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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Funding: Anne van Biema Fellowship for Research on Japanese Visual Art

Freer|Sackler Japanese Art Fellowship

The Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery welcome applications for the Anne van Biema Fellowship for research on Japanese visual art. The successful candidate will gain access to the world-class library and archival collections as well as the unmatched opportunity for collections-based study in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.*

This award is intended for scholars at the post-doctoral and senior levels for periods ranging from two to nine months. Stipend will be determined by length of appointment with a maximum stipend of $35,000 for nine months. Proposals need not be limited to the field of Art History. Interdisciplinary proposals will be considered if they have a primary focus on the visual arts of Japan.

Deadline for application is December 15. Notification of awards will take place on February 15. Appointments begin between April 1 and December 1 of the same calendar year.

For more information, visit:

Or contact Zeynep Simavi:

* The Freer collections will be unavailable from January 2015 – June 2017 due to extensive renovations. The Arthur M. Sackler collection will be available for study.

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Book Announcement: Interpreting Japan: Approaches and Applications for the Classroom

Interpreting Japan: Approaches and Applications for the Classroom (Routledge)

By Brian J. McVeigh

Paperback: 978-0-415-73016-7; Hardback: 978-0-415-73014-3

Written by an experienced teacher and scholar, this book offers university students a handy “how to” guide for interpreting Japanese society and conducting their own research. Stressing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach, Brian McVeigh lays out practical and understandable research approaches in a systematic fashion to demonstrate how, with the right conceptual tools and enough bibliographical sources, Japanese society can be productively analyzed from a distance.

In concise chapters, these approaches are applied to a whole range of topics: from the aesthetics of street culture; the philosophical import of sci-fi anime; how the state distributes wealth; welfare policies; the impact of official policies on gender relations; updated spiritual traditions; why manners are so important; kinship structures; corporate culture; class; schooling; self-presentation; visual culture; to the subtleties of Japanese grammar. Examples from popular culture, daily life, and historical events are used to illustrate and highlight the color, dynamism, and diversity of Japanese society.

Designed for both beginning and more advanced students, this book is intended not just for Japanese studies but for cross-cultural comparison and to demonstrate how social scientists craft their scholarship.

Prologue: To Students and Instructors Part 1: Approaches and Analytics 1. Myths: Images and Realities of Japan 2. Rituals: Understanding Patterned Practices and Behaviors 3. Exchange: Analyzing the Flow and Transfer of Goods and Values 4. Macro–Micro Levels: Linking the Everyday with Political Economic Institutions 5. Symbols: Interpreting Images, Representations, and Meanings 6. Identity: How Collectivities Configure a Sense of Self 7. Popular Culture: Arts, Entertainment, and Leisure as Interpretative Windows 8. Ownership: The Relationship Among Property, Politics, and Personhood 9. Embodiment: The Senses, Aesthetics, and Knowledge Formation 10. Theatrics: Social Life as Dramatization Part 2: Applications, Examples, and Illustrations 11. Schooling as an Exchange with the National State 12. The Rhythms and Organizations of Schooling 13. Social Mobility and Class in Japan 14. Japan’s Corporate Culture and Economic Liberty 15. Political Liberation: Examples from History and Art 16. Liberalist Ideologies and their Practice in Japan 17. Searching for “Authentic” Japanese Identity: Portrayals in Popular Art 18. Delineating the “Mainstream” Identity of the Japanese 19. The Symbolism of Spatial Experience 20. Making Sense of Sound: Japanese Auditory Symbolism 21. Conceptual Basics of the Japanese Language 22. How Japanese Encodes Time as Spatial Relations 23. How Political Economics Shapes Politeness 24. Manners and Morals in Everyday Life 25. Gender Relations in Popular Art: Commentary and Critical Appraisals 26. Cuteness: Daily Aesthetics as Resistance to Social Order 27. Changing Patterns and Perceptions of the Japanese Family 28. Japanese Spirituality: Purification and Festivals 29. The Vitalism of Japan’s New Religions 30. Technology, Time, and the Culture of the Copy 31. The Magic of Technology: Fears and Fantasies in Japanese Science Fiction 32. Royal Weddings: The Self-presentation of the State Epilogue: Lessons from Japan: The “Staginess” of Postmodern Social Life

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Fun Link Friday: Travel Posters for Japanese Steamship Companies

If you liked our post on JR ads of the 1930s, you may enjoy this collection of steamship posters from the 1910s. These are scanned from the book Miwaku no Funatabi, published by the Museum of Maritime Science, 1993.

I love the hybrid fashions in the posters, too!

Check them out at Edwardian Promenade and Pink Tentacle.



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Job Opening: Academic Program Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh

job opening - 5Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 10/09/2014
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Education: BA required, MA preferred

The Academic Program Coordinator will develop and lead student/faculty-focused and community-based academic activities and events for the Asian Studies Center (ASC). Duties include coordination and support for Asian studies events, visitors, and lecture series. Coordinator will be responsible for designing, producing and updating website materials, newsletters, weekly announcements, other ASC communications materials, and supervision of staff and/or interns. Activities include assessment of ASC academic activities, program building, educational outreach and pedagogical support activities (such as the Japanese speech contest, pedagogy workshops, joint faculty development workshops for K-16, Model UN, community college outreach, and mini-courses). Incumbent will assist with student recruitment and grant writing.

The position requires strong interpersonal and networking skills, proposal development skills, excellent written and oral skills, outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, website design skills, and experience in higher education and Asian studies. Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required; expertise in Asian language and area studies preferred; Master’s preferred.

Academic background in a relevant discipline or with international emphasis is a major asset. Expertise in an Asian Language. Computer and software literacy a must. Database and Web experience desirable. Ability to work independently, yet collaboratively and in a team a must. Public speaking skills required.

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