Job Opening: Assistant Curator of Japanese Art, Freer/Sackler Gallery

money [150-2]The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, seeks two (2) full-time Assistant Curators in Japanese art.  These grant-funded, five year term, entry level positions are designed to offer optimum training opportunities for a curatorial career.  Note:  this is NOT a Federal position.

The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., serves as a crossroads and a meeting point.  Its mission is to stimulate curiosity about Asian art and to transform perceptions and generate greater empathy across cultures.  Incumbent performs duties related to the identification, acquisition, preservation, cataloguing, exhibition, and interpretation of works of art.  Incumbent also performs scholarly research in preparation of material for publication.

Position requires a doctoral degree in Japanese art history or in Japanese literature with a specialization in text-image studies; fluency in English as well as fluency in spoken and written Japanese appropriate to scholarly research and administrative duties; reading ability in another Asian and/or European language; and a minimum of one year research residency in Japan.  Applicants with previous full-time employment in museum or academic positions do not qualify.

Salary range is $64,650 to $84,044.  Please send cover letter and resume to: James Ulak, Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at  Applications will be accepted until Friday, October 28, 2016.

The Smithsonian is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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Call for Applicants: Saitama University MA program in Japanese & Asian Culture

Saitama University’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for admission to our MA program in Japanese & Asian Culture, for the Spring 2017 semester.

The program centers on interdisciplinary study of Japanese and Asian history, literature, material culture, and other cultural studies topics, through coursework conducted in English. Areas of particular faculty and program strength include Japanese military history and samurai culture, political and intellectual history, and the history and culture of performing arts. Students with the requisite language ability will also have the option of taking classes in Japanese, but will not be required to do so.

Japanese language study at all levels is supported, and strongly encouraged, but not required.  Even students in early stages of Japanese language training will therefore be able to develop an in-depth understanding of Japanese and Asian history and culture, while living and studying in Japan.

Saitama University is a national university offering undergraduate and graduate programs to just under 8000 students. Conveniently located in Saitama City, about half an hour’s travel time north of Tokyo, it offers a happy balance of urban and natural environment and low cost of living.  Housing is available on campus in our very comfortable International House dormitory, or off campus in a wide range of apartments. The university will sponsor students who need guarantors for housing contracts.

We would be very grateful if you would circulate this email and encourage potential students to apply. We welcome motivated students from all over the world!

Fulltime Faculty:

Karl Friday, Ph.D., is professor of premodern Japanese history in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Email:

Roger H. Brown, Ph.D., is professor of modern Japanese history and US-Japan relations in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Email:

Tove Bjoerk, Ph.D., is associate professor of Japanese literature in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Email:

Zilia Zara-Papp, Ph.D., is associate professor of Media Studies in the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For faculty profiles, course lists, and other details concerning the program and the application process, please see:

For more on Saitama University itself, please see:

Questions should be addressed to our faculty or to the following address:

Department of Japanese and Asian Studies
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Saitama University
Shimo-Okubo 255, Sakura-ku, Saitama-Shi, 338-8570 Japan

Telephone: +81-48-858-3044

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Fun Link Friday: Hypnotic gifs of Japanese joinery

Studying artisans, I’m a little biased in just how cool I find today’s Fun Link Friday, but a friend passed this link along and I couldn’t resist. de zeen recently posted a series of simple yet stunning gifs of Japanese joinery techniques in action, illustrating the advanced woodworking skills traditional artisans in Japan have been using for centuries.

The gifs come from a Twitter account called The Joinery and are absolutely addictive to watch. Check it out at the original article or click the image below! Many more can also be found on The Joinery itself. Happy Friday!



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Call for Papers: Graduate Conference: “On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan”

call for papers [150-2]CALL FOR PAPERS
On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan
University of California, Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies

Conference Dates: April 7 – 8, 2017
Submissions Due: January 15, 2017
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The UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies presents its fourth annual graduate student conference: On Belonging: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity in Japan. We invite proposals for papers that focus on past and present inquiries into and expressions of identity and community formation vis-à-vis gender and sexuality in Japan. Current graduate students and recent graduates in any discipline are invited to apply. In particular we welcome abstracts that explore the role of identity (including gendered, sexual, social, and ethnic) in relation to Japanese Buddhist institutions, texts, and community practices.

This conference will also explore representations of and critical engagements with notions of gender, sexuality, and identity that illuminate where and how interpretations of such notions have manifested barriers to belonging in the forms of discrimination and marginalization. Within this arena individual papers might focus on the expression of private, personal experience as well as the mounting of public demonstrations as critiques of normativity or state practice. Papers might also consider how members of academia deploy theories of gender, sexuality, and queerness to critically analyze the effects normativity and institutional power or to encourage the re-reading of historical objects and events.

Categories of exploration might include but are not limited to:

  • Intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, and/or other categories of group identity and individual lived experience
  • Questions of normativity/non-normativity, the consideration of how boundaries to belonging are constructed or questioned, and the “queering” of cultural narratives and perspectives
  • Engagements with practices of “close” or “paranoid” readings versus “surface” readings, and how theory can be efficacious to “recovery” of narratives and/or risk obfuscation of historical particulars
  • Whether state and religious institutions enact normativity, whether there can be a “queering” of institutions, or whether institutions can intervene in social constructs of normativity
  • The framing and understanding of gender and sexuality in Japanese Buddhism and other institutions of cultural practice and belief, and how cultural and spiritual practices shape ideas of the normative and non-normative

Requirements for Submission

Proposed papers should present original, critical research that substantially engages with the conference theme in relation to Japan Studies writ large. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words along with your name, institutional affiliation/program, presentation title, and short biography (100 words) by January 15, 2017.


Limited funding is available for participants. Please apply early and indicate your need for funding, including from where you will be travelling and whether you will require lodging. International scholars are encouraged to apply.

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Job Opening: East Asian history, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

call for papers [150-2]Institution:       University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Department of History
Location:          Wisconsin, United States
Position:          Assistant Professor, East Asian History

The Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track assistant professor to teach introductory and upper-level courses in East Asian history beginning August 2017. Research fields should complement existing faculty expertise and may include any specialization in East Asian history. The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory and upper-level courses in East Asian history, and a freshman-level modern world history course. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda and contribute to campus, professional and public service. Starting date is August 24, 2017. Salary is dependent upon academic preparation and teaching experience.

Qualifications: Minimum requirements are a demonstrated excellence in teaching, a commitment to undergraduate education, and clear evidence of scholarly potential. Ph.D. in History is required.  ABD candidates may be considered if the Ph.D. will be completed by August 24, 2017.

Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities will include a freshman-level modern world history course. Teaching load is four courses per semester. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda and contribute to campus, professional and public service.

To Ensure Consideration: Applications received by November 1, 2016 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024

For questions regarding the position please contact:

Dr. Molly Patterson, Chair, East Asian Search Committee
Associate Professor of History

More information about the History Department at UWW is available at

To Apply:

A complete application packet must include online submission of the following documents:

-Letter of application;
-Statement of teaching philosophy;
-Names and contact information for three references
-Photocopies of official graduate transcripts
-Letters of Recommendation may be requested at a later date.

To Apply and submit these documents please visit  Click on the Employment link located at the bottom of the page, then click on the UW-Whitewater Careers link at the top of the next page.  This Job ID is: 12339.

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Call for Papers: Exhibiting Race and Culture (Amerasia Journal)



Guest Editors:
Professor Constance Chen (Loyola Marymount University)
Professor Melody Rod-ari (Loyola Marymount University)

Publication Date: Issue planned for Summer/Fall 2017 publication

Due Date: Paper submission (5,000-6,000 words excluding endnotes) due November 15, 2016

In 1886, Queen Victoria opened the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London seated on the golden throne of the deposed Maharaja Ranjit Singh as a potent symbol of the “bonds of union” within the British Empire. While Indian colonial subjects were made visible through the creation and dissemination of certain visual imageries, they were rendered powerless and voiceless in the process. In recent decades, scholars from a multitude of disciplines have problematized Western perceptions of “the East” by interrogating and dismantling existing paradigms and frameworks. Moreover, the display and repatriation of Asian and Pacific Islander cultural artifacts as well as the (in)visibility of Asian Pacific Americans in popular media have led to discussions regarding how various peoples have sought to conceptualize themselves locally and internationally, thereby further complicating racial discourses and transnational exchanges.

In this special issue of Amerasia Journal, we seek to examine the ways in which visual representations have shaped political, socioeconomic, cultural, and ideological milieus on both sides of the Pacific across historical time and geographical space. How have Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders been portrayed and—in turn—portrayed themselves in museums, world’s fairs, international biennales, visual and performing arts, the media, literature, film and television, politics, and beyond? How do imperialist sentiments still manifest themselves through the visual? How are race and culture imagined and redefined from differing localities and time periods? How can marginalized groups utilize the depiction of the non-West to refashion individual and national identities? We invite submissions that delve into topics such as, but not limited to, the display of indigenous cultures in museums, the role of heritage sites and tourism in the fabrication of nationalism, the construction of race in electoral politics, the intersection of racial and gender discourses in film and television, the engendering of Otherness by peoples of color, the impact of political cartoons on nineteenth-century immigration legislations as well as comparative analyses across racial-ethnic groups. We are particularly interested in essays that use interdisciplinary approaches and cross-cultural perspectives.

Submission Guidelines and Review Process:

The guest editors, in consultation with the Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, make the decisions on which submissions will be included in the special issue. The process is as follows:

· Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editorial staff
· Papers approved by editors will undergo blind peer review
· Revision of accepted peer-reviewed papers and final submission

All correspondences should refer to “Amerasia Journal Exhibiting Race and Culture Issue” in the subject line. Please send inquiries and manuscripts to Professor Constance Chen (, Professor Melody Rod-ari (, and Dr. Arnold Pan, Associate Editor (

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Funding: Critical Language Scholarship program for Japanese

money [150-2]We are pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the U.S. Department of State 2017 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in fourteen critical foreign languages, including Japanese!

The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is a fully-funded overseas intensive language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

The fourteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

Please note that participants in the CLS Program are not required to have any experience studying critical languages for most of the fourteen languages. Arabic, Chinese, Persian, Russian, and Japanese institutes have language prerequisites, which can be found on the CLS website:

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of the United States. Thus, students from all academic disciplines, including business, engineering, law, medicine, science, social sciences, arts and humanities are encouraged to apply.

There is no service requirement for CLS Alumni after the program. However, participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their professional careers. Participants are selected based on their commitment to language learning and plans to apply their language skills to their future academic or professional pursuits.

Please note that CLS is an intensive group-based language program.

The application is now live and available online at:
Applications will be due November 16, 2016 by 8:00 pm EST.

Prior to preparing their application, interested students should review the full eligibility and application information on the CLS Program website:

For news, updates and more information about the CLS Program, check out the CLS website or our Facebook page for updates!

CLS Website:
CLS Facebook page:
CLS Twitter page:
For questions, please contact us at:

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