Job Opening: East Asian Buddhism, Yale University

job opening - 5Institution: Yale University

Location: Connecticut, United States

Position: Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

YALE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES intends to make a tenure-track appointment in the field of East Asian Buddhism beginning July 1, 2015, at the rank of Assistant Professor.  Applications are invited and welcome from scholars with research specialties in pre-modern Chinese and/or Japanese Buddhism.  Expert knowledge of Japanese and Chinese required and a familiarity with Sanskrit desired. A PhD or equivalent degree at the time of hire is required.  Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and underrepresented minorities.  A letter of application describing your research, a c.v., a two-page dissertation abstract, a chapter-length writing sample, a syllabus for an introductory undergraduate course, ” East Asian Buddhism,” and three letters of reference should be submitted on-line at

The review of applications will begin December 1, 2014


Submit on-line at


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Funding: Japan Studies Library Travel Grant

money [150-2]The University of Chicago’s Center for East Asian Studies’ Japan Studies Library Travel Grants are designed to assist scholars from outside the Chicago metropolitan area in their use of University of Chicago’s East Asian collections for research in Japan Studies. Priority consideration is given to those at institutions where there are no or few library resources in the East Asian languages, and no major East Asian library collections are available nearby. For the 2013-2014 academic year, there will be 10 grants of $500 each, to be awarded on a merit basis to faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars engaged in research. Applications for the travel grant for the 2014-2015 academic year are now being accepted. The awards must be used before June 30, 2015. For more information and to apply, go to

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Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize: East Asian Buddhism

money [150-2]The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is pleased to announce the fourth competition for the Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, honoring Professor Weinstein’s many contributions to the study of East Asian Buddhism in North America.  The prize will be awarded once every two years to the best Ph.D. dissertation on East Asian Buddhism written in North America during the two previous years.  The dissertation must be based on original research in the primary languages and should significantly advance our understanding of East Asian Buddhism.  East Asian Buddhism is understood for this competition to refer to those traditions in East Asia that take Chinese translations of the Buddhist scriptures as their basis (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese).  Studies of East Asian Buddhist communities in the West are not eligible for consideration.

The recipient of the award will be invited to give a public lecture at Yale under the auspices of the Council of East Asian Studies.  There is an honorarium of $1,000.

Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies/Religious Studies in North America are invited to nominate one dissertation that was completed during the academic years 2012-13 and 2013-14.*

The deadline for this nomination is December 31, 2014.  The nomination must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation, readers’ reports for the thesis, and one representative chapter of the thesis.  All materials should be sent to Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, P.O. Box 208206, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT 06520-8206.

A three-person committee will select three theses to be read in their entirety by all committee members.  The authors of these three theses will be requested to submit the entire theses in PDF format for this final stage of the selection.

The result of the competition will be announced by the beginning of the next academic year.

*Nominations by the authors themselves will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact

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Funding: 2015–2016 International Affairs Fellowship in Japan

money [150-2]Sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.


Founded in 1997, the International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the rising generations of leaders in the United States and Japan. The program provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. Fellows are drawn from academia, business, government, media, NGOs, and think tanks. In cooperation with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), the program’s sponsor, Hitachi, Ltd., assists fellows in finding suitable host organizations in Japan. CFR awards approximately three to five fellowships annually. 


The IAF-J is only open to U.S. citizens between the ages of twenty-seven and forty-five. The program is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, although the selection committee has made exceptions when it considered that the fellowship would allow an individual to add a significant new dimension to his or her career. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement.

Fellowship Award

The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months. The program awards a stipend in yen, which covers travel and living expenses in Japan. Fellows are considered independent contractors rather than employees of CFR, and are not eligible for employment benefits, including health insurance.

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the program’s eligibility requirements can apply online betweenJuly 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit, or contact or212.434.9740.

Aliya Medetbekova

Program Associate, Fellowship Affairs

Council on Foreign Relations

58 East 68th Street, New York, New York 10065

tel  212.434.9740   fax  212.434.9870

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Book Announcement: Man’yōshū and the Imperial Imagination in Early Japan

ManyoshuMan’yōshū and the Imperial Imagination in Early Japan

Brill, 2014. 444 pages. Hardcover, $63/€49 /£42.

In Man’yōshū and the Imperial Imagination in Early Japan, Torquil Duthie examines the literary representation of the late seventh-century Yamato court as a realm of “all under heaven.” Through close readings of the early volumes of the poetic anthology Man’yōshū (c. eighth century) and the last volumes of the official history Nihon shoki (c. 720), Duthie shows how competing political interests and different styles of representation produced not a unified ideology, but rather a “bundle” of disparate imperial imaginaries collected around the figure of the imperial sovereign. Central to this process was the creation of a tradition of vernacular poetry in which Yamato courtiers could participate and recognize themselves as the cultured officials of the new imperial realm.

It is available from the publisher as well as on the various Amazons at a slightly reduced price. It is also on Google Books (in fact it was there before I had received a hard copy) and you can also download the TOC and the introduction from my site:

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Fun Link Friday: Meiji Meth: the Deep History of Illicit Drugs

When Breaking Bad was in its full (and justified) hype, a colleague of mine over at Nursing Clio  sent me this link about the invention of meth in Meiji Japan, a factoid of which I was totally unaware.


Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Want to find out more about how the stateman and chemist, Nagayoshi Nagai, synthesized meth for the first time in 1893? Check out the article on The Appendix here!

There’s also a great introduction about the experience of and experiments with other early drugs by European scientists, and it’s part of a larger series of articles.

There’s also more about the making and use of meth in Japan in more recent decades at this earlier Tofugu article.  Read up to impress your friends at your next binge-watching of Breaking Bad and please browse responsibly! :)

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Job Opening: International Recruitment Manager, Northeastern University

job opening - 5Institution: Northeastern University
Location: Boston, MA
Posted: 07/24/2014
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Education: BA required, MA preferred

Position Summary:
The International Recruitment Manager is responsible for managing and coordinating the recruitment of students for the International Section of the business school’s Graduate Certificate in Management Program. In particular, the International Recruitment Manager is responsible for:

  • Performing market research to determine priority geographies – such as Latin America, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia – and specific markets within those geographies from which to attract and recruit Graduate Certificate students.
  • Developing and implementing program marketing communications strategies.
  • Developing and implementing specific recruitment strategies across priority geographies/markets.
  • Performing prospective student Interviews and contributing to admission decisions.
  • Providing counseling and service to prospective students and their families.


  • Bachelor’s degree in international business, international education, marketing, educational administration, or related field required.
  • Graduate degree with a global focus preferred.
  • 3 years experience in international higher education administration, preferably with experience dealing with study abroad students and the associated admissions and visa processes.
  • Strong understanding of some combination of Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia norms and culture.
  • Fluency and/or proficiency in the language(s) of one or more target markets (i.e. Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia)
  • Understanding of the metrics used to evaluate written and oral English language proficiency.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs and concerns of a diverse student population and strong sense of customer service as pertains to international students and their families.
  • Ability to balance and respond to the needs of multiple constituencies.
  • Ability to form and implement project plans and manage to deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to travel abroad on a regular basis.
  • Ability and willingness to work early morning, evening and weekend hours as working across time zones dictates.
    Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Blackboard.

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