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  • EALC Job Talk: Sue Heun K. Asokan "Breaking the Retrospective Curse: Selfish Sacrifice and Sovereign Guilt in Contemporary South Korean Film" (Monday, Dec. 9, 4 pm, 1066 Lincoln Hall)

    Sue Heun K. Asokan, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Irvine, will give a job talk titled, "Breaking the Retrospective Curse: Selfish Sacrifice and Sovereign Guilt in Contemporary South Korean Film," on Monday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m., in Room 1066, Lincoln Hall.

     

    Ms. Asokan is the second of three candidates for the Assistant Professor in Modern Korean Culture and Society position within the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. 

  • Japanese Collection Internship at the Library of Congress (Summer 2020)

    Applications for the Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Internship Program 2020 are now open. As part of this program, the Japanese collection in the Library’s Asian Division will be sponsoring an intern for the project “Prewar and Occupation Period Japanese Serials”.

    This internship continues a large inventory project begun in the summer of 2018 and is best suited for students with an advanced reading level in Japanese and past coursework on the culture, history, or literature of modern Japan (1868–1945). For a better sense of the collection’s contents and the nature of the internship’s inventory work, check out this blog post from the 2018 Junior Fellow (http://blogs.loc.gov/international-collections/2018/09/mapping-imperial-japanese-history-through-the-b-collection).

    The ten-week, paid internship will run from Tuesday, May 26, 2020 to Friday, July 31, 2020. Applications from current undergraduate and graduate students are being accepted via USAJOBS through Friday, December 20, 2019.

    Learn more about the Junior Fellows Program 2020 at JFP20: https://www.loc.gov/item/internships/junior-fellows-program

  • Welcoming Champaign County Community Survey

    New American Welcome Center is in the final stages of collecting input from both U.S.-born and foreign-born members. Input will inform the development of an Immigrant Welcoming Plan for Champaign County to strengthen our community and increase access to services, education and employment opportunities. Please help us out by taking this short survey: https://www.universityymca.org/welcome/survey

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    Welcoming Champaign County Community Survey

    We are gathering community input to inform the development of a county-wide welcoming plan. Your responses will help us identify what improvements we can make to strengthen our community and increase access to services, education, and employment opportunities. Your participation is voluntary. Your responses will be anonymous and confidential. You can skip any questions you prefer not to answer. If you have any questions about the survey, please email: welcome@universityymca.orgThis survey will take approximately 15 minutes.

    Welcoming Champaign County Community Survey We are gathering community input to inform the development of a county-wide welcoming plan. Your responses will help us identify what improvements we can make to strengthen our community and increase access to services, education, and employment opportunities. Your participation is voluntary. Your responses will be anonymous and confidential. You can skip any questions you prefer not to answer. If you have any questions about the survey, please email: welcome@universityymca.orgThis survey will take approximately 15 minutes.

  • Japanese Film Club Movie Night: Memories of Tomorrow/明日の記憶/Ashita no Kioku

    "Japanese Film Club Movie Night"
    Title: Memories of Tomorrow/明日の記憶/Ashita no Kioku
    Date: 11/21/2109 (Thu)
    Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
    Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
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    East Asian Languages and Cultures at Illinois graduate students will hold a Japanese movie night on November 21st, 6:30-9:00 pm at Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB (1st floor near the bathrooms). Everyone is welcome and snacks, pizza, and drinks will be provided!

  • CEAPS Graduate Student Travel Grant (Spring 2020 Review)

    For Graduate Students

    CEAPS Graduate Student Travel Grant (Spring 2020 Review)

    Submission Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020 (11:59 pm CST)

    Award Notification: March 2020

    Travel Period: Spring 2020 – Fall 2020

    Application

    CEAPS is pleased to announce a new travel grant program for graduate students at UIUC. The CEAPS Graduate Student Travel Grant provides travel awards for graduate students to present papers at professional conferences or to conduct dissertation research in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the greater Pacific region. 

    Conference Travel: Up to 3 awards ranging from $200 to $800 will be awarded per semester. Paper acceptance at the time of application is required. Dissertation Research Travel: Up to 3 awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 will be awarded per semester to doctoral students conducting fieldwork research in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the greater Pacific region for periods up to 12 months.

    Applications are reviewed and approved semi-annually by the CEAPS Advisory Board. The submission deadline for the Spring 2020 competition is Friday, February 7, 2020. See CEAPS website for more information.

  • Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies 2020 Call for Paper Proposals

    Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies 2020
    中國文化研究青年學者論壇
    May 28 – 30, 2020

    Call for Paper Proposals
    論文徵集

    Co-organized by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies and Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Theme: Intellectual Networks and Knowledge Production: Remapping Chinese Studies
    主題:智識網絡與知識生產:再繪中國研究

    INTRODUCTION
    The Seventh Young Scholars' Forum in Chinese Studies is now open for abstract submissions to gather young scholars across the globe to discover intellectual networks and/in knowledge production in the past and present of Chinese studies. Topics of interest include but are not restricted to the following:

    Rise and fall of schools of thought in any period of the history of China and the Chinese;Spread of key concepts and genealogies of knowledge of/about China in local and global context;(Re)interpretation, dissemination, appropriation and reception of classics and important texts;Knowledgeable communities, e.g. intellectuals, scholars, officials, literati, craftsmen, connoisseurs and more;Knowledge of/in traditionally marginalized groups;Methods for studying intellectual networks and knowledge production in Chinese studies.

    ELIGIBILITY
    Applicants must be:Ph.D. candidates (i.e. after completion of qualifying examination); orPh.D. graduates with less than five years of work experience

    APPLICATION
    Applications should include:an abstract of no more than 400 wordsa short biography of no more than 200 words

    Apply online at: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/general/forum/submission.html

    IMPORTANT DATES
    Online Application Deadline: 3 January 2020Acceptance Notification: 23 January 2020Full Paper Submission Deadline: 9 April 2020

    SUBSIDY
    Round-trip airfare (economy class) and lodging expenses

    Contact Info:
    Organization: Institute of Chinese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Contacted Persons:
    Professor Lai Chi Tim (laichitim@cuhk.edu.hk)
    Ms. Lea Lai (lealai@cuhk.edu.hk)

    Contact Email: apc.cckf@cuhk.edu.hk
    URL: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/general/forum/index.html

  • East Asian Languages and Cultures at Illinois Year-in-Japan Program

    "East Asian Languages and Cultures at Illinois Year-in-Japan Program"
    Now accepting applications for Spring 2020 & 2020-2021
    Any college students in the world are eligible to apply!
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    The Year-in-Japan Program offers undergraduates the opportunity to spend a Fall or Spring semester or an academic year developing Japanese language skills and expanding their knowledge of Japan through a variety of courses. Questions? Email "year-in-japan@illinois.edu"
    More info:
    https://ealc.illinois.edu/academics/study-abroad-programs/illinois-year-japan-program

  • 2019 Sapora Symposium, November 14-15, 2019

    The 16th Annual Sapora Symposium will take place November 14 - 15, 2019, at the Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium.

    With more than 350 students attending and a lineup of top speakers, this year’s event is slated to be the biggest and best ever. It is sure to be informative and entertaining, and a great highlight of our students’ experience at Illinois.

    In celebration of the 150th anniversary of College Football and the 100th anniversary of the NFL, the feature panel for the afternoon session on Thursday, November 14th is titled “Red Grange and His impact on Sport and Culture in the United States, 1924 -1989.” The panel features some of the foremost experts and scholars on Red Grange.

