Monday, February 29, 2016

Academic Position: Vietnamese Humanities, Columbia University

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures invites applications for a tenure-track position in Vietnamese culture to begin on July 1, 2017. Candidates with additional expertise in other areas of East or Southeast Asia will be preferred. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2016.

Full details available on the Columbia University careers site  

Call for Papers: Engaging With Vietnam through the Arts and Scholarship

October 6 – 7, 2016
University of Hawaii- Manoa

The Engaging with Vietnam conference series has always encouraged dialogues between disciplines. It is in that spirit that this year’s conference will seek to facilitate conversations between various academic disciplines and the arts. As well as dedicating to Engaging with Vietnam through the Arts and Scholarship, we are also making every attempt to engage in this event the arts community/ies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and in Hawaii more broadly. We hope such multiple engagements will enrich and stimulate scholarship and creativity in meaningful ways.

Deadline: May 15, 2016

Call for Papers: Association for Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom

The next Association for Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) Conference, to be held 16-18 September 2016, is being hosted at SOAS, University of London. This conference provides a major venue for the dissemination of research on South East Asia in various disciplines for academics both from the UK and abroad.

ASEASUK is now calling for papers to be presented in about 40 accepted panels.

Deadline: 15 April 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Call for Papers: Yale Indonesia Forum-Northeastern Conference on Indonesia

Women’s Eyes at All Issues: On Indonesia

14th Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia
April 15-16, 2016 – Yale University
Hosted by the Yale Indonesia Forum (YIF)
with the Cornell Indonesian Association (CIA)

Call for Papers

A great nation is a nation that honors the service of its heroes, President Soekarno once said. It was during his administration (1945-1966) that Kartini Day was instituted to encourage women to participate in the project of national development. As Soekarno had also stated that we should learn and be aware that matters concerning the society and the state are also issues that deal with both men and women, male and female, and that things related to women are the business of the society and the state. Indeed, it is now commonly acknowledged that besides the great historical figures, numerous ordinary citizens regardless of age and gender have sacrificed their lives for Indonesia, both before and after the country’s independence. Nonetheless, the discourse on Indonesian women and their roles - economic, social, cultural, historical, educational, political, military, etc. - in Indonesian and Southeast Asian studies is still inadequate.

Aiming to address this gap in the scholarly literature, and to commemorate the Kartini Day (April 21), the Yale Indonesia Forum (YIF), in collaboration with the Cornell Indonesian Association (CIA), will be holding the 14th Northeastern Conference on Indonesia to be held at Yale University. The organizing committee is seeking proposals that will critically engage with the following questions: What is the role of gender in the modern history of Indonesia? How have Indonesian women contributed to Indonesia’s development over the past seven decades (for example, What do we know about Indonesian Women’s Congress in 1928 and Indonesian women’s movements and their roles in Indonesia and Southeast Asia at large)? To what extent have their contributions been recognized or obscured? How do external or international actors imagine and represent the role of Indonesian women in society? How has gender been constructed historically? How might we interrogate the taken for granted representations of women in Indonesia? How do gender, power, traditions intersect? How has form of femaleness power been controlled or managed? How do women learn/exercise agency in negotiating laws and resisting various authorities? What are the challenges in conducting research on women/gender studies and what new methodologies are available/can be developed through these challenges?
The program will begin on April 15th, 2016 (Friday-noon) at Yale University with an interactive 2016 YIF Spring Dialogue that will feature scholars who have extensively researched and written on Indonesia, as well as art practitioners who have developed their creative projects based on the traditions in various regions of Indonesia. Attendees are encouraged to join the dialogue, which will be facilitated by a moderator. On April 16th, 2016 (Saturday), the discussion continues through the 14th Northeastern YIF-­CIA Conference on Indonesia with a keynote address and paper presentations.  See for updates on program and schedule.
Proposal/Abstract Submission
Please contact the organizers at if you have any question(s) regarding the YIF Spring Dialogue and the Northeastern Conference. The participants are encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions. The conference committee will provide accommodation (1 night) for selected contributors.
Please submit your proposal as a .doc or .docx file only. The proposal is limited to 450 words. Please include in your proposal: 1) a description of your project; 2) research questions; 3) perspective(s) or theoretical framework; 4) methods; 5) substantiated conclusions/tentative key findings; and 6) the significance of the work. In addition to your proposal, please provide a short list of references (at the end of your proposal), situating your work within the literature.
Please send your proposal to and provide your name (and co- presenters (if any)), institutional affiliation(s), status (undergraduate or graduate and what year), title of the paper/presentation, email address, and phone number within the body of the email.
Proposal Submission Deadline: March 14, 2016 at 12 a.m. EST.
Notification of Acceptance: by March 21, 2016 (via email).

