Henry Luce Foundation Grant Spotlight: The Theravada Civilizations Project

In 2009 ASU’s Juliane Schober and Steve Collins, a scholar of Pali and Sanskrit at theUniversity of Chicago, developed the idea for a project that would bring together scholars from differentS Collins North Thailand Fieldtrip_0889 fields and institutions “to formulate a comparative and multidisciplinary understanding of Theravada Buddhism.” In 2010, Arizona State University received a three-year grant from the Foundation’s Asia Program to support the “Theravada Civilizations Project.”

The centerpiece of the project has been a series of annual conferences, hosted by the University of Toronto (2012), Arizona State University (2013), and the Ecole Francaise d’Extreme Orient center in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2014).This grant was extended in 2015 for another three years allowing for conferences at King’s College, London  and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London (2016) and Arizona State University (2016). Read more »

2016 A.T. Steele Awardees Announced

The Center for Asian Research wishes to announce our three awardees of the 2016 A.T. Steele Travel Grants.


Dr. Deepak Chhabra,
Associate Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist, School of Community Resources and Development
Retro Branding of Khadi: A Sustainable Heritage Tourism Marketing Perspective


Dr. Aaron S. Moore
Associate Professor, History, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies
Legacies of Japanese Engineering in Northeast China


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15th consecutive AAS Dissertation Workshop Announed

The Association of Asian Studies is pleased to announce plans for the 15th consecutive AAS Dissertation Workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the annual conference in Seattle next spring. The workshop will again be organized and led by David Szanton, and follow the model used in previous workshops.  We ask everyone to please bring the workshop to the attention of students whose research interests fit within the workshop theme. Read more »


ASU offers an annual scholarship of $3,000.00 for an undergraduate student to spend several weeks traveling in Laos, ordinarily (but not necessarily) over the summer. The recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student during the Spring Semester 2016 and have completed 56 hours, or four semesters, or study.

Recipients of the Sage Scholarship are expected to spend at least three weeks in Laos but are free to travel elsewhere in Southeast Asia during their trip. Read more »

The Theravada Civilizations Project announces A Dissertation/post-Doc Workshop

To be held in Seattle, Wednesday March 30, 2016

DEADLINE for proposals: January 15, 2016


The Theravada Civilizations Project is pleased to announce plans for an intensive dissertation/post-doc workshop, which will be held immediately preceding the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting (March 31 – April) in Seattle. There will also be a business meeting of the Theravada Studies Group of the AAS on Saturday, April 1. Read more »

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