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  • 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.


  • 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

                 Match 1 with English Commentaries
                 Match 1 with Chinese Commentaries

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  • Korean Studies Graduate Student Support Workshop Opportunity (June 22, 2017)

    The Institute for Korean Studies, will be holding a grad student mentoring workshop on June 22 at Indiana University.  This event is intended to give MA and PhD students working in Korean Studies the chance to network with other students and with IU faculty, and to receive mentoring from faculty in Korean Studies.  We hope to provide valuable academic and career guidance to the students.  We will be able to provide housing for 1-2 nights for 6 visitors.

    We hope that students will be able to arrive for lunch on June 22.  The main meetings will take place in the afternoon and evening of June 22, and will include a panel discussion by faculty in order to provide career advice for students, discussing the job market, cover letter, and applying for jobs.  Festivities may also include a dinner or event in the evening of the 23rd. 

    This event will be held in conjunction with the IU East Asian Studies Center’s dissertation workshop, which will be held on June 23.  Participants are encouraged to attend both if eligible.

    Travel support for both workshops is available through the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies. For more information about these workshops, contact Yuchia Chang at yuchia@illinois.edu.


  • Korean Language TA Position

    The Korean Language Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at UIUC is seeking a Korean teaching assistant who will teach a Korean language course in Fall 2017. The position is renewable for a second semester (Spring, 2018) and possibly for AY 18-19, contingent upon job performance and funding.

    Applicants must have native-level fluency in Korean, and have successfully passed the EPI (test of English oral proficiency at UIUC) or the equivalent, in order to begin teaching in Fall 2017, which is required by the campus policy for teaching assistants who are non-native speakers of English and have not yet provided evidence of spoken English proficiency in order to fulfill Illinois State Law (SB1516). Experience in language teaching and integration of technology into language instruction is highly desirable.

    To apply, send a letter of statement in Korean that outlines your teaching experiences and philosophy, and a CV by e-mail to Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (j-ahn3@illinois.edu), director of the Korean language program. Review of applications will begin immediately.

  • East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference - Call for Abstract Submissions

    The East-West Center invites graduate students from around the world to submit abstracts for the 17th International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) on the Asia Pacific region, taking place in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, USA from February 15 – 17, 2018. This student organized conference provides an opportunity to share interdisciplinary perspectives through presenting and attending panel presentations in a warm and supportive environment.


    Submit an abstract of up to 350 words.
    Limited number of merit-based travel grants available.

    Submission Form


  • Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) Student Essay Competition (Deadline: June 15, 2017)

    The annual MCAA student essay competition prizes include:

    Four Percy Buchanan prizes of $100 each, plus travel expenses of up to $100, will be awarded for the best original graduate student research papers. Papers should be no longer than 35 pages, double spaced including the bibliography. Students will be invited to present winning papers at the conference. There is one prize for each of the four main AAS regions: China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Graduate student winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in Studies on Asia. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the field.

    The Sidney DeVere Brown Prize, and the Mikiso Hane Prize are awarded to the two best original papers composed by undergraduates. Prizes of $100, plus travel expenses of up to $100, are awarded to the authors of the winning papers. Paper submissions should be between 10 and 35 pages, double spaced and must be accompanied by a letter from the student's professor or advisor confirming that the paper was written while the author was an undergraduate. Papers will be reviewed by scholars in the appropriate field. Undergraduate winners have the opportunity to publish their papers in The Wittenberg East Asian Studies Journal.

    Please note: Graduate and undergraduate students may compete for these prizes if they attend a college or university in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Papers become the property of MCAA and will not be returned. Decisions of the judges are final.

    Do consider submitting your students’ best papers for this competition.  You may do so by accessing the Awards link on the MCAA’s home page,



    and then follow instructions on the Submissions link.  All papers must be submitted in digital format.

    The deadline for submission (sorry, no extensions can be considered) of all papers is June 15, 2017.

    This year’s MCAA conference will be held at University of Notre Dame on September 15-17.

  • 2017 CEAPS Fellowship Winner

     Congratulations to Forrest McSweeney, the winner of this year CEAPS fellowship.

    Forrest in Suzhou

    Forrest Cale McSweeney is a Phd student in Chinese history at East Asian Languages Culture. He studies modern Chinese history. He is from Birmingham Alabama originally and has a BA from the University of Alabama and an MA from the University of Alabama Birmingham. Forrest has lived in China three times for three total years including two stints in Beijing and once in Hanhzhou. He has traveled extensively throughout the country including Hong Kong and has lived in Taipei. In addition to this Forrest has also lived in Australia and has traveled to Singapore many times as well as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and France.

  • Illinois/Indiana and UCLA/USC National Dissertation Workshop “Modern East Asia” - Call for Proposals (Deadline extended to May 5th, 2017)

    Date: June 23, 2017
    Location: Indiana University Bloomington
    Hosted by: East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University Bloomington

    The Indiana University East Asian Studies Center is proud to announce that we will be hosting our third Joint Consortium National Dissertation Workshop (Consortium: University of California in Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Indiana University) with a special focus on “Modern East Asia” at Indiana University Bloomington on June 23, 2017.

    We invite all doctoral students and masters students working on theses or planning to continue their studies in the humanities, social studies, and fine arts whose area of research falls within East Asia to apply. Students at any stage of their dissertation preparations are encouraged to attend, share 15-30 page writing samples (dissertation chapters or partial chapters), and trade feedback with other students and mentors. Participants are required to fund their own travel to Indiana University, as well as some meals. The East Asian Studies Center will provide materials, some meals, and one night of lodging.

    The workshop will be led by three mentors Dr. Michael Robinson, Professor Emeritus of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University; Dr. Mariko Tamanoi, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles; and Dr. Fei Hsien Wang, Assistant Professor of History, Indiana University, who focus on modern Korea, Japan, and China, respectively. The participants will begin to or continue to work on their dissertation and thesis under the guidance of the mentors above. The workshop aims to provide an intellectual platform for a multidisciplinary perspective for East Asian Studies. Participants and mentors will engage in intellectual discussion to provide feedback and review their project.
    Though all interested graduate students are encouraged to apply, preference is given to full-time doctoral students who have drafted a dissertation research proposal.

    Participants are expected to come to the workshop having read and commented on the chapters provided by the other participants.

    The application deadline is: April 10, 2017

    Application materials consist of three items:
    1. A current CV
    2. A 4-6-page double-spaced dissertation proposal (including a description of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied)
    3. A letter of support from a faculty member

    Applications should be submitted as .pdf documents to easc@indiana.edu.

  • CEAPS Curriculum Co-Development Grants (Deadline: April 28, 2017)

    The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign invites applications from UIUC faculty partnered with faculty from other institutions in Illinois and Indiana to develop East Asia-focused curriculum for undergraduate classes. This program is supported by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education designating CEAPS and the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University, as a Joint National Resource Center for East Asian Studies.

    Two awards of $1500 each (to be shared between contributing faculty partners) will be awarded annually. The goals of this program are to develop robust curricula in East Asian Studies at post- secondary institutions across the Illinois/Indiana Corridor and to strengthen the network of faculty working on East Asia in the region. This program supports both revision of current courses to better address East Asian issues or development of new courses with a strong East Asian component. We welcome applications for both courses on East Asia and those on broader topics. We strongly encourage applications from faculty in professional schools interested in providing cultural context to their curriculum.
    The proposed course development should take place during the 12 months following the award and should be implemented at both institutions within 18 months of the award. Applications will be accepted until April 28, 2017 for course development to occur during the 2017 to 2018 academic year. Interested faculty are asked to submit the following to CEAPS Associate Director Yuchia Chang  in electronic format by the appropriate deadline:

    1)Current syllabus for course to be augmented by curriculum development or detaileddescription of newly-proposed course.
    2)300-word statement describing your plan for increasing East Asian components in yourcourse design.
    3)2-page CVs for all faculty participants

    A report on implementation of the new curriculum will be required from awardees within 24 months of the award date. Questions may be associate directed to Yuchia Chang  or 217.244.4601.

  • HSK Chinese Proficiency Test (Registration Deadline: April 11, 2017; Test Date: April 22, 2017)

    The Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK), launched by the Confucius Institute Headquarters, is China's only standardized test of standard Chinese language proficiency for non-native speakers. It is broadly recognized by Chinese educational institutions and employers and provides Chinese learners a means to assess their proficiency. The Confucius Institute at UIUC also serves as a test center for online HSK test.

    HSK Registration
    Test Date & Time:
    HSK Level I, III, and V : 1:30pm Apr.22, 2017(CST)
    HSK Level II, IV and VI: 9:00am Apr.22, 2017(CST)

    Registration Deadline:
    12:00pm Apr. 11, 2017(CST)

    Test Center Location:
    Room 260A, 1310 S. Sixth Street (College of Education), Champaign, IL 61820

    Online Registration:
    Detailed information is also listed on the websites.
    * Only offline payment is accepted. Please take the registration fee to the test center.

  • The Dave and Barbara Thomas Awards for Study Abroad (Deadline: February 28, 2017)

    Thanks to a generous contribution by University of Illinois alumnus Dave Thomas and his wife Barbara, the Center for East Asian studies (CEAPS) is pleased to announce the establishment of two scholarships and two prizes for students participating in study abroad programs to Asian countries.

    Scholarships: Two scholarships, each in the amount of $2000, will be awarded to two students accepted into University of Illinois-endorsed summer, semester- or year-long study abroad programs in Asian countries. Students in semester- or year-long study abroad programs are required to enroll in classes in both language and culture. For summer programs, language-only programs also will be eligible. Priority will be given to students with excellent academic performance records and proven financial need. Both undergraduates and graduate students are eligible. To apply, students should submit the following materials via email to Yuchia Chang , Associate Director of CEAPS by February 28, 2017 in order to be considered for Study Abroad programs taking place in the 2017-18 academic year.

    1)Documentation of admission to a UI-approved summer, semester- or year-long study abroadprogram in an Asian country
    2)Official university transcripts for all Undergraduate and Graduate study
    3)500-word essay in response to one of the following questions:

    a.How would the proposed study-abroad trip enrich your current studies?
    b.How would you describe the country that you are going to live and study in? How doyou anticipate it to be different from your home country?
    c.If you were to introduce the U.S. to college students in the country you are visiting,what qualities would you focus on?
    d.What do you think are the challenges you are going to face during this study-abroadtrip, and how would you prepare yourself to overcome the challenges?
    e.If you were to work/live in the country where you are going to visit in three years, howwould you prepare yourself now?

    Prizes: The Thomas Essay Prize ($500) will be awarded for an outstanding student essay written as fulfillment of a course requirement during a study abroad program. The Thomas Documentary Prize ($500) will be awarded for one student video documentary of a study abroad experience. For award consideration, student essays and documentaries should be submitted by September 1st of the year during which they have participated in a study abroad experience, following completion of the program. Essays should be between 10 and 25 pages in length; documentaries between 10 and 30 minutes. Students wishing to submit a documentary are invited to participate in CEAPS-sponsored workshops on documentary film-making. For more information, please contact Yuchia Chang.

  • Travel Grants for MSI and Community College Faculty to Visit UIUC (Deadline: March 1, 2017)

    The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications from faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Community Colleges in Illinois and Indiana for grants of up to $1000 to visit the UIUC campus to use the university’s library and meet with faculty. We welcome applications from faculty performing research in East Asian Studies or developing curriculum about East Asia for courses at their home institutions. Travel dates are unrestricted, but we require the applicants to include a description of a planned trip of at least four days in the application. CEAPS will assist successful applicants in arranging library access privileges and provide short-term workspace for meeting with UIUC faculty and/or graduate students. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2017 for visits during Spring and Summer, 2017; the second application deadline of May 1, 2017 can be applied in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Interested faculty is asked to submit the following to CEAPS Associate Director Yuchia Chang in electronic format by the appropriate deadline:

    1)300-word statement describing how the visit will benefit research or curriculum development
    2)2-page CV
    3)Description of a planned trip of at least five days.
    4)Proposed dates and duration of visit

    For the grant recipients, we request a one-page report on the outcome of the visit. If the purpose of the visit is curriculum development, we request a copy of the syllabus together with the related curriculum materials. If the purpose of the visit is research, we request a summary of the progress on the research project. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program through our partnership with Indiana University’s East Asian Studies Center, for which we have been designated a Joint National Resource Center for East Asian Studies. Questions may be associate directed to Yuchia Chang Chang or 217-244-4601.

  • Spring 2017 Course Introduction



    This course examines the various ways in which individuals and institutions have tried to come to terms with the concept of wealth and poverty in Korea. Rather than limit the notion of wealth and poverty to the possession of material goods or the lack thereof, this course will explore the various ways in which wealth and poverty create and have created meaning, beauty, ugliness, social relationships, and visions of utopia in Korea.  There are no prerequisites or exams for this course. Students will be expected to write weekly reading blogs and three drafts of a research paper on wealth and poverty.