    On Friday, November 15th, invited speakers who are leaders in their field will speak about current issues, trends, and future growth in recreation, sport, and tourism. Speakers include Carmen Rossi (founder of the Chicago-based company, 8 Hospitality Group), Melissa Luebbe (publisher of Midwest Living Magazine), Deon Thomas (former American-Israeli basketball player, Illinois Mr. Basketball, and the all-time leading scorer in Fighting Illini history), and Dr. Alan Nathan (professor emeritus of the University of Illinois Physics Department) who will provide fascinating insight into the physics involved in baseball.

    Students, alumnae, and the general public are welcomed to attend!

    MORE INFO: https://ahs.illinois.edu/rst-sapora

    Students can register for a 1-hour class to attend the Sapora Symposium. CRN: 70874

    This event is hosted by the College of Applied Health Sciences at Illinois Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at Illinois in partnership with the Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Center for Global Studies at Illinois, Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies through support from the US Department of Education's Title VI NRC Program.

  • Joint Academic Program at Waseda in Japan

    "Joint Academic Program at Waseda in Japan"
    Waseda University is going to hold a five-university (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Beijing Normal University, Korea UniversityUCL Institute of Education, and Waseda University) joint academic program in the Graduate School of Education on Monday, November 25 to Friday, November 29, 2019. If you are interested in education in Japan and this program, it's a great opportunity at Waseda in Tokyo, Japan. It is FREE! Students need to pay airfare/hotel.

  • "China and the Modern World" Digital Archive Trial Access Available through Nov. 20

    China and the Modern World Digital Archive Trial Access
    Available through November 20, 2019

    China and the Modern World is a series of digital archive collections sourced from preeminent libraries and archives across the world, including the Second Historical Archives of China and the British Library. The series covers a period of about 180 years (1800s to 1980s) when China experienced radical and often traumatic transformations from an inward-looking imperial dynasty into a globally engaged republic. Consisting of monographs, manuscripts, periodicals, correspondence and letters, historical photos, ephemera, and other kinds of historical documents, these collections provide excellent primary source materials for the understanding and research of the various aspects of China during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, such as diplomacy/international relations, economy/trade, politics, Christianity, sinology, education, science and technology, imperialism, and globalization.

  • Japanese Film Club Movie Night

    "Japanese Film Club Movie Night"
    Date: 10/31 (Thu)
    Time: 6:00-8:30 pm
    Location: Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building, 707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana
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    East Asian Languages and Cultures at Illinois graduate students will hold a Japanese movie night on October 31st, 6-8:30 pm at Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB (1st floor near the bathrooms). Everyone is welcome and you get to eat pizza!

  • "Trump, Ukraine, Impeachment: How Does the World Talk About It?"

    "Trump, Ukraine, Impeachment: How Does the World Talk About It?"

    Date: Tuesday, October 29th
    Time: 4:00-5:30 PM
    Location: David Kinley Hall, Room 114 (1407 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana, IL 61801)
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    Come hear scholars from the European Union Center at the University of Illinois and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center discuss how the "Ukrainian Affair" is being covered in media across Eurasia. Five minute lightning rounds covering media from Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, and more! Open mic after the presentations for audience participation. All are welcome!

  • Teaching Assistant position in the Korean Language Program for SP 2020

    Teaching Assistant position in the Korean Language Program for SP 2020

    https://grad.illinois.edu/clearinghouse/teaching-assistant-position-korean-language-program-0

    Organization

    East Asian Languages and Cultures

    Type

    Teaching Assistantship

    Percent

    41

    Description, Responsibilities, and Qualifications

    The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UIUC invites applications for a teaching assistant (TA) position in the Korean language program for the Spring semester 2020.  The appointment will be on a semester basis at a minimum rate of 33% and up to 41%.  The position is renewable, contingent upon the TA's teaching performance and funding availability.

    Applicants must have native or near native level fluency in Korean, and native or near native English proficiency. All teaching assistants whose native language is not English will need to provide a qualifying score of the TOEFL iBT, iELTS, or the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) to be considered for a teaching assistantship in Spring 2020. Experience in teaching in higher education is highly desirable.

    Duties and responsibilities of a Korean TA are as follows:

    Teach a Korean language course
    Grade assignments, quizzes and exams
    Attend bi-weekly TA meetings
    Attend an annual half-day Korean TA teaching workshop
    Assist with the UIUC Korean placement test in August and January

    Application Procedure

    To ensure full consideration for this position, please email your CV and a teaching statement in Korean that outlines your teaching experiences and philosophy to Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (j-ahn3@illinois.edu), Director of the Korean language program, by Friday, Nov 15. Please include “Application for the Korean TA position” as the subject of the email.

    We will begin the review process after the deadline, and expect to notify the successful candidate about this appointment by the end of December.

    The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO

    Application Deadline

    11/15/2019

    CONTACT INFO

    Contact Name

    Jeeyoung Ha

    Contact Email

    j-ahn3@illinois.edu

    Start Date

    Thursday, January 16, 2020

  • Reading Japanese for fun! Tadoku 'extensive reading' group meeting on Friday

    "Reading Japanese for fun! Tadoku 'extensive reading' group meeting on Friday"

    Date: Every Friday
    Time: 1-3 pm
    Location: EALC Library (FLB 2050)

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    Tadoku (extensive reading) is a learning approach to improve reading proficiency by reading as many books as possible. The books, of wide-ranged topics including Japanese culture, Japanese old tales, and fairy tales from around the world, are graded from level 0 to level 5 for different levels of reading proficiency. Student will be able to enjoy reading books at their own interest on their own pace. When students enjoy reading they read more, thus, their Japanese gets better. (by Nozaki-sensei, JAPN 305 instructor)

    East Asian Languages and Cultures at Illinois

  • Building Intervening Connecting: Recent work of Gong Dong

    BUILDING INTERVENING CONNECTING
    Recent Work of Gong Dong, Vector Architects
    Plym Distinguished Professor
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    The November 18 event, free and open to the public, begins at 5:30 pm with registration and a reception, followed by the 6:30 pm presentation and Q&A.

    Seating is general admission; advance reservations are required by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-intervening-connecting-recent-work-of-gongdong-vector-architects-tickets-66587032607

    Location:
    Seventeenth Church of Christ Scientist
    55 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

    All attendees will receive a small book documenting Professor Dong’s recent architecture and his work as Plym Professor.

    The lecture will introduce the current projects by Vector Architects, a Chinese architecture practice based in Beijing. The firm was established in 2008 by its founding partner, Gong Dong. The studio has completed many award-winning projects that express a common belief that architecture is about continuity without beginning or end. Architecture is a medium to connect and nurture the spirit that exists in its site. This sensible quality could emanate from a unique landscape, a bustling city scenario, or from people and their lively movement.

    Vector Architects
    School of Architecture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Alphawood Foundation, Chicago

    The event is sponsored by the School of Architecture University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the generous support of the Alphawood Foundation.

  • JET Program Information Session

    Date: Friday, October 18

    Time: 4:00-5:00pm

    Location: 2090B FLB

    The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers young professionals the opportunity to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). Since 1987, more than 70,000 JET Program participants from 75 countries have lived and worked in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Join JET and become part of this exclusive network of like-minded international enthusiasts! To learn more, come and speak to a JET Program representative when they visit your campus! 

  • Recruiting Chinese native speakers for reading experiment

    All Chinese native speakers who read simplified characters are welcome to participate and get $10 for the participation. Participants can also get firsthand experiences in cognitive and linguistic experiment.

    Contact: You Li, PhD Candidate, Head Chinese TA
    Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
    Emai: youli3@illinois.edu

  • Fulbright Specialist Program Information Session

    Are you interested in sharing your expertise, gaining a global perspective, and developing collaborations with institutions abroad? The Fulbright Specialist Program provides U.S. citizens who are established academics or professionals with opportunities to engage in short-term (2-6 week) project-based exchanges at host institutions in over 150 countries.

    Amirah Nelson, Outreach & Recruitment Officer for the Fulbright Specialist Program at World Learning, and Illinois International, will provide a free presentation on the Fulbright Specialist Program to interested University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign administrators, faculty members, and professionals. Light snacks will be provided.

    To reserve a seat for this free event, please contact complete this online form, https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/1356823, by Friday, October 4. The event will take place in room 411, 507 E Green St. Champaign, IL 61820 (formerly the Urban Outfitters Building).

  • Coordinator in General Affairs position, Japanese Consulate in Chicago

    The Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago is seeking an assistant in the General Affairs Section. Position: Coordinator in General Affairs

    Duties:

    • Conducting administrative work in General Affairs, including research, communications with individuals and organizations, data entry
    • Coordinating with Japan-related organizations in the Midwest
    • Event planning for Consulate functions, including guest list management, invitation preparation and mailing, negotiations with venue and vendors, staffing the event
    • Scheduling/organizing meetings with local government, private entities, and community groups
    • Arranging itineraries for officers’ visits/travels and accompanying as directed
    • Speech writing for Consulate’s representative at events

    Skills required:

    • Administrative skills (organizing events, scheduling appointments, time management, )
    • General computer skills (email, internet); MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
    • Communication/Interpersonal skills (writing, verbal/non-verbal, teamwork, cultural adaptability)
    • Research skills; Media & Social Media monitoring skills

    Qualifications:

    • Legal status in the U.S. with a valid work permit Bachelor’s degree
    • Strong interest in helping the relationship between Japan and the United States of America
    • Strong work ethic and positive attitude with the ability to work under pressure
    • Japanese language ability is highly preferred. Please indicate JLPT level or relevant classes/experience, if applicable

    Skill Test & Interview:

    Candidates who pass the thorough application review will be contacted for the Skill Test and Interview to be scheduled the week of July 15, 2019. The Skill Test and Interview will take 1 hour and 30 minutes, respectively.

    To apply, please submit your resume with a cover letter, and a one page (letter size) essay describing the reason for applying for this position and your experience with Japan in a PDF format by July 11, 2019 to: somu@cg.mofa.go.jp

    Please note that we will not respond to any inquiries regarding this opening, and only applicants selected for an interview and skill test will be contacted.

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    在シカゴ日本国総領事館職員募集

     在シカゴ日本国総領事館では、以下のとおり現地採用職員(1名)を募集しております。ご関心のある方は、7月11日(木)までに履歴書(電話番号又は電子メール等連絡先を必ず記載してください)を下記の宛先まで、郵送又はメールにてお送りください。なお、ご送付いただいた履歴書は返却いたしませんので、予めご了承ください。

    1. 業務内容

    総領事館総務業務補助(関係先との連絡調整、スケジュール管理、イベント運営補助、英文スピーチ作成、データ入力等)

    2.勤務開始日

    2019年8月12日以降

    3. 勤務時間

    月曜日から金曜日までの週5日、午前9時15分から午後5時まで。但し、時間外勤務が必要となる場合もあります。

    4. 応募条件

    (1)米国籍者、又は米国の永住権を取得していること。

    (2)日米関係の強化に関心を有すること。

    (3)日本語及び英語に堪能であること。(検定試験のスコア等があれば明記のこと。

    (4)業務内容に必要な事務的な能力・経験を有すること。

    (5)ワード、エクセル、インターネット、Eメール等の基本的なパソコンのスキルが身に付いていること。

    (6)メディア及びソーシャルメディアを利用した調査能力を有すること。

    (7)高い協調性やコミュニケーション能力を有すること。

    (8)業務に関する責任感を持ち、プレッシャーの下でも働けること。

    6. 選考方法

    書類選考後、合格者のみに7月12日を目途にご連絡し、7月15日の週に面接及び筆記・パソコン実技等の試験を実施する予定です。

    7. 応募先

    Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago 737 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1100 Chicago IL 60611E

    Attn: 総務班

    E-mail: somu@cg.mofa.go.jp

    ※電話でのお問い合わせはご遠慮ください。

     

  • RFP - IPRH FACULTY & GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS 2020–21 “The Global and Its Worlds”

    Request for Applications: IPRH FACULTY & GRADUATE STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS 2020–21 “The Global and Its Worlds” (Deadline: 5:00 p.m., December 6, 2019)

    The global is practically a ubiquitous referent now. It’s used as a descriptive term, as a perspectival mode, as a scalar standard, as a valorization technique and, of course, as an indicator of the condition of the present. But what is the plurality of worlds which constitute the global? What kinds of world-making do events, communities, legal regimes, performative modes, memory work, languages, regions, mediascapes, imaginative practices, and ordinary people produce? Who is for the global, who is against the global, with what consequences and under what conditions? How do the meanings of the global change when we approach it from perspectives outside of the United States?

    To pose the global in the context of multiple worlds is to acknowledge its power but also to suggest that it is not totalizing or universal -- or that if and when it is, it operates in tense and tender relationship with forces both from and beyond its ambit. We seek faculty and graduate fellows in and allied with humanities disciplines whose research critically engages both the global as on object of inquiry and worlds and world-making as dynamic processes across time, space and place.

    IPRH is pleased to partner with the International Area Studies Centers and Thematic Programs (IASCTP) in shaping the call for IPRH Fellows. The IPRH seminar will be open to affiliates of these centers and programs who want to attend on a first come, first served basis. We will share information on the sign-up process once the Fellows have been chosen. In addition, IPRH will be partnering with IASCTP and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory on programming around “The Global and its Worlds” theme over the course of AY 2020–21.

    Fellowship proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: the scholarly excellence and promise of the project, the applicant’s preparation/readiness to undertake the proposed research, the quality of the narrative proposal, the relationship to the annual theme, the case made for how the IPRH experience/seminar would be beneficial to the project, and the letters of support.

    IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work, both within the humanistic disciplines, and between the humanities and the arts.

    All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar.

    Complete fellowship application guidelines for 2020–21 can be found on the IPRH website (Faculty / Graduate Students). Applications must be submitted through an online application portal. No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.

    The submission portal will open on September 1st.

    Questions about these fellowships may be addressed to IPRH Deputy Director Nancy Castro (ncastro@illinois.edu).

  • AEMS Library Summer Hours

    The Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) Library will be closed during the summer time and plan to reopen in Fall 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Yuchuan Shen (ycshen2@illinois.edu).

  • AEMS Library Graduate Assistantship

    The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) is currently seeking a graduate assistant for our Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) Library. An engagement program of CEAPS, AEMS promotes the understanding of Asian cultures and people through library collection and media programming for educators of all levels. AEMS introduces new documentary and independent films to scholars and students at the annual Asian Film Expo held in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies’ Annual Conference. The AEMS Library holds a collection of more than 6,000 media and curriculum materials from or about Asia available for viewing in the library or for loan to local patrons or patrons of the Illinois Heartland Library System.

    • FTE/ Hours per week: 25%(10 hrs per week) – 33%(13.2 hrs per week)
    • Job duration: 9-month appointment, AY 2019-2020 (August 16, 2019 – May 15, 2020)

    Major responsibilities include:

    • Manage AEMS library circulation; check outs/returns/re-shelfing of materials in media library
    • Work with Illinois Heartland Library System to barcode new acquisitions in Polaris and send items for cataloging as needed.
    • Maintain regular hours at AEMS at least 2 days a week
    • Manage AEMS website maintenance and communication
    • Monitor AEMS/VASP reception and respond to phone/email inquiries

    Required qualifications: Attention to detail, punctuality, dependability, and communication skills

    Preferred: Background in Library Science, East Asian Studies, humanities, media, or education.

    To Apply:

    Send resume, contact info, and course schedule to Yuchia Chang at yuchia@illinois.edu.

  • Teaching Assistant position, Korean Language Program

    The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UIUC invites applications for a teaching assistant (TA) position in the Korean language program during AY 2019-2020. The appointment will be made semester by semester at the minimum of 33% up to 41% and is renewable, contingent upon his/her teaching performance and funding availability.

    Requirements:

    Applicants must have native or near native level fluency in Korean and native or near native English proficiency. All teaching assistants whose native language is not English will need to provide a qualifying score of the TOEFL iBT, iELTS, or the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) to be considered for a teaching assistantship in fall 2019. Experience in teaching in higher education is highly desirable.

    Duties and responsibilities of a Korean Language TA are as follows:

    • Teach a Korean language course
    • Grade assignments, quizzes and exams
    • Attend bi-weekly TA meetings
    • Attend an annual half-day Korean TA teaching workshop
    • Assist with the UIUC Korean placement test in August and January

    To Apply:

    To ensure full consideration, please email a teaching statement in Korean that outlines your teaching experiences and philosophy, and CV to Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (j-ahn3@illinois.edu), Director of the Korean language program, by Friday, May 10. Please include "Application for the Korean TA position" as the subject of the email.

    Review process will begin immediately and an appointment is expected to be conveyed to the successful candidate by the end of May.

  • CEAPS Summer 2019 Graduate/Undergraduate Student Hourly

    The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) is seeking applications for a graduate or undergraduate assistant to support our center communication and campus engagement efforts. This is an hourly position for summer 2019 and is renewable for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020, contingent upon job performance and funding. The assistant will work 10-20 hours per week at the hourly rate of $10-12 (undergraduate) or $15-$20 (graduate).

    Responsibilities:

    • Manage CEAPS website and content updates
    • Work with CEAPS staff to design and produce newsletters, event flyers, e-bulletins, and social media content
    • Participate in CEAPS events to support room/tech setup, collect user surveys, and capture highlights for social media posts
    • Assist with CEAPS list management and data reporting as needed.

    Requirements:

    • Registered student in good academic standing
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign/Dreamweaver, HTML/CSS, google apps, and social media tools.
    • Excellent organizational and communications skills
    • High degree of initiative, creativity, attention to detail, and self-direction
    • Team player
    • Background or interest in East Asian studies a plus

    To Apply:

    Send resume and cover letter to Yuchia Chang at yuchia@illinois.edu.

  • 2019 U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium (Deadline: May 5, 2019)

    Program Overview

    The U.S. Foreign Policy Colloquium (FPC) gives 75 of the best and brightest Chinese graduate students a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the complex forces that shape American foreign policy and inform the U.S.-China relationship. Through site visits, lectures, and discussions, FPC participants leave the program better equipped to play productive, well-informed roles in the future management of Chinese policy vis-à-vis the United States. The 2019 FPC will run from Tuesday, May 28 to Friday, May 31 in Washington, D.C.

    Interested students can go to the FPC website to read FPC alumni profiles, see the draft agenda, and check out the FPC FAQ document for more details about this unique opportunity to interact with key players in the American foreign policy arena.

    FPC Costs

    $250 participation fee includes accommodations (4 nights in a hotel), meals, and local transportationParticipants are responsible for all travel costs to and from FPCA limited amount of need-based financial aid is available (more information will be provided to accepted participants)

    How to Apply

    Interested students can apply today through the National Committee website.

    Contact: Jessica Bissett at jbissett@ncuscr.org or (646) 604-8012

  • April 30: Illinois School of Architecture - Lecture: Gong Dong + Zhu Pei

    April 30 (TUESDAY) Lecture: Gong Dong (PLYM DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSOR) & ZHU PEI (DEAN CAFA)

    The Illinois School of Architecture is proud to have Alumnus Gong Dong of Vector Architects as the 2019 Plym Distinguished Visiting Professor!  Please join us for his public reception and lecture. 

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 

    4:00 - Reception  @ Blicharski Atrium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall  
    4:30 - Opening Lecture by Zhu Pei  Dean, China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA)
               @ Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall 
    6:00 - Lecture by Gong Dong  Plym Distinguished Visiting Professor, Vector Architects
               @ Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyne Buell Hall  

    The event is co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

     

    Gong Dong is the 2019 Plym Distinguished Visiting Professor. The Plym Distinguished Professorship is a very special position within the School of Architecture.  It was made possible by a gift to the School in 1981 by the late Lawrence J. Plym of Niles, Michigan, past president of the Kawneer Corporation. Mr. Plym and his family have a very warm association with the University of Illinois and the School of Architecture.

    His firm and projects have been widely covered by many academic media and are awarded both in China and internationally. Representative Work: Seashore Library, Seashore Chapel, Alila Yangshuo, Suzhou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum, Chongqing Taoyuanju Community Center, Bayuquan Vanke Exhibition Center, Eco-Farm Series-Visitor Center and Harvest Pavilion, and M Woods Entrance Revitalization, etc.  

     

    Zhu Pei, one of the leading Chinese architects, received his Master degree in Architecture both from Tsinghua University and UC Berkeley, he founded Studio Zhu-Pei in Beijing in 2005.

    Zhu Pei won The Architectural Review Future Project Awards in 2017, Honor Award from the AIA in 2015, he was named one of “the 5 greatest architects under 50” by the Huffington Post in 2011, DFA Grand Award and Special Award for Culture, Hong Kong, in 2008, the Design Vanguard Award by Architecture Record in 2007, China Award from Architectural Record in 2005, WA award in 2004, Special Merit Award by UIA and UNESCO in 1989.

    His works have been exhibited at world important museums such as Venice Biennial in Italy, Sao Paulo Art Biennial, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Victoria and Albert Museum in UK, Dresden State Art Museum in Germany, AEDES in Germany, Kassel in Germany, Harvard University and Rome MAXXI Museum in Italy, etc.

  • NEW COURSE AVAILABLE: EALC 398 - Global Korean Diasporas

    FALL 2019 Courses: EALC 398 - Colloquium in EALC: Global Korean Diasporas (3 credit hours)

    with Professor Ji-Yeon Yuh (Northwestern University) and Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (UIUC)

    9:30 - 10:50 AM ; Monday's & Wednesdays* 
    G96 Foreign Languages Building(CRN: 66267)

    *Meets 08/26/2019 - 12/11/2019

    Taught from Northwestern University by Professor Ji-Yeon Yuh. Colonialism, war and national division have resulted in substantial communities of ethnic Koreans in Central Asia, China, Japan, and the United States, as well as Canada, South America, and Europe. By examining the histories of ethnic Koreans in these places, we will explore issues of migration, diaspora, race, policies regarding minorities, and colonialism. We will also take a fresh look at 20th century Korean history, demonstrating how diaspora and emigration are critical to understanding national history.

    For more information, please contact:

    Ji-Yeon Yuh (Northwestern): j-yuh@northwestern.edu / Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (UIUC): j-ahn3@illinois.edu

    *This class is taught jointly in Northwestern University, UIUC and University of Wisconsin, and is offered by the Big Ten Academic Alliance. 

  • 2019 Taiwan Scholarship and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Applications Now Open (Deadline: March 31, 2019)

    2019 Taiwan Scholarship and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Programs

    The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago is currently accepting applications for the 2019 Taiwan Scholarship and 2019 Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Programs.

