - Training Programme for 2012 Graduates 

Sotheby’s, the only publicly traded global art auction house, is offering exceptional college graduates the opportunity to participate in a unique twelve month paid training programme in our New York or London offices. Spring 2012 graduates will be considered for this programme which aims to develop their skills and experiences to prepare for long-term opportunities in both the art specialist and business aspects of our organization.

Our staff are passionate about their work in the fast paced, challenging, dynamic, and exciting global marketplace for great works of art. If you are interested in joining our unique community, visit our website www.sothebys.com to learn more about our business.

Trainees will complete 12 months of rotations in art specialist and business departments. They will attend regular lectures, workshops, and museum visits with senior executives and will work on projects with their fellow trainees. Upon completion of the programme, selected trainees will be placed in permanent positions.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate:

  • A strong academic record in at least one of the following fields: Fine Arts, Business, Asian Studies, Liberal Arts, Languages
  • Leadership and teamwork experience
  • Curiosity and passion for learning
  • A high emotional IQ and strong communication skills
International experience and fluency in foreign languages are valuable, but not required. Similarly, an art history background is valuable, but not required. Applicants must have independent authorization to work in the US or the UK for a minimum of twelve months post graduation.

Applicants must complete an application to be invited for an interview in November or December. The full job description can be found here.

Finalists will be invited to interview at our headquarters in New York City.


* Global Careers Panel - A Non-Traditional Focus, sponsored by Penn Career Services

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:20 pm
Location: Huntsman Hall  G92

For students who are interested in or preparing for global career opportunities, whether working internationally or at home, this panel session will provide an insight into trends in working internationally and with global issues. It will focus specifically on non-traditional career opportunities, keeping in mind the variety of skills that students may develop throughout their careers and what it will take to engage globally. Kuntal Shah Wawick, Founder and Principal at KSW Consulting, will provide the introduction.

Panelists will include:

  • Evan Welsh, Director of Global Media Relations, SAP
  • M. Terry Cooke, Executive Director, China Partnership for Greater Philadelphia
  • Christine Martey-Ochola, Co-Founder, U.S.-Kenya Chamber of Commerce


University of Southern California - seeking Assistant Professor in Early Modern and/or Modern Japanese Literature

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) is currently conducting a search for a tenure-track assistant professor in Early Modern and/or Modern Japanese Literature.

Applications should be complete by November 4, 2011, as files will begin to reviewed on that date. 

Should you have any questions about the search, please contact Lori Meeks (meeks@usc.edu) or Akira Lippit (lippit@usc.edu), who is serving as chair of the search committee.

(IV) Fellowship and Award Opportunities

* Japan Foundation -- Japanese Studies Fellowship Program--Doctoral Candidates - deadline to apply: December 1, 2011

The sponsor provides fellowship support to conduct research in Japan.  Doctoral students, majoring in humanities and the social sciences, who have completed necessary courses for a doctorate (or will complete by the time of starting a fellowship), eligible for submitting a doctoral dissertation, are eligible to apply. The duration is four to fourteen months.

E-mail: info@jfny.org
Web Site: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/
Program URL: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/program/intel.html#1


* Japan Foundation -- Long- and Short-Term Training Programs for Foreign Teachers of the Japanese Language - deadline to apply: December 1, 2011

Grants provide teachers of the Japanese language abroad with an opportunity to improve their Japanese language skills and teaching methodology and to deepen their knowledge of Japan.  Both short-term courses of two months' duration and long-term courses of six months' duration are supported.

E-mail: info@jfny.org
Web Site: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/
Program URL: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/program/japanese.html#2-2-1


* Council of American Overseas Research Centers--Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program for Advanced Multi-Country Research - deadline to apply: January 17, 2012

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or in teams.

Web Site: http://www.caorc.org
Program URL: http://www.caorc.org/programs/multi.htm


* Japanese Studies Fellowship Program--Short Term Researchers - deadline to apply: December 1, 2011

Support is provided to scholars and researchers involved in Japanese studies in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences to conduct short-term research in Japan.

E-mail: info@jfny.org
Web Site: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/


Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations -Advanced Research (postdoctoral) Fellowships - deadline to apply: January 15, 2012

During the 2012-13 academic year, Harvard University’s Program on U.S.-Japan Relations will offer Advanced Research (postdoctoral) Fellowships for social scientists. Projects that focus on Japan or Japan's international role from a comparative, historical, or global perspective are welcome. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not required. Awards ($50,000) are for the academic year (September-May). Fellows are required to teach one undergraduate course, either in the fall or spring semester.

The application deadline is January 15, 2012. The application form and more details about the application process are available at: http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/us-japan/application/postdoc_application.htm.


Center for Historical Studies, Twentieth-Century Japan Research Awards - deadline to apply: November 18, 2011

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for one grant to support research in the library’s Gordon W. Prange
Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. The grant must be used by October 31, 2012.

E-mail: umdhistorycenter@gmail.com
Web Site: http://www.history.umd.edu/HistoryCenter/index.htm
Program URL: http://www.history.umd.edu/HistoryCenter/images/20th%20c%20Awards_announcement%202012.pdf


Japan Foundation, Japanese Studies Fellowship Program--Scholars & Researchers - deadline to apply: December 1, 2011

Support is provided to scholars and researchers involved in Japanese studies in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences to conduct research in Japan.  The duration of the award is two to twelve months.

E-mail: info@jfny.org
Web Site: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e
Program URL: http://www.jpf.go.jp/e/program/intel.html


Reischauer (Edwin O.) Institute of Japanese Studies, Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies - deadline to apply: January 3, 2012

The sponsor will offer several postdoctoral fellowships in Japanese studies to recent PhDs of exceptional promise, to give them the opportunity to turn their dissertation into publishable manuscripts.

E-mail: tgilman@fas.harvard.edu
Web Site: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~rijs/fellowships/postdoctoral.html


Boren Scholarships Program - deadline to apply: February 9, 2012

The sponsor provides up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American, and the Middle East. Boren Scholars study less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.

E-mail: boren@iie.org

Program URL: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship/basics.html


2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program - deadline to apply: 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.


AsiaNetwork - Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellow Program - deadline to apply: December 1, 2011

Sponsor: AsiaNetwork
Title: Student-Faculty Fellows Program
Web Site:
Program URL:
The sponsor provides a summer fellowship program for student-faculty teams to encourage undergraduate research in Asia during the summer of 2012.


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship - deadline to apply: December 1, 2011

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

(V) East Asia Study Opportunities and Queries

* Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO): Summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers

Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a non-profit organization that runs summer professional development travel programs designed for teachers. GEEO is offering 15 different travel programs for the summer of 2012: India/Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand/Laos/Cambodia, China, Russia/Mongolia/China, Egypt, Turkey 8 day, Turkey 15 day, South Africa/Mozambique/Zimbabwe/Botswana, Morocco, Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica. Space is limited!

Participants who book before November 15th, 2011 will receive an early booking discount of 5% off the program fee. Educators have the option to earn graduate school credit (3 credits through Indiana University) and professional development credit while seeing the world. The trips are 8 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. GEEO provides teachers educational materials and the structure to help them bring their experiences into the classroom. The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and University educators and administrators, as well as retired educators. Educators are also permitted to bring along a non-educator guest.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at www.geeo.org. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll free at 1-877-600-0105 between 9AM-9PM EST.


Wharton Asia Economic Review (WAER): Seeking journal submissions for Fall 2011 issue - deadline to submit: November 18, 2011

The Wharton Asia Economic Review (WAER) is seeking submissions for our Fall 2011 issue. WAER is an undergraduate academic journal of the Wharton China Business Society at the University of Pennsylvania. WAER is committed to providing thoughtful analyses of how social, economic, political, and international changes affect business and commerce throughout Asia, and how Asia, in turn, affects the business world. Thus, we encourage any students who have written academic papers or theses related to social, economic, and political issues in Asia to submit them to WAER for possible publication.

This year, WAER is also expanding our scope of analysis to include not only formal academic papers, but also interest pieces, opinion editorials, or political cartoons. We believe that breadth is just as important as depth when it comes to analyzing economics in Asia.

Feel free to submit work that you think will contribute to a better understanding of the business dynamic in Asia. The deadline for submission is November 18, 2011. Submissions should be emailed as Word documents and citations should be formatted in the APA style. Please email any submissions to contact.waer@gmail.com. For more information about WAER and to read our past issues, please visit http://www.whartonchina.com/journal/.

(VI) Conferences and Workshops


How can “the standards” relate to your teaching?

This seminar will provide you with both the content and resources needed to implement the study of East Asia into your curriculum.  Topics will follow closely the National Standards for World History and the AP World History Syllabus.


  • Winter and spring 2012 - commitment to attend all sessions which comprise 30 contact hours and submit all written work
  • Fall 2012 - commitment to attend all follow-up curriculum sessions - 6 hours
  • Currently teaching or designing a course where adequate time can be devoted to the study of Asia.  The applicant can also be a demonstration/resource teacher responsible for training other teachers.
  • Written support of school administrator to retain the course in the curriculum


Four Saturday sessions at area museums and the University of Pennsylvania, 9:00 - 3:00 pm; three evening sessions at University of Pennsylvania, 4:30-7:30 pm (30 hours in all)


  • Margaret Lonzetta and Lesley Solomon, Seminar Leaders National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA)
  • Professors of history, political science, art, literature and anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Museum Educators

Benefits to Participants:

  • $300 professional stipend to each participant upon satisfactory completion of all seminar requirements: attendance at all sessions and submission of all written assignments
  • $200 mini-grant for school-related materials and activities
  • Seminar books and teaching materials
  • Complimentary subscription to Education About Asia
  • Professional Development hours - 36 hours for PA (Act 48) and NJ teachers
  • Eligibility to apply to participate in a variety of summer in-country experiences in East Asia

Dates and Topics for 2012

Saturday, January 21

Orientation and welcome.  Illustrated thematic introduction to East Asia.  The emergence of East Asian civilization.  Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism.  Tour of Buddhist art at the Penn Museum.

Saturday, February 11

Early Chinese History: Han, Tang, and Song Dynasties, lecture on Chinese Painting.

Wednesday, March 7

Recreating a Golden Age: Art and Literature in Heian Japan.

Wednesday, March 21

Overview of Korean History to 1800.

Saturday, April 14

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Tour of East Asian galleries; East Asia in the pre-modern period;
Brush Painting Workshop.

Wednesday, April 25

The emergence of Modern Japan: Forging a national identity.

Saturday, May 5

Modern China: History, Society and Art.  Discussion and interactive components.

For the full program brochure and application, please click here. For questions, please contact Lesley Solomon at lesley86@hotmail.com.


* CALL FOR PAPERS: Crowned Victor: Competition and Games in the Ancient World - deadline: January 7th, 2012

Organized by: Center for Ancient Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Conference Dates: March 2-3, 2012

The graduate students of the University of Pennsylvania seek abstracts for the fourth annual Center for Ancient Studies graduate student conference. This conference aims to explore the theme of competition in the ancient world. Competition was a key component of many aspects of life in the ancient world and was found in areas people in the 21st century might not expect. We plan to focus on the role of competition and its associations with society at large, be it in the form of games or sports, interactions between members of a community, rivalries between communities, or the way culture and literature channeled competition. Our goal in presenting this conference will be to compare how competition manifested itself in the disparate societies of the ancient world and highlight similarities across cultures.

The conference invites papers on topics involving competition such as (but, of course, not limited to):

• Conspicuous consumption and status competition
• Games as education
• Competition as a structural force in society
• Political competition
• Ancient theories of competition
• Competition and literature
• Ideologies of competition
• Sports and diplomacy
• Place of athletes in the community

Submissions are welcome from graduate students working on ancient topics in such fields as: African Studies, Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, East Asian Studies, Classics, Egyptology, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Pre-Columbian Studies, Religious Studies, and South Asian Studies.

If you are interested in presenting a paper, please submit a 250-word abstract for a 15 minute talk by January 7, 2012 including your contact information (including name, institution, and e-mail) to Arthur T. Jones at ancient@sas.upenn.edu. Speakers will be notified of the status of their submissions by January 15, 2012.

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
Department of Art and Archaeology, McCormick Hall
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544-1018


CALL FOR PAPERS: Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours, An International Conference - deadline: November 19th, 2011

Organized by: the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, ISEAS, Singapore Location: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Dates: 28-29 June, 2012

Download the entire text of the Call for Papers here.

This 2-day conference will examine the following questions and problems that are germane to understanding the relationship between north and south:  geographical terminology (e.g., China, Jiangnan, East Asia, the East Asian Heartland, the Extended East Asian Heartland, the Yellow River Valley, the Yangtze River Valley, Southern China, Lingnan); transmission of literary themes and genres; linguistic interactions; artistic and musical interplay; folkloristic motifs; trade and migration patterns; religious missions and pilgrims; etc.  The timeframe of the conference covers from the earliest periods of interaction between the Yellow River Valley and the lands to the south up to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1911).

Paper proposals are invited from scholars engaged in any aspect of related studies.  Proposals should be received by no later than 19 November 2011, and successful applicants will be informed of their acceptance by 10 December 2011.  Proposals should include a title and a 400-word abstract, together with a short biography of the applicant.

Selected papers from the conference will be published in a volume edited by Victor H. Mair.

All participants will be provided with three nights accommodation in Singapore.  Requests for assistance with airfares, especially from participants based in Asian countries, will be sympathetically considered.

Proposals should be directed to:
Imperial China and Its Southern Neighbours Conference
Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore  119614
e-mail:  nscconferences@iseas.edu.sg
(Please note the conference title in the Subject line of your email)

Organizing committee:
Victor H. Mair
Tansen Sen
Geoff Wade
John Miksic
Lu Caixia

CEAS 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