Conference Announcements


Application Deadline: March 15, 2014
UC Berkeley's Japan Studies 2014 Graduate Conference on Ecology and Space

May 2-3 2014
UC Berkeley's Center for Japanese Studies, with support from the Japan Foundation, is pleased to announce its first annual graduate student conference. This conference brings together prominent scholars and graduate students from all disciplines in the field of Japanese Studies to discuss the concepts of ecology and space from pre-modern times to the present. Space here not only connotes the physical, but also how one views one's position relative to others and to objects in the world. Resisting the objectification of nature as mere symbol or metaphor, the concept of ecology insists on new modes of reading, writing, and thinking about the material environment that connects the human to the organic world. The international dimensions of ecological questions are particularly suited to considering Japan within the broader fabric of the global environment. Within this general thematic area, we encourage submissions from a variety of disciplines that address diverse substantive topics, including comparative or cross-disciplinary studies on issues such as: natural disaster, geopolitics, human geography, agriculture, urban space and ecology, architecture and the environment, film and visual art, literary ecocriticism, environmental aesthetics, environmental history and soundscape and affect studies.
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Application Deadline: March 31, 2014
Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong: "Inter-Asian Urbanity: Connections and Comparisons"

August 18-24
Asian cities have undergone centuries of growth and decline, social transformations, political strife and cultural fusion. They also present diverse paths to engage the global political economy in the 21st century. As in the past, the re-emergence of a vibrant and inter-connected Asia sees the region's urban populations mobile and growing. They are culturally diverse, at times volatile in their emotions and challenging in their claims for entitlements. The program attempts to use different disciplinary frameworks to position cities at global crossroads of trade and finance, politics, culture, and ethnicity, and to understand people's strategies for survival and advancement as urban spaces are reconfigured. Speakers will involve historians, anthropologists, political scientists, urban designers, architectural scholars, sociologists, and film-makers. We shall reinforce the program with field trips, one on Hong Kong as a colonial, multi-ethnic hub, the other on contemporary cross-border logistics. A documentary film on new immigrants and community building will complement the trips. This utilizes the unique assemblage of the Hong Kong region, in historical and contemporary terms, to illuminate the analytical themes we would explore across disciplines. The program is free of charge. Room and board in Hong Kong, as well as local trips related to the program will be fully covered by the organizing institutions. A very small number of outstanding trainees may be selected to spend a year in residency as a visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Application Deadline: March 20, 2014
Penn State Summer Institute in Asian Studies

June 1-7, 2014
The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a week-long fellowship to participate in the inaugural "Penn State Summer Institute in Asian Studies." To be held June 1-7, 2014, on the theme of "Reading and Textual Production in Early Modern China," the Summer Institute welcomes applicants interested in reading primary and secondary sources on its annual theme, in workshopping and discussing their own research, and in exploring the latest scholarship in their field. This year's Institute will be led by On-cho Ng (Penn State), Kai-wing Chow (U of Illinois) and Hung-lam Chu (Hong Kong Polytechnic U).Summer Institute Fellows will receive support for lodging and meals, as well as transportation (round-trip economy-class airfare, or mileage). Applicants must have completed their PhDs between August 2009 and 2014, or be advanced graduate students who are completing their dissertations.
Please submit a curriculum vitae and statement of interest (600 words) to Jamie Perryman:

Advanced graduate students must also include a letter from the dissertation adviser on academic progress and status. Decisions will be made by April 15, 2014. Other inquiries regarding the Summer Institute may be directed to On-cho Ng: