Job Opening: Curator of Gallery Education (PT), Japan Society (NYC)

job opening - 5Japan Society in New York has just posted an opening for a part-time Curator of Gallery Education. This is to my knowledge a new position, which will be working alongside the three full-time Gallery staff, and four Education department staff.

The formal job description as posted on the Japan Art History Forum (JAHF) is as follows:

The Curator of Gallery Education is a diverse, challenging position that will appeal to those who have a passion for museums, art interpretation, and public education. This role’s key objective is to research and develop interpretative materials and related programs for small and major exhibitions and art displays, working closely with curators and colleagues in the Gallery Department and using a wide variety of approaches and techniques. Liaising with other programming departments at Japan Society is important as are building relationships with external partners and key stakeholders.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

*Work collegially with exhibition curators to explore exhibition and gallery narratives and ensure content is intellectually accessible for a broad audience
*Research, create, and manage exciting and innovative related education and public programs for exhibitions by championing audience needs
*Manage the process of script/text writing for materials necessary for education and public programs and editing in liaison with exhibition curators and program participants, including development of original copy, if required, checking with relevant members of the exhibition team and the Society’s general editor
*Work in tandem with the Officer of Gallery Operations to ensure that image rights and copyright restrictions are adhered to in interpretative materials for programming
*Manage docents, including exhibition-specific training sessions, scheduling docents for daily public tours, processing and scheduling all public tour requests
*Throughout exhibition periods, continually monitor and ensure gallery interpretation meets audience needs
*Handle registrations, confirmations, payments and refunds


*An undergraduate degree in related subject (e.g. art education, art history, art management), and a relevant postgraduate work or equivalent exhibition interpretation experience
*Experience in organizing education and/or public programs
*Demonstrable understanding of the principles and methodology involved in delivering interpretation for a wide range of audiences in museum or art gallery contexts
*Excellent written and oral presentation skills
*Proficient in Window’s office suite and online research
*Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with ability to work within a team and across departments
*Evidence of creativity, imagination, and curiosity
*Good understanding of best practices in museum exhibitions as well as education and public program organization
*Extremely detailed-oriented, with ability to meet tight deadlines
*Japanese language skill and interest in Japanese arts and culture a plus


This is a part-time position with a regular weekday schedule of approximately 20 hours per week. On occasion, the Curator will be expected to adjust scheduled hours to work in the evenings or weekends for Gallery events.

To Apply: Email your letter of interest and resume to the Director of Human Resources, at –

Other open positions at Japan Society can be found at: Japan Society – Career Opportunities

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Job Opening: East Asian History, Lawrence University

job opening - 5Institution:       Lawrence University, History
Location:          Wisconsin, United States
Position:          Assistant Professor, East Asian History

The Department of History at Lawrence University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in East Asian history to begin in the fall of 2015. Period and nation of research specialization open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching focuses on China.  Candidates must be prepared to teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses, including a survey of world history, and will regularly contribute to our Freshman Studies program (see website below). The teaching load is two courses in each of three ten-week terms.

Interested applicants should apply online and submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy at Applicants should also have three letters of reference sent to Review of applications to begin immediately; for full consideration, all materials should be submitted by December 1. The department intends to conduct preliminary interviews via Skype in the second week of January; questions may be addressed to Prof. Peter Blitstein, Chair of the Department,

Lawrence University, located in Appleton, Wisconsin, is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college and conservatory of music, known for the quality of both its classroom and tutorial education, research opportunities for undergraduates, and faculty of teacher/scholars and teacher/artists. Founded in 1847, Lawrence is a community of 1,500 intellectually curious students that bring a diversity of experience and thought from nearly every state and 50 countries outside the U.S.

Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and the diversity of viewpoints and approaches that the faculty represents.  Candidates are encouraged to read more about Lawrence at and to address in their letters of application the ways in which they could contribute to Lawrence’s institutional mission and goals.  This website also includes informational resources about the University and the surrounding community.

Freshman Studies:

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Job Opening: East Asian History, University of New Mexico

job opening - 5Institution:       University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, History
Location:          New Mexico, United States
Position:          Assistant Professor in the History of East Asia

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO seeks applications for an Assistant Professorship in the History of East Asia in any time period, with an anticipated start date of August 2015. The position is probationary leading to a tenure decision. The University of New Mexico, located in Albuquerque, is a major public research university with a highly diverse student population. The History Department is a unit within the College of Arts and Sciences and has close associations with the inter-departmental Asian Studies Program (major and minor undergraduate degrees) that is administratively housed in UNM’s International Studies Institute.

Minimum qualification: (1) PhD in History with an East Asian specialization or, if ABD, with expected completion by August 2015;

Preferred qualifications: (1) a record of publication, or demonstrated potential to publish, within the field of expertise; (2) teaching experience at the university or college level; (3) ability to teach upper-division courses on China and Japan; (4) ability to teach a two-semester undergraduate survey on ancient through modern East Asia as serves the department’s needs; (5) ability to offer graduate seminars that enhance the department’s thematic PhD concentrations (available on website); (6) ability to mentor undergraduates and graduate students at the MA and PhD levels.

To apply: Applications must include: (1) a signed letter of application describing the candidate’s qualifications for the position and proposed research agenda, with the names of three references and their contact information; (2) a copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae; (3) an article length writing sample of scholarly work; (4) a list of courses that the candidate has taught or is prepared to teach. (5) Official Transcripts.

Candidates are requested to include an e-mail address at which they can be contacted and to post the candidate name at the top of each page submitted. The above materials must be submitted electronically at, and reference posting number 0825824. In addition, please request that three letters of reference be sent either to the department’s postal or e-mail address. Signed e-mail letters of reference may be sent with subject line “Letter of Reference”. All application materials must be received by November 1, 2014.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator.  A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities


Candidates are requested to include an e-mail address at which they can be contacted and to post the candidate name at the top of each page submitted. The above materials must be submitted electronically at, and reference posting number 0825824. In addition, please request that three letters of reference be sent either to the department’s postal or e-mail address. Signed e-mail letters of reference may be sent to with subject line “Letter of Reference”.



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Job Opening: Postdoctoral Scholar in Humanities, USC

job opening - 5Institution:         University of Southern California, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Location:          California, United States
Position:           Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Humanities

The University of Southern California (USC) Provosts Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities is a key element in USC’s distinctive contribution to scholarship and academic excellence in the realm of the humanities.

Postdoctoral Scholars are appointed for two years, and begin in August of the academic year to which candidates are appointed. Provosts scholars will teach three courses over four semesters, with one semester free for full-time research. The salary for Provosts Postdoctoral Scholars is $50,000 per year plus fringe benefits, with a research and travel account of $6,000 per year.

To apply, please visit:

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 14, 2014, 12 noon, PST

Contact: USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs |  | 213-740-5485



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Funding: 20th Century Japan Research Award 2014-2015

money [150-2]20th Century Japan Research Award for 2014-2015

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for two $1,500 grants to support research in the library’s Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. Holders of a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation. The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred. University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply. More information can be found on the Prange Collection website.

The application deadline is November 21, 2014.  The grant must be used by October 30, 2015. Grant funds will be disbursed in the form of reimbursement for travel, lodging, meals, reproductions, and related research expenses. Such costs as computers or software are not eligible. Reimbursement will require submission of receipts for processing by the University.

All applications must be submitted electronically by attachment to with “Twentieth-Century Japan Research Awards” in the subject line. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and a two-to three-page description (double-spaced) of the research project. Applications from graduate students must be accompanied by a letter from the principal faculty advisor attesting to the significance of the dissertation project and to the student’s completion of all other degree requirements.

Materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection include virtually all Japanese-language newspapers, news agency releases, magazines, pamphlets, and books dating from the period of Allied censorship, 1945-1949, in addition to over 10,000 newspaper photos.  There are also materials published by Chinese and Korean residents, most of which are written in Japanese.  Related collections in English include the personal papers of Charles Kades and Justin Williams.  Office correspondence documenting policies and decisions of the Publications, Pictorial, and Broadcast Division, Civil Censorship Detachment (Civil Intelligence Section), Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Japan, are complementary to official Occupation records housed at the National Archives, College Park.  Japanese newspapers and magazines from the Prange Collection are available for research on microform in the East Asia Collection.  Other Prange materials are made available for research in the Prange Collection reading area after consultation with the Prange Curator or Manager.  The East Asia Collection contains Japanese-language books published during the wartime period, scholarly monographs on Occupied Japan, and a wide variety of reference works.

A one-page summary of research findings is required at the conclusion of the grant period.

For further information about the collections, consult the following websites: http:/ and

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Book Announcement: Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan

Women and DemocracyThe SOAS Japan Research Centre, in association with Bloomsbury, is pleased to announce the publication of the first book in its new SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan series.

Jan Bardsley’s Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan reveals the diverse possibilities of postwar democracy found embedded in media stories directed toward Japanese women. Each chapter explores the contours of a single controversy, including debate over the royal wedding in 1959, the victory of Japan’s first Miss Universe, and the ways in which discourses on the 1950s Japanese housewife functioned as narratives of gender/class containment during the early Cold War.


Edited by Dr Christopher Gerteis, the SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan series features high quality, peer-reviewed research on Japan and its history, politics and culture. Forthcoming books in the series include studies of Ethnicity and Empire; War and Popular Memory; New and Established Religions; Cinema, Television and Visual Culture; and Domestic Politics & International Affairs.

Forthcoming titles include:

Christianity and Imperialism in Modern Japan, Emily Anderson, October 2014
Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations on Screen, Griseldis Kirsch, 2015
The China Problem in Postwar Japan, Robert Hoppens, 2015
Japanese Taiwan, edited by Andrew Morris, 2015
Media, Propaganda and Politics in 20th-Century Japan, translated by Barak Kushner 2015
Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan, edited by Patrick W. Galbraith, Thiam Huat and Björn-Ole Kamm, 2015
Politics and Power in 20th-Century Japan, translated by Timothy S. George, 2015
The Self-Defense Forces and Civil Society in Postwar Japan, Tomoyuki Sasaki, 2015
Japan as a Maritime Power, translated by Paul Midford, 2015

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