    This section is offered through Big Ten Academic Alliance Program via CIC CourseShare and will be video-conference taught by a faculty at University of Michigan. Class will meet from Jan. 17- April 18, with no class meetings during the weeks of Feb. 25 and March 20. Class will meet in 4057 LH.

    Feel free to contact Jeeyoung Ahn Ha (director of the Korean language program) if you have any question about the course.

    SOCW 325: International Development with Grassroots Organizations

    This course is offered as a second 8-week course in the Spring and uses a blended learning approach. Students complete a service learning placement with a grassroots organization in a variety of East Asian or Pacific countries for two months during the summer. Students apply for these service experiences from within the Omprakash network of Partner Organizations in the Asia-Pacific region. Alternatively, the student can work with existing department or university-level partnerships in the region. During their service learning experience, participants engage with local communities, document local perspectives, and work with the grassroots organization to promote social change. Each student develops this experience into a final Capstone Project.

    Contact: Lough, Benjamin James

  • Spotlight: Travel Grants for Faculty to Visit University of Illinois Campus

    We would like to share a story about a project we have been very proud to help bring to fruition as a National Resource Center for East Asian Studies. One of our projects this cycle funds faculty from community colleges and minority serving institutions to help develop curriculum in courses about East Asia. We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with Professors Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom of Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, who envisioned resurrecting a course that had not been taught on their campus for twenty years: Cultural Values in the Eastern World. They did this by planning big, making several visits over the summer to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus to meet with faculty and graduate students with expertise in the cultures of East Asia and hosting a film series in the fall featuring one film each from China, Japan, and Korea. Intended as a way to encourage interest in the course, the program was so well organized and promoted that each screening had 50-60 people in the audience. Speakers from the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois introduced the films and led lively discussion afterwards. This recruiting worked: Green and Van Heuklom are currently co-teaching Cultural Values in the Eastern World to sixteen students. This semester, Professors Green and Van Heuklom – with assistance from art professor and gallery coordinator Leslie Stalter – arranged for an art exhibit of fascinating materials from Lincoln Land’s Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Collection to be held in the James S. Murray Gallery, next to where the class is taught, so an even broader audience could view the pieces. Their efforts caught the attention of the local news channel, which featured the exhibit and their work in a segment that you can view here:


    You can find out more about the exhibit on Lincoln Land’s website:


    Professor Tim Humphrey, Dean of Arts and Humanities at Lincoln Land, said of the partnership between Lincoln Land and CEAPS: “The partnership between the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies has been a true blessing for our Humanities Department as well as our community. The film series and guest speakers brought some much needed attention to our Cultural Values in the Eastern World class. New interest in Eastern thought is evident in the class enrollment. In addition, these films and guest speakers provided valuable insight to our community concerning Asian culture. I sincerely hope that we can continue this partnership.”

    We congratulate Professors Green and Van Heuklom for putting together not only a course that can now be regularly offered at Lincoln Land, but also making great contributions to education about Asia on their campus and in the Springfield community.  We look forward to continuing to help them grow their programs and deepen the ties between our institutions.

  • Dissertation Workshop on Early Modern East Asia at UCLA-June 2016

    UCLA/USC and Illinois/Indiana National Dissertation Workshop-Call for Proposals

    "Early Modern East Asia"

    Date: June 3-4, 2016
    Location: University of California, Los Angeles

    The University of California, Los Angeles/University of Southern California National Resource Center Consortium (UCLA/USC NRC) in cooperation with the Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (IL/IN East Asia NRC) is pleased to announce the second Joint Consortium National Dissertation Workshop in the field of Early Modern East Asian Studies. The workshop will be held June 3-4, 2016 on the campus of UCLA. Doctoral students in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts whose dissertation projects concern early modern topics broadly conceived are invited to apply. Areas of interest include history, literature, visual arts, performing arts, and philosophy of Imperial China, Tokugawa Japan, and Joseon Korea.

    Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program and must have begun to draft a dissertation research proposal, although they need not have advanced to candidacy. Those in the early phases of writing are also encouraged to apply.

    Application Deadline: March 20, 2016

    Application materials consist of three items:
    1. a current CV
    2. a 4-6-page double-spaced preliminary dissertation proposal (including a description of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied).
    3. a letter of support from a faculty member

    For more information and to apply online, visit http://international.ucla.edu/asia/article/161442

  • Illinois/Indiana and UCLA/USC National Dissertation Workshop "Medieval East Asia”

    Illinois/Indiana and UCLA/USC National Dissertation Workshop "Medieval East Asia”

    Start Time: Friday, May 8, 2015
    End Time: Sunday, May 10, 2015
    Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (specific on campus location TBA)
    Contact: Yimin Wang (yimwang@illinois.edu)

    The application deadline is March 15, 2015. Application materials consist of three items:
    (1) a current CV
    (2) a 4-6-page double-spaced dissertation proposal (including a description of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied).
    (3) a letter of support from a faculty member

    Applications should be submitted by e-mail attachment to (yimwang@illinois.edu). Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for the workshop no later than April 1, 2015.

    Please see the flyer for more details.

  • CEAPS Speaker Series

    CEAPS Speaker Series
    "Whose museum is this anyway?: History, Testimony, and the Politics of Japan’s National Hansen’s Disease Museum"

    Speaker: Susan L. Burns (Associate Professor of Japanese History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago)
    Time: March 13th, Friday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Place: Room126, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL


    Please see the flyer for more details.

  • CEAPS Brown Bag Series

    CEAPS Brown Bag Series
    "Kōtoku Shōsui and Japan’s First Anti-Imperialist Movement"

    Speaker: Robert Tierney (Associate Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages & Cultures, UIUC)
    TIme: March 6th, Friday, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
    Place: 2035 Honors Commons Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana, IL

  • [University of Birmingham] PhD scholarship: ‘Understanding cities in the premodern history of Northeast Asia, c. 200-1200’

    Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship funded by the AHRC research project ‘Understanding cities in the premodern history of Northeast Asia, c. 200-1200’.

    This is a PhD topic that is quite open to interpretation, using Chinese texts and archaeological evidence, and includes training in magnetometry with three years of fieldwork (spring-summer season). We'll consider candidates from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, including history, archaeology, Chinese studies.

    Candidates should submit an application for study via the UoB on-line system (http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/calgs/howtoapply/index.aspx) before 12 (noon) GMT on 4 March 2015. Applicants MUST also apply directly to Prof Standen (calpg-research@contacts.bham.ac.uk) by the same date, providing a covering letter, CV, research proposal (1000 words max.) and a writing sample (e.g. MA dissertation), to ensure that their applications are considered for this specific opportunity. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 16 March 2015.

    For more information, please see the attachement.

  • [eastlib] A job opportunity at the Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa Library

    The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join a team of library and information professionals. Under the general direction of the Head of the Asia Department, the Librarian for Okinawan Studies will work collaboratively to lead in collection development and management of all materials in all formats related to Okinawan studies, provide research assistance, and library instruction. In addition, the librarian will liaise with the Center for Okinawan Studies (COS) and the Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) to initiate national and international resource sharing collaborations, international symposia, rare materials preservation, restoration and digitization, web site development, and fundraising and outreach with the Okinawan community.

    For more information, please visit:

  • [Japanese Consulate] Japan Foundation Japanese Language Grants for FY2015

    The Japan Information Center at the Consulate-General of Japan is happy to announce that the Japan Foundation in Los Angeles has opened its application process for the following 2015 Japanese language grant programs (http://www.jflalc.org/grants-jle.html):


    • Japanese Language Learners Event Grant (due 3/1, 9/1)
    • Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant (due 3/15, 9/15)
    • Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese Language Courses (due 4/10)
    • Japanese Language Education Project Grant (rolling deadline)


    Please read each description below and visit websites (in English) for more information. Questions should be directed to the Japan Foundation LA office (language@jflalc.org).

    If you do not wish to receive further email announcements from the Consulate, please contact us at jic@cg.mofa.go.jp to let us know.

    Thank you.

    ********* 記 *********

    (1) 日本語学習奨励イベントグラント Japanese-Language Learners Event Grant



    ① 申請上限額: 600ドル

    ② 対象費目:賞品購入費、会場/機材借料、審査員招聘費、フライヤー/プログラム等関連資料作成費

    ③ 申請締切(年2回): 2015年3月1日と 2015年9月1日



    (2) 日本語教材購入グラント Japanese Teaching Material Purchase Grant



    ① 申請上限額: 1,000ドル

    ② 申請締切(年2回): 2015年3月15日 と 2015年9月15日



    (3) 日本語講師給与グラント Salary Assistance Grant for Japanese-Language Courses



    ① 申請上限額:  30,000ドル

    ② 助成対象期間: 1年間(2015-2016 School Year)

    ③ 申請締切(年1回):2015年4月10日





    (4) 日本語教育プロジェクトグラント Japanese-Language Education Project Grant



    ① 申請上限額: 3,000ドル


    ② 助成対象費目: ワークショップ/カンファレンス/セミナーの場合は、ゲスト講師の招聘費、会場・機材借料、ハンドアウト・プログラム・フライヤー等の関連資料作成費、参加者の教師養成クレジット申請料など。それ以外の自由企画型(アドボカシー、リサーチ・調査など)の場合は、プロジェクトのタイプによって適宜調整。

    ③ 申請締切:プロジェクト開始日の2カ月前

  • [MEXT Scholarships] Japanese Studies applications now available

    The Japan Information Center is pleased to announce that applications for the 2015 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: http://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/JIC/monbusho.html. Applications are due on Friday, February 27th. Those who pass the initial application screening will be asked to sit for an interview and Japanese language exam on Monday, March 16th. Final selection will come from MEXT in June, with scholarship recipients departing for Japan in September this year.

    We would appreciate it if you could pass this information along to your students and colleagues. For more information, please see our MEXT Scholarship website, or the Study in Japan website (http://www.studyjapan.go.jp/en/).

  • Visiting Asian Scholars Program (VASP) Speaker Series

    Thursday, February 26th
    Visiting Asian Scholars Program (VASP) Speaker Series

    "Career Education and Guidance: Why, How and What"

    Speaker: Qinghong Han (Career Counselor, Hai’nan University, China; CEAPS Visiting Asian Scholar)
    Time: Noon - 1 p.m.
    Place: Urban Outfitters Building Conference Room 411 (IPS), 507 E. Greeen St. , Champaign

  • Item TitleVisiting Asian Scholars Program (VASP) Speaker Series

    Visiting Asian Scholars Program (VASP) Speaker Series
    "Career Education and Guidance: Why, How and What"

    Speaker: Qinghong Han (Career Counselor, Hai’nan University, China; CEAPS Visiting Asian Scholar)
    Time: February 26th, Thursday, Noon - 1 p.m.
    Place: Urban Outfitters Building Conference Room 411 (IPS), 507 E. Green St. , Champaign, IL

  • [JETRO Chicago/LaSalle St. Investment Advisors] Talk on Japanese Markets

    February 23rd, Drew Edwards will give a talk on the Japanese stock market from an institutional investor's perspective. Drew is the lead portfolio manager on a Japan-only investment strategy based in Chicago. Besides being one of the very few globally, Drew is one of the very who has done so and consistently well over the decades.

    Date: Monday, February 23rd, 2015
    Time: 6:00-7:00 PM (Registration begins at 5:30 PM)
    Venue: 33 N. LaSalle St., 4F, Chicago, IL 60602
    Sponsors: LaSalle St. Investment Advisors, LLC, Japan America Society of Chicago
    Registration: Via e-mail to InvestinJapaneseStocks@gmail.com 

    If you can attend, please kind indicate your interest by e-mail to InvestinJapaneseStocks@gmail.com.

    Unfortunately attendance is somewhat limited (we have room for 30). So please kindly respond as soon as possible.

    Although there is no entrance fee (the Japan America Society, JETRO Chicago, and LaSalle St. Investment Advisors are co-sponsors), we would ask that you consider a donation (and/or membership) to the Japan America Society of Chicago.

    Needless to say, if you have any questions on the subject matter, the talk, and/or are more interested in a one-on-one discussion, please kindly e-mail to David Baeckelandt (debendevan@hotmail.com).

    For more information, please see the attached flyer. In the meantime thank you for considering this request.

  • [TECO] Mosaic Taiwan 2015

    We are delighted to inform you that TECO in Chicago is once again working with the Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Foreign Affairs to organize the Mosaic Taiwan 2015, a fellowship exchange program for emerging U.S. leaders to visit Taiwan in mid-June and gain firsthand experience of a vibrant Asian democracy where traditional Chinese culture has prospered.

    Mosaic Taiwan 2015 runs from June 14 - July 4, 2015. The program is truly immersive, with home stays and community service activities rounding out tours, team-building and leadership development exercises, workshops, lectures and dialogues. Mosaic Taiwan fellows will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Taiwan’s natural environment and to better understand its culture and society through exchanges with local leaders from various fields. Taiwan’s own young leaders will gain as well from the exchange of views with their overseas counterparts.

    The fellowship program is open only to U.S. citizens ages 20 to 35 years old. Our ideal candidates are high-achieving young people with a genuine interest in global affairs and a personal commitment to excellence – precisely the kind of young people fostered by your university. Round-trip tickets, food and lodging are covered by sponsors

    The application deadline is February 21, 2015 via email to application@mosaictaiwan.net. Interviews will be conducted by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S. or the relevant Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO). For the Midwest states that office is the TECO in Chicago Office. An application form and information are attached. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Wayne Wang at wnwang@tecochicago.org. For more information, please visit www.mosaictaiwan.net.

  • CEAPS-"Asian Festival Celebration"

    Saturday, February 21st
    "Asian Festival Celebration"

    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Place: Latzer Hall, University YMCA

  • [MCAA Conference] CALL FOR PAPERS

    The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to host the 64th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 16-18, 2015. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists located in the Midwest, though scholars from all regions are invited to participate.

    Proposals are solicited for panels, roundtables, individual papers, posters, and “diamond presentations” in all fields dealing with East, South, and Southeast Asia, the Asian Diaspora, and topical and comparative panels. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as independent Asianists, are encouraged to participate and attend.

    Proposals are due May 31, 2015.Reviews of proposals will begin in June, and you will be contacted of the results by August 1, 2015, if not sooner. Persons presenting papers must be members of MCAA and should pre-register by August 31, 2015.

    The MCAA also awards a number of student prizes at the graduate and undergraduate level. More information about the deadlines for these prizes will be posted soon. Please keep an eye on the website.

    For details on how to submit a proposal and for additional information about this meeting, please visit the 64th Annual MCAA website: http://ealc.wustl.edu/mcaa

  • CEAPS-"China Day” lectures and workshops

    Monday, February 16th
    “China Day” lectures and workshops

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Place: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
    600 S. Gregory St. Urbana, IL

    Please see the attached flyer for full event details.

  • CEAPS Brown Bag Series

    Friday, February 13th.
    CEAPS Brown Bag Series
    Battlefield Intimacies: Reconfiguring the Family in Early Korean War Films

    Speaker: Theodore Hughes (Associate Professor of Modern Korean Literature, Columbia University)
    Time: February 13, Friday, Noon - 1:30 p.m.
    Place: Room 126, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL

  • IIE China Fellowship - Deadline Extended to Feb 12

    Greetings from IIE! 

    IIE is happy to announce that the application deadline for the Confucius China Studies Program Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship has been extended to Thursday, February 12, 2015 for awards beginning in the fall of 2015. The CCSP Fellowship provides generous funding for doctoral students in the Arts, Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences who are specializing in the study of China. Awards range from a minimum of 6 months to up to 2 years. 


    The Fellowship is open to both U.S. citizens and international students (although citizens of China will not be eligible.) 

    The CCSP Fellowship includes: 

    •             An annual living stipend of 80,000 RMB (approximately 13,000 USD)

    •             Host university tuition

    •             Reimbursement for the cost of roundtrip, economy class airfare

    •             Insurance coverage

    •             Pre-departure orientation at IIE’s headquarters in New York

    •             An annual research stipend (20,000 RMB, approximately 3,200 USD)

    •             Airfare coverage for a research visit to China by the recipient’s home university advisor. 

    60 awards will be available in 2015, and so we hope that you will pass along this information as appropriate to your students and colleagues. More information can be found on our website at http://www.iie.org/ccsp. 

  • CEAPS Brown Bag Series

    Friday, February 6th.
    CEAPS Brown Bag Series
    Investigative Journalism in China: A Historical Perspective

    Speaker: Wenrui Chen (ABD, Institute of Communications Research, College of Media, UIUC)
    Time: February 6, Friday, Noon - 1 p.m.
    Place: Honors Commons, 2002 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana, IL

    For more information, Please see the attachment.