Job Opening: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships in the School of Modern Languages & Cultures, Durham University

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures invites expressions of interest from outstanding candidates who wish to apply for a prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship through Durham University. We welcome enquiries from eligible candidates working on topics within the remit of any of our constituent departments (Arabic, Chinese & Japanese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Hispanic Studies), particularly those related to the activities of our research groups ( or to relevant University research centres and institutes (

Further information on the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships, including eligibility criteria, can be found at:

Those who wish to express interest in applying should contact and be prepared to provide the following information by 20 August:

(a)   curriculum vitae

(b)   detailed account of the proposed research (2 pages of A4, Times New Roman, 12 pt). This should state the aims, objectives, method and publication plans, with particular attention to explanation of the significance of the subject, and the research problem and questions. This statement should be clear and precise, with bibliographical references given in full.

(c)   abstract (100 words) of the proposal in non-technical terms so as to be easily comprehensible to a non-expert

(d)   details of research being undertaken at Durham which is relevant to your proposal

For those applications judged suitable for support by the School, further advice will be provided before a process of scrutiny and selection by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. Those whose proposals receive Faculty support will be informed in good time to enable any further refinement of the application before submission to the British Academy.

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Job Opening: East Asian history, St. Olaf College

Institution: St. Olaf College
Location: Minnesota, United States
Position: Tenure track Assistant Professor, East Asian History,History and Asian Studies Departments

St. Olaf College invites applications for a position in East Asian History beginning August 2018. This is a full-time tenure-track position, jointly appointed to the History and Asian Studies Departments, expected at the assistant professor rank. The successful applicant should be committed to teaching in the liberal arts and conducting historical research, with a focus on the history of East Asia in a global perspective. Specialists in China, Japan or Korea are welcome. We are particularly interested in applicants who will contribute to the departments’ commitment to increasing access and opportunities for populations that are currently under-represented in the areas of Asian Studies and History.

Position Description:

Regular teaching responsibilities include courses in East Asian history at all levels: national and transnational surveys, topical seminars, and interdisciplinary courses on Asia, such as Asian Conversations. In addition to expertise in East Asian history, we welcome candidates with interests in fields such as gender studies, ethnic studies or environmental studies. A commitment to experiential learning through international study, internships and undergraduate student research projects is highly desirable. The normal teaching load is six courses a year divided between the two departments.

Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. by September 1, 2018. The successful candidate will possess a high degree of fluency in Chinese, Japanese or Korean. Applicants must submit materials online at

A complete application includes:

  1. cover letter outlining your qualifications;
  2. current curriculum vitae;
  3. short statement (1 page) describing your approach to teaching;
  4. short statement (1 page) of your research agenda;
  5. writing sample (dissertation chapter or scholarly article);
  6. unofficial graduate school transcripts.
  7. the names and email contact information of three professional references who can speak to your abilities in classroom teaching and scholarship. St. Olaf College solicits letters directly.

Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to:

Prof. Barbara E. Reed, Chair of the East Asian History search committee
Department of Asian Studies
St. Olaf College
1520 St Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057

Application review will begin on October 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

More information about the History and Asian Studies Departments can be found at and

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.

A liberal arts college of the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or service.

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.


Prof. Barbara E. Reed, Chair of the East Asian History search committee
Department of Asian Studies
St. Olaf College
1520 St Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057Email:


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Funding: 2018 Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

2018 Blakemore Freeman Fellowship

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of full-time, intensive language study of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer or Burmese at the advanced level in approved language programs in East or Southeast Asia.

Superior candidates pursuing careers in fields such as academia, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), international business, accounting, law, medicine, journalism, architecture, teaching, social or NGO work, and government service are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a grant, an applicant must:

• Be pursuing a professional, business, technical or academic career that involves the regular use of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Khmer or Burmese.
• By the start of the grant, have (at minimum) a college undergraduate degree.
• Be at or near an advanced level in the language. By the start of the grant, applicants must have completed (at minimum) the equivalent of the third year of languages classes at the college level, either through classes taken in the U.S. or through a combination of study at the college level in the U.S. and intensive language study abroad programs.
• Be able to devote oneself exclusively to full-time intensive language study during the term of the grant; grants are not made for part-time study or research.
• Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

Selection Criteria

• A focused, well-defined career objective involving Asia in which regular use of the language is an important aspect.
• The potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country.
• Prior experience in the Asian country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country.
• Good academic, professional or business background, appropriate to the career program.

You may find more detailed information on our website at


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Book Announcement: Postwar Emigration to South America from Japan and the Ryukyu Islands

Postwar Emigration to South America from Japan and the Ryukyu Islands

Pedro Iacobelli

SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan

Placing a distinct focus on the role of the sending state, this book examines the history of postwar Japan’s migration policy, linking it to the larger question of statehood and nation-building in the postwar era. Pedro Iacobelli delves into the role of states in shaping migration flows by exploring the genesis of the state-led emigration from Japan and the US-administered Ryukyu Islands to South America in the mid-20th century.

The study proposes an alternative political perspective on migration history to analyze the rationale and mechanisms behind the establishment of migration programs by the sending state. To develop this perspective, the book examines the state’s emigration policies, their determinants and their execution for the Japanese and Okinawan migration programs to Bolivia in the 1950s. It argues that the post-war migration policies that established those migration flows were a result of the political cost-benefit calculations, rather than only economic factors, of the three governments involved.

With its unique focus on the role of the sending state and the relationship between Japan, Okinawa and the United States, this is a valuable study for students and scholars of postwar Japan and migration history.

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Call for Papers: Non-Latin Type Design and Human-Computer Interaction

Type Design and Human-Computer Interaction Beyond the Western World

December 1-2, 2017
Stanford University

In connection with the Fall 2017 Stanford University Libraries exhibition, “Facing the World: Non-Latin Type Design, 1450 to Now,” we will be holding an international conference bringing together scholars, designers, engineers, and technologists to explore Non-Latin type design, book design, interface design, and human-computer interaction beyond the Latin alphabetic world.

We are now seeking paper proposals.


Face/Interface will take place December 1-2, 2017 on the campus of Stanford University.


Scholars, Designers, Artists, Engineers, and Technologists working in all disciplines and time periods are welcome to apply. We are particularly eager to identify early-career candidates. All ranks are eligible and encouraged to apply, however.


Confirmed Speakers for the Face/Interface conference include:

* Fiona Ross (Associate Professor, University of Reading | Non-Latin Typeface Design Director | Foundational figure in South Asian script typeface design)
* Gerry Leonidas (Associate Professor, University of Reading | Typeface Design Programme Director | World-leading Greek typeface designer)
* Lara Captan (leading contemporary Arabic type designer & researcher + co-founder of Arabic Type Design-Beirut program)
* Liron Lavi Turkenich (leading contemporary Hebrew type designer & researcher + regional director of ATypI)
* Ken Lunde (Senior Computer Scientist, Type Development in Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Vietnamese scripts at Adobe)
* Ramsey Nasser (NY-based Arabic-language computer science theorist/artist)
* Scott Klemmer (HCI specialist & Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering at UC San Diego + Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Design Lab, UC Irvine)


The deadline for applications is AUGUST 4, 2017. Materials should be submitted via email/attachments to Tom Mullaney ( with the subject header “FACE/INTERFACE APPLICATION.” (This subject header is REQUIRED.)

Applications should include:

I. Cover letter summarizing applicant’s field of study, research, and/or design practice in connection with the themes of the conference

II. Title, 250-word Abstract of Proposed Conference Paper

III. CV (3-page)

IV. Two references including contact information (please do NOT request or provide letters of recommendation – but references may be contacted as part of application review process)


A limited number of partial travel stipends will be offered to help offset cost of travel to Stanford. This support will not cover the full cost of attendance, and so successful applicants should plan accordingly.

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Fun Link Friday: Pop-up Kirigami

Though I don’t speak French, I couldn’t resist posting this as a fun link when I came across the video online at golem 13: Nakamura Haruki, an expert in kirigami (paper cutting), has come up with incredibly adorable animal creations that literally pop-up to life. From a bouncing penguin to a defensive armadillo, they’re absolutely adorable! Check out the video below and go to his site to see more of his amazing work!

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Job Opening: Critical Language Mentor Research Associate


Exiger assists organizations worldwide with practical advice and technology solutions to prevent compliance breaches, respond to risk, remediate major issues and monitor ongoing business activities.

Exiger has a current need for Hebrew, Korean, Dutch and Japanese proficient candidates. Reading comprehension skills are above conversational skills. They are searching for candidates with the aforementioned language skills to be research associates. Clearances are not required, and this is a great opportunity for recent college graduates with language and research skills.

Position Summary

Research Associates are creative and inquisitive. They use a wide range of research tools to gather risk and compliance intelligence on individuals and companies. The research is then analyzed and developed into a narrative report, which is used by clients to understand the general background of the subject, assess the subject’s legitimacy and reputation, and inform strategic decision-making. Research Associates work both independently and collaboratively on research and reports for a variety of domestic and international clients.

Key Responsibilities

Research Associates are key members of the Exiger Diligence research team.  Responsibilities include:

  • Extensive primary and secondary research using a variety of open-source web-based tools
  • Identification of pertinent information and development of useful insights into the subject
  • Write clear, concise, and thorough reports for clients
  • Learn to own cases from start to finish with review of cases by senior researchers
  • Assist with research, writing, and editing of large and complex cases
  • Commitment to integrity and thoroughness of research
  • Under certain circumstances some travel may be required

Knowledge & Skills

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Rigorous attention to detail
  • Superior comprehension and analytical abilities
  • Excellent logical thinking
  • Ability to work in fast-paced and self-driven environment
  • Ability to manage and prioritize several projects and assignments simultaneously
  • Organizational and time management competency required
  • Interest and understanding of current events, international affairs, financial regulations, economics and/or finance
  • Professional fluency/proficiency in a foreign language with a particular emphasis on Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Italian, and Japanese a plus.

Professional Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree required, 0-3 years of relevant work experience.

Application and more information:

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