Job Opening: Program Assistant, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA

job opening - 5Institution: Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
Location: Washington, DC
Education: BA
Application deadline: October 10, 2014

Job description
Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA (SPFUSA) is a 501c3 non-profit located in Washington, DC involved in U.S.-Japan relations, providing conferences and seminars, think tank analysis, people-to-people exchanges and coordination of high-level dialogue between the two countries through our in-house and grant-giving programs. SPFUSA is independent from but works closely with our sister foundation in Tokyo, Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

SPFUSA seeks an entry-level Program Assistant to provide programmatic and administrative support to the Senior Program Officer and Director of Programs in all program functions, including preparation and evaluation of program proposals, event planning, execution and follow-up, and internal and external coordination and communications. The Program Assistant is a member of the quickly growing Programs team led by the Chairman and CEO and Director for Programs, and works with Research and Outreach Program Officers, Media Relations Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and the Administrative office.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (Japanese Studies, International Relations, History, Political Science, or area studies relevant to Japan and Asia)
  • Strong written and oral communications skills (English language)
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in U.S-Japan relations
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Authorization to work in the US (non-US citizens must possess work authorization that does not require employer sponsorship for a visa)

Preferred Skills

  • Proficiency in written and oral Japanese
  • Administrative support experience
  • Experience in non-profit programs and event planning


  • Assist in drafting SPFUSA program proposals and documents
  • Assist in evaluating incoming proposals and documents from external organizations
  • Assist in formulating project budgets and tracking expenditure of funds
  • Provide administrative and programmatic support to the Program Officers as directed by the Senior Program Officer and Director of Programs
  • Research information as requested by the senior members of the Program team on potential project partners, current developments in U.S.-Japan relations and SPFUSA research areas
  • Help organize conferences, roundtables and other events on U.S-Japan relations in and outside of Washington, D.C. Travel as needed
  • Help organize visits to Japan by American scholars and practitioners or visits to the United States by Japanese scholars and practitioners as part of SPFUSA’s outreach programs. Travel as needed
  • Supervise program interns

Application details at

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Call for Papers: An International Forum on Asian History and Asian Studies

call-for-papers-150-21Call for Papers:  An International Forum on Asian History and Asian Studies, 30 June- 2 July 2015, in Athens, Greece. Organized by ATINER (Athens Institute for Education and Research).

For information on submitting an abstract, please go to:

Deadline to submit abstracts: 8 December 2014 (Decisions are reached in less than 4 weeks after the abstract submission).

Please direct any questions to:

Dr. Constantine N. Vaporis, Academic Member, ATINER, Director, Asian Studies Program, Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); Email:

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Job Opening: World History, Dominican University

job opening - 5Institution:       Dominican University of California
Location:          California, United States
Position:          Assistant Professor, Political Science and International Studies

The Department of History at Dominican University of California invites applications for a Modern World Historian (18th century to present) full-time (9-month) tenure track Assistant Professor to begin August 2015. Applicants should have academic and research experience in two of the following regions:  Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America (Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, or South America), Asia (China, Korea, Japan, or Southeast Asia), South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh), and the Middle East (including North Africa).  Additional areas that are acceptable include Atlantic or Pacific World or Indian Ocean exchange. Subsidiary areas of expertise may include:  imperialism and/or colonialism, indigenous history, gender, history of science, or environmental history. The candidate may also teach in our unique first year Big History program. We are a team-oriented department committed to teaching excellence and supportive of faculty and student research. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, three letters of recommendation, a teaching portfolio, and copies of unofficial transcripts to PhD by August 15, 2015 is preferred.  Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2014.

Application Procedures:

  • Click the hyperlink below or cut/paste it into your browser and scroll to the bottom of the posting. Click the option, “Submit your resume/CV to this job”
  • Click upload Resume/CV button
  • Application submissions must include a CV, Cover Letter, three letters of recommendation, a teaching portfolio, and copies of unofficial transcripts
  • For further questions about the application process, please
  • Link:

For More Information Contact:

Alison Howard, Assistant Professor
Search Committee Chair
Department Chair of Political Science and International Studies
Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901


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Call for Papers: Networks and Religious Difference in Asian Buddhist Traditions

call for papers [150-2]Call for Papers: “Networks and Religious Difference in Asian Buddhist Traditions,” Vanderbilt University,April 3-4, 2015

Buddhist traditions—in all their diversity—have been formed through processes of exchange, negotiation, and contestation in the face of perceived difference. These perceptions have existed both among individuals identifying as Buddhist (such as with regard to sectarian distinctions) and in situations when Buddhists encountered other religious traditions. This workshop will explore how Buddhists active in Asia have negotiated difference and categories of identity. We will pay special attention to networks, a term that in the context of this workshop refers not only to human relations but also to those among material objects, practices, texts, and ideas. We will consider both how theories of networks afford new insight into the ways Buddhists have negotiated identities and formed trans-regional communities, and how Buddhist communities have been constituted, in part, in relation to religious others. We believe that a focus on networks and on dynamic relationships as opposed to stable entities will open new research questions, offering alternatives to narratives that rigidly assert alterity through reified “sects” or “isms” and to the difference-effacing language of syncretism and amalgamation.

We will examine how theories of networks and a focus on negotiations of perceived difference shed new light on Asian Buddhist traditions in a workshop to be held at Vanderbilt University on April 3-4, 2015. While we hope that all participants will be able to converse on the links between networks and difference, we welcome innovative proposals that address either individual topic. We invite scholars of all ranks, including advanced doctoral students, to apply. Scholars working on both premodern and modern forms of Buddhism in Asia may participate. Please submit a title and maximum 250 word précis along with your current CV to Christen C. Harper, Administrative Assistant, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University, email: The deadline for applications is October 31, 2014.

We will provide airfare, accommodations, and meals for the duration of the workshop. It is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies with generous support of the Fant Fund, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History of Art, and the Asian Studies Program.

Conveners: Robert Campany, Nancy Lin, and Bryan Lowe

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2015 OAH-JAAS Japan Residencies Program

OAH-JAAS Japan Residencies Program

In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the summer of 2015 (pending funding). During their residencies, the American historians give lectures and seminars in English in their specialty. They also meet individually and in groups with Japanese scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students studying American history and culture, and participate in the collegial life of their host institutions. The purpose of this exchange program is to facilitate scholarly dialogue and contribute to the expansion of scholarly networks among students and professors of American history in both countries. We are pleased to announce the nineteenth year of the competition.

Round-trip airfare to Japan, housing, and modest daily expenses are covered by the award (note: if the host university is unable to provide housing, award recipients are expected to use the daily stipend to pay hotel expenses). Award winners are also encouraged to explore Japan before or after their two-week residency at their own expense.

Host institutions for 2015

Waseda University

Waseda University is one of the leading private institutions in Japan. Established in 1882 by Shigenobu OKUMA, the 8th and 17th Prime Minister of Japan, the university has developed into thirteen undergraduate schools and twenty-three graduate schools today with the current enrollment of approximately 55,000. Waseda’s main campus is located in Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, on the west side of the Tokyo Metropolitan area, among the most exciting international cities in the world. With this locational advantage, Waseda has attracted not just overseas students but also international scholars who are seeking lively culture and intellectual ventures off campus

June 1, 2015 – June 14, 2015

Looking for a specialist in Asian American History, preferably with a special interest in transcultural/transnational/transpacific movements.

Kobe University

Kobe University was established in 1949, but the academic origins of Kobe University trace back to the establishment of Kobe Higher Commercial School in 1902, which was renamed as Kobe University of Commerce, and Kobe University of Economics. Kobe University comprises 14 graduate schools and 11 undergraduate faculties. The university holds a total of about 16,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. The institution welcomes overseas students, which accounted for a total of 1,108 students, as of 2011. It also has 3,300 staff members, including professors, associate professors and administrative officials. Located beside the foothills of Mount Rokkō, the university provides a view of the city and port of Kobe, providing an environment for the pursuit of academic studies, especially social science areas. Kobe University is one of the oldest and largest national universities in Japan. It is consistently one of the highest ranking national universities in Japan that is not one of Japan’s National Seven Universities.

Either July 20, 2015 – August 3, 2015 or July 21, 2015 – August 4, 2015

Hoping for a specialist in the areas such as the history of the US-Japan relations, the social and cultural histories of the 20th century United States, and the US diplomatic history with Western Europe or East Asia.

How to Apply

Applicants must be members of the OAH, have a PhD, and be scholars of American history. Applicants from previous competitions are welcome to apply again. Award winners are expected to attend the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, so that they can meet with visiting Japanese scholars and graduate students and with members of the OAH/JAAS Japan Historians’ Collaborative Committee before their trips to Japan.

Applications must include the items below. Please send all materials (in Microsoft Word format), and indicate “2015 Japan Residencies Program” in the subject line. The deadline for application is October 31, 2014. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation that your application has been received within three (3) days of sending, please contact the OAH Committee Coordinator

  • A two-page curriculum vitae emphasizing teaching experience and publications. Also include the names and contact information of three references.
  • The institution(s) for which you would like to be considered.
  • A personal statement, no longer than two pages, describing your interest in this program and the issues that your own scholarship and teaching have addressed. Please devote one or two paragraphs to why you understand this residency to be central to your development as a scholar in the world community. You may include comments on any previous collaboration or work with non-US academics or students. If you wish, you may comment on your particular interest in Japan.

Committee Coordinator

Organization of American Historians
112 North Bryan Avenue
Bloomington IN 47408-4141
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Book Announcement: Japan’s Household Registration System and Citizenship

Japanese householdJapan’s Household Registration System and Citizenship
Koseki, Identification and Documentation
Edited by David Chapman, Karl Jakon Krogness
Routledge – 2014 – 266 pages
Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

Japan’s Household Registration System (koseki seido) is an extremely powerful state instrument, and is socially entrenched with a long history of population governance, social control and the maintenance of social order. It provides identity whilst at the same time imposing identity upon everyone registered, and in turn, the state receives validity and legitimacy from the registration of its inhabitants. The study of the procedures and mechanisms for identifying and documenting people provides an important window into understanding statecraft, and by examining the koseki system, this book provides a keen insight into social and political change in Japan.

By looking through the lens of the koseki system, the book takes both an historical as well as a contemporary approach to understanding Japanese society. In doing so, it develops our understanding of contemporary Japan within the historical context of population management and social control; reveals the social effects and influence of the koseki system throughout its history; and presents new insights into citizenship, nationality and identity. Furthermore, this book develops our knowledge of state functions and indeed the nation state itself, through engaging critically with important issues relating to the koseki while at the same time providing a platform for further investigation. The contributors to this volume utilise a variety of disciplinary areas including history, gender studies, sociology, law and anthropology, and each chapter provides insights that bring us closer to a comprehensive grasp of the role, effects and historical background of what is a crucial and influential instrument of the Japanese state.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of Japanese history, Japanese culture and society, Japanese studies, Asian social policy and demography more generally.


1. The Koseki, David Chapman and Karl Jakob Krogness

Part I: Early History
2. Early Modern Osaka Hinin and Population Registers, Takashi Tsukada
3. Household Registration and the Dismantling of Edo Outcaste Cultures, Timothy Amos
4. The Development of the Modern Koseki, Kenji Mori

Part II: Nation, Empire and Occupation
5. Creating Spatial Hierarchies: The Koseki, Early International Marriage and Intermarriage, Itsuko Kamoto
6. Managing ‘Strangers’ and ‘Undecidables': Population Registration in Meiji Japan, David Chapman
7. Sub-Nationality in the Japanese Empire: A Social History of the Koseki in Colonial Korea 1910-1945, Michael Kim 8. Blood and Country: Chugoku Zanryu Koji, Nationality and the Koseki, Tong Yan and Shinichi Asano
9. Jus Koseki: Household Registration and Japanese Citizenship, Karl Jakob Krogness

Part III: The Present
10. The Koseki and Legal Gender Change, Shuhei Ninomiya
11. Sexual Citizenship at the Intersections of Patriarchy and Heteronormativity: Same-sex Partnerships and the Koseki,Claire Maree
12. Birth Registration and the Right to have Rights: The Changing Family and Unchanging Koseki, Vera Mackie
13. Officially Invisible: The Stateless (Mukokusekisha) and the Unregistered (Mukosekisha), Tien-shi (Lara) Chen
14. Challenging the Heteronormative Family in the Koseki: Surname, Legitimacy and Unmarried Mothers, Linda White

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Job Opening: East Asian History, University of Arkansas

job opening - 5Institution:       University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
Location:          Arkansas, United States
Position:           Assistant Professor in East Asian History

The Department of History at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in East Asian history to begin August 2015. Scholars with areas of specialization in any subfield of the history of East Asia are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a 2/2 teaching load and the opportunity to participate in the interdisciplinary Asian Studies Program. A Ph.D. in History or related discipline is required at time of appointment. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2014. Please submit a letter of application, Curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of recommendation through: (preferred) or East Asian History Search, Department of History, University of Arkansas, 416 Old Main, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Questions concerning the search may be directed to Professor Michael Pierce (

The University of Arkansas is an Affirmative Action/EOE institution committed to achieving diversity in its faculty and staff. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially individuals who contribute to diversity of our campus community. The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act and persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

Contact:            Professor Michael Pierce at



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