Job Opening: Asian History, St. John’s University

job opening - 5Institution:       St. John’s University, History
Location:          New York, United States
Position:          Assistant Professor, Associate Professor of Asian History

Assistant or Associate Professor of Asian History (Tenure Track)

St. John’s College – History Department

Queens Campus

The Department of History is seeking applications for a tenure-track appointment in East Asian history.  The position will be on the Queens, New York campus, beginning September 1, 2015.  Teaching will be at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Open field of specialization; ability to teach courses on China desirable.  Candidates must have a Ph.D., teaching experience, and promising research agenda.

Preliminary interviews will be conducted at the American Historical Association meeting in New York City in January 2015.

This position is subject to a comprehensive background screen, with employment contingent upon satisfactory results.

St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.


Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, writing sample, teaching statement or portfolio, and three letters of reference by December 1, 2014 to Dr. Elaine Carey, Chair, Department of History, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, New York 11439. E-mail:


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Fun Link Friday: Giant Straw Boars of Ehime

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Photo by @crazykohei0123

One of the great things about Japan is all the neat seasonal events and sites you can visit. But sometimes an unexpected treat pops up that you don’t see every day or even every fall. This year in Imabari, Tamagawa in Ehime prefecture (Shikoku), local residents and university professors got together over a period of 8 days to create giant boars out of straw.

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A unique local art installation conceived of to bring life to the region, the giant parent boar and two baby boars took 200 people to put together. Their frames are constructed of wood and bamboo. Does anyone know if boars have a special significance to this area? If anyone’s down in Shikoku, you can go see the boars until the end of November!

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Call for Papers: Luso-Japanese Relations

call for papers [150-2]Mapping Networks of Exchange in Luso-Japanese Relations, from 1540s until Today

The Bulletin of Portuguese/Japanese Studies (BPJS) is an international peer reviewed journal published by the Portuguese Centre for Global History (CHAM), New University of Lisbon and University of the Azores, Portugal. The BPJS, published in English, is dedicated to the history and the various aspects of Luso-Japanese relations from the early-modern period until today. Within the frame of reference of Luso-Japanese relations, over the year the BPJS grew to embrace other areas of Far-East and South-East Asia.

The BPJS is committed to encourage scholarly inquiry into the study in History and Art History and all their (inter)disciplinary and sub-disciplinary aspects of these interactions, from the early modern period to the contemporary.

The journal invites original scholarly articles for publication in its 2014 issue, scheduled to launch in the first semester of 2015.

In this 2014 issue, the BPJS welcomes paper proposals that investigate – taking the lead from Kojin Karatani’s latest work (The Structure of World History: From Mode of Production to Mode of Exchange) – the place of networks of exchange in the construction of cultural, environmental, and historical geographies of Luso-Japanese relations from 1540s until today, as rationalized through the contacts among Portuguese and Japanese communities living and moving in and outside Japan.

Disciplinary frameworks could include, but are not limited to:

  • Art History and Visual Studies
  • History of Cartography
  • History of Science and Technology
  • Economic History
  • Gender Studies
  • Post-colonial Studies
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Memory Studies

Abstracts can be received in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian. Authors whose mother tongue is not English, will be responsible for the English translation of theirs texts once they are included in the list of contributors to this issue of the BPJS. The copyright and permission of use of all images to be included are of the author’s responsibility. Together with their abstracts, contributors should send their name, email address, institutional affiliation, and a brief CV to both by 31 December 2014. Questions should also be directed to these addresses. The editors will announce the final list of contributions to be peer reviewed by 31 January 2015.

Alexandra Curvelo
Professora Auxiliar, Departamento de História da Arte na FCSH/NOVA
Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Avenida de Berna, 26-C
1069-061 Lisboa

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Call for Papers: Journal of East Asian History

call for papers [150-2]The Journal of East Asian History will work as a scientific forum for those, who are doing research about the history of Japan, Korea, China, and Mongolia. Due to its long history this geographical sphere has seen several changes of its political, social, cultural, and economic setting. However, with regard to a long time of Euro-centric perspectives, the East Asian region remained analyzed rather stepmotherly and the interconnections of the states of the region itself lacked clear identification. Especially with regard to cultural transformations, migration movements, war time histories and many more topics, there are still sufficient questions unanswered. Therefore we encourage scholars to express their recent research about such historic questions, to provide a broader audience with an insight into the region’s manifold history.

The Journal of East Asian Studies therefore invites scholars who are doing research on the history of one or more of the single countries of East Asia – no matter which time period – to send in articles, which resemble actual and original research on these regions. Especially welcome are papers that would deal with a comparative perspective of the region or the history of interrelated aspects.

Next to established scholars we also encourage young scholars to send in articles to be considered for publication. All papers will be blind-peer-reviewed before they are accepted. Reviews of recent books, which are covering the history of East Asia in general or specific national aspects of the region are always welcome. Please send your papers ore reviews to the editor:

Deadline is December 31st for Vol.1, which will be published in March 2015.


Dr. Frank Jacob
History Department


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Job Opening: Japanese History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

job opening - 5Institution:       University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Location:          Massachusetts, United States
Position:          Tenure Track Assistant Professorship – Japanese History

The Department of History in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Japanese History from the nineteenth century to the present. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work addresses the social, cultural, or intellectual history of modern Japan, and candidates working in the area of Women’s History are especially encouraged to apply. We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in History or closely related field in hand by 1 September 2015 and promise of excellence in teaching and scholarship. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply submit the following materials: a letter of application stating research interests and qualifications, a curriculum vitae; sample syllabi; a short (article- or chapter-length) writing sample, and the names/contact information for three references to the link below:

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of 3 November 2014 in order to ensure consideration.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

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Job Opening: East Asian Religions, Lehigh University

job opening - 5Institution:       Lehigh Universiity, Religion Studies
Location:          Pennsylvania, United States
Position:          Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions

Assistant Professor of East Asian Religions

The Department of Religion Studies, in cooperation with the Asian Studies program, is inviting applications for a tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor from candidates with expertise in East Asian religious traditions. A PhD in Religion Studies is preferred but applicants from other related disciplines will be considered. Possible areas of specialization include, but are not limited to (1) Religions of China, (2) Religions of Japan, and (3) Buddhism in an East Asian context, with the ability to teach in all of these areas on at least the introductory level. The department is particularly interested in scholars whose work focuses on issues of gender. In addition to working in an area of specialization, this individual must also teach general courses in Asian and Religion Studies.

The position carries a 2/2 teaching load. It will be a joint appointment. The person filling this position will be expected to participate in the instruction and advising of undergraduate students both in the Asian Studies program and the Department of Religion Studies.

Submit all application materials (letter of application, c.v., a statement of research agenda, three letters of recommendation and a statement of teaching interests) via Academic Jobs Online ( by October 31, 2014. Please do not submit any additional materials at this point. Only electronic submissions via Academic Jobs Online will be considered. The review of applications will begin as they are received and continue until an appointment is made. Questions should be directed to Michael L. Raposa, Search Committee Chair, at

The College of Arts and Science at Lehigh is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and curriculum. Candidates who contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area. Lehigh University is an AA/EOE and it provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits (For more information consult

Founded in 1865, Lehigh University is a small (more than 4,700 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students) private university that emphasizes original research and excellent teaching. With 153 buildings resting on its three contiguous campuses, including two libraries housing more than one million volumes, the university supplies significant resources and generous space for the activities of its faculty and students. In addition to the College of Arts and Sciences (in which both the Asian Studies program and the Religion Studies department are housed), the university embraces three additional colleges: Business and Economics, Engineering and Applied Science, and Education. These four colleges support a total of nearly 90 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs (offering the PhD in more than 20 disciplines, including English and History). Since U.S. News and World Report established its ratings of academic institutions 30 years ago, Lehigh has consistently ranked in the top 40 among national universities. It is in the most competitive category in Peterson’s Guide and Barron’s Profile of American Colleges.

The university is located on a scenic, 1,600-acre campus in Bethlehem, a historically rich and ethnically diverse city in eastern Pennsylvania. Bethlehem is adjacent to Allentown and Easton in the Lehigh Valley (a growing urban center with a population approaching 750,000), 75 miles to the west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia.

The Lehigh Valley is an attractive place to live and work with reasonable cost of living, easy community, good schools, and abundant cultural activities. For more information, connect to the following links:; and

LINC is a newly created regional network of diverse organizations designed to assist new hires with dual career, community and cultural transition needs. Please for more information.

Contact:            Michael L. Raposa, Search Committee Chair, at



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Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Japanese Religion

job opening - 5The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson invites applications for a tenure track position in Japanese Religion at the assistant professor level. Time period and academic specialization is open.

Teaching commitment of two courses per semester will be divided between graduate and undergraduate courses, including lower division general education courses and courses in the candidate’s specialty. As an area studies department, we are especially interested in candidates with interdisciplinary teaching and research potential and highly value candidates with exceptional skill in Japanese language for research and for graduate-level teaching.

The appointment will begin August 2015 by which time Ph.D. must be in hand.
*Statement of research and teaching (length = up to two pages)
*An article or chapter length writing sample
Clarity White
East Asian Studies
University of Arizona
1512 E. First Street
P.O. Box 210105
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0105

Review of applications will begin on November 3, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. Preliminary screening of applicants will take place at the American Academy of Religion annual meetings in San Diego, November 22-25, 2014. As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Arizona encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. More information about the benefits of working at the University of Arizona can be found at

For more information on the Department of East Asian Studies, please see The University of Arizona is located in the diverse and culturally rich Sonoran Desert city of Tucson; to learn more about Tucson, visit: For more details and to apply for the position, visit: and

For questions about the submission process, please contact Ms. Clarity White ( and about the position, Search Committee Chair Philip Gabriel (

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