News, Events, Call for Papers, and Opportunities


Professor Collins’ Fourth Lecture: “Buddhist Practices of Self: Spiritual Exercises”

To understand forms of askesis, Practices of Self, we need to look from both internal and external pespectives. That is, there are forms of dress (uniforms) as well as of ‘introspection.’ The lectures will conclude with a brief history of the rise of Insight meditation (vipassana) and Mindfulness (sati), in Buddhism and in contemporary psychotherapy.

Professor Collins’ video can be seen embedded below and here.

Professor Collins is a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies at Arizona State University and the Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

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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.

The Social and Political Implications of New Media in Asia

New technologies and modes of communication; satellites, smart phones, the internet, social media, virtual spaces, etc., are radically challenging long-standing characterizations of Asian societies. The new media are generating new economic processes (banking, call centers, back-room accounting, the design and nearly instantaneous production and distribution of fashions, appliances, auto parts, and pharmaceuticals, etc.).  Read more »


April 19th, 2016

The South China Sea Disputes: Phenomena and Essence

Qiang CaoCao Qiang
Visiting Scholar
School of Politics and Global Studies
Tuesday, April 19th
Noon to 1:30 | Coor 6615



Over the past few years, the South China Sea (SCS) disputes have become a hotspot and dominated the headlines of newspapers. Actually, in Asia, there are plenty of territorial disputes. However, among these disputes, the SCS disputes are quite special and more complicated. First of all, the disputes, involving China (Mainland and Taiwan) and five countries in Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia), are not bilateral but multilateral. Not only China and Southeast Asian countries have controversies, but also among the ASEAN countries themselves they have different claims. Secondly, the disputed waters are not an isolated area. Conversely, the SCS is one of the world’s most important sea lanes, both for civilian and military vessels. Read more »

April 12th, 2016

The Myanmar Librarian Training Consortium

Ralph at Rangoon Library

Dr. Ralph Gabbard
ASU Libraries
Tuesday, April 12th
Noon to 1:30pm
Rm C41 Hayden Library


The Myanmar Librarian Training Consortium (ASU Libraries, University of Washington Libraries and Northern Illinois Library) announced that the consortium has been awarded a grant for librarian training for two years (2016-2017). According to Dr. Ralph Gabbard, one of the principal investigators,  ASU Libraries will take the lead on preservation and conservation part of the grant while University of Washington Libraries will lead on Subject Librarianship and Northern Illinois University Library on digitization issues. Beginning in 2016, the consortium will offer three in country workshops, ASU Libraries will organize a preservation and conservation workshop. Each consortium library will host two of the six librarians at their institutions while the seventh librarian will be a preservation and conservation intern at ASU Libraries. Read more »

Calls for Papers

January 31st, 2016

From City to Village: Urbanization and Southeast Asia, Northern Illinois University Southeast Asia Student Conference

March 26, 2016
Call for Paper Deadlines:
Best Paper Prize January 31, 2016
All other Abstracts: February 25, 2016

The NIU Southeast Asia Club and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies would like to formally invite your students to participate in this year’s Southeast Asia Student Conference being held on March 26, 2016. The theme for this year’s conference is “From City to Village: Urbanization and Southeast Asia.” Our keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Duncan McCargo, professor of political science at Leeds University and currently a visiting professor at Columbia University.

Any student may present at the conference as long as paper topics are relevant to the region of Southeast Asia. Please share this with any students who may be interested in participating.

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January 21st, 2016

Call for Papers: 2016 SPAS Graduate Student Conference Deadline Extended

“From Uncharted Waters to Familiar Shores: Navigating the Myriad and Divergent Conceptions of Asia”


New Deadline: February 1, 2016


The School of Pacific and Asian Studies (SPAS) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) welcomes papers, performances, and panel proposals for its 27th annual graduate student conference. The conference will be held at the Center for Korean Studies on the UHM campus in Honolulu, HI on March 16-18, 2016. The theme this year is “FROM UNCHARTED WATERS TO FAMILIAR SHORES: NAVIGATING THE MYRIAD AND DIVERGENT CONCEPTIONS OF ASIA.”

As this year’s theme indicates, we are interested in accepting papers, performances, and panel proposals that continue, change, and/or contest disciplinary and regional approaches to the study of the Asia/Pacific. Read more »

Fellowship and Funding Opportunities

The Center of Chinese Studies in National Central Library, Taiwan Research Stipend

In order to enhance international academic exchange and promote cultural diplomacy ,the center of Chinese studies in National Central Library offers a stipend for foreign scholars to come to Taiwan for Chinese studies. Foreign professors, associate professors, assistant professors (including post-doctoral researchers), doctoral candidates are eligible for application. The theme of research should be about Chinese or Taiwan studies. The research period can be from 3 months to 1 year. The stipend includes a round-trip airline ticket (economy class) and monthly research stipend (professor: 60,000NTD/month (approximately 1,849.12 USD), associate professor: 50,000 NTD/month (approximately 1,540.94 USD), assistant professor (post-doctoral)and doctoral candidates: 40,000NTD/month (approximately 1,232.75 USD).

The deadline for application is May, 31, 2016.

For further information and application forms, please go to the following website: 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. After returning home, they will make an informal presentation about what they have seen and learned and submit a final project report.

To date, nine ASU undergraduates have traveled to Laos as Sage Scholars.

If you are interested in this opportunity this year, please download the Sage Application 2016-17 here. Read more »