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Academic Position: Modern South-East Asia Lund University, Sweden

The Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden, is announcing the following tenure track position.

Associated Senior Lecturer in the Study of Modern South-East Asia

Deadline 18 March 2016

Postdoctoral Fellowships: Department of Anthropology, Stanford University

The Stanford Department of Anthropology seeks postdoctoral fellows to participate in a Templeton-funded project on spiritual curiosity, comparative phenomenology and local theory of mind that uses both ethnographic and experimental methods, combining anthropology and psychology. Five postdoctoral fellows will work together over a two-year period of time, with the first year devoted to training and field research and the second to writing at Stanford. This is a team project. Postdoctoral fellows will share fieldnotes, collect specific kinds of data and interviews, and publish both a single-authored book and single and multi-authored articles. Ideal candidates will have prior fieldwork experience and language competence in one of the following: rural Vanuatu or other Pacific setting; Brazilian Amazonia; Ghana; Tamil Nadu; Thailand; and, the United States. Candidates with field experience elsewhere may also be considered. Candidate qualifications include a conferred Ph.D. in Anthropology, or related field and an interest in mixed methods. The salary is $60,000 per year plus travel support including per diem while in the field.  The start date is September 1, 2016. Please contact Tanya Luhrmann ( for a copy of the grant proposal. We will ask for a letter of interest, your vita, your references and a sample of writing. Review of applications will begin March 1, 2016.

Summer Program in Southeast Asian Art History and Conservation

23 July - 2 August 2016
Trawas, East Java (Indonesia)
This pioneering Summer Programme will focus on premodern Javanese Art History, in both its local and translocal dimensions. It will cover from the Central Javanese ‘Hindu-Buddhist’ period to the late Majapahit and Early Islamic period (ca. 8th–early 17th century).

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Call for Papers: Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK, 29th Annual Conference

Call for paper proposals for the Association of South-East Asian Studies in the UK, 29th Annual Conference 2016, London, United Kingdom

ASEASUK is pleased to announce that its 29th Annual Conference will take place at SOAS, the University of London, UK from 16th to 18th September 2016. This conference provides a major venue for the dissemination of research on South-East Asia in various disciplines for academics from both the UK and abroad.

The venue, SOAS, the University of London, is located in the Russell Square area in central London within easy access of King’s Cross and Euston rail stations as well as the London tube’s Northern (Charing Cross Branch), Piccadilly, and Metropolitan Lines. The area has many accommodation options (please note, accommodation will not be arranged by the conference organisers).

Call for Paper Proposals
Following the call for panel proposals which has now closed, ASEASUK is now calling for papers, from scholars from both the UK and abroad, to further populate the accepted panels. A listing with descriptions of the accepted panels can be found at
If your proposed paper is not a fit with an existing panel, there will be an individual papers panel for which papers are also invited. The deadline for paper proposals is 15 April 2016.   
Paper proposals for a panel should be directed to the organiser of the panel, their contact details listed below the panel title.
Paper proposals that do not fit a panel should be directed to Professor Michael Charney (SOAS) at
Please note that only one paper per person is permitted for this conference. 

Online registration will open from 1 April 2016 and an ‘early bird’ rate will apply until 30 June 2016. Online registration will close on 12 September.
The registration fee covers access to all academic panels, roundtables, workshops, performances and the publisher’s display; lunch and refreshments, and a delegate pack including the conference programme. Delegates must additionally register for a one year membership of ASEASUK.
For further information please contact the Centres & Programmes Office on 

15 April 2016 – the deadline for paper proposals. All paper presenters must register in advance. 
1 April 2016 Conference registration opens
30 June 2016 Early bird rates close.
1 July 2016 from this date, he full conference fee is payable from 1st July.
12 September 2016 Online registration will close.

The ASEASUK conference organisers retain the right to change details, deadlines, and the inclusion or not of particular papers or panels in the conference without prior notice.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 Summer Studies Program, Yogyakarta, Indonesia




Deadline: March 31, 2016

Applications are now being accepted for USINDO's Summer Studies Program. 
USINDO runs a renowned intensive nine-week language and general studies program from May to July each year, and has done so for over 20 years. The program, held in Yogyakarta, is open to U.S. college juniors or seniors, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, as well as recent graduates (within 6 months) of any U.S. college or university. Participants are selected in a competitive application process. 

This year's Summer Studies program will begin on May 26 and end on July 22, 2016. In addition to the language course, the program also includes field trips, special lectures, cultural activities and a short internship/volunteer work opportunity with local organizations in Yogyakarta. 
For complete information on the program, download the information sheet here or visit the USINDO website

Applications must be received by USINDO no later than March 31, 2016Applicants will be notified of the decisions at the end of April 2016, subject to availability of funds.  

Application Submission
All of the following application documents must be submitted via email to 
  • Application form: Please submit a completed and signed application form, availablehere
  • Personal statement: Please submit a one (1) page personal statement explaining your  interest in the program and how the program will benefit you.
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume: Please submit a curriculum vitae or resume (not to exceed 10 pages).
  • Academic transcript(s): Please submit the latest academic transcript from the educational institution where you are currently enrolled or recently graduated from.
  • Letter of recommendation: One (1) recommendation letter is required. Recommenders must submit the letter of recommendation directly to are responsible for ensuring their applications are submitted on time. Only complete applications will be considered. 

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and college juniors or seniors, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. They may also be recent graduates (within 6 months) of any U.S. college or university.

Criteria for Selection
Applicants will be judged by the clarity of communication in their personal statements and their demonstrated interest in Indonesia or in learning about Indonesia. A strong academic record is required as well as a demonstrated interest and success in learning languages. Previous foreign travel is desirable but not necessary. Stated career plans will be judged in part on the likelihood that such a career will involve communicating knowledge of Indonesia to a broader audience.
Applicants will be required to participate in all Summer Studies activities, including attendance at classes and taking a final examination. Participants will be required to sign a statement verifying this intention, as well as a release form, upon admission to the program. Participants should be available to depart from the United States with the group.

The cost of the program participation is $2,000. Program cost covers tuition, housing and board, airfare, student visas, and health insurance. All other incidentals will be the responsibility of the students.

USINDO purchases roundtrip air tickets to Yogyakarta for students from any city in the US. Travel arrangements are made by USINDO.

USINDO will process the student visas at the Embassy of Indonesia in Washington, DC.
Students MUST possess a passport that is valid at least until December 2016AND must have at least four blank visa pages in their passport.

Health Insurance
USINDO purchases international health insurance and will pay for the premium for each student for 3 months coverage (May, June, July). Students will be responsible for any deductible payments.

Contact Information
Additional questions can be directed to or call 202.232.1400.
USINDO's mission is to expand mutual understanding between the United States and Indonesia and its people, and to strengthen the bilateral relationship, including the U.S.-Indonesia Strategic Partnership.  We implement our mission through expert lectures, conferences, and discussions in each country, and through educational and legislative exchange programs and partnerships. 

2016 Racial Equity Initiative (REI) Fellowship

The fellowship will build the foundation created through the Asian American Racial Equity Initiative, started by a collaborative of four non-profit Asian American Organizations in Metro Detroit. Established in 2012, the partners of the REI MI Collaborative (APIAVote-MI, BAPAC, Mai Family Services, and MAPAAC) have been working together to address structural inequities faced by Asian Americans in SE Michigan.. The purpose of the REI fellowship program is to build the infrastructure and capacity of partner organizations to host fellows in a community setting that allows fellows to develop a stronger sense of self and leadership skills for community work, while maintaining a strong network across partners dedicated to racial equity.

The REI Fellowship program places fellows with local community based organizations (CBOs). The program aims to build capacity of organizations, and to provide fellows with a well-rounded experience. The fellow will be required to attend all racial equity and organization specific training, with direct supervision provided by site supervisors. The program cohort will be able to work together to build networks across organizations in the Metro Detroit area.
Participants in the fellowship program will:
• Develop a broader understanding of the Asian American landscape in Michigan, including community leaders, stakeholders and allies.
• Deepen their awareness and improving their ability to collaborate across issues and communities.
• Strengthen core leadership skills to engage more fully in organizing, advocacy, and issue campaigns.
• Learn how to operate within the Asian American community through a racial equity lens.
• Identify long-term leadership goals and developing a clear plan to increase their community involvement.
• Feel empowered and equipped to take on greater leadership roles in their community.
• Build relationships and network with Asian American leaders and advocates across the state.
• Earn a monthly stipend of up to $1,000 ($8,000 in total) for meeting requirements of the fellowship program.

