Call for Applications: NEH Summer Institute: Beyond East and West: Exchanges and Interactions across the Early Modern World (1400-1800)

(reposting from H-Japan)

Dates: June 19 – July 7, 2017
Host Institution: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Deadline: March 1, 2017

Call for Applications

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute

Beyond East and West: Exchanges and Interactions across the Early Modern World (1400-1800)

We invite applications for a three-week NEH Summer Institute for college and university teachers. Non-tenure-track and adjunct faculty are particularly welcome to apply.

The period between 1400-1800 has been studied, until recently, as a time when European societies expanded to the rest of the globe through conquest and commerce. Scholars have convincingly questioned this paradigm in the past decades, and established the agency of non-European societies and communities across the globe.

The Summer Institute’s aim is to revisit this seminal period through the lens of exchange, interaction, and movement. The early modern world was unified through the near-simultaneous expansion of empires across Eurasia, from England through the Middle East to the Indian subcontinent and China. Consolidated with gunpowder weapons and new administrative technologies, and motivated by inter-imperial competition, these empires connected several parts of the globe through political and commercial networks. In the process, they also laid the ground for the circulation of individuals and communities, objects, germs, and ideas, to an unprecedented extent.

The Institute will be organized along three intertwining themes, which will build upon one another: (1) Travelers—Circulating Bodies; (2) Mapping Travel, Mapping Ideas; and (3) Connected Histories—Circulating Ideas. We will not only study the exchanges that reveal differences in cultural, political, and religious ideas, but also those that highlight convergences. Sessions will be moderated by the organizers as well as our visiting scholars: Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State University), Nabil Matar (University of Minnesota), Charles H. Parker (St. Louis University), Ulrike Strasser (UCSD), and Sanjay Subrahmanyam (UCLA).

In order to alleviate transportation costs and living expenses, participants to the Institute will receive a stipend of US$ 2,700.

For more information about the Institute, please visit:

For information on eligibility and how to apply, please see:

Please direct all application inquiries to:


Kaya Şahin (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Julia Schleck (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)

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Call for Papers: New York Conference on Asian Studies, NYCAS 2017

call for papers [150-2]New York Conference on Asian Studies, NYCAS 2017
September 22-23, 2017
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Theme: Consuming Asia

The Hobart and William Smith Colleges will host the 53rd annual meeting of the New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) on September 22-23, 2017.

NYCAS is a regional conference of the Association for Asian Studies.

The NYCAS 2017 program committee invites proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual papers on all aspects of Asian and Asian-American history, culture, and contemporary life, representing disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and professional schools. Interdisciplinary proposals are also welcome. Graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. The theme of the conference is “Consuming Asia.” Sessions that address this theme are especially welcome, but proposal on any topic relating to Asia will be considered.

Deadline: The deadline for all paper, panel, and roundtable submissions is April 1, 2017.

Submission Guidelines:  All panel, roundtable, and paper proposals must include the name and full contact information of all participants

You should submit your proposal online by visiting

INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposals should include the full title and a brief abstract of 250 words or less. Individual papers will be assigned by the NYCAS 2017 program committee to a panel according to topic and should be short enough to present in 15-20 minutes. Word-for-word reading of papers is discouraged.

A PANEL consists of 3 or 4 papers organized around a common topic or theme, and a chair (who may also be one of the panelists). All panel proposals should include a title and brief abstract of the panel (250 words or less), and a title and brief abstract of each paper. Panels will run for 90 minutes, and paper presentations should be short enough to allow for questions and discussion. Creative panel formats that encourage discussion and exchange are especially welcomed.

ROUNDTABLE FORMAT may vary, but could include introductory remarks by each roundtable participant, followed by comments and discussion among participants and the audience. All roundtable proposals should include a title, content summary, and description of the anticipated contributions of each roundtable participant.

Check the conference website ( for updates.

