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Center For East Asian Studies Newsletter

2011 - 2012: Issue No. 9, 11/11/11

Happy Pepero Day!

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.

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(I) University of Pennsylvania East Asia Events


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

Friday check-in - 2:00 pm, Cafe 58, Irvine Auditorium
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
  • Hyunjoon Park, University of Pennsylvania
  • J. J. Suh, Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Registration: Registration is free. For more information, please e-mail Jooyeon Hahm, the Kim Program Assistant at kim-pks@sas.upenn.edu
  * funded by the Academy for Korean Studies, and the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies


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: Silvestein Forum, Stiteler Hall

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.

*co-sponsored by CEAS Issues in Contemporary East Asia Colloquium, the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics and the Foreign Policy Research Institute


CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections - featuring via live webcast Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor and Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies

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 begin with an on-site presentation by Joseph Battat of the World Bank, followed by a live webcast by Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former National Security Advisor.

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.

Joseph J. Battat is currently a senior consultant to the World Bank Group. He has been with the World Bank since 1989, and has held a number of positions, including as head of its Foreign Investment Advisory Services (FIAS, now the Investment Climate Advisory Services), which advises governments worldwide on improving the investment climate in their country. He was a marketing systems engineer at IBM Canada (1968-72) and a member of the faculty, School of Business, Indiana University (1982-89). Dr. Battat was the founding co-dean of the first MBA program in China (1978-86), co-dean of General Electric’s China Executive Education Program in the 1980s, and designed and established the International Management Center, Budapest (1987-88). Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a consultant to Fortune 500 U.S. Corporations.

Dr. Battat chairs the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Current World Affairs and is a member of the Advisory Board, Institute for International Business, Indiana University. Until January 2011, he was an IFC Director on the Board of China Nature Flooring Inc., China. Dr. Battat holds an MSc. in electronics physics from Université de Grenoble, a diploma in political philosophy from Beijing University and a PhD in international business and economics from MIT. He is widely traveled, multi-lingual and lived on three continents.


MAKER CULTURE: China’s Emerging Economy of D.I.Y. and Open Technology Production - a lunchtime Seminar with Silvia Lindtner

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: Annenberg School for Communication (3620 Walnut Street), Room 300

“Maker culture” has become a dominant label for creative communities that embrace a Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) approach to independent technological development. The movement leverages traditions of craftsmanship with open source culture to promote experimentation through tinkering, the bricolage of old and new and a questioning of the current status quo in global technology production. 

In this talk, Lindtner traces through ethnographic detail how these values of tinkering, open source and hands-on technology production are taken up and mobilized in a hacker and co-working space in Shanghai, China.  She explores how the theme of maker and D.I.Y. technology production is often seen as a translocal phenomenon and rendered as a progressive and “cool” force in Chinese modernization. Lindtner’s research focuses on the complex and entangled paths of material and semiotic production around maker culture that emerge at the frictions of modernization discourse, foreign investments and transnational migration. She illustrates how the hacker and co-working space in Shanghai employs the framework of D.I.Y. making and sharing of technology to position itself as a participant in Chinese Internet counterculture and as strategically aligned with free culture and open innovation projects in the U.S. She interrogates what models of global citizenship are embedded in the discourses and practices of maker culture and the forms of governmentality that are inscribed in constructions of a technologically savvy, self-creating and transnational citizen.

About the Speaker: Silvia Lindtner is a PhD Candidate in the department of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. Her dissertation research focuses on cultural processes of technology production within the context of urban China. Over the last five years, Lindtner has conducted ethnographic research with Chinese youth, IT professionals and a collective of electronic hackers, freelance designers, new media artists and bloggers, exploring how these various social groups design and use digital technologies to position themselves in the changing urban, social and political environment of China's cities today. Her work investigates the role digital media play for imaginations of Chinese modernity and translocal ideas of open innovation, free culture, creativity and D.I.Y. technology production. Currently, in part supported by a Chinese government scholarship, Lindtner is completing her thesis on “Multi-Sited Design: Translocal D.I.Y., Hacker and Internet Counter Culture in Urban China.”

Please RSVP to Laura Schwartz-Henderson

  * sponsored by the Center for Global Communication Studies at Penn


JEFF SHORE, Book Discussion & Reading- Zen Classics for the Modern World: Translations of Chinese Zen Poems & Prose with Contemporary Commentary

Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Meyerson Lobby, 2nd Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Jeff Shore has played a leading role in introducing Zen practice to the West. He will read from his most recent book: Zen Classics for the Modern World: Translations of Chinese Zen Poems & Prose with Contemporary Commentary (Diane Press, Philadelphia, 2011).

Zen Classic for the Modern World contains three classic Chinese Zen texts from three different traditions and eras: The delightful poetic masterpiece Enjoying the Way from the 8th century Northern Zen tradition. The profound poems — and stunning illustrations — of Ten Oxherding Pictures from the 12th century Rinzai tradition. The hard-hitting Exhortations for Those Who Don't Arouse the Doubt from the early 17th century Sôtô tradition. Much of the material never translated before, with authoritative, contemporary commentary revealing the depth and diversity of Zen Buddhism as a living tradition. Here is the true face of Zen practice as it strips away facile generalizations and false assumptions, leading the reader to a genuine encounter with the heart of the matter.

Copies of the book will be on sale and the author will sign copies after the talk. A reception with light refreshments follows in the Meyerson Lobby.

  * Sponsored by University of Pennsylvania Libraries


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



Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Arch Auditorium, 2nd Floor; 36th Street and Locust Walk

The Penn NRCs in collaboration with BigPictureSmallWorld are launching the first comprehensive, one-stop resource network for Delaware Valley Region's Global Education Educators. Please join us for an evening of food, fun and website demonstration at our website and network launch party on December 2, 2011. Bring a colleague and help us spread the word.

  * Co-sponsored by BigPictureSmallWorld, the South Asia Center, the African Studies Center, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Middle East Center

(II) Regional East Asia Events - none at this time

(III) Employment and Internship Opportunities

SOTHEBY'S - Training Programme for 2012 Graduates - deadline to apply: November 11, 2011

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.

* Congressional-Executive Commission on China Internship Opportunity for Spring 2012

Congressional-Executive Commission on China seeks paid internship candidates for Spring, 2012.  Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration. All application materials must be submitted before the deadline in order to be considered. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission's legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls please.

To better understand the work of the Commission and its areas of most intense focus, we invite potential applicants to visit the other sections of this CECC website (www.cecc.gov).

Those who wish to apply for internships should understand the following:

  • CECC interns receive a salary of $10/hour;
  • Interns must be U.S. citizens;
  • We regret that interns are not eligible for federal benefits.
  • During the fall and spring semesters, CECC internships are generally part-time (15 and 20 hours per week), although we may choose to allow interns to work more hours if there are exceptional circumstances;
  • Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
  • Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on websites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
  • Interns will conduct research and writing projects on human rights and rule of law issues in China under the supervision of Commission staff. Interns may also assist with researching and updating records on the Commission’s Political Prisoner Database. Interns may also be invited or required to attend some of the many rule of law and human rights events organized by the Commission and other organizations in Washington, D.C.
  • Although our interns are usually students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, others are also welcome to apply.


* St. Joseph's University - seeking Assistant Professor, tenure-track, Japanese Politics- deadline to apply: December 15, 2011

The Department of Political Science at Saint Joseph’s University of Philadelphia seeks applications for a tenure-track appointment in Japanese politics with the rank of assistant professor commencing in August 2012. Saint Joseph’s University is a Jesuit institution with an enrollment of 4,600 full-time undergraduates and is located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. The teaching load is three courses (nine hours) per semester. Further information about the university can be found at www.sju.edu. This position, housed in the Department of Political Science, will support the expansion of Saint Joseph’s Asian Studies Program. Although the successful applicant can be either a comparativist or International Relations specialist, s/he must demonstrate clear and continued commitment to the study of Japan, including a research agenda that requires the use of Japanese language primary source materials, and deep knowledge of East Asian politics. Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field is required.

Applications must be submitted on-line at www.sju.edu/hr; click on Employment and follow the instructions. Applications are to include a letter of introduction, current and complete curriculum vitae, and a statement describing your teaching philosophy. Three letters of recommendation, copies of transcripts, and teaching evaluations should be sent to Dr. Lisa Baglione, Chair, Department of Political Science, Saint Joseph’s University, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131 (lbaglion@sju.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Saint Joseph’s University is a private, Catholic, Jesuit institution and expects members of its community to be knowledgeable about its mission and to make a positive contribution to that mission. Saint Joseph’s University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that seeks to recruit, develop and retain a talented and diverse workforce.

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

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.


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

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.

Japan Foundation -- 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/

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

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

Inter-University Board for Chinese Language Studies - Chinese Language Fellowships - deadline to apply: January 11, 2012, and January 27, 2012

Fellowships provide support for students who aspire to truly advanced competence in Chinese language, whether they be undergraduates, graduates, professionals, or established scholars.

E-mail: iub@berkeley.edu
Web Site: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/iup/
Program URL: http://ieas.berkeley.edu/iup/admissions_deadlines.html
The January 11, 2012 deadline is for the Academic Year and Semester programs. The Summer Program has a rolling admissions policy until January 27, 2012. There is no financial aid for the summer session.

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.

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

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme (2012 / 2013) - deadline to apply: January 31, 2012

The J. S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme was established in 2008 in memory of Dr. Lee Jung Sen’s lifelong promotion of the study of Chinese art. Dr. Lee Jung Sen was the founder of Bei Shan Tang Foundation and a distinguished philanthropist in Hong Kong who valued the importance of the arts to a society and the need to nurture cultural development. He was a major benefactor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and supported the building of its Institute of Chinese Studies and the Art Museum. He also supported numerous museums and art institutions in China and abroad, including the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Shanghai Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Oriental Ceramic Society and Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art in London.

Website: http://www.jsleefellowship.org/

US-Japan Foundation - Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award - deadline to apply and nominate: February 1, 2012

The Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award was approved by the Foundation's Board of Trustees in September 2001 and recognizes exceptional teachers who further mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese. The award is presented annually to two pre-college teachers in two categories, humanities and Japanese language, and consists of a certificate of recognition, a $2,500 monetary award, and $5,000 in project funds. It is named in honor of Elgin Heinz for his commitment to educating students about Asia as well as for the inspiration he has provided to the field of pre-college education.

The award is open to current full-time K-12 classroom teachers of any relevant subject in the United States. There are two award categories, one in the humanities and one in Japanese language.

Previous award recipients often have over 10 years of teaching experience and have been engaged in teaching their students about Japan for a substantial period of time.  Candidates must demonstrate sustained commitment to improving mutual understanding between Americans and Japanese, and must have made a significant contribution to enhancing students’ knowledge of Japan.

Applicants for the Japanese language category must have excellent command of the Japanese language and may be contacted by members of the selection committee to verify this.

Web Site: http://www.us-jf.org/elginHeinz.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

(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 (in order of deadline to apply)

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


* SHANGHAI THEATRE ACADEMY- Winter Institute 2012 - deadline to apply: November 21, 2011

WHO: Shanghai Theater Academy (STA), co-sponsored by Brown, NYU, Princeton & Yale Universities
WHAT: A two-week intensive program which aims to explore, exhibit, and define how creativity, theatre, and the modern metropolis interact with one another, and what outcomes are possible with such international cross-fertilization of ideas and traditions.
WHERE: Shanghai Theater Institute, Shanghai, China
WHEN: January 5 – January 20, 2012

APPLY ONLINE AT stawinterinstitute.wordpress.com

FOR QUESTIONS, EMAIL: sta.winter.institute@gmail.com

Shanghai Theater Academy, China’s leading performing arts institution, invites students from America’s top universities to take part in a groundbreaking program, the first of its kind anywhere in China, to bring about fruitful collaboration among student artists and leading arts educators in the US and China.  This program wants UPenn artists and students interested in East Asia, and is willing to subsidize tuition if they apply for scholarships! 

At the Winter Institute, renowned faculty from Yale, Princeton, Brown, NYU, and STA will teach courses exploring the creative process in the theatre, community culture, urban planning and event planning, and intercultural performance, while students get acquainted with the exciting city of Shanghai.

In addition to coursework, STA will offer two guided cultural explorations during the weekends:
· Beyond the Big Cities- Two Rural Towns (Weekend 1): Students will visit Jinze, an anthropologically experimental site recognized for its revival of and innovation in green living, where they will observe reconstructed ritual performances. Then they will be taken to the ancient canal town of Zhujiazhao, where they will see the performance piece “Water Music,” composed and designed by world-renowned composer, conductor, and director Tan Dun. We will also be able to chat with him after the performance.
·A Day at the Lake- Hangzhou (Weekend 2):  Students will also travel to Hangzhou, a past Chinese capital, cultural center, modern tourist attraction, and the city that Marco Polo declared “beyond dispute the finest and noblest in the world,” where they will see Beijing Opera, Oedipus Rex, and Hedda Gabler.

By the end of the program, students will have not only learned more about their craft, but also about the possibilities that their craft represents in a modern world. They will see in action how international collaboration might broaden the theory, deepen the tradition, and expand the ideas that compose our artistic and cultural landscape. This event is not just about Shanghai. It’s about the macrocosmic shifts and potentials coming to light here on this unusual stage.

* CALL FOR PAPERS: GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE ON EAST ASIA - Columbia University - deadline to apply: November 27, 2011

Graduate students are invited to submit papers for the Twenty-First Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. This two-day conference provides a forum for students from institutions around the world to meet and share ideas and research with their peers. The 2012 conference marks the beginning of a new decade in the conference’s history. As such, this year’s participants will have the opportunity, in the spirit of reinvigoration, to use this year’s conference as a forum for the promotion and circulation of new ideas within East Asian Studies. In addition, participants will gain valuable experience in presenting their work for discussion with other graduate students as well as Columbia faculty. 

We welcome applications from graduate students engaged in research on all fields in East Asian Studies, including history, literature, political science, economics, art history, religion, sociology, archaeology, law, environmental studies and anthropology.

Participants can take part in the conference as presenters and/or discussants.
Presenters deliver talks no longer than 15 minutes that summarize research in progress.
Discussants introduce the panelists and facilitate the 20-minute discussion session following the presentations.

APPLICATIONS (due November 27, 2011):
Please fill out the application on http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ealac/gradconf/form.htm with the required information:

*Your full name as you would like it to appear in the abstract booklet and conference schedule
*Contact info (e-mail)*Institutional affiliation
*Major area of study (region and discipline)
*Title of your paper
*One-page (250 words max.) abstract in print-ready format, including your name and institution
*We will not accept applications without abstracts (Please provide five key words for your paper in the abstract).

Notification of acceptance - within two weeks of application deadline.

NATIONAL CONSORTIUM FOR TEACHING ABOUT ASIA - A Seminar for Teachers, Spring 2012 - deadline to enroll: November 30, 2011

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.


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