Fellowship Requirements:
• Commitment of 20 hours/week (includes monthly cohort trainings) over the course of 8 months (March - December 31, 2016)
• Reliable transportation to drive yourself to meetings and events as needed by the site.
• Attend and actively participate in monthly racial equity trainings with Fellow cohort members.
• Participate in organization/site specific orientation and training
• Engage in one hour of weekly structured direct supervision provided by site supervisors.
• Develop a workplan in partnership with site supervisors to include goals and outcomes
• Provide feedback during monthly cohort check-ins and trainings on program effectiveness
• Complete program evaluations as requested
• Be available evenings and weekends
• A desire to develop, learn and work effectively in teams
• Strong communications skills, written and verbal

To Apply:
Complete the online application form and send a resume by Friday, February 26, 2016 to:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Faircap Partners: Employment Opportunity in Myanmar

Call for Papers: International Burma Studies Conference 2016

Oct. 7–9, 2016
Northern Illinois University

Deadline: April 15, 2016

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Center for Burma Studies at Northern Illinois University. To commemorate, this year the Center will host the biennial International Burma Studies Conference, with the theme, “Traditions and Challenges.”

Music and Dance of Bali: Çudamani Summer Institute

June 28 - July 18, 2016
Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali

Deadline: June 1, 2016
Web announcement:

Three weeks of intensive study of Balinese gamelan and dance - an experience you will never forget. Çudamani (pronounced soo-dah-MAH-nee) welcomes both beginning and advanced students, with a system of teaching that provides newcomers with foundational skills and which also challenges advanced students and performers to deepen their artistry and expand their repertoire. Be prepared to work hard, laugh a lot, make friends and have your life changed.  

Academic Position: Transregional Southeast Asian Studies at Humboldt University of Berlin

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Science, Department of Asian and African Studies, invites applications for a Full Professorship for "Transregional Southeast Asian Studies" (W2) from October 1, 2017. Application deadline is February 25, 2016.
The professorship focusses on Southeast Asia in general as well as Southeast Asia’s transregional connections, where Southeast Asia is understood as a contact area that is marked by diverse and varied translocal, transnational and global mobilities and connections. A thematic focus on processes of linguistic change, communicative structures, and cultural interrelations is desired.
The successful applicant will be expected to contribute actively to the institute by teaching undergraduate courses for the Bachelor degree program “Area Studies Asia/Africa”, specifically in the areas of “Language and Communication” and “Culture and Identity”, as well as for the Master’s degree programs “Modern South and Southeast Asian Studies” and “Global Studies”. In addition, the applicant will be required to contribute significantly to teaching courses for the Global and Area Studies graduate school program.
The applicants must meet the legal requirements for professorial appointments in accordance with § 100 of the `Berliner Hochschulgesetz´.  HU is seeking to increase the proportion of women in research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified female scholars to apply. Researchers from abroad are welcome to apply. Severely disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration. People with an immigration background are specifically encouraged to apply.
Please submit your application, quoting the reference number, electronically in one pdf file to: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. von Blumenthal (berufungen.ksbf@hu All applications should include a list of publications, a list of all past courses taught, as well as supporting documents for any international research achievements.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Call for Papers: Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia 2016

Post-Reformasi Indonesia:
The challenges of social inequalities and inclusion
University of Indonesia, Depok, July 26-28, 2016

Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia, a peer-reviewed journal published by Department of Anthropology, University of Indonesia, is inviting anthropologists, social scientists, students and other interesting parties to take part in the 6th International Symposium of Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia 2016. 

Many scholars believed that greater political equality and increased multiculturalism in Indonesia today, after 17 years of reformation, would lead to greater social and economic equality. However Indonesia is experiencing rising income gaps, conflicts over access to resources and jobs, increasing religious intolerance, and continued marginalization of groups and individuals. Some scholars predict that these problems will continue because reformasi alone could not address the root causes of inequality. The objective of the symposium is to explore the social, political-economic, and cultural dimensions of these inequalities, their underlying causes, and the challenges of addressing them. 

We seek contributions that critically analyze various forms and processes producing inequalities, including government and non-government initiatives and interventions meant to address these problems. You can check all the panels in our

You are all welcome to submit your abstract(s) before March 31, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Leadership in Action Summer Internship

Leadership in Action (LIA) is an eight-week paid summer internship program designed to develop emerging young leaders by providing college students with practical leadership skills and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community in Southern California.

