Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute (Special Topic: “Infrastructure”)

2018 Penn State Asian Studies Summer Institute

 Penn State University invites applicants for its annual Asian Studies Summer Institute, to be held June 10-16, 2018.  This year’s Institute, co-directed by Leo Coleman (Hunter College/CUNY) and Jessamyn Abel (Penn State), focuses on the topic of “Infrastructure.”

Institute participants spend a week reading and thinking about the annual theme, as well as significant time workshopping their work in progress.  Particularly strong work will be considered for publication in an upcoming special issue of Verge: Studies in Global Asias (

Penn State will cover housing and meals, and offer an honorarium to help defray travel costs (USD 400 from the East Coast, 600 from the Midwest, 800 from the West Coast; USD 1000 from Europe; USD 1350 from Asia).  Applicants must have completed their PhDs no earlier than June 2013, or be advanced graduate students who are completing their dissertations.


On the theme:

We invite applications from the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences for projects that examine “infrastructure” as both concept and material reality in Asia, Asian America, and Asian diasporic communities around the world.

The infrastructures of the modern world shape everyday life, popular perceptions of space and movement, and prominent images of the individual, corporation, nation, region, and world. This includes not only physical infrastructures, such as sewer systems, communications networks, roads, and airports, but also the virtual systems that define spaces, control movement, and mediate interactions: computer operating systems and platform designs; the international system of passports and visas; and legal definitions of borders, territoriality, and citizenship. Attention to infrastructure, which has recently emerged as a key site of study across the social sciences and humanities, brings together disparate concerns with space, mobility, and circulations (of images, commodities, resources, people, and ideas). It enables a focus across scales and boundaries (whether political boundaries or those that run between rural and urban), highlighting political ecologies, physical processes, and material connections that link places and people while illuminating the often-hidden categorizations and mediations that inform local aspirations and political understandings.

In this workshop, we will explore the relationships between real and conceptual infrastructures, concrete materials and codes of practice, and means and motivations, both in particular parts of Asia and as Asian people, goods, and ideas circulate globally. We will examine how the study of infrastructures, broadly conceived, can help us better understand urban spaces and rural landscapes, development projects, technological changes, and emergent political and social realities. Key questions will include how infrastructure studies might renew classic approaches to Asian societies and their national or global histories, provide new insights into Asian and Asian diasporic literatures or arts, or help focus attention on current ecological and political concerns—for example, by mobilizing new concepts such as redundancy, resilience, and repair. We will also consider how the study of infrastructure impacts our understanding of Global Asias—itself a nebulously defined, contested, and generative concept. A close examination of the evolution of the infrastructures that are fundamental to economic and political relations, and to the daily lives of billions of people, reveals the ways in which material technologies, sociotechnical processes, legal forms, popular culture, and the natural environment interact to produce the physical and imagined spaces of city, nation, region, and empire.


To apply, please send the following documents in a single PDF file to by March 15, 2018.

  1. An abstract of 1500 words outlining research project and clarifying its connection to the Institute theme.
  2. A sample of current work.
  3. A current c.v. (no longer than 2 pp).
  4. A letter from a principal advisor about the advanced status of work (in the case of graduate students).

Decisions will be made by the first week of April 2018. Other inquiries regarding the Summer Institute may be directed to Jessamyn Abel (

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Job Opening: Japanese literature, University of California-Riverside

Institution:   Job Opening: Modern Japanese history, University of Victoria

Location:  CaliforniaUnited States

Position:  Associate Professor (with Tenure) in Japanese Literature in Comparative Context

The Department of Comparative Literature and Languages at the University of California, Riverside, invites applicants for a tenured Associate Professorship in any area of Japanese literary studies to contribute to its undergraduate program in Japanese Studies and graduate program in Comparative Literature. Native or near-native ability in Japanese is required. The ability to contribute to the Department’s other undergraduate programs is strongly desired. Salary is commensurate with the candidate’s experience and qualifications. Viable applicants should meet the expectations for tenure within the University of California system.

Position: Associate Professor (with Tenure) in Japanese Literature in Comparative Context

Starting Date: July 1, 2018

Qualifications: Minimum requirements are a PhD in Japanese Literature, Comparative Literature, or a related field and native or near-native ability in Japanese.

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with a list of publications, one-page research statement, a representative writing sample (20-30 pages), and a statement of contributions to diversity; applicants are also asked to provide the name and contact information for three references. Materials should be uploaded using UCR’s on-line application system:
Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by January 15, 2018.

Advancement through the faculty ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Contact: Department Contact person – Prof. John Kim:



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Job Opening: Postdoctoral Fellowship: Harvard University, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations

During the 2018-19 academic year, the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, which is part of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, will offer postdoctoral fellowships for social scientists.

Scholars in a broad range of fields, including anthropology, economics, education, history, international relations, law, political science, public health, public policy, and sociology, are invited to apply.  A knowledge of the Japanese language is not required. The award is for $50,000, health insurance coverage for the grantee, and up to $5,000 for research/travel funds. The application deadline is January 16, 2018, and the recipient must hold a doctoral degree by August 1, 2018.

The Fellowship Grant

Fellows spend a ten-month period in residence at Harvard that typically begins in September. The award is for $50,000 paid in monthly installments, health insurance coverage for the grantee, and up to $5,000 for research/travel funds.

Awardees must complete all requirements of their doctoral degree to receive a fellowship. If a successful applicant has not already earned a Ph.D. at the time of his or her application, the applicant’s advisers must submit a formal letter to the effect that he or she “has completed all the requirements of the Ph.D.” by August 1. The letter must include that precise wording, and no mitigating circumstances will be considered. Because advisers may not be prepared to confirm this until they have collectively approved the dissertation and all required changes have been made to put it in its final (deposit) form, we strongly urge you to schedule your defense, if it is still pending, by July 1. No funds can be disbursed until such a letter is received, and the fellowship will be reduced by one-tenth for each month’s delay. Depending on the length of the delay, a prospective fellow may be asked to begin the Program in the second semester, and in extreme cases, the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations reserves the right to revoke the fellowship altogether.

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in a discipline bearing on the Program’s research areas. Research projects that focus on Japan or Japan’s international role from a comparative, historical, or global perspective are welcome. A knowledge of the Japanese language is not required.

For more details and the application form, please visit:

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Job Opening: Modern Japanese history, University of Victoria

Institution :  University of Victoria

Location:  British ColumbiaCanada

Position:  Assistant Professor, Modern Japanese History

The Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor, effective 1 July 2018, in modern Japanese history, with the ability to situate the study of modern Japan in the broader Asia-Pacific region.  Innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to research are especially welcome.

Applicants should have completed a PhD by 1 July 2018, have a record and promise of outstanding research as evidenced by publications or forthcoming publications, and also have demonstrated the potential for excellence in teaching.  The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in his/her area of specialization, contribute to the department’s core courses on the Pacific-Asia region and participate in graduate teaching and supervision.

The Department of Pacific & Asian Studies is a dynamic, interdisciplinary Department within the Faculty of Humanities.  It has particular strengths in Chinese and Japanese Studies, and long-standing interests in Southeast Asia.  It offers a range of programmes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and it is involved with a number of campus-wide initiatives, such as the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact Irene Statham at (250) 472-4344. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Faculty and librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association. (

Applications should include a cover letter, full c.v., and up to three sample publications.  Applicants should also arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to the Chair. Application materials, including letters of reference, should be submitted via email to:

Deadline for applications and letters of reference: 5 January 2018.


Informal inquiries can be sent to Tom Saunders, Acting Chair of the Department:

Where necessary, application materials may be mailed to:

Chair, Department of Pacific & Asian Studies
University of Victoria
P.O. Box 3045, STN CSC
Victoria, B.C. V8W 3P4 Canada.


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Funding: Summer Luce Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship applications


The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History
University of San Francisco (USF)

The USF Ricci Institute is a premier global resource for the study of Chinese-Western cultural exchange with a core focus on the social and cultural history of Christianity in China. Besides its more than 80,000 volumes of books in Chinese and Western languages, its library also includes digital copies of: (1) the Japonica-Sinica Manuscript Collection from the Roman Archives of the Society of Jesus (ARSI); (2) the Francis A. Rouleau Microfilm / Digital Archival Collections’ (3) the Canton Diocese Archival Collection; (4) the Passionist China Collection; (5) the Anthony E. Clark Collection; and (6) other archival materials.

The Ricci Institute invites applications for new Luce Post-doctoral Research Fellowships for the summer of 2018 as part of a project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation in New York. For detailed information about this international research initiative, please visit:

This fellowship is open to post-doctoral level applicants, including Junior Faculty members and researchers (i.e. within five years of having received the PhD degree). We invite research proposals primarily based on the archival collections at the Ricci Institute in preparation for research publications.

Topics of enquiry may include Chinese-Western cultural history, history of Christianity in East Asia (China, Japan, and/or Korea), comparative studies of Christianity and cultures in China, Japan, and Korea, etc. The aim of the fellowship is to offer recipients the unique opportunity to conduct research and to prepare manuscripts for publication that focus on archival, historiographical, and methodological issues that are relevant to different areas of Christianity and cultures in East Asia. Recipients are also expected to present their work and actively participate in all regularly organized research seminars at the Ricci Institute.

This fellowship requires a mandatory residence of three months. All successful applicants will be expected to participate in the mandatory orientation on June 1, 2018Late arrivals and early departures will only be accepted for extraordinary reasons and will require approval well in advance. The stipend is up to $4,500/month. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents will need to contact the Ricci Institute well in advance for information regarding proof of English proficiency, visa, and health insurance requirements.

Applicants should submit the following no later than January 5, 2018: (1) a most recent Curriculum Vitae; (2) a 5-10 page double-spaced statement with an outline of the proposed research and related activities, the contribution the scholar hopes to make in the relevant field(s), tentative plan for the publication of the research results, and how the research is related to and enriched by resources available at the USF Ricci Institute; (3) a proposed budget and other funding sources, if any; (4) two up-to-date letters of recommendation.

All required documents must be in English. Successful applications will be announced in February 2018All application documents should be submitted by email with the subject line: “2018 Summer Luce Post-doctoral Fellowship Application”. Letters of recommendation must be submitted directly from the recommenders either electronically to the above e-mail address or by regular mail to:

Luce Fellowship Review Committee

The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History

University of San Francisco, LM 280

2130 Fulton Street

San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

For more information about the USF Ricci Institute’s resources, please visit:

For more information about previous activities of the Ricci Institute’ Research Fellows, please visit:

Contact Info:

May Lee, Program Assistant, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080, U.S.A.

Contact Email:
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Job Opening: Student Services Coordinator, INTO University Partnerships

job opening - 5Institution: INTO University Partnerships / Drew University
Location: Madison, NJ
Posted: 11/22/2017
Type: Full Time

Company background
INTO University Partnerships collaborates with leading universities to provide international students with a personalized and highly supportive learning environment allowing them to acclimate to life on a US university campus and prepare for long-term academic success. Since 2006, INTO has launched partnerships to internationalize 24 universities in the US, United Kingdom and Asia, including Oregon State University, University of South Florida, Colorado State University, Marshall University, George Mason University, Drew University, Saint Louis University, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Washington State University and Suffolk University.

INTO Drew University is a joint venture between Drew University and INTO North America. INTO Drew’s unique programs for international students provide tailored academic and English language instruction coupled with a highly supportive learning environment that supports adjustment to life in the U.S. and long-term academic success.

Drew University is a private, liberal arts university located in Madison, N.J., just 29 miles west of New York City. Ranked among the top liberal arts institutions nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Washington Monthly, Drew is also listed in Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges. Drew has a total student enrollment of 2,019 in three schools: The College of Liberal Arts, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Drew Theological School. The undergraduate program offers degrees in 30 different disciplines, while Caspersen and the Theological School offer degrees at the Masters of Arts and doctorate levels.

Reporting line
This position reports directly to the Director of Student Experience at INTO Drew University.

Job Overview
This position provides support services for INTO students to assist with issues of cultural and academic adjustment and to enhance the students’ overall university experience. This individual coordinates programs and activities designed to promote academic success and integration within the university community. This position is an integral part of the student services team. This position is a twelve month, live-in professional who works closely with Drew’s Campus Life and Student Affairs (including Residence Life and Housing & Student Engagement).

Key accountabilities and duties
This is a valued role in a growing, dynamic organization. Accountabilities of this position may change and develop over time, but will include the following:

A. Residence Life, Housing & Student Engagement

  • Develop and oversee programs and activities that align with INTO Drew learning outcomes, using strategic campus and community partnerships where possible.
  • Manage and advise the International House theme house, an upper-class living learning community, and develop a Global Village, a first-year living learning community.
  • Maintain housing records for all international students within INTO Drew and liaise with Drew’s Housing Coordinator daily on all housing related issues.
  • Attend regularly scheduled meetings with Coordinators of Residential Engagement (CREs) and the Director for Residence Life and Housing.
  • Conduct wellness checks on INTO students in the residence halls when required.
  • Act as the advisor for the International Ambassadors mentorship program.
  • Responsible for risk management and liability issues and student welfare on trips.
  • Develop and provide social and cultural programs to engage students.
  • Deliver welcome receptions and end-of-term celebrations; arrange staff and volunteer attendance at social events.
  • Assist with training sessions with Residence Life staff (including Resident Assistants and House Assistants).
  • Track activities budget, maintain profit margin for student services.
  • Assist with edits to the Pre-Departure Guide and other Orientation and Student
  • Services materials.
  • Create flyers, PowerPoint presentations, newsletters, etc. as needed to promote Student Services events or programs.

B. Student Support Services

  • Provide academic coaching to students in the Academic English and Pathway program to help students define academic goals, access university resources and support, and encourage student engagement.
  • Work with the INTO Drew academic team to address student issues and develop processes and co-curricular programs to support student success.
  • Teach a University 101 course, including curriculum development and assessment, to improve student adjustment, engagement and success.
  • Coordinate, organize, and implement new international student orientation in collaboration with the INTO student services team. Work with academic services, enrollment, registrar and finance teams regarding testing, advising, and registration of students.
  • Collaborate with Mar/Com Coordinator to generate marketing content from social activities and trips such as photos, videos, student quotes, descriptions of student services, etc. as needed.

C. Student Care and Conduct

  • Provide guidance and counseling to students, determining and referring students in need to appropriate resources.
  • Communicate with parents, sponsors and agents, in compliance with FERPA regulations, regarding the health and safety of students of concern.
  • Develop and maintain confidential student records relative to conduct and well-being.
  • Maintain good working relationships with Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Campus Safety and other university providers to ensure quality services and advocate for international students.
  • Serve on campus committees that pertain to student safety, success and well-being.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent education and experience
  • Strong intercultural communication skills and experience working in a diverse environment with non-native English speakers
  • Previous experience within Residence Life or Housing administration and programming
  • Experience working in international education or in student services within higher education preferred
  • Experience with student programming, advising and orientation development
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement and refine systems and processes
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient computers skills in Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Competent IT skills relative to management and analysis of data
  • As a live-in professional, you will be expected to organize and attend evening and weekend activities, and respond to on-campus issues as needed

Full description and application on HigherEdJobs

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Book Announcement: Outcasts of Empire: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border” 1874-1945

Barclay, Paul D.

Outcasts of Empire: Japan’s Rule on Taiwan’s “Savage Border” 1874-1945.

It can be viewed or downloaded at:

Outcasts of Empire unveils the causes and consequences of capitalism’s failure to “batter down all Chinese walls” in modern Taiwan. Adopting micro- and macrohistorical perspectives, I argue that the interpreters, chiefs, and trading-post operators who mediated state-society relations on Taiwan’s “savage border” during successive Qing and Japanese regimes rose to prominence and faded to obscurity in concert with a series of “long nineteenth century” global transformations. Superior firepower and large economic reserves ultimately enabled Japanese statesmen to discard mediators on the border and sideline a cohort of indigenous headmen who played both sides of the fence to maintain their chiefly status. Even with reluctant “allies” marginalized, however, the colonial state lacked sufficient resources to integrate Taiwan’s indigenes into its disciplinary apparatus. The colonial state therefore created the Indigenous Territory, which exists to this day as a legacy of Japanese imperialism, local initiatives, and the global commodification of culture.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: Empires and Indigenous Peoples, Global Transformation
and the Limits of International Society 1
1. From Wet Diplomacy to Scorched Earth: The Taiwan Expedition,
the Guardline, and the Wushe Rebellion 43
2. The Longue Durée and the Short Circuit: Gender, Language, and
Territory in the Making of Indigenous Taiwan 114
3. Tangled Up in Red: Textiles, Trading Posts, and Ethnic Bifurcation
in Taiwan 161
4. The Geobodies within a Geobody: The Visual Economy of Race
Making and Indigeneity 190
Notes 251
Glossary 293

Paul D. Barclay is Professor of History at Lafayette College and general editor of the East Asia Image Collection.

The paperback book edition of Outcasts of Empire will be available in November 2017.

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