Job Opening: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Japanese Literature/Culture

job opening - 5The University of Cambridge is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Assistant/Associate Professor) in Japanese Literature/Culture in the Department of East Asian Studies, to begin on 1 September 2017. The successful candidate must have a PhD in hand by the time of arrival at Cambridge and have a proven ability to read and teach a wide-range of styles of written Japanese as well as having an excellent command of the modern language. The appointee will be required to teach undergraduates and graduates, to undertake REF submissable research, and be an active administrative member of the Japanese Studies team. The position will include teaching language classes and electives in the candidate’s field of expertise in modern and contemporary literature (Meiji to the present) and/or culture (defined broadly to include art history, the visual arts and film studies). The successful candidate will be expected to guide undergraduate and graduate level dissertations (both at the master’s and doctoral level) and be engaged in supporting the continuing development of Japanese studies at Cambridge, both in terms of cross faculty cooperation and wider outreach beyond the university. Further details are available on the Faculty website:, including instructions about how to apply online. Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter together with a statement of current and future research plans, a CV and a completed CHRIS/6 form, with details of three referees.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Dr Barak Kushner, (, or the head of the Japanese section, Professor Mickey Adolphson, ( The closing date for applications is 5pm on 4 January 2017. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in Cambridge from22-24 March 2017.

Please quote reference GX09657 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Job Opening: Traditional Japanese history & culture, University of Hawai’i

job opening - 5Traditional Japanese Culture and History

The Department of History at the University of Hawai`i, Mānoa, seeks applications for the position of associate professor of traditional Japanese history and culture.  This position is known as the Dr. Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Professor of Traditional Japanese Culture and History.  The Department welcomes applicants who have a PhD in history or a related field; hold the rank of associate professor or equivalent; possess extensive university teaching experience; and have an accomplished record of publications and research using Japanese primary source materials, preferably pre-1600, comparable to peers at major research universities.  The Department encourages applications from those scholars whose research specialization coincides with its strengths in World, transnational, and interdisciplinary history.  

Duties include maintaining an active agenda of scholarly research and publications; teaching undergraduate courses in Way of Tea and in Japanese history; advising and supervising undergraduate, MA, and PhD students; giving public lectures to community groups and schools; and carrying out other duties as assigned by the department chair.  The holder of this position will have the opportunity to work with the Urasenke Foundation and with an interdisciplinary community of East Asian scholars and a diverse body of students at the University of Hawai`i, Mānoa, designated by the US Department of Education as an East Asian National Resource Center. 

The position (0084155) is a full-time, 9-month, permanent, hired with tenure, appointment to begin August 1, 2017, subject to the availability of funds and position clearance. 

Review of applications will begin on 12/15/2016 and will continue until the position is filled.  Application materials should include a letter of application describing research and teaching interests, a cv, writing sample, three letters of recommendation, academic transcripts (copies are acceptable but official transcripts required at time of hire), and a sample syllabus from an undergraduate or graduate course in Japanese history. 

Please send all materials to:

Dr. David Hanlon, Chair, Department of History, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, 2530 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-2383 USA.  Inquiries: (808) 956-4222 or

UHM is an EE0/AA Employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. 

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Job Openings: Senior Instructor, TESOL Tokyo International University of America (TIUA) (3 positions)

job opening - 5Employer: Tokyo International University of America (TIUA)
Location: Salem, Oregon
Starting Date: January 1, 2017
Application Deadline: November 11, 2016
Position Title: Senior Instructor (3 positions), full-time, non-tenure-track
Contract Period: 2 positions (3 years + 1 year renewal possible, pending review and enrollment); 1 position (1 year limited-term)

General Description

The position of Senior Instructor is a continuing non-tenure-track
appointment. Two of the positions are full-time teaching positions, with a one-year contract renewable for a total of three years, with a possible extension for one additional year, pending positive annual reviews, and with the understanding that continued annual employment is subject to TIUA meeting enrollment targets and having its annual budget approved. One position is a full-time teaching position for a limited-term one-year contract. All positions begin as of January 1, 2017.

Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Teaches courses in the American Studies Program, developing lesson plans, materials, and activities for classes. To learn more about the American Studies Program please visit
2. Evaluates student progress through the use of quizzes, tests, or other evaluation instruments, maintaining records of attendance, student work, evaluation results, and grades, and preparing regular reports on student progress when necessary.
3. Has primary responsibility for providing academic advising to a group of advisees for the entire academic year.
4. Provides a classroom supportive of learning.
5. Announces and maintains regular office hours and is otherwise available for consultation with students, colleagues, and other staff.
6. Maintains records of attendance, student work, evaluation results, and grades.
7. Participates with other faculty members in the development of the academic program.
8. Initiates work in the area of curriculum and materials development, making significant
contributions in terms of new materials, activities, or methods.
9. Develops expertise in one or more specific areas represented in the curriculum.
10. Attends faculty meetings and works, collaboratively, with all TIUA and Willamette University colleagues.
11. Observes others and is willing to be observed for the purpose of professional development and evaluation.
12. Participates in evaluation activities for the purpose of maintaining a high level of performance and for the purpose of formal review of job performance.
13. Engages in systematic professional development efforts in order to maintain up-to-date competence in the field of TESOL and to enhance the faculty member’s contribution to the University.
14. Coordinates with Willamette University faculty members who teach in the American Studies Program.
15. Cooperates with the faculty and administrators of Tokyo International University (Kawagoe, Japan), as needed, on projects or activities of mutual interest.
16. Takes leadership to contribute to maintaining and developing TIUA’s and
Willamette’s multiple relationships within the local community.
17. Collaborates with administrative staff members in carrying out tasks or projects that contribute to the overall functioning of the American Studies Program, TIUA, and WU.
18. Performs work on TIUA and WU committees, serving on at least two regular
committees per year, one of which is a standing committee, and is willing to participate in ad-hoc committee work as needed.
19. Attends and participates in ceremonies, events, and activities scheduled by the University such as opening and closing ceremonies, and other official functions involving faculty, administrators, and/or students.
20. Promotes a positive image of the University (TIUA, WU, TIU), of its programs, and of its faculty and administration.

Contract Period: All positions will begin on January 1, 2017 and the first contract (annual agreement) for these positions will end on December 31, 2017. Two positions will be eligible for renewal for a total of three years, with the possibility of extension for 1 year, pending positive annual reviews and budget approval. One position will be limited to the January through December 2017 academic year. The academic year runs from January through June/early July and from mid-August through mid-December. Any employment in special programs during the summer vacation period is contracted for separately, and any related compensation is in addition to the annual salary.

(1) Graduate degree in TESOL or closely related field, with a minimum of 3 years of relevant (higher education) ESL/EFL teaching experience.
(2) Excellent command of written and spoken English; Japanese language proficiency is not required, but TIUA encourages applicants with proficiency in a 2nd language as this is an important asset for a TESOL professional.

See full details on TIUA’s website (pdf version).

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Call for Papers: 26th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia

call for papers [150-2]Call for Papers
26th Annual Graduate Student Conference on East Asia

Columbia University, New York

February 24th to 25th, 2017

Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the 26th Annual Columbia Graduate Student Conference on East Asia. This two-day conference provides students from institutions around the world with the chance to meet and share research with their peers. In addition, participants will gain valuable experience presenting their work through discussion with fellow graduate students as well as Columbia faculty.

We welcome applications from students engaged in research on all fields in East Asian Studies. We especially encourage work that crosses national, temporal, and disciplinary boundaries to critically rethink the categories that both bind and sub-divide area studies.



Presenters deliver a talk no longer than 15 minutes that summarizes research in progress.

Presentations may take three possible forms: a standard academic research paper, a Powerpoint presentation accompanied by a talk, or a work of documentary filmmaking. A documentary work should be 15 minutes or less, but if a student wishes to showcase a longer film, an entire panel slot will be devoted to it.

Finally, this year’s committee encourages applications from pre-arranged panels of three to four presenters organized around a specific research topic, such as a region, discipline or theme. If you are applying as a pre-formed panel, please make sure to include a topic or tentative title for your panel on the application form. Preference will be given to such applications; we also encourage panels to include participants from multiple institutions.

Applications (due November 1st, 2016):

Please fill out the application on <<>> with the required information:

*Your full name as you would like it to appear in the abstract booklet and conference schedule
*Email address
*Institutional affiliation
*Major area of study (region and discipline)
*Title of your paper (or alternative media presentation)
*250-300 word abstract in print-ready format, including your name and institution
*5 Paper Keywords
Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of November 2016.
Final Papers are due January 16th, 2017.



Housing will be available on a very limited basis. We encourage everyone to arrange their own accommodations in advance. The conference runs from Friday afternoon to lateSaturday evening. Travel and lodging information will be available soon, on the conference website.


Conference Organizers:

Harlan Chambers
Yedong Chen
Aaron Glasserman
Alexander Kaplan-Reyes
Thomas Michael Ryan
Nataly Shahaf
Dongming Wu

Contact Information:
Graduate Student Conference on East Asia
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
407 Kent Hall, Mail Code 3907
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
FAX: 212-678-8629


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Call for Papers: 70th KFLC East Asian Studies

call for papers [150-2]Please join us next April in beautiful Lexington Kentucky for the 70th KFLC Conference! Please submit your abstract online: Paper submission deadline: November 20th, 2016.

April 20-22, 2017 – University of Kentucky – Lexington, Kentucky CALL FOR PAPERS

East Asian Studies

Deadline for Abstract Submission: November 20th , 2016, 11:59 PM EST

The KFLC is proud to open sessions devoted to the presentation of scholarly research in the area of East Asian Studies. Abstracts are invited in all areas and aspects of this field, including, but not limited to:

  • Class, gender, ethnicity/race
  • Colonialism and Diaspora
  • Memory, violence, and nation
  • Popular culture in global markets
  • Performance, agency, and identity
  • Ethics of literary-cultural studies
  • Classical literature; new readings
  • Media studies, music studies, film studies
  • Social movements – justice, citizenship, and resistance
  • The avant-garde – arts in contexts
  • Body, space, and the public sphere
  • The politics of writing – writing within/against culture

Paper presentations are 20 minutes followed by a 10-minute question & answer session. In addition to individual abstracts for paper presentations, proposals for panels of 5 papers will be considered. The KFLC has a tradition of attracting scholars from a broad range of languages and specializations. This year’s conference will have sessions in Arabic Studies, Classical Studies, East Asian Studies, English as a Foreign Language, French and Francophone Studies, German-Austrian-Swiss Studies, Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Studies (Spanish Peninsular and Spanish American), Intercultural Studies, Italian Studies, Jewish Studies, General Linguistics, Neo-Latin Studies, Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Russian and Slavic Studies, Second Language Acquisition, and Translation Studies.


As our 70th Anniversary will coincide with the 70th of the Cannes Film Festival, we are delighted to announce that this year will follow a Film Studies theme. We in no way discourage the submission of abstracts from all areas of study. The theme will only be emphasized in the following ways: (1) promotional materials will reflect film paraphernalia, (2) the solicited keynote speakers will likely give talks on film (though tracks will retain their individual autonomy in this regard), and (3) film-related panels will be cross-referenced as a “Film” track (as well as being included in their own field of study, as always).


Individually submitted abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Panel proposals of 5 presentations should be submitted as follows: The panel organizer should electronically submit a panel proposal. The panel proposal cannot exceed one page in length and should include the theme of the panel, the organizer’s name and contact information, and the names, contact information and affiliations of the panel participants. Each participant MUST submit an individual abstract using our online system in addition to the panel proposal.

Please indicate that your presentation is part of a pre-organized panel and list the title and organizer of the panel in the abstract.

Papers should be read in English. Acceptance of a paper or complete panel implies a commitment on the part of all participants to register and attend the conference. All presenters must pay the appropriate registration fee by March 3, 2017 to be included in the program. Failure to pay by this deadline will result in the immediate removal of your abstract from the conference program until corrected. You will be notified when this occurs.

For general information about the conference and paper presentation guidelines, and to submit abstracts and panel proposals BY NOVEMBER 20th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST, please visit our website:



Contact Info:
Liang Luo
University of Kentucky
Contact Email:


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Funding: Council on Foreign Relations

money [150-2]The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) Fellowship Program offers unique opportunities for mid-career professionals focusing on international relations. The program affords fellows the opportunity to broaden their perspective of foreign affairs and to pursue proposed research, with a placement at CFR, another institution in New York City or Washington, DC, or abroad. CFR is seeking applicants for the 2017–2018 fellowship competitions listed below:

International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars
The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) for Tenured International Relations Scholars offers tenured international relations professors hands-on and practical experience in the foreign policymaking field by placing selected fellows in U.S. government agencies or international government organizations for a period of twelve months. The program is only open to tenured professors whose work focuses on international relations or U.S. foreign policy and who have arranged a paid sabbatical with their home university. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens, hold a PhD, hold a full-time, tenured position at a college or university, and propose to spend a year working in the U.S. government or an international organization working on peace and security issues. The program will match the fellow’s sabbatical funding from their university (up to a maximum of $80,000 for the year) along with modest relocation assistance. Candidates can submit an application form and supporting application materials to by October 31, 2016.

International Affairs Fellowship
The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) assists mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. Selected fellows from academia and the private sector spend fellowship tenures in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials spend their tenures in a scholarly atmosphere free from operational pressure. The IAF Program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, and the program awards a stipend of $95,000. CFR awards approximately ten fellowships annually. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in Canada
Launched in 2016, the IAF in Canada seeks to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between rising generations of leaders and thinkers in the United States and Canada. The program provides for one to two U.S. citizens per year to spend six to twelve months hosted by a Canadian institution to deepen their knowledge of Canada. The IAF in Canada is open only to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Canada relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens. The program awards a stipend of $95,000 for a period of twelve months as well as a modest travel allowance. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.
The IAF in Japan, 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. The program is only open to mid-career professionals who have a demonstrated commitment to a career in foreign policy and have an interest in U.S.-Japan relations. The program welcomes applicants from a broad range of professional, academic, and personal backgrounds. While the IAF in Japan is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan, exceptions have been made when an applicant has demonstrated that the fellowship would add a significant new dimension to his or her career. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens. 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. CFR awards approximately three to five fellowships annually. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in International Economics
The IAF in International Economics offers business economists as well as university-based economics scholars hands-on experience in the U.S. government to expand their range of thinking and work on international economic policy. The program is open only to mid-career business economists and university-based economics scholars who have demonstrated commitment to a career in international economics and related fields. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens and hold a PhD in economics or a closely related discipline. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months, and the program awards a stipend commensurate with the candidate’s experience in the range of $150,000 to $175,000, as well as a modest allowance for relocation expenses. Candidates can apply online between July 1 and October 31 on an annual basis.

International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation
The International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security (IAF-NS), sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, offers university-based scholars valuable hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field and places selected fellows in U.S. government positions or international organizations for a period of twelve months to work with practitioners. The IAF-NS is only open to faculty members with tenure or on tenure-track lines at accredited universities and who propose to spend a year working in government or at an international organization. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States and be between the ages of twenty-nine and fifty. CFR does not sponsor for visas. Former Stanton nuclear security fellows who meet the eligibility requirements can apply. The program awards a stipend of $125,000. CFR awards approximately two fellowships annually. Candidates can apply online between September 1 and January 16 on an annual basis.

Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship
The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship (SNSF) Program, made possible by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation, offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at CFR offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research. Qualified candidates must be postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty in a tenure-track position at a recognized university. Junior faculty at law schools or with a law degree as their terminal degree are also eligible. The program is intended for those who are pursuing a career in academia and is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The program awards a stipend of $110,000 for junior faculty and $80,000 for postdoctoral fellows. CFR awards two fellowships annually. Candidates can apply online between September 1 and December 15 on an annual basis.


For more information, please visit, or contact us at or 212.434.9740.

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Okinawa Resources: Watanabe Miki personal website

21Watanabe Miki 渡辺美季, a professor at the University of Tokyo, is easily one of the leading up-and-coming scholars of Ryukyuan history. Her 2012 book Kinsei Ryūkyū to Chūnichi kankei (近世琉球と中日関係; my rough translation: “Early Modern Ryukyu and its relations with China & Japan”), and her numerous articles, place her right up there with Tomiyama Kazuyuki 豊見山和行, Kamiya Nobuyuki 紙屋敦之, Takara Kurayoshi 高良倉吉, and the other mainstays of the field of Early Modern Ryukyu studies.

Her personal website at is a marvelous resource on Ryukyuan history. Perhaps not a properly citable source, which is a shame, but, still, quite extensive.

To begin, in addition to Watanabe’s CV information (the only section, I think, presented in both English and Japanese), there is a lengthy list of useful links for Ryukyu research (琉球史研究リンク集), ranging from online databases to the official websites of libraries, museums, historical sites (e.g. Shuri castle) and other institutions, and the websites of a number of research groups, bookstores, and the like.

Next, there is a database listing the kingdom’s official genealogical records for the Ryukyuan aristocracy, a Ryūkyū kafu mokuroku database (琉球家譜目録データベース). These kafu or keizu were kept both by the aristocratic families, and by the Shuri central government, as official records of membership in the core families, rank and inheritance, and so forth. Admittedly, I have yet to explore Watanabe’s database here well enough to get a sense of just what functions it offers, or how to use it to best effect, but, I gather that these genealogies are valuable records for figuring out the sequences of promotions and service of individuals, and thus of families and of the aristocracy more broadly – while they’re not narratively detailed personal diaries, still, they can tell you when a given individual traveled to Beijing or Edo, when they were promoted to particular ranks & titles or appointed to particular positions, and can allow you to begin drawing patterns between titles & positions, between activities and promotions, and so forth – as well as aiding in the more basic task of figuring out at least a little bit about who a given individual is, who he was related to, which titles he held previously or later in his career, how many times he traveled to Beijing or Edo and on what occasions, etc. I myself have only an extremely basic knowledge, still, at this point, as to the interconnections between which families held which hereditary titles (e.g. members of the Ba 馬 family tending to hold title over Oroku 小禄 magiri 間切 (district)), which families tended to hold which positions in the government or in official missions overseas, and so forth, but I expect that delving into these documents will help considerably. I believe that many have been published in collections such as the Naha shishi 那覇市史 (“Naha City History”), and manuscript copies are likely held at the Naha City Museum of History or other major archives in the area.

Watanabe’s listings for Manshū-ji in Mitarai, and Komatsu-dera in Tomonoura, two sites closely associated with the Ryukyuan missions to Edo.

Finally, Watanabe’s personal website includes extensive listings of Ryukyu-related historical sites across Japan and China. Each of these pages is broken down by region, prefecture, or province, and then within that, by individual city, area within a city, or the like.

The lists are quite extensive, covering not only sites in the major cities you’d expect – such as Kagoshima, Fuzhou, and Guangzhou – but also a considerable number of sites all across the Inland Sea & Tōkaidō regions in Japan, and Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces in China, and beyond. These include a wide range of types of sites, including the graves of Ryukyuans who died while on missions to China or Japan; Buddhist temples associated with the missions in one way or another; stone lanterns or other artifacts or monuments granted to a locale by members of a Ryukyuan mission; the former sites of Satsuma domain mansions in Osaka, Kyoto, and Edo (Tokyo); and places mentioned in poetry by Ryukyuan travelers. For most of these sites, Watanabe provides a photo and a brief description of the relevance or significance. For many of those in Japan, a relatively precise address is provided as well, and for some, a slightly more extensive description. I happen to be the kind of person who totally geeks out over obscure historical sites, and who very much plans to take out time to seek out as many of these sites as I can, even if it comes down to just taking a photo of a marker and knowing I’ve been there; even if it doesn’t contribute to my research in any particularly concrete, tangible, way.

Unofficial and Geocities-based though it may be, Watanabe Miki’s webpage is a great resource, a beacon among a sea of Ryukyu-related material that’s often difficult to sift through, or alternatively, on certain aspects, seemingly, so far as I am aware, simply lacking.

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