Job Opening: Program Assistant, Asian Studies Program, George Washington University

job opening - 5Program Assistant, Asian Studies Program
Institution: George Washington University
Location: Washington, DC
Posted: 03/08/2017
Type: Full Time
Education: BA or equivalent experience

Campus Location: Foggy Bottom
College/School/Department: Elliott School of International Affairs (ESIA)

Job Description Summary:
The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs is one of the world’s leading schools of international affairs and one of the largest schools of international affairs in the United States. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., its mission is to educate the next generation of international leaders, conduct research that advances understanding of important global issues, and engage the policy community in the United States and around the world.

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies promotes research and policy analysis on East Asia, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia through an active program of publishing, teaching, public events and policy engagement. The Sigur Center currently seeks a Program Assistant. Reporting to the Director, Sigur Center this position supports the Directors of PISA and the Bachelors and Masters Academic Programs by providing administrative and programmatic support to the undergraduate and graduate Asian Studies academic programs, Partnerships for International strategies in Asia (PISA), and the Sigur Center for Asian studies. In particular, duties involve academic scheduling, event and seminar planning, budgeting, student advising, making travel arrangements, and managing social media and communications tools.

PISA responsibilities (50 percent):
The Program Assistant will assist PISA staff with all administrative and logistical aspects of PISA programming. Duties include updating the website and PISA’s social media platforms; assisting with the scheduling and execution of short-courses, events management, photography, and other logistics; researching grant opportunities, as well as other duties that may be required to support PISA’s mission.

Sigur Center and Asian Studies Program responsibilities (50 percent):
The Program Assistant will serve as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, other departments and/or the general public on various issues relate to the Asian studies program. In particular, this position involves academic scheduling, events and seminar planning, making travel arrangements and managing social media and communications tools. Key responsibilities include:

  • Provides day-to-day administrative and operational support to program directors, including providing general budget support by processing transactions for the program.
  • Maximizes PISA’s online presence through the utilization of social networks, including assisting with quarterly updates, webcast and video-conferencing, etc.
  • Serves as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, other departments and/or the general public on various issues.
  • Performs other work related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
High school diploma/GED, or equivalent combination of training and experience, is necessary plus 1.5 years of relevant experience, or a bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Qualifications:
Excellent communication, customer service, and organizational skills.
Demonstrated experience and interest in Asia and international affairs.
Ability to work with little supervision, but also teamwork skills.
Knowledge of a modern Asian language.
Experience using social media tools.

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Fun Link Friday: Vegetable Carving Art

Photo from Colossal.

Five years ago we featured an article on banana carving art, and let’s just say we never get tired of a new and fun food idea coming out of Japan. This week we have an article from Colossal highlighting the Japanese artist Gaku, who has taken mukimono 剥き物 (the art of decorative garnishing) to the next level with complex geometric patterns in his vegetable carvings. As Colossal points out, one of the most incredible parts of this art is that it must be done in a matter of minutes before oxidation sets in and begins to alter the color and integrity of some of your vegetables! Visit the original article  or Gaku’s instagram to see more incredible work!

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Summer Study Abroad: UNO-Japan: Study at Doshisha University Program

(reshared from H-Net)

The 2017 U. of New Orlean-Japan: Study at Doshisha University Program is a 6-week (online intro-week plus 5 weeks in Japan) summer program designed for participants to learn about Japanese Culture, Philosophy, Cinema, History, and Language while living in Kyoto, an ancient capital of Japan.

Eligibility: The program is open to any US College Students as well as eligible High School Seniors who will turn 18 by May 21, 2017. We accept students from around the US as guest students (including international students, although depending upon their nationality, they may have to acquire a visa to Japan).

Course offerings: Students choose two courses from the following:

*Basic Japanese II (Japanese language)
*The Tao of Happiness (Interdisciplinary course)
*Journey to the Heart of Zen (Philosophy)
*History of Asian Civilizations (History)
*Love in the Japanese Cinema (Film)

Dates: May 28-July 1, 2017 (online intro week is May 21 to 27th)
Cost: $4,995.00

Earn 6 college credit hours (fully transferable, check with your advisor for course equivalency). Open to anyone over 18 years of age at the time of departure who meet UNO admissions requirements.

No previous knowledge of the Japanese language required.
The program has been very well received by previous students – quite a few of them have participated twice!
For more information, please visit our website at:, or e-mail us at:

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We hope you will join us this summer!

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Funding: TIFO Fellowships for PhD candidates 2017

money [150-2]Toshiba International Foundation Fellowships 2017

Within the framework of the Toshiba International Foundation Fellowship programme conducted jointly by EAJS and the Toshiba International Foundation, the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) selects candidates for a fellowship to undertake research in Japan.

The next application deadline is 15 May 2017.

To apply please use our online application system.

Applications are invited for Toshiba International Foundation scholarships for a three-month stay in Japan to be completed by the end of March 2018. Grantees can expect a fellowship of not more than 7.000 EUR.

Applicants must be doctoral students, and they should be specializing in any field in Japanese Studies at a European institution.

Applications must include:

  • A curriculum vitae and a brief statement (not more than 300 words) describing the project for which the applicant wishes to pursue their research in Japan. These two documents are to be submitted by the applicant via the online application system.
  • A letter of support from the student’s supervisor or advisor must be sent to the EAJS office separately by the advisor on the student’s behalf. It must be printed on university letterhead and display the advisor’s signature. The letter may be sent by post or in PDF format by email.

Since the purpose of the scholarship is to encourage the academic study of Japan by those who have not already had a long-term experience in Japan, applications by Japanese High School graduates will not be considered.

The EAJS has been asked by the Toshiba International Foundation to administer these scholarships, and the decisions will be made by the Council of the EAJS.

Successful applicants have to be members of the European Association for Japanese Studies in order to receive the fellowship.

For further information on the Toshiba International Foundation, please visit

For further information on the Toshiba International Foundation Fellowships or the EAJS, please feel free to contact the EAJS office.

You can find this CFA online here.

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Fun Link Friday: Ama, traditional Japanese women divers

This week has highlighted the contributions of women as the International Women’s Day Strike took place on Wednesday, so this week our Fun Link Friday will highlight some amazing ladies who hold an important place in traditional Japanese practices. Messy Nessy posted an article three years ago on ama 海人・海女, female divers that have been on the hunt for oysters and abalone (famously, pearls) in Japan’s coastal villages for thousands of years. I can confirm from my own research that they appear in plenty of premodern sources and did essential work of diving deep into the waters with nothing more than a loincloth, which is pretty incredible!

The traditions of ama were affected by the introduction of Western ideas of modesty in the postwar period (women were forced to cover up with a suit to dive), and very few continue the tradition today. It is a dying piece of traditional Japanese culture, and though some men participated, it was identified with and performed primarily by women. The original article includes a lot of really striking photos by photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki from the mid 20th century, and there is another article on the remaining present-day ama that is worth checking out. Enjoy!

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Funding: Japanese Association of University Women

2017 JAUW

Currently Inviting Applications

MUST BE RECEIVED BY:March 31, 2017

Japanese Association of University Women (JAUW) is now calling for Applications for its 2017 International Fellowships.

This program is to offer core funding to financially help you come and stay in Japan when you have found that it is preferable or very important for you to stay in Japan to further pursue your ongoing study/research.

For details of this program, please see the INSTRUCTIONS, which is downloadable from below.
INSTRUCTIONS for 2017 JAUW International Fellowship Application, (pdf)& word (docx)

For more information, see:

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Call for Papers: Nation, Gender and History: Asian Cinemas in Perspective

call for papers [150-2]Nation, Gender and History: Asian Cinemas in Perspective

International conference

 Vilnius University, Centre of Oriental Studies, 7-9 September 2017

Asian Arts Centre and The Centre of Oriental Studies of Vilnius University (Lithuania) invite scholars, film professionals and enthusiasts to Nation, Gender and History, an international conference on the cinemas of Asia.

The idea of a national culture has played a fundamental role in the definition, historiography and evaluation of Asian cultural practices for at least two centuries, and cinema is no exception. In today’s world, however, ideas of the nation appear as increasingly problematic. The same can be said of gender, the pertinence of which in individuals’ understanding of themselves and their history has, over the last decades, been challenged from many fronts. And yet both ideas of nation and gender continue to mark discourses about identities and countries, including and perhaps especially in situations of conflict. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the independence and partition of India and Pakistan. The conference takes this opportunity to raise the question: can we still argue for the centrality of national cinemas? What role do notions of gender play in our appreciation of a nation’s cinema? And how do the interconnections between gender and nation in cinema help us understand the present historical moment?

The first aim of this conference is to create a dialogic space in which to revisit the ways in which, today and in the past, nation, gender and history interact(ed) and shape(d) one another in the cinemas of Asia. The term ‘Asia’ is used here as a short-hand to point to the cinema made in wide range of very diverse countries, rather than as a fixed, singular or homogenous entity – an invitation to look beyond the globalised canon of much film theory. Our second aim is thus also to explore points of convergences and trans-cultural forms and practices across this region. Has cinema ever been ‘national’ in Asia? What role does it play today, or did it play in the past, in constructing pan-Asian subjectivities? How does gender – the staple of nationalist discourses – function in specific trans-national or regional cinemas?

While we are interested in papers on the cinema of every Asian country, we particularly welcome papers on the all too often overlooked and still poorly researched cinemas of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, as well as on regional language formations such as Pashto, Sindhi, or Bhojpuri cinemas. We especially welcome papers on popular, low-budget genres (exploitation, B-grade, horror, sci-fi, and erotic films).

Below is a list of themes the conference will endeavor to address. It is not an exhaustive list and is intended as a guide, not as a set of limitations. We welcome suggestions and proposals on related topics.

  • the representation of sexuality and/or its repression; cinematic images of a sexual nature, their censorship and their exploitation; the filmic displacement of representations of sexual desire;
  • gender and film genres. We are particularly interested in papers examining gender in exploitation, B-grade, horror, sci-fi, low budget film productions;
  • gendered allegories of the nation, including mythological representations;
  • technical and/or narrative aspects of gender representations; male and female gazes; cinematography, editing, sound and gender;
  • national and trans-national aspects of stardom, production and/or distribution; transnational connections; diaspora cinema;
  • gender and the film industry, including directors, distributors and exhibitors.

Abstracts / proposals should be in English and of no more than 350 words, including a 50 word author biography.  Time for each paper: 20 minutes.

The deadline for abstracts is 30 April 2017.

Send your abstract / proposal to the conference organisers at

In your email, please specify academic or professional affiliation.

More information at the conference website:

Contact Info:

The conference is organized by Dr Deimantas Valanciunas (Vilnius University) and Dr Valentina Vitali (University of East London). For all conference related queries you can contact the organizers by the conference email or by writing directly to Dr. Deimantas Valanciunas at

Contact Email:


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