Job Opening: Assistant Professor, Asian History, University of Manitoba

The Department of History at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Asian History. Applications are invited from specialists in any region, period or scholarly specialization, excluding sole focus on Modern China. The person appointed would be able to teach thematic and/or nation-based courses in Asian history in her/his/their area of specialization at the undergraduate and graduate level. The successful candidate must also have a demonstrated willingness and ability to teach introductory courses. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory level courses in Asian Civilization, as well as the possibility of introductory courses in World History.

Preference will be for a scholar whose research intersects with existing and emerging areas of strength in the Department, Faculty, and University including: migration and ethnicity; citizenship; comparative indigenous studies; comparative colonialism and postcolonial histories; human rights, social justice and labour histories; gender and sexuality; culture, communication, and material culture; and/or nature and the environment.

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Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese History

The Department of History, University of British Columbia (Vancouver) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Modern Japanese History. Open to all specializations, we are particularly interested in candidates who place Japan in broader regional contexts and whose work complements or expands existing strengths in the Department. Expected start date is July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will show outstanding potential as an innovative scholar and researcher, as evidenced by their record of intellectual engagement, published work, and/or work in progress. A strong commitment to teaching excellence at both the graduate and undergraduate level is also required. The successful candidate would be expected to offer courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level within their area of specialization, as well as teaching lower division surveys. Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2019.

Applicants should apply only through the UBC faculty careers website, Applicants should upload (in the following order, and not exceeding 12 megabytes per attachment): a cover letter or letter of application, a curriculum vitae, up to three article-length samples of scholarship (including published articles, unpublished papers, or book/dissertation chapters), a sample syllabus for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course on a relevant topic, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally international student body.

Applicants should also arrange to have three signed and confidential letters of reference sent by email to Ms. Janet Mui,, or by mail to: Ms. Janet Mui, Modern Japanese History Search, Department of History, University of British Columbia, 1297-1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, CANADA. All materials should be received by December 6, 2018. Applicants with questions about the position are welcome to contact the search chair, Dr. Timothy Cheek, by email at
This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


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Job Opening: Japanese Language and Culture

The Department of French and Asian Studies at Huron University College invites applications for a full-time probationary (tenure-track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing 1 July, 2019, subject to final budgetary approval. The successful applicant is expected to teach a Japanese language course, as well as to design and teach courses dealing with aspects of Japanese culture.

Candidates for the position will have native- or near native- command in both Japanese and English, with recent teaching experience at the post-secondary level in Canada or the United States and a proven record of academic publication. Candidates should also have a clear and verifiable record of success in teaching university level courses in both languages. We are particularly interested in candidates with a passion for undergraduate teaching, program development, including faculty-student joint research and other experiential approaches for undergraduate education, and a commitment to teaching a diverse student body. The successful applicant will also participate in the administrative life of the department and university.



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Book Announcement: Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868–1945

Electrified Voices
How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868–1945

Kerim Yasar

Long before karaoke’s ubiquity and the rise of global brands such as Sony, Japan was a place where new audio technologies found eager users and contributed to new cultural forms. In Electrified Voices, Kerim Yasar traces the origins of the modern soundscape, showing how the revolutionary nature of sound technology and the rise of a new auditory culture played an essential role in the formation of Japanese modernity.

A far-reaching cultural history of the telegraph, telephone, phonograph, radio, and early sound film in Japan, Electrified Voices shows how these technologies reshaped the production of culture. Audio technologies upended the status of the written word as the only source of prestige while revivifying traditional forms of orality. The ability to reproduce and transmit sound, freeing it from the constraints of time and space, had profound consequences on late nineteenth-century language reform; twentieth-century literary, musical, and cinematic practices; the rise of militarism and nationalism in the 1920s and 30s; and the transition to the postwar period inaugurated by Emperor Hirohito’s declaration of unconditional surrender to Allied forces—a declaration that was recorded on a gramophone record and broadcast throughout the defeated Japanese empire. The first cultural history in English of auditory technologies in modern Japan, Electrified Voices enriches our understanding of Japanese modernity and offers a major contribution to sound studies and global media history.

List of Illustrations
Note on Names
Introduction: All That Is Solid Melts Into Sound
1. Vocal Cords and Telephone Wires: Orality in Japan, Old and New
2. Sound and Sentiment
3. The Grain in the Groove: Inscribed Voices, Echoed Temporalities
4. Imagining the Wireless Community
5. Ghostlier Demarcations, Keener Sounds: Early Japanese Radio Drama
6. Sound and Motion

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Job Opening: Assistant Professor, East Asian History, College of Charleston

Institution: College of Charleston
Location: South Carolina, United States
Position: Assistant Professor

The Department of History of the College of Charleston invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in the field of East Asian History. Applicants who study China or Japan are especially welcome, but any subfield will be considered.  Candidates must have completed all requirements for a Ph.D. in East Asian History or Asian Studies with a strong emphasis in History by August 2019.  In addition to upper-level and graduate courses in Asian History, the ability to teach survey courses in the general education curriculum in pre-modern and/or modern history is essential.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Department of History graduate program and have the opportunity to affiliate with the Asian Studies Program and other interdisciplinary programs on campus.

Candidates must have a firm commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts and sciences environment. Promise of excellence in teaching and research are required; teaching experience and publications are preferred.  Initial interviews of selected applicants will be conducted via Skype.

Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education, student life, and affordability, and is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Its beautiful and historic campus, located in the heart of historic Charleston, SC, combined with contemporary facilities and cutting-edge programs, attracts students from across the U.S. and around the world.

The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.  More information about the College of Charleston can be obtained from and about the History Department at

Applications should include a cover letter, C.V., graduate transcripts, names and contact information for at least three references, a writing sample, and representative teaching materials.  Direct materials to: by November 25, 2018 for full consideration.

Contact:Dr. Rich Bodek, Chair, Asia Search Committee


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Job Opening: Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Japanese Language, University of Hong Kong

Institution: University of Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong
Position: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the international forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. There are over 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students who are recruited globally, and more than 2,000 members of academic and academic-related staff coming from multi-cultural backgrounds, many of whom are internationally renowned.

Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Japanese Language in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Ref.: 201801608)

Applications are invited for appointment as Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Japanese Language in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, to commence on September 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal.

For Senior Lecturer, applicants should possess a Master’s and/or Ph.D. degree relevant to teaching Japanese language, with at least 10 years of full-time teaching experience at tertiary level.  Applicants should demonstrate proven ability to take a leadership role in curriculum development and programme management; proven academic administrative experience in planning, organizing and evaluating language courses; and proven ability to liaise with other institutions offering similar courses within and outside Hong Kong for curriculum development and teaching innovation.  The appointee will be expected to participate in Teaching Development Grant projects and/or projects related to development/scholarship in curriculum and pedagogy, and/or create and manage knowledge exchange opportunities.

For Lecturer, applicants should possess a Master’s degree with at least 5 years of teaching experience or equivalent and native fluency at the tertiary level.  They should have the ability to take on coordinating role at course level, to design new courses, to create original teaching materials and to mentor junior staff in the programme. The appointee will be expected to participate in committees at School and Faculty level and/or to liaise with external bodies and organizations for the benefit of the programme. He/She should also be able and willing to participate in knowledge exchange and demonstrate scholarship in language teaching or related fields.

Information about the School can be obtained at Enquiries about the post should be sent to Dr. Daniel Trambaiolo at

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable for Senior Lecturer appointment.


Applicants should send completed application form together with a cover letter, an up-to-date C.V., and 3 confidential references (quoting Reference number) sent directly by the referees to the School at  Application forms (341/1111) can be downloaded at Further particulars can be obtained at  Closes November 27, 2018.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

The University is committed to diversity and inclusivity.  To promote gender diversity and professional advancement of women as well as men, the Faculty of Arts expressly encourages qualified persons from both genders to apply.


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Call for Papers: Imaging ‘East Asia:’ Constructing Knowledge through the Visual

Call for Papers

Imaging ‘East Asia:’ Constructing Knowledge through the Visual

Graduate Student Conference presented by the East Asia Center
January 25-26, 2019 at University of California, Santa Barbara

Aesthetic sensibilities and visual cognition of the external world are fundamental to the construction of knowledge and divination of meaning. For “Imaging ‘East Asia:’ Constructing Knowledge through the Visual,” a UCSB East Asia Center Graduate Student Conference, we seek proposals that grapple with how “East Asia” and its constituent cultural, linguistic, or national properties and territories are problematized through the framework of the visual (e.g. art, film, digital and popular culture, or the everyday). Visual culture constructs and is constructed by assumptions about the world. How one reads visual culture is determined on at least two fronts—first, by the artist/producer through choices of subject, style, and genre, among others and, second, by the audience’s worldviews, biases, and dispositions. Given the inherent subjectivity of visual cognition, we as historians, art historians, anthropologists, religion, film, and literature scholars are forever conscious of alternative readings and wary of misrepresentations.

We invite participants to examine how ‘East Asia’ has been imagined and is being reimagined through visual culture, as well as the mechanisms and media through which these imaginings further animate various identities, ideologies, economies, and interpermeations. Relevant paper topics may approach this set of issues from any region or time period commonly identified as part of “East Asia.”

Keynote Speaker: Professor Thomas Lamarre, James McGill Professor in East Asian Studies and Associate in Communications Studies (McGill University)

Organizers: A. Colin Raymond (PhD Student, Department of the History of Art & Architecture), Kaitlyn Ugoretz (Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies), East Asia Center at University of California, Santa Barbara

Please submit an abstract (max 250 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) by November 14, 2018.
Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by early December.
Final Papers are due by January 11, 2019.

Lodgings and travel funding will be made available on a limited basis. Participants are encouraged to apply for funding from their home institutions.

Application materials may be submitted at:

Conference Site:

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