Job Opening: East Asian Buddhist Studies

RECRUITMENT PERIOD

Open September 6th, 2017 through October 31st, 2017

DESCRIPTION

East Asian Buddhist Studies Position 2018-19:

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE, Irvine, CA 92697-6000. The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures invites applications for an assistant professor tenure track position in East Asian Buddhist Studies, to begin teaching in Fall 2018. Teaching responsibilities will include lectures and seminars at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as courses offered through the Program in Religious Studies. Candidates should also expect to advise graduate students in their area of expertise. The department values interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching: we prefer a scholar whose research intersects with departmental research interests in gender, environmental studies, visual studies, theater and ritual performance, colonial studies, or translation; and who can teach materials from the Buddhist traditions of at least two regions in East Asia (i.e., China and Japan, Japan and Korea, or China and Korea). Qualifications: Ph.D. in Religion or East Asian Studies or related field with a specialization in Buddhism.

The department will begin reviewing applications November 1, 2017. Applications should be submitted electronically at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04259.

Candidates should submit a cover letter; a statement that describes research and teaching interests; a statement on teaching philosophy; a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion will advance UC Irvine’s commitment to inclusive excellence; a current CV; and 3 letters of recommendation. The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Please direct questions about the electronic submission procedure to Michelle Hu (mahu@uci.edu) and any other questions about the search to Search Committee Chair, Susan Blakeley Klein (sbklein@uci.edu). To learn more about the Department, visit our website at http://www.humanities.uci.edu/eastasian/.

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Job Opening: Professor of the History of the Modern East Asia, Missouri State University

Institution: Missouri State University, History Department
Location:   Missouri, United States
Position:   Assistant Professor of the History of the Modern East Asia

~~The History Department at Missouri State University in Springfield, MO invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor of the History of the Modern East Asia (19th and 20th Century).  Area of specialty is open but the candidate must demonstrate an ability and willingness to teach the East Asian survey courses and upper level courses in East Asian History broadly in both geographical and chronological scope.  The successful candidate will also teach sections of World History and graduate courses in their area of specialty.  Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to an ongoing research agenda in Modern Asian History.  Ph.D. must be completed within one year of initial appointment.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, three confidential letters of recommendation and a syllabus in World History from 1600 and an upper-level course in East Asian History.

All application material, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically at:  http://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/35316.  First date of consideration is October 16 with the position remaining open until filled.  Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense.  Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. F.T. Miller (FTMiller@MissouriState.edu).  Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/minority/female/veterans/ disability/sexual orientation/gender identity employer and institution.  We encourage applications from all interested minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities and sexual orientation/gender identity.

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~~To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, three confidential letters of recommendation and a syllabus in World History from 1600 and an upper-level course in East Asian History.  All application material, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically at:  http://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/35316. 

First date of consideration is October 16 with the position remaining open until filled.  Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense.  Questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. F.T. Miller (FTMiller@MissouriState.edu).

Missouri State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action/minority/female/veterans/ disability/sexual orientation/gender identity employer and institution.  We encourage applications from all interested minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities and sexual orientation/gender identity.

Website: http://jobs.missouristate.edu/postings/35316

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Call for Papers: Workshop: Layers of Interpretation – Commentarial Practices Throughout Buddhist Textual Traditions

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München is pleased to announce a call for papers for the workshop “Layers of Interpretation – Commentarial Practices Throughout Buddhist Textual Traditions,” to be held on June 15-16, 2018 in Munich, Germany, with keynote addresses by Prof. Rupert Gethin (University of Bristol) and Prof. Alexander Mayer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

We invite applications from both established and early career scholars, including PhD students.

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2017.

For the cfp, please click here:
http://www.buddhismus-studien.uni-muenchen.de/aktuelles/cfp_workshop/cfp_workshop_2018.pdf
http://www.en.buddhismus-studien.uni-muenchen.de/currentissues/cfp_workshop2018/index.html

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Translation Workshop: Murakami, Contemporary Japanese Writing and the English-reading Marketplace

Murakami, Contemporary Japanese Writing and the English-reading Marketplace

Translation Workshop at Newcastle University, March 6-7, 2018

The School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University (UK) is hosting an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project on Murakami Haruki. Available in translations into more than 50 languages, Murakami’s texts are read around the world. Translating from one language into another is rarely straightforward, but a complicated process in which translators, editors and publishers make choices that inevitably impact the new text. Professional and aspiring translators of Japanese literature are invited to participate in a two-day translation workshop that will seek to explore issues in the processes of literary translation.

Application deadline: 30-11-2017 

Intended as a practice-based space, the workshop will be led by two established translators of Japanese literature, Dr Michael Emmerich (UCLA) and Dr David Karashima (Waseda University) in collaboration with translation editor and publishing consultant Elmer Luke. Limited to approximately 10 participants, the workshop will look at the process of translating Murakami’s texts and other contemporary Japanese writing for the English-reading marketplace.

In addition to the practice-based sessions, there will also be several public lectures by translators and scholars of Japanese literature, including two translators of Murakami, Emeritus Professor Jay Rubin (Harvard University) and Dr Anna Zielinska-Elliott (Boston University).

Participants will also be able to attend events related to the Murakami project that are scheduled to take place the same week as the workshop. These include the academic conference 40 years with Murakami Haruki, film screenings and an art exhibition. The full program and further information about the entire AHRC-funded project is available at http://research.ncl.ac.uk/murakami/.

The workshop is free of charge and the School of Modern Languages is generously offering to reimburse accepted participants up to £200 towards travel and accommodation. To apply, please fill in the application form available at http://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=12668 by November 30, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in due course after this date.

Contact Info:

Please contact Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen (gitte.hansen@ncl.ac.uk) with any inquiries.
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Book Announcement: FROM CHINESE CHAN TO JAPANESE ZEN: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation

FROM CHINESE CHAN TO JAPANESE ZEN: A Remarkable Century of Transmission and Transformation, Steven Heine
(New York: Oxford University Press, 2017),

304 Pages | 27 illus., ISBN: 9780190637507

  •      Examines the transformation of Chan Buddhism into Zen Buddhism from 1225 to 1325
  •      Synthesizes materials and perspectives from across national and sectarian divisions
  •      Written especially for students or specialists looking for a refresher

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One. Transnational Studies of Maritime Transfers
1. Traditions: Shifts in East Asian Society Affecting the Formation and Reception of Zen
2. Transitions: Social Influences on Zen’s Legend of Living Buddhas

Part Two. Troubling At First, Then Turning Into the Establishment
3. Transmissions: When Dogen Attained Enlightenment in China in 1225
4. Transplantations: How Émigré Monks Overcame Mid-Century Challenges
5. Transformations: Why Daito Did Not Go to China, Yet Won a Debate in 1325

Part Three. Techniques for Attaining and Maintaining Enlightenment
6. Teachers: Testing the Authenticity and Authority of Zen Masters
7. Temples: Training Disciples While Mitigating Transgressions
8. Tones: Triggering Spirituality Through Literary and Fine Arts

Glossary of Names, Titles, and Terms
Recommended Readings

“This book is a scholarly expedition that follows Zen Buddhism from China to Japan, and through all points in between. Through his erudition, his familiarity with Zen and East Asian Buddhism, and his comprehensive knowledge of related literature, Steven Heine succeeds in evoking the vibration of Zen Buddhism in his readers while enriching and renewing their understanding of the tradition.”–Jin Y. Park, author of Women and Buddhist Philosophy

From Chinese Chan to Japanese Zen showcases Steven Heine’s mastery of an array of primary and secondary sources, as well as his outstanding ability to communicate clearly to both scholarly and general audiences. It will be readily appreciated by scholars working in fields such as East Asian Buddhism and Japanese history, as well as by general readers interested in learning about the rich history of Zen.” –Mario Poceski, Professor of Buddhist Studies and Chinese Religions, University of Florida

“This is a book that has needed to be written, and we are fortunate that it was Steven Heine who chose to write it. Drawing on his impressive expertise, Heine skillfully illuminates how the Chan school was transplanted into Japan and became the Zen sect. Readers will appreciate his close attention to the cultural and socio-political dimensions of that transmission.”–Christopher Ives, author of Imperial-Way Zen

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Resource: Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection – Japanese Diaspora Initiative

Stanford University’s Hoover Institution Library & Archives recently launched the Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection as a part of their Japanese Diaspora Initiative, which aims to make the Hoover Institution the leading center for archive-based research and analysis on the historical issues of war, revolution, and peace as they relate to Japan. With a focus on Japan’s modern diaspora—especially Japanese Americans and overseas Japanese communities— the efforts of this initiative have resulted in an absolutely incredible resource of digitized materials, including the half a million+ pages of rare Japanese newspapers like the Hoji Shinbun, which were published in the U.S. from the late nineteenth century through WWII.

From the website:

The Hoji Shinbun Digital Collection is currently the world’s largest online archive of open-access, full-image newspapers published by overseas Japanese and their descendants. All content reproduced in this collection is full image, with enhancements added where possible, and rendering the text maximally searchable. The holdings of each title are also browsable by date, and each title is cross searchable with other titles on the platform. This collection currently contains fourteen newspapers published in Hawaii and North America. Most publications present a mix of content in the Japanese and English languages, with formats and proportionality of Japanese/English often changing as a reflection of shifting business and social circumstances.

As stated above, there’s multiple searching methods, including title, date, keywords, or advanced options for individual newspapers. The entire site can also be navigated in either English or in Japanese. Some newspapers are Stanford access only, but the majority are open to the public and do not require any logins.

Once you select a newspaper (such as the Hawaii Times, seen on the right, then you can search that individual paper by calendar date for a specific entry of interest, which is enormously helpful if you are cross-referencing another historical date with these materials. It’s also possible to look by date and list the various newspapers with entries for that specific date, rather than browsing one title at a time.

One of the most interesting parts of the entire collection, though, may be their OCR (Optical Character Recognition) system. The some 500,000 materials have been through OCR processing to render the difficult visuals into text, and though it leaves much to be desired in terms of accuracy, Stanford has set it up so that users can sign up to be OCR correctors.

So if you happen to be using these materials for your research (or fun) and have transcribed parts of them, you can submit it to the system to improve the overall content of the collection. This is a great step towards bridging the gap between private and public scholarship/resources.

Even if you’re not a researcher, this collection is a fascinating glimpse into Japanese/Japanese American/U.S. history, so be sure to check it out!

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Job Opening: Dartmouth College, Assistant Professor, Asian Religions

Institution: Dartmouth College
Location: New Hampshire, United States
Position: Assistant Professor

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, Hanover. The Department of Religion at Dartmouth College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Asian Religions. Appointment to begin as early as July 1, 2018. We especially encourage applications from candidates who specialize in Japanese, Tibetan/Himalayan, or Southeast Asian religions, whose academic specialization lies in religion or in an academic discipline relating to the study of religion. The successful candidate will be grounded in both theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion, as well as the relevant primary languages.

Qualifications include Ph.D., along with a record of outstanding scholarship and effective teaching. Requirements include teaching four courses per year (0-2 per quarter over 3 quarters) and normal department service. Competitive salary, benefits and research support. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a broad range of introductory, intermediate-level, and advanced courses within his or her specialization, as well as contributing to the Department’s theoretical and methodological offerings.

Since its inception in 1949, the Religion Department has been committed to a multidisciplinary, globally diverse curriculum grounded in the academic study of religion as engaged through a variety of methodological approaches. The Department offers instruction, from the introductory to the advanced level, in most of the world’s major religious traditions: Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; the religions of the ancient Near East; the religions of ancient and modern China; religious life in the Americas; and the religions of Africa. The Department offers an undergraduate major and minor.

Dartmouth College is an outstanding research institution of 4300 undergraduates, half of whom are women and approximately a third of whom are members of minority groups. Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. We are especially interested in candidates with demonstrated ability to contribute to Dartmouth’s undergraduate diversity initiatives.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure fullest consideration, dossiers should be received by October 15, 2017. Candidates whose applications are received by October 15, 2017, will be considered for a preliminary interview at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion (November 18-21, 2017), or by Skype for those unable to attend the conference.

To APPLY, visit: http://apply.interfolio.com/43693

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