Monday, November 30, 2015

Kaya Co. Summer 2016 Fellowship in the Philippines

Kaya Co. - Summer 2016 Fellowship in the Philippines

Kaya Collaborative aims to inspire, educate, and mobilize Filipino diaspora youth as partners to long-term, locally-led social change in the Philippines.

We have just opened the applications for our 2016 summer fellowship, an 8-week program that aims to train the next generation of global Filipinos as global leaders and movement-builders for a stronger Philippines.  The fellowship will take place in Metro Manila, and it involves:
  • a personalized internship with a social venture or nonprofit in Manila
  • a  social change curriculum that includes discussions and workshops with business, government, and citizen leaders in the Philippines
  • a shared project that focuses on the question: how might we connect our global community to the Philippines?
Early applications are due December 4th, and we are looking for the boldest young leaders from the global Filipino community who are ready to evolve their leadership with the Philippines at heart.  View the attached document or click here for more information.

Yours in strengthening the global Filipino community,

Kaya Co.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Recreating Currents in Southeast Asia - Cornell University Southeast Asia Program’s 18th Annual Graduate Student Conference “(Re)Creating Currents in Southeast Asia”

Recreating Currents in Southeast Asia

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Cornell University Southeast Asia Program’s 18th Annual Graduate Student Conference

“(Re)Creating Currents in Southeast Asia”

March 11-13, 2016

Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York

(Re)Creating Currents is an exploration of the current – the mental or physical force that pulls, shapes, electrifies or overwhelms subjects and objects in myriad ways. How is Southeast Asia created through currents in practice and in discourse, and how can these currents be understood? In thinking about currents as processual coalescences of old and new ideas, how do new scholars situate their work amidst these flows? We offer these questions as provocations to invite submissions to the Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 18th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference. The conference will be held March 11-13, 2016 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Tamara Loos from the Department of History at Cornell will be joining us as our keynote speaker.
We welcome submissions of abstracts by December 15, 2015 from graduate students who have completed original research related to Southeast Asia. There is no specific theme for this conference, as we hope to attract a wide range of submissions. Our intention is to reflect the dynamic research currently undertaken by graduate students. The Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s Graduate Committee will review the abstracts, select presenters, and organize panels by theme. In order to aid this process of thematic organization, we ask that you please include a few keywords summarizing your presentation along with your abstract.
Selected contributors will present their work as part of a panel, and paper abstracts will be included in the conference program. All the panels will have discussants, therefore presenters should be prepared to submit full papers of 5000-8000 words by February 15, 2016 .
A very limited number of modest travel allowances may be available for those traveling longer distances. We encourage applicants to seek funding from their home institutions first. Please indicate along with your abstract whether you expect to receive travel funding from your home institution and if you would like to be considered for a travel allowance from the Cornell Southeast Asia Program Graduate Student Committee. We will be in touch in February to coordinate graduate student host lodging for confirmed presenters. In the spirit of collegiate engagement, all presenters are requested to attend the entire conference.
Please submit abstracts to the following email address:
All abstracts should be limited to 250 words and sent in MS Word format.  Do not send a .pdf. Please name your abstract using your first and last name together (for example, janedoe.doc for Jane Doe's abstract). The subject of the message should specify “Abstract” and the body should include the following information:
·         Author name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and a primary email address
·         Title of paper
·         Paper topic or keywords
·         The abstract
Abstract Submission Deadline:  December 15, 2015
Notification of Acceptance: January 15,  2016
Confirmation of Attendance Deadline:  February 1, 2016
Full Papers Due:  February 15, 2016

Monday, November 23, 2015

2016 Annual SOYUZ Symposium on the "Politics of Difference: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right?"

The 2016 Annual SOYUZ Symposium on the "Politics of Difference: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right?"  will be held at the University of Chicago on March 11-12, 2016.  The deadline for paper proposals has been extended to December 1, 2015.  See below for complete details.

The 2016 Annual SOYUZ Symposium
Politics of Difference: Migration, Nation, Postsocialist Left and Right?

Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies
University of Chicago
March 11-12, 2016

Keynote Address
"A Sea of Difference?  Regime Collapse and Migrations from Albania to Italy, 1945-1992"

Pamela Ballinger
Fred Cuny Chair in the History of Human Rights
University of Michigan

Call for Papers
The SOYUZ theme this year gains immediacy and poignancy from the migration and refugee crisis in Europe in Autumn 2015.  While some leaders repudiate migrants from points east by calling for a “Christian” Europe, others welcome them as a Christian gesture.  Such differences are not new to postsocialism.  Religion, out-migration, borders, nationality have been flash points repeatedly. The conference will examine these and other forms of difference-making within and across contemporary postsocialist contexts. Economic globalization and the integration of eastern Europe into the European Union have provided the context for postsocialist transformation.  Yet, such projects of integration have encouraged new articulations of difference and reframed old ones: Minorities, diasporas, east-west relations, techno-environmental differences and border-disputes. Neo-nationalist groups rail against in-migrants and minorities at the same time as nation-branding projects posit national distinctiveness as a lure for foreign investment and tourism.  Narratives of “culture wars” vilifying differences of sexual orientation and life-style have erupted, opposing conservative religious and political groups to the purportedly cosmopolitan values of “the West.”  New xenophobias and homophobias compete with discourses of tolerance, each staking claims to what constitutes belonging and civilization.  Deep discontent over waves of neoliberalization, austerity, corruption and kleptocracies have reconfigured economic polarization as political difference, with Left and Right both taking on new valences within an increasingly agitated political spectrum.

We therefore invite proposals for research papers that address the politics of difference – broadly understood – in the postsocialist world. How have postsocialist historiesdriven new articulations of difference and to what effect?   How do contemporary politics of postsocialist difference-making resemble, draw on, differ from, or challenge antecedents in the last century?  What new political horizons might contemporary articulations of difference – left and right – suggest?  Finally, how might the critical analysis of global postsocialism inform the scholarly investigation of the politics of difference more broadly?  As always, at SOYUZ, other topics of research on postsocialism that are not directly related to this theme are also welcome.

Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to by December 1, 2015.

Please include your full name, affiliation, and paper title. Write “SOYUZ 2016” in the subject line of your email. Papers will be selected and notifications made by December 20, 2015.

The Soyuz Research Network for Postsocialist Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for exchanging work based on field research in postsocialist countries, ranging from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. Soyuz is an interest group in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) and an official unit of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The Soyuz symposium has met annually since 1991 and offers an opportunity for scholars to interact in a more personal setting.

CIPE Internship Opportunity

CIPE’s Asia Program is recruiting an intern who is highly motivated, details oriented, and has a strong foundation in Southeast Asian studies and international relations/political economy. The intern will work with the Asia team and focus on the political economy of Burma, Thailand, and Cambodia. Specifically, the intern will conduct open source research on the economic policies and developmental challenges in these countries. The ideal candidate will have an interest in Asian affairs, research or relevant past internship experience, good analytical skills, and the discipline to work independently. Burmese, Thai, or Khmer language skills are helpful but not required.
Key Areas of Responsibility:
·         Assist in research and writing conference reports, event summaries, and other such projects as dictated by program needs.
·         Assist in background research on issues pertaining to political economic policies.
·         Monitor and report on events in Southeast Asia.
·         Provide logistical and administrative support to ongoing programs and projects.
Qualifications and Requirements:
·         Excellent analytical, writing skills, and demonstrated research experience.
·         Fluency in English is required; Asian language is a plus (particularly Burmese, Thai, or Khmer).
·         Excellent written and oral communications skills.
·         Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
·         Pursuing a degree in International Relations, International Development, Regional Studies, or Economics Studies.
·         Previous experience at a think tank, foundation, NGO, government body, media outlet, or similar organization preferred.
Preferred time commitment: 20 hours per week.
Applications, including a cover letter describing your qualifications and your resume (in Word or PDF format) should be sent to:
When submitting applications via email, candidates should use the following format for the subject line: [Applicant last name] – Asia.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Anthropology Field School in Cambodia

Dr. Judy Ledgerwood from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University is hosting a field school in Cambodia during the summer of 2016. This is an anthropology field school that will involve the study of Buddhism in Cambodia, and involve a service learning component with local NGO and Buddhist organizations. This field school opportunity will provide students with classroom lectures on Cambodian culture and cultural rebirth in the post-Khmer Rouge era, lectures and fieldwork on Cambodian Buddhism, and an introduction and practical application of ethnographic field methods.

The program description and applications will be available soon.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Operation Groundswell - Summer Programs in Southeast Asia


Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. We are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world! 
If you're into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by December 17th to secure an interview for your first-choice program!
*Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs.