Please address all inquiries to the conference chair, Darrin Magee:

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Funding: MA and PhD Funding at the University of Leeds

money [150-2]MA and PhD Funding at the University of Leeds
(Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian and Asia-Pacific Studies)

East Asian Studies, a constituent unit within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, at the University of Leeds, UK, would like to draw your attention to the funding opportunities in Chinese, Japanese and Southeast Asian Studies listed below. We invite applications from suitably qualified students intending to begin their MA or PhD study in October 2017.

The study of languages, cultures and linguistics enjoys over a century of history at the University of Leeds. The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies<> is one of the Europe’s leading centres for international-quality languages and cultures research and teaching. The School belongs to the Faculty of Arts<>, which was recently ranked in the top 50 in the world by the QS World University rankings. Researchers in the Faculty of Arts are currently running projects worth over £3 million, funded by research councils, charities and the European Union.  Within the School, you can enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, the expertise and dedication of internationally recognised scholars.

East Asian Studies at Leeds has been established for over fifty years and, in 2004, it came together with the School of East Asian Studies at Sheffield and the Centre for International Business at the University of Leeds to create the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC).  Staff at Leeds pursue individual, collaborative and multidisciplinary research in the fields of language, literature, history, politics, economics, sociology, cultural studies, film and media studies, linguistics and translation studies. Underpinning our research is the appreciation of the key importance of language as a human institution and the intellectual, educational, and social value of its study. Detailed information about the research interests and areas of PhD supervision of our academic staff can be found here:

Please note that in order to be considered for the scholarships below, you need to have gained a place on one of our MA programmes or on the PhD programme at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies. More information about the programmes is available here:
For the PhD, we advise you to contact a prospective supervisor and discuss your application with them before submitting it. For information on how to apply for PhD study at the University of Leeds, entry requirements and fees, please visit the research postgraduate admissions web page:


 ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WR DTC) PhD Studentships
The ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre is a major collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It offers a wealth of supervisory expertise across the social sciences. One PhD studentship is available for an outstanding UK/EU candidate proposing to begin a PhD, or an integrated MA+PhD in East Asian Studies in October 2017. ESRC studentships fund research in the social sciences. The award will cover fees at the UK/EU level and maintenance for three years (PhD) or for four years (MA+PhD). Further information and application will be posted on the page below; please keep checking it.
Closing date: 1 February 2017

Sasakawa Studentships for Japanese Studies
Eligibility: UK/EU and International students who have applied to study for PhD (full time and part time) and UK students who have applied to study on an MA programme including MA by research (MAR). Non-UK students who have applied to study on an MA programme who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the programme.
Value of award: £10,000
Enquiries: Professor Mark Williams (<>)
Further information can be found here<>
Closing date: 24 February 2017
2017 WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentships
The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme.  WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York. Applicants for an AHRC studentship must have applied for a place of study in an eligible School, Department or Centre and may only apply for funding at one of Leeds, Sheffield or York.
The studentship application form and details of how to apply<> are only available from the WRoCAH website.
Closing date: 1 February 2017

University Research Scholarships
Up to 18 University Research Scholarships are available for students from the United Kingdom and other EU countries who are commencing PhD study from October 2017. Each scholarship will cover the cost of academic fees at the University’s standard UK/EU rate and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,057 in Session 2016/17). Applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent undergraduate degree.
Eligibility: Applicants must have already met the University’s English Language requirements prior to registration (some School requirements higher than University minimum). Be commencing PhD research degree study at the University of Leeds for the first time in Session 2017/18.
Value of award: academic fees at the University’s standard UK/EU rate and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,057 in Session 2015/16)
Further information available here<….
Closing date: 10 March 2017

Arts Cross Disciplinary Awards
Two Faculty of Arts Cross Disciplinary Research Scholarships will be available for UK/EU/International students for doctoral study commencing in October 2017. These scholarships have been created to meet a need for studentships for postgraduate research proposals that clearly cross two Schools within the Faculty of Arts.
Value of award: The awards will cover the cost of academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK/EU rate and a maintenance grant up to £14,296 per annum (rate for Session 2016/17). The level of funding for part-time awards will be pro-rata (50%).
Further info and how to apply<…
Closing date: 10 March 2017
AHRC WRoCAH Research Preparation Masters Studentships
MA by Research, full or part-time.
Eligibility: Home/EU students only. For students intending to progress to PhD study.
Fees and maintenance: £14,296 in Session 2016/17+ for full-time study, part-time will be pro-rata. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award (paying fees and maintenance at standard Research Council rates) if they meet the residency criteria. EU applicants are normally eligible for a fees only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for a full 3 years immediately preceding the start date of the award.
More information here:<> Please note that you need to enter “taught postgraduate” (rather than research) under Level of Study in order to retrieve the information.
Closing date: 5 May 2017

Languages, Cultures and Societies (LCS) Scholarships
Eligibility: Available to all new UK/EU and International students undertaking full-time or part-time MA or PhD study (Masters by Research and PhD) in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds
Value of award: Part-fee bursaries at UK/EU fee levels may be awarded to individual applicants at the discretion of the Scholarships Committee.
Please note: All eligible candidates who have submitted an application for study by the closing date will be considered. No separate application required. Nominated and reserve candidates only will be contacted.
Closing date: 11 June 2017

For informal inquiries about these funding opportunities, please contact Prof Christopher Dent ( or Prof Mark Williams (

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Book Announcement: Tracing the Itinerant Path: Jishū Nuns of Medieval Japan


Via University of Hawai’i Press

Tracing the Itinerant Path: Jishū Nuns of Medieval Japan


232pp. October 2016
Cloth – Price: $65.00
ISBN: 978-0-8248-5936-7

Women have long been active supporters and promoters of Buddhist rituals and functions, but their importance in the operations of Buddhist schools has often been minimized. Chin’ichibō (?–1344), a nun who taught male and female disciples and lived in her own temple, is therefore considered an anomaly. In Tracing the Itinerant Path, Caitlin Griffiths’ meticulous research and translations of primary sources indicate that Chin’ichibō is in fact an example of her time—a learned female who was active in the teaching and spread of Buddhism—and not an exception.

Chin’ichibō and her disciples were jishū, members of a Pure Land Buddhist movement of which the famous charismatic holy man Ippen (1239–1289) was a founder. Jishū, distinguished by their practice of continuous nembutsu chanting, gained the support of a wide and diverse populace throughout Japan from the late thirteenth century. Male and female disciples rarely cloistered themselves behind monastic walls, preferring to conduct ceremonies and religious duties among the members of their communities. They offered memorial and other services to local lay believers and joined itinerant missions, traveling across provinces to reach as many people as possible. Female members were entrusted to run local practice halls that included male participants. Griffiths’ study introduces female jishū who were keenly involved—not as wives, daughters, or mothers, but as partners and leaders in the movement.

Filling the lacunae that exists in our understanding of women’s participation in Japanese religious history, Griffiths highlights the significant roles female jishū held and offers a more nuanced understanding of Japanese Buddhist history. Students of Buddhism, scholars of Japanese history, and those interested in women’s studies will find this volume a significant and compelling contribution.

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Job Opening: Visiting Assistant Professor – Japanese language and culture

job opening - 5The Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin College invites applications for a one-year leave replacement position in Japanese Language and Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor or Instructor beginning July 1, 2017.  The successful candidate will teach one Japanese language class, and another class in English in their area of specialization each semester. Areas of teaching may include Japanese literature, culture, or film.  Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D., but ABDs are also encouraged to apply.  Native or near-native fluency in Japanese, and experience teaching Japanese to English-speaking students at the college level are required.

Bowdoin College accepts only electronic submissions. Please visit to submit a cover letter, CV, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, samples of language and non-language course syllabi, and the names and contact information for three people who have agreed to provide letters of reference. A language-teaching demonstration video/DVD may be requested after initial review of application materials. Review of applications will begin on February 15th, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

A highly selective liberal arts college on the Maine coast with a diverse student body made up of 31% students of color, 5% international students and approximately 15% first-generation college students, Bowdoin College is committed to equality and diversity and is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will enrich and contribute to the cultural, socio-economic, and ethnic diversity of our college. Bowdoin College does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, religion, creed, ancestry, national and ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status in employment, or in our education programs.

For further information about the College please visit our website:

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Call for Applications: Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue (AJYD)

Applications are now open to participate in the inaugural Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue in Melbourne, Australia from 3–6 May 2017.  As the inaugural Dialogue, this is your opportunity to be part of a significant milestone in the Australia–Japan relationship.

The Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue (AJYD) is an independent, non-partisan diplomatic initiative bringing together young Australian and Japanese leaders to advance relations between our two countries.

The Dialogue will host 20 young leaders (10 from Australia and 10 from Japan) aged between 25 and 40 from business, government, politics, civil society, academia, sports, the arts, media, and defence.

Delegates will participate in a three-day expert-led program of roundtables, panel discussions, and Question and Answer forums. The program also includes cultural exchanges and social events which, alongside the academic activities, will afford delegates the opportunity to develop a pool of personal and professional contacts active in the Australia–Japan relationship.

Delegates will be invited to offer their personal and professional views during Dialogue sessions in a constructive environment, under Chatham House rule. Keynote speeches will be delivered my Dialogue participants and special invited guests.

At the conclusion of the Dialogue, delegates will be invited to join the AJYD Alumni Network, which they can draw upon to continue building their professional careers and enhancing bilateral relations overall.

The AJYD is now accepting applications from enthusiastic, young, up-and-coming Australian and Japanese professionals from a wide variety of disciplines. Successful applicants will have all expenses related to the Dialogue covered including travel, accommodation, meals and in-country transport.

Applications close on Friday 27 January 2017, with short-listed applicants invited to participate in a quick, 10-minute telephone interview. Successful applicants will be notified in February 2017 and required to travel between 3 – 6 May 2017.

For further information on the AJYD and the application process, please visit

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UHM Education Summer Course: Int’l Inquiry and Field Study in Japan

(reposting from UHM Center for Japanese Studies mailing list)

Course: ITE 403B: International Inquiry and Field Study
Summer 2017 – Japan
Place/Duration: one week at University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa (Honolulu), or online, followed by one week in Kyoto, plus an additional optional week in Sendai

Have an experience of a lifetime in Hawaiʻi and Japan this summer with ITE 403B 😊

Are you ready for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Japan and conduct field work in educational settings?

Come join us for this exciting three (3) credit Summer 2017 course through the College of Education’s Institute for Teacher Education (ITE). The course begins with class sessions on the UH Mānoa campus (or online) where you’ll collaborate with a diverse group of students and teachers.

During this time you’ll learn a little about Japanese culture and work to formulate your own research question (inquiry) about an aspect of Japanese education/culture.

Soon after the campus-based/online sessions end, you’ll travel to Kyoto, Japan for a one (1) week field study, and at your option, a second week in Sendai, Japan!

Like former course participants from the past five years, you are encouraged to extend your travel in Japan before and/or after the field study. Our course assistants will be more than happy to assist you and your classmates with travel planning! See our website and course overview for exact dates in Japan.

You don’t have to be a current UHM student to register; the course is open to everyone: current students, graduates, in-service teachers, anyone interested in education and Japan!

No Japanese language ability is required for this course. Whether you’re a first time traveler to Japan, or have gone many times, this class offers you the unique opportunity to visit schools and classrooms at the pre-school, elementary, secondary, and university levels!

Further Steps and Information:

*RSVP for upcoming information sessions

RSVP to attend an information session. Three total sessions are available. First session is Jan. 25th

*Download the Course Overview

Grab our 2-page course overview which summarizes all course dates and course costs, etc.

*Visit the ITE 403B website for pictures from past cohorts, course information, and more!

*RSVP for a spot in the course

Ready to Go?
Reserve your seat in the course by clicking here!

Hawaiʻi School Teachers: you may be eligible to earn PD credit for taking this course. Please check with your school principal for approval.

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