    Taiwan Scholarship, is offered to non-Chinese heritage students who wish to enroll in a degree program in Taiwan.  For instance, recipients enrolling in a Master’s program will receive a stipend of NT$20,000 per month for two years and tuition reimbursement upon validation up to NT$40,000. (Ph.D. for four years) Huayu Enrichment Scholarship is offered to non-Chinese heritage students interested in studying Chinese in Taiwan, and is available for 3, 6, 9, or 12 months. The 2019 Huayu scholarship covers the study period from September, 2019 to August, 2020. Recipients of this scholarship will be given a stipend totaling NT$25,000 per month for study at a university-affiliated language center in Taiwan. There is also a special 2-month summer term in Huayu scholarship, only for June-July (2019) or July-August (2019) with a monthly stipend of NTD 25,000. All students’ application documents must be sent to our office by March 31, 2019.

    Information/Application: www.edutw.org
    Contact: Wendy Chen at wchen@edutw.org

  • 2019 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship (Deadline: February 15, 2019)

    2019 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship (Deadline: February 15, 2019)

    The Japan Information Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2019 MEXT Japanese Studies Scholarship are now available. This scholarship offers current undergraduate students majoring in Japanese Language, Japanese Literature, Japanese Studies, or Japanese Culture an opportunity to deepen their understandings through academic study at one of several universities in Japan.

    Applications, Guidelines, and an FAQ are currently available online at our MEXT Scholarship website under the "Japanese Studies" header: https://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/mext.html.

    Applications are due on Friday, February 15th. Those who pass the initial application screening will be asked to sit for an interview and Japanese language exam on February 18th or 19th. Final selection will come from MEXT in June, with scholarship recipients departing for Japan in September this year.

    MEXT Scholarships: https://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/mext.html>

    Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago: www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp

  • CFP, "Lives Across Borders", 6th Annual Illinois Graduate Symposium on East Asia (Submission Deadline: February 8, 2019)

    Call for Papers
    “Lives Across Borders”
    The 6th Annual Illinois Graduate Symposium on East Asia

    Keynote Speaker: Sara Friedman (Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies, Indiana University Bloomington)

    Application: https://goo.gl/K43qqZ

    The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb 8, 2019.

    The Society of East Asian Studies (SEAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites paper and panel proposals for its 6th annual Graduate Student Symposium on East Asia on April 13, 2019, which will be held on campus at the University of Illinois. The theme for this year is “Lives Across Borders”. We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be Dr. Sara Friedman, professor of Anthropology at Indiana University.

    With the theme “Lives Across Borders”, this conference aspires to nurture interdisciplinary discussions about the past and present of East Asia, including Greater China, Japan, and Korea, as well as their diasporic communities outside of East Asia. Papers can approach the theme in diverse ways. For example:

    Families and intimacy: How do relationships work across borders, such as those between North and South Korea or mainland China and Taiwan?

    Technologies of the state:
    How does the state enforce literal and metaphorical borders? What are the roles of surveillance, engineering, and violence in perpetuating these borders?

    Identity:
    How does society set the borders between ethnicities, genders, nationalities, and other forms of identity? When and why do individuals defy these borders?

    Papers need not adhere to the above sub-themes. We encourage submissions from diverse fields, including, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, history, literature, film/media studies, gender studies, political science, and religious studies.

    Submission Information: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a program of graduate study. Abstracts for individual papers (20 minutes maximum) should be no more than 300 words in length and may be submitted at https://goo.gl/K43qqZ. We also welcome proposals for integrated panels. Those wishing to propose a panel are invited to email Patrick Du at seas.uiuc@gmail.com. A panel should consist of no more than three papers, twenty minutes per speaker in length.

    Questions about the symposium may be directed to Mark Frank at mefrank2@illinois.edu. This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois. A full list of sponsors will appear in later announcements.

  • Call for abstracts: New Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange

    Call for abstracts
    “New Perspectives on Cultural Contact and Exchange” Colloquium
    March 29-31, 2019
     (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon)
    Levis Faculty Center 
    (919 W Illinois St, Urbana)


    The colloquium is the culmination of a year-long interdisciplinary faculty-graduate student research cluster sponsored by IPRH: the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Participants in “Transmission, Translation, and Directionality in Cultural Exchange” have been exploring the problematics and methodologies of researching cultural contact and exchange across time and space and at multiple scales. The colloquium is intended to foster spirited conversation among graduate students and faculty can bring their current research projects, share and receive feedback from participants and faculty respondents across a variety of fields.

    If you are interested in presenting at this colloquium, please submit a 300-word abstract by January 20, 2018 to culture.iprh@gmail.com.

    To read the full Call for Abstracts, visit: http://ttdce.herokuapp.com/colloquium/call_for_abstracts

  • Call for Proposals: The Sixth Young Scholars' Forum in Chinese Studies (Hong Kong)

    Call for Paper Proposals
    The Sixth Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies
    Theme - “A Century of Change: Revisiting the Legacy of May Fourth” (百年流變:再思「五四」遺)
    May 23-25, 2019, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Submission Deadline: January 4, 2019

    The Sixth Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies will be held from May 23 to May 25, 2019. The forum is now calling for paper proposal to the theme: A Century of Change: Revisiting the Legacy of May Fourth.

    Ph.D. students (after completing qualifying examination) or Ph.D. graduates with less than five year of work experience are invited for presentation of their recent research output on any aspect of Chinese studies, highly on but not limited to the disciplines of history, literature, religion, art and thought.

    Information/Submission:
    http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/general/forum/

  • Call for Applications: AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop, March 19-21, 2019

    AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Call for Applications
    2019: Asian Cities, Architectural Heritage, Civil Society and Urban Expansion

    March 19-21, 2019 | Denver, CO

    The Association for Asian Studies and the Social Science Research Council, with support from the Henry M. Luce Foundation, are pleased to announce the jointly organized AAS Dissertation Workshop Series. The workshop will be held in conjunction with the AAS annual conference in Denver, CO.

    This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students, regardless of citizenship, in the humanities and social sciences who are (1) developing dissertation proposals or are in the early phases of research or dissertation writing; and who are (2) planning, conducting, or are in the early phases of writing up dissertation research. The workshop will be limited to 12 students, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials and in various regions of Asia. It also will include a small multidisciplinary and multi-area faculty with similar interests. The workshop is scheduled for the days immediately preceding the 2019 AAS annual conference in Denver, CO. The organizers will be able to provide financial support for participants including three nights accommodation, meals, and travel funds. It is hoped that participants also will attend the AAS annual conference immediately following the workshop. Participants will be invited back for a post-fieldwork workshop in 2020.

    Applications must be submitted through the SSRC's online application system no later than January 5, 2019 and will consist of a narrative description of the dissertation topic (ten double-spaced pages), short application form, and a current Curriculum Vitae.

  • Call for Films - AAS Film Expo 2019 (deadline: November 12, 2018)

    Call for Films: AAS Film Expo 2019

    AAS Film Expo was established as a conference program in 2011 by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS), an outreach program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Documentary and independent films on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia are projected in a dedicated screening room with a schedule running from Thursday through Saturday. An “on demand” screening area allows additional viewing opportunities for attendees who miss scheduled screening times. The AAS Film Expo will be held in conjunction with the The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Conference scheduled for March 21-24, 2019 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

    We welcome the submission of films related to Asia produced by scholars and independent filmmakers. Criteria utilized in the selection process include timeliness, broad appeal to the scholarly community, and examples of new field work. For more information, please download the AAS Film Expo Submission Form.

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 12, 2018

  • Japan Foundation Grants Opportunities

    JAPANESE STUDIES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (Deadline: November 1, 2018)

    This program provides support to outstanding scholars in the field by offering the opportunity to conduct research in Japan. (1) Scholars and Researchers (Long-Term) (2-12 months): Scholars and researchers in the humanities or social sciences. Applicants must hold Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience at the time of application. (2) Scholars and Researchers (Short-Term) (21-59 days): Scholars and researchers in the humanities and social sciences who need to conduct intensive research in Japan. Applicants must hold Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience at the time of application. (3) Doctoral Candidates (4-12 months): Doctoral candidates in the humanities or social sciences. Applicants must have achieved ABD status by the time the fellowship begins.

    U.S.-SOUTHEAST ASIA-JAPAN COLLABORATION AND EXCHANGE INITIATIVE (Deadline: November 1, 2018)

    This initiative is designed to connect Japan scholars from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan in order to enhance their collective scholarship through collaborative projects and exchanges, as well as to advance Japanese Studies in these three regions. The Japan Foundation hopes that Japan scholars and students from all three regions and across many disciplines will benefit mutually from the creation of scholarly networks and the sharing of Japanese Studies resources, research methodology, and practical collaborative work. Projects will be based at U.S. institutions with strong existing or developing Japanese Studies programs, in order to share the wealth of Japanese Studies resources present in the U.S., and to establish and/or strengthen connections with individuals and institutions in Southeast Asia and Japan.

    INSTITUTIONAL PROJECT SUPPORT (IPS) GRANT PROGRAM (Deadline: November 1, 2018)

    This annual program is designed to encourage innovative and sustained growth of Japanese studies in the United States. Grant coverage may include support for faculty, instructor, or staff salaries, travel expenses, honoraria for lectures, visiting scholar support, graduate and undergraduate support, acquisition of research and teaching materials, conference and seminar expenses, acquisition of library and digital resources. Strong consideration will be given to proposals that identify and respond to national needs in Japanese Studies. Applications that create tenure or tenure-track positions in Japanese Studies are especially welcome.

    INSTITUTIONAL PROJECT SUPPORT (IPS) - SMALL GRANT PROGRAM (Deadline: November 1, 2018)

    This program is designed to: (i) support institutions that face difficulties maintaining current levels of infrastructure due to cuts in funding for Japanese studies in the US; (ii) stimulate interest in Japanese studies by small and newer institutions without an established program of Japanese studies or those that lack personnel or resources; and (iii) provide support for particularly innovative programs that promote Japanese Studies. Grants of up to $25,000 will be given to institutions that execute proposals designed to maintain and advance the infrastructural scale of Japanese Studies at their institution.

    JFNY GRANT FOR JAPANESE STUDIES (Deadline: rolling/at 3 months prior to project start date)

    The Japan Foundation New York Office (JFNY) accepts applications from institutions of higher education for the JFNY Grant in Japanese Studies on a rolling basis throughout the year. This grant aims to support projects that will enhance further understanding of Japan through academic exploration (there is a separate JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture). Such projects generally take the form of conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures within the United States. Successful projects may be granted up to $5,000. Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation.

  • U. of I. seniors among Boren Scholarships recipients

    EALC student Gabriel Wacks awarded prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in China

    Gabriel Wacks, an East Asian Languages and Cultures major, has been offered a $20,000 Boren Scholarship to support his academic year intensive Chinese language studies at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China. Please visit the university's website to read the full news story: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/651522

  • Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP)

    IFLIP ANNOUNCES NEW SUMMER CLASSES! Classes are now three weeks! Registration begins March 15, 2018. Open to members of the University community and to the general public.Classes meet Monday through Friday, two hours a day, for three weeks, except holidays. Taught by advanced graduate students or faculty. Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills. There is minimal homework, no attendance policy, and no academic credit

  • Fall 2018 Korean Studies Courses

    EALC 367 CIC History of Modern Korea (4:45 - 7 pm on W)

    This is a course focused on the historical experience of modern Korea. The major themes of the course focus on the transformation of Korea from an agrarian, bureaucratic/aristocratic society into two, dynamic, authoritarian, industrialized and, in the case of post 1987 South Korea, democratizing, states. We will trace the Korean response to the influx of Western political power in Asia after 1840 and examine the effects of the intrusion of capitalism and imperialism on the Korean peninsula at the end of the 19th century. Since 1900, intellectual, political, social, and economic change in Korea has been extraordinarily rapid. In succession, Koreans have had to endure and respond to a forty year colonial intrusion of Japanese power, a re-occupation after 1945 by the U.S. and Soviet Union, a catastrophic civil war, and the lingering effects of political division. How the modern Korean state and society has evolved as a response to these changes and forces will be our central concern. We will have to consider how the traditional legacy affected the emerging blend of old and new that shaped modern Korea. In doing so, we will better be able to understand the unique shape of contemporary Korea’s social/political order and its place in the emerging world order of the 21st century. Korea’s 20th century has spawned a number of contesting historical narratives; we will actively evaluate these different views of the past while we explore the intersection between history and politics. In doing so we will develop our own sense of what it means to be historically minded.

     

    EALC 398 CIC Film Culture in Korea (1:30-3 pm on TR)

    This class offers a survey of films produced during the last hundred years in South Korea. In order to better understand the resurgence of Korean films in recent years and the critical acclaim that they have received domestically and globally, the course will examine representative films, directors, and genres from the inception of the industry in the colonial era through the recent years. Through the screening and in-depth discussions of the films, students will gain insights into the larger historical, social, and cultural contexts that informed and shaped the production and consumption of the films. This course, therefore, will explore the history of Korean cinema through the framework of national/transnational cinema discourse, auteur/genre theory, globalization, the division system, and the problem of nation/state. While working through different genres of historical drama, melodrama, literary adaptation, horror, mystery, and monster films, we will discuss topics pertaining to family, sexuality, gender, cultural tradition, national identity, social movement, and urbanization. We will also pay particular attention to the production of films and the role of censorship, and how artistic assertion and negotiation are reflected in their final cut.

  • Digital Asia Teacher Workshop (April 7th, 2018, 9 am-12 pm, 101 International Studies Building | Registration Deadline: April 2)

    Digital Asia Teacher Workshop 
    April 7th, 2018, 9 am-12 pm
    101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign)
    Registration Deadline: April 2

    Join us on Saturday, April 7th to learn more about our exciting, new on-line curricular resource: Digital Asia.

    Digital Asia uses documentary films as a foundation for an interactive, student-driven learning experience. While students watch the films, “pop ups” appear on the screen which provide more information, link to a website, show a picture, or connect to additional resources. Students can choose to respond to the prompts to learn more about the source material, or they can choose to simply just watch the movie. Each film is accompanied by additional educational resources such as introductory PowerPoints, curriculum guides, and source documentation.


    This workshop is free and open to current and pre-service teachers in grades 5-12 and community colleges. Workshop participants will discover strategies to use Digital Asia as an educational tool, work with other teachers to develop classroom appllications, and earn PDH credits for participation.

    Breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.


    Digital Asia is made possible by generous funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program.
     

  • Call for Papers - Planting China: The Illinois Symposium on Chinese Agriculture, Society, and the Environment (Deadline: March 15, 2018)

     

    Call for Papers
    Planting China: The Illinois Symposium on Chinese Agriculture, Society, and the Environment
    April 21, 2018 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Submission deadline: March 15, 2018

    Keynote address:
    Peter Lavelle (Assistant Professor of History, Temple University), “Chinese Agriculture in the Age of High Imperialism”

    Sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

    UIUC organizers:

    Dr. Jeffrey Martin (Anthropology/EALC)
    Dr. SHAN Depeng (visiting scholar from Southwest University for Nationalities, PRC)
    Mark Frank (EALC)
    LIAO Yue (Anthropology)

    When China scholars meet across disciplines we often talk about agriculture, but it is rarely the organizing principle. The premise of this symposium is that agrarian studies is absolutely central to understanding China’s past and present. In dynastic China most people were farmers, most of the materials used in daily life were grown, and most taxes were assessed on farmland. The internecine strife of the twentieth century was largely an agrarian drama. China’s transition to an industrial economy over the past three decades has had a profound impact on the agrarian sector, facilitating what Philip Huang calls “China’s hidden agricultural revolution”. Neither the social nor physical landscapes of China can be understood apart from the past and present of human-plant relationships.

    The terms “agriculture, society, and the environment” in our title do not refer to three distinct areas of study, but rather, to the nexus of those categories, which is where we situate agrarian studies. The goal of this symposium is a robust conversation on two questions: What should the field of Chinese agrarian studies look like? What is its relevance to the study of gender, ethnicity, and other theoretical issues? And how does it matter for our understanding of China’s contemporary challenges and opportunities? This is a conversation that will contribute to agrarian studies as an inherently interdisciplinary and transregional way of approaching historical and contemporary problems, combining insights from the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

    Towards this goal, we invite sympathetically-minded scholars and practitioners working in any discipline or time-period to propose papers which might contribute to the theme of “Chinese Agriculture, Society, and the Environment”. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of 200 words. We especially seek proposals from women and members of other groups that are underrepresented in the field, as well as papers that expand or challenge the conventional boundaries of agrarian studies. Proposals centered on regions outside of China are also welcome, provided that they establish relevance to Chinese agrarian studies. Limited travel funding is available for speakers visiting from outside of central Illinois.

    All topics pertinent to the broad theme of the symposium are welcome, but some of the organizers’ core interests include:

    *             Archaeology and the “deep history” of agrarian states

    *             Agriculture and empire, agriculture and nationalism

    *             Gender, ethnicity, and farming

    *             The history of scientific agriculture

    *             Climate change and Agricultural sustainability

    *             Farmer cooperatives and the solidarity economy.

    Information/Paper Submission: https://chineseagriculture.org/2018-symposium/

     

  • 2018 Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

    Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

    The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World while interacting with experts on the region. In addition to classroom instruction, the program offers a variety of co-curricular learning activities designed to enhance and enrich the language learning process, provide additional channels for language contact, and expose students to the traditions of the communities of the Muslim World.

    SILMW 2018 Registration

    Registration for SILMW courses will commence in the Spring semester. UIUC students register online, using university registrar portal.

    All other perspective students: please visit our application guidelines page.

    Program Registration deadline: APRIL 30, 2018.

    SILMW courses open conditional on sufficient enrollment.

    Standard Arabic Intensive Course for High School Students

    In Summer 2018, SILMW will offer a 2-week intensive course in Elementary Arabic for high school students. High school program dates: June 11, 2018 - June 22, 2018.

    Students will earn 2 college credit hours. Learn more about the program and submit an application using SILMW high school program website.

  • Joint Consortia National Dissertation Workshop on Contemporary East Asia (Deadline: March 16, 2018)

    Joint Consortia National Dissertation Workshop on Contemporary East Asia

    Application Deadline: March 16, 2018

    The fourth Joint Consortia National Dissertation Workshop on Contemporary East Asia will take place at the University of Southern California on May 18, 2018. It is designed to enable students to present and engage in intensive discussions of their work in broader East Asian and multidisciplinary contexts. The workshop will be led by three faculty mentors who focus on modern China, Japan and Korea: Stanley Rosen, Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California; William Marotti, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles; and Susan Hwang, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University.

    Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program and must have begun to draft a dissertation, although they need not have advanced to candidacy. All doctoral students whose area of research falls within Contemporary East Asia are encouraged to apply. Participants are required to fund their own travel to USC, as well as some meals. Remaining costs of the workshop, including materials, some meals, and two nights lodging will be covered by the Joint Consortia. For more information and to apply, please click here.

    The National Dissertation Workshop is a joint program of the University of California, Los Angeles/University of Southern California East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (UCLA/USC East Asia NRC) in cooperation with the Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (IL/IN East Asia NRC), funded by the US Department of Education Title VI International and Foreign Language Education program.

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (Summer 2018 & Academic Year 2018-2019*)

    FLAS Information Session 1

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    4:00-5:00 pm, Gregory Hall 100

    FLAS Information Session 2

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    4:00-5:00 pm, Gregory Hall 319

    Application/Information: University of Illinois FLAS Fellowships website

    FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. FLAS Fellowships at University of Illinois are administered by the Area Studies Centers and Programs and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities.

    Information session for students interested in applying to FLAS will be held on Tuesday, November 28th in Gregory Hall 100 and Wednesday, November 29th in Gregory Hall 319 at 4:00pm . We will be discussing eligibility and requirements, walking through the application, and answering questions about the application process and the fellowship. FLAS Coordinators from individual Centers will be in attendance and available to the students for questions and discussion. 

    The following Centers are offering FLAS Fellowships for Summer 2018:
    Center for African Studies
    Center for Global Studies
    Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    European Union Center
    Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

    The following Centers are applying for FLAS funding for Academic Year 2018-19 and will be included on the AY application*:
    Center for African Studies
    Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
    Center for Global Studies
    Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
    European Union Center
    Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

    * The U.S. Department of Education, which underwrites the FLAS program, has not yet notified us, or any other college or university in the United States, about our allocation for the 2018-2022 FLAS funding cycle, which includes the coming academic year (2018-19). In anticipation of receiving this funding, the application will include all UIUC Centers that have applied for Title VI FLAS Fellowship allocations; however, a Center cannot guarantee a fellowship without notification of their FLAS allocation.

  • Call for Paper Proposals: Chinese University of Hong Kong Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies May 24-26, 2018 (online application due January 5, 2018)

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong-Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies and the Institute of Chinese Studies co-organize the Fifth Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies, to be held on May 24-26, 2018. The forum aims to nurture young scholars in Chinese Studies and strengthen the network among young scholars in the field.

    The forum plans to invite Ph.D. students (after completing qualifying examination) or Ph.D. graduates with less than five years of work experience for presentation of their recent research output on any aspect of Chinese studies, drawing on but not limited to the disciplines of history, literature, religion, art and thought. Proposals related to the theme of Culture and Society of Middle Period China and Beyond are preferable. Participants are expected to be proficient in both English and Chinese.

    The conference will only cover expenses for lodging and round-trip transportation (economy class) for the participants. The organizer will provide maximum subsidy of 1,000 USD (subject to approval). Conference registration is free.

    Papers will be selected by a committee from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Local faculty will serve as discussants for the selected papers. Publication for selected papers will be considered after the forum.

    For application, please submit a 400-word paper proposal and short biography via our online submission system at: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/general/forum/submission.html.

    Deadlines: Online application due January 5, 2018. Notification of acceptance announced on January 24, 2018. Full paper due April 9, 2018.

    For inquiries, please contact the ICS organizers: Professor Lai Chi Tim (laichitim@cuhk.edu.hk) and Ms. Grace Leung (graceleung@cuhk.edu.hk).

  • Call for Papers: Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, Feb 23-24, 2018, NYC (Deadline: November 3, 2017)

    Graduate students are cordially invited to submit abstracts for the 27th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia, to be held at Columbia University on February 23rd and 24th, 2018. This two-day conference provides students from institutions around the world with the opportunity to meet and share research with their peers. In addition, participants will gain valuable experience presenting their work through discussion with fellow graduate students as well as faculty from Columbia University.

    We welcome applications from students engaged in research on all fields in East Asian Studies. While applicants may situate their work in disciplines, including History, Literature, Cinema, Art History, Religion, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Political Science, we especially encourage work that crosses national, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries to critically interrogate the categories that both bind and sub-divide area studies.

    Participation: Presenters deliver a talk no longer than 20 minutes that summarizes research in progress. Presentations may take three possible forms: a standard academic research paper, a Powerpoint presentation accompanied by a talk, or a work of documentary filmmaking. A documentary work should be 20 minutes or less, but if one wishes to showcase a longer film, an entire panel slot can be devoted to it. The committee also encourages applications from pre-arranged panels of three to four presenters organized around a specific research topic, such as a region, discipline, or theme. If you are applying as a pre-formed panel, please make sure to include a tentative title for your panel on the application form. Preference will be given to such applications; we encourage panels to include participants from multiple institutions.

    Deadlines: Applications are due November 3rd, 2017. Please apply at https://goo.gl/WfHv3R. Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance in mid-November 2017. Final Papers are due January 15th, 2018.

    Housing: Housing will be available on an extremely limited basis. We encourage everyone to arrange their own accommodations in advance. The conference runs from Friday afternoon to late Saturday evening. Travel and lodging information will be available soon, on the conference website.

    Funding: The committee intends to provide funding to cover travel expenses, but on an extremely limited and competitive basis. Participants are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions.

    Committee Members: Tenggeer Hao, Yuqing Luo, Maho Miyazaki, Peter Moody, Oliver White, Yingchuan Yang

    Contact Information: gradcon2018@gmail.com

    Graduate Student Conference on East Asia
    Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
    407 Kent Hall, Mail Code 3907
    Columbia University
    New York, NY 10027

  • Fall 2017 Course Highlight: MUS 418 East Asian Music

    Fall 2017
    MUS 418 Section A
    Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00 -2:20 pm

    Instructor: Priscilla Tse

    This course focuses on music in East Asia. By exploring historical and ethnographic works by scholars in ethnomusicology, history, anthropology, and communication, this course examines various traditional and contemporary genres of music and theater. Through case studies, we will examine major topics—including nationalism, modernity, ethnicity, gender, colonialism, and globalization—of modern East Asia. This course aims to enhance students’ cross-cultural understanding, interdisciplinary approach on performance, and critical thinking on the concepts of “East Asia” and “performance.”

  • Early Career Grants for China Scholars

    Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

    Amount:  Varies by program

    Deadline:  November 8, 2017 – 8 pm CST 

    Guidelines: RFP

    A program of the Henry Luce Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, the Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in the United States through fellowships and grants for scholars early in their careers.

    The program offers three competitions:

    1) Pre-Dissertation Summer Travel Grants for Research in China are designed to enable doctoral candidates to spend three to four months in 2018 gaining familiarity with work under way in archives and field sites in China and to establish formal and informal relations with Chinese institutions and colleagues in preparation for subsequent full-time research in China. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program at a university in the U.S. Grants will provide $5,000 for costs associated with travel to and a stay in China (air and ground transportation, visas, and living expenses).

    2) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for scholars preparing their PhD dissertation research for publication or who are embarking on a new research project. Funding will support work based on the applicant's research in China and aimed at producing a scholarly text in English. Applicants must hold a PhD from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a PhD from any institution. The PhD degree must be completed by November 8, 2017, and conferred by May 31, 2018. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen must have an affiliation with a university or college in the U.S.  whose degree was conferred no more than eight years before the application deadline. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Fellowships provide up to $50,000 for a maximum of one academic year and a minimum of one semester. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs.

    3) Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants of up to $15,000 provide opportunities for scholars of different disciplines to share in-depth investigation of texts that are essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times. Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences are welcome. Awards may be used to support travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Each member of the organizing team must hold a PhD from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a PhD from any institution.

    You can contact the U of I Office of Foundation Relations for:

    1. Illinois researchers who have experience with this foundation
    2. Background information about this foundation
    3. Guidance through the campus processes
    4. Proposal development and/or review

  • National Gallery of Art Fellowship Opportunities (September and October deadlines)

    National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Fellowship Opportunities

    The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its programs for senior fellowships, visiting senior fellowships, and A.W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowships. Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period.

    Senior Fellowship Program, 2018-2019

    One Paul Mellon Fellowship and four to six Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Samuel H. Kress, and William C. Seitz Senior Fellowships are awarded each academic year. Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period. Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowships support research on European art before the early nineteenth century. The William C. Seitz Senior Fellowship primarily supports research on modern and contemporary art. Senior fellowship applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of forms.

    Visiting Senior Fellowships, 2018-2019

    Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period. Visiting senior fellowship applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of visual forms.

    A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2018–2020

    The postdoctoral fellowship fellowship program is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. One fellowship will be awarded biennially for two consecutive academic years to a postdoctoral fellow studying the history, theory, or criticism of the visual arts of any period or culture. The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to reside in Washington. During the first year the fellow undertakes independent research and writing. The fellow also designs and directs an intensive weeklong seminar for the seven predoctoral fellows at CASVA, focusing on a topic related to the applicant's field of interest and with a special emphasis on methodological issues. In the second academic year, while continuing research and writing in residence, the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow teaches one course (advanced undergraduate or graduate) by arrangement at a neighboring university. The fellow will also direct an intensive weeklong seminar for the seven predoctoral fellows in residence, which can be a repeat or revision of the one designed and directed in the first academic year.

  • Call for Papers: Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, January 10-11, 2018 (Deadline: October 15, 2017)

    Second Annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference Engaging 'China': Perspectives from the Margins

    Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the second annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, which takes the theme of ‘engagement’ in the Chinese context as its point of departure. We welcome papers that work with modern and pre-modern subject material and from all humanistic disciplines, including but not limited to history, literary and cultural studies, art, film and media studies, philosophy, human geography, anthropology, musicology and religion.

    ​This conference asks applicants to critically assess through the lens of 'engagement' how the idea of 'China' as a geographical, cultural and national signifier is created. How is China engaging with neighbours close and far away? How does it attract the world and communities within? How do communities within and without engage with China? How does engagement inform the ways in which ‘China’ is conceived? Through this conference, we wish to highlight the ways, both past and present, in which ‘engagement’ is central to understanding ‘China’.

    Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

    1. Circulation of philosophical and religious texts, ideas, and institutions
    2. ‘China’ in cultural products, including literature, film, visual art, theatre, music, etc.
    3. Cultural production of minorities within China and the Chinese diaspora
    4. Subcultures in China
    5. Exchanges of material culture
    6. Linguistic exchange
    7. Trade and the tributary system
    8. Diplomacy, war, and peace
    9. Tourism and migration to, from, and within China
    10. Cross-border dimensions of environmental and health issues
    11. Co-operation and conflict in science and technology
    12. Methods and attitudes of scholarship in and about China

    The conference will be held predominantly in English but we accept a limited number of submissions written in both English and Chinese and presented in Mandarin.

    We plan to produce a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal out of the best conference papers. Successful applicants who wish to be considered for publication are encouraged to submit a full paper at the time of the conference.

    ​Please submit a 250–300-word abstract and 150-word biography to oxfordchinagradconference@gmail.com by October 15th 2017, 17:00 (GMT).

    ​Organising committee - Yeo Min Hui, Frances O'Morchoe, Stefano Gandolfo

  • Google's AlphaGo Challenges East Asian Intelligence, Again

    Go is an ancient Chinese board game extremely popular in China, Japan, and Korea. It is the most complex of all board games, the last line of defense of human mind against artificial intelligence. After the 4 to 1 Google DeepMind's AlphaGo defeat of the top South Korea Go player Lee Sedol last year, AlphaGo now takes on World No. 1 19-year-old Chinese phenom Ke Jie at the Future of Go Summit, 23-27 May 2017.

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