Check out where we go: 

Summer programs are open in the following countries and regions:

India – Education or Gender Rights
 Southeast Asia – Conservation or Youth Empowerment
Middle East – Human Rights
Ghana – Global Health
Tanzania – Social Innovation
Uganda: Development or Youth Empowerment
Guatemala – Fair Trade Justice or Peace & Conflict
Peru – Environment
Can’t travel in the summer? Join us for our alternative breaks in the winter and spring! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Program Officer - Asia International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

  • Location
    Arlington, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Oct 30
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Position description

The Program Officer, Asia serves as primary resource for counseling students on program offerings in China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, and students from these countries for placement in the United States. The Program Officer conducts outreach and engagement activities with students and coordinators for retention of applicants, and works within and across departments to ensure successful international experiences and learning outcomes for students.
1. Student Services and Success
  • Conducts advising, outreach, and engagement activities with students to increase applicant retention and student satisfaction
  • Responds to inquiries in a timely manner from coordinators and students at member institutions regarding programs and availability of space
  • Manages communications with students regarding academic and logistical matters
  • Serves as ongoing contact regarding the student experience and follows up on student issues as needed
  • Supports initiatives to strengthen program delivery (e.g., curriculum integration)
2. Coordinator and Member Relations
  • Provides support during and following study abroad period and responds to crisis situations
  • Serves as primary point of contact for coordinators from member institutions in designated countries regarding student matters
  • Cooperates in coordinator training, workshops and mentoring
  • Conducts site visits in the US and abroad
3. Communications and Outreach
  • Collects, reviews, and edits membership profile and program information (Institutional Information Sheets, Member Directory entries, etc.)
  • Conducts pre-departure orientations and ISEP Live/Google Hangout sessions
  • Provides input and collaborates on creation of educational materials to ensure student success
  • Serves as Alternate Responsible Officer for SEVIS
  • Completes necessary processes and provides necessary documentation for international student employment authorization and academic training
  • Assists International Regional Director in new program development as needed, and performs other duties as assigned


Education BA required; MA in relevant subject area preferred.
  • 2-3 years relevant work experience
  • Travel, study and/or work experience abroad
Skills & Characteristics
  • Foreign language skills in Japanese preferred; study abroad or work experience in Asia
  • Understanding of the cultures and educational systems of Asian countries and of U.S. higher education
  • Excellent cross-cultural communication and organizational skills
  • Strong customer service and student relations skills
  • Ability to handle detail and prioritize workload; ability to work as a team member as well as independently

Application instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume.

Call for Papers - Fourth Annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference at University of Wisconsin, Madison

Asia Unmapped:
Featuring Dr. Kerry Ward (Rice University) as Keynote

The TAGS-C Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the fourth annual Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference, encompassing Asia-related research across a wide range of fields. The aim of this conference is to facilitate greater communication among disciplines, approaching Asia from multiple viewpoints in literature, linguistics, art history, geography, anthropology, political science, religious studies, sociology, history, folklore, gender and women’s studies, performance studies, visual culture studies, and other related fields.  Participants will have a valuable opportunity to share work and receive feedback from peers and professors in the UW system, as well as to gain insight into recent developments in Asia-related research across various disciplines. The "mapping of Asia" is no doubt an enterprise that is fraught with the intertwined histories of colonialism and hypernationalism. Growing out of these colonial pasts, the academic disciplines within 'Asian Studies' as a whole have since become increasingly interested with how exactly we re-imagine our spaces of study, push the bounds of our disciplines, draw parallels across spaces and times, and twist about the foci of bodies and language, in order to better suit our contemporary post-colonial circumstances. "Asia Unmapped" is therefore not necessarily a reference to those parts of Asia that were not "mapped" by colonialism, but rather a reference to the process by which, in the field of Asian Studies, individuals draw connections beyond borders, bounds, and regions.
Submission guidelines:
Interested graduate students may submit an individual or panel proposal. This year, we are also accepting proposals from undergraduate students interested in presenting quality academic papers. Undergraduate proposals should be centered on a well-researched academic project of a senior thesis or honors thesis project caliber.
Proposals for group panels should be submitted in a single email by a designated organizer and should include a 300-word abstract for the panel as a whole in addition to abstracts for each individual paper. 
All proposals should be sent in an email as an attached MS Word file.  They should include title (20 word limit) and abstract (300 word limit).  Do not include your name or affiliation in the MS Word file.  In the body of the email, please include the following information in the following order:  
1) Name and contact information
2) Presentation title (20 words or less)
3) University affiliation
4) General research interests.
The papers themselves should be about 8-9 pages double spaced in 12-point Times font. Those presenting audio-visual or performance projects should submit a 4-5 page discussion of their work. Each participant will have 20 minutes to present, and 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
Submit proposals to:
Submission deadlines:
Abstract Due: December 1, 2015


Acceptance Notification: December 16, 2015  
Full paper due: February 5, 2016
Conference Date: 26-28 February, 2016

Questions about the abstract submissions or the conference in general should be directed to:

Monday, November 2, 2015

10th International Conference on Philippine Studies - Call for Papers


Theme: Re-imagining Community, Scholarship, and Citizenship

            Submission of Individual and Panel Abstracts -
                                        November 30 2015
             Bernardita R. Churchill -
        Clement C. Camposano -

New Resource for Cham Studies is Now Available Online

Working with partners in Vietnam, Mr. Hao Phan from Northern Illinois University has just completed a project, funded by the British Library, that digitized 504 manuscripts of the Cham living in Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan, Vietnam. 

Out of these 504 manuscripts, 478 are paper manuscripts, 26 are palm-leaf manuscripts.  They digitized a total of 29,451 pages of manuscripts (26,403 paper pages, 3,048 palm-leaf folios).

The digitized manuscripts can be viewed on the website of the British Library at:;r=18467.  

Call for Papers - Religious Transformation in Asian History

07-09 April 2016
Australian National University
Deadline: 9 February 2016

Asian history and culture have been profoundly influenced by a number of religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, Islam, Sikhism, Shamanism, and Shinto). These traditions offer spiritual guidelines but also set moral and ethical standards for the daily life of people in Asian countries.  The formation of cultures of communities across the region was informed by regional religious traditions. However, their social structures were challenged by the wave of colonialism and imperialism in the modern era. Just as Western modernisation affected society, politics, law, culture, customs, and ways of thinking in Asia, it also influenced the domestic conditions of traditional religions. They became either weak and irrelevant or they transformed in order to survive. Many new religious movements also emerged as alternatives. What were the key issues in the colonial environment of Asia?  How did local religious communities react against modernisation? What modes of religious existence prevailed: consistency, transformation, or compromise? The primary aim of the ANU Religion Conference is to explore the various phenomena of socio-religious transitions in Asian history. The religiosity of Asian people is used as a new perspective by which Asian modernisation can be reinterpreted in a fresh way.

Other perspectives are also welcome. If you are interested, please send your abstract (150 words) and biography (80 words) to the following email ( The conference fee is AU $350, but for doctoral candidates and early career researchers who do not have full-time positions the fee will be AU $250. The conference cost includes registration fee, conference dinner, and coffee breaks. There will be limited bursary for some accepted doctoral candidates and early career researchers. In addition, the selected papers may be published in a book volume.

Call for Papers - Unlearning Cold War Narratives: Toward Alternative Understandings of the Cold War World

May 27-28, 2016
National University of Singapore
This workshop aims at exploring new ways of thinking about the Cold War, by questioning Cold War imaginings, shedding light on diverse social conflicts, culture wars, and historical struggles at home that were often concealed beneath the mantle of the Cold War. Participants will receive round-trip airfare to/from Singapore, as well as three nights' accommodation. Please send an abstract (300-500 words) and CV by December 1, 2015 to the project organizer: MASUDA Hajimu (History, NUS) at hishm [at]

Call for Papers - International Conference on Southeast Asian Archaeology

30 May - 2 June 2016
Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok

Deadline: February 2016

Postdoctoral Fellowship, International Studies Cornell University

The Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies will award a Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year in the areas of foreign policy, security, and diplomacy. A member of the Center's Foreign Policy Forum will serve as a mentor during the fellowship and will meet on a regular basis with the fellow.

Deadline: January 4, 2016

International Dissertation Research Fellowship - Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation offers 80 fellowships for 9-12 months to US PhD scholars doing dissertation research outside the United States on non-US topics. The fellowship includes participation in a Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research. Fellows in the humanities and humanistic social sciences will carry out research proposals that do not focus predominantly on United States. The program invites proposals for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part, outside the United States, on non-US topics.

Deadline: November 3, 2015

Vietnam Writing Fellowship - Australian National University

Deadline: 31 January 2016

The ANU is seeking applications from early career researchers with an interest in Vietnam for a six month writing fellowship.

What we are offering:
• A paid six-month fellowship to help you write a book-length research monograph on Vietnam (shorter fellowships will be considered).
• Return airfares from your country of residence.
• The opportunity to join one of the world’s leading concentrations of researchers working on Asia and the Pacific.

Who we are looking for:
•  An early career researcher who completed their PhD on a topic relating to Vietnam in the past five years.
•  A humanities and social science scholar with a preference for scholars in the disciplines of anthropology, history, cultural studies, and archaeology.
• Applicants from ASEAN nations are strongly encouraged to apply.