Leadership in Action interns are placed in selected community-based organizations in Southern California, where they are expected to work 4 full days per week under an assigned staff supervisor.  Work assignments differ according to each organization's programs and needs.

Each week, one day will be devoted to leadership development training or issue discussions and group project work.  Nationally recognized trainers will deliver workshops in critical skill areas.  Issue discussions are on local or timely topics of interest and are facilitated by local community leaders/activists and LEAP trainers.

The eight-week program runs from June 13 through August 5, 2016.  Interns will receive compensation in the amount of $3,200 for successful completion of the program and are responsible for their own housing, transportation, and insurance.
College students or recent graduates with... 
• Prior experience in API communities
• A passion for learning and growing leadership skills 
• An interest in gaining work experience in an API community-based nonprofit organization

1. Complete the Leadership in Action application online at
2. Submit the following documents:
- Two letters of recommendation
- Current resume
- Official transcript
- One Page Personal Statement - see prompt at


All application materials must be received by Monday, March 7, 2016.


Mayta Lor
Development Associate
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP)
Office:  213.485.1422 x4105

Monday, February 1, 2016

Visiting Fellowships in Southeast Asia Studies, The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly Institute of Southeast Asian Studies), Singapore

Deadline: 29 February 2016

Preference will be given to candidates who have done or can work on projects associated with one or more of the following themes:
i) Inter-ethnic and/or inter-religious relations in Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand or Vietnam. (More specific topics can include political Buddhism in Thailand and Myanmar, and religiosity in Vietnam.)
ii) Transnational trajectories of Islam and their influences on Malaysia and/or Indonesia.
iii) Urbanization and socio-political change in Indonesia and/or Vietnam. (More specific topics can look into the relationship between urbanization and migration, the growth of the middle class, and the impact of infrastructure-building, among others.)
iv) The political and economic roles of the Chinese in contemporary Southeast Asia.
v) The application of quantitative analysis and/or Geographic Information System to the study of social trends in Southeast Asia.

Online Pali course

The Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies is offering a Pali Online School beginning on 22nd March, and ending on 9th April.
The course assumes no prior knowledge of Pali: go from absolute beginner to reading Pali Suttas in 3 weeks. All instruction is 100% live and conducted by Professor Richard Gombrich, together with Teaching Assistant(s).
The cost of the course is £500, required during signup. For further details and bookings see:
Course Dates and Times: Mar 22 – Apr 9, 2016
Hong Kong time: Mon-Sat 17:00-21:30 (HKT)
London time: Mon-Sat 9:00-13:30 (BST)
Pacific time: Mon-Sat 1:00-5:30am (PDT)

This session is Asia time zone friendly, but anybody in the world is welcome to attend. If your time zone is not listed there are many good online tools to convert, we have found this one to be useful. Please be mindful of daylight savings time. Potential students should expect to devote an additional 1-3 hours to homework and revision every day outside of class time depending on how much experience with foreign languages and grammar they have.

Course Description:

Call for Papers: Religion in Southeast Asia Group, American Academy of Religion

AAR Annual Meeting
San Antonio, TX
November 19-22, 2016
Deadline: March 1, 2016
Web announcement: 

Subventions for SEA Text Translations into English

The Translation Project Group of the Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies intends to award subventions to support the translation of key texts not yet published in the social sciences and humanities from a Southeast Asian language into English.
Texts, which may be of any length, will be evaluated according to their importance within a disciplinary study of Southeast Asia, or for their decisive impact on the region.
Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1.     Importance of the text to scholarship and teaching about the region;
2.     Significance of the genre and how well it is represented in existing translations;
3.     Qualifications of the translator;
4.     Probability of successful completion;
5.     Likelihood of publication;
6.     Probability of classroom use.

Letters of application should be accompanied by:
•         A two page prospectus describing the text to be translated. This description should outline the importance of the original text as a literary or social artifact within the context of its production, and its value in translation to the field of Southeast Asian Studies. Applications should specifically address ways in which the proposed translation meets the criteria 1 to 6 noted above, including publication plans and projected probable classroom use.
•         Curriculum vitae of the proposed translator/s.
•         A sample translation of approximately 1,000 words, either from the proposed text, or from the translator's previous work from the same source language. Please also supply a copy of the original text from which the sample translation is derived.

The deadline for submissions is February 12, 2016.
Please submit inquiries to: Judith Henchy, Chair, Translation Project Group, Southeast Asia Section, Box 352900, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle WA 98195-2900, email: