Call for Films – AAS 2018 Annual Conference


Current AAS members received this directly from the AAS.  It would be great for the Philippines to be well represented among these films.  Pls. note the criteria noted in linked page given below: “Criteria utilized in the selection process include timeliness, broad appeal to the scholarly community, and examples of new field work.”   –Megan


The Association for Asian Studies is now accepting films for consideration and inclusion on the 2018 Annual Conference Film Expo program.

The Annual Conference will take place in Washington, DC, March 22-25, 2018.

We welcome the submission of films related to Asia produced by scholars and independent filmmakers. All films selected to be screened at the Annual Conference are promoted in a special Film Expo Booklet which includes contact information for distributors or filmmakers who self-distribute. In addition to the main screening room, we will offer a ‘on demand’ room for attendees who miss scheduled screening times.

The deadline for submissions is November 10, 2017. Please visit the AEMS website for detailed instructions and submission form.

AAS Film Expo is curated by the Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS), a program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We look forward to seeing you and your film in Washington DC!


petition on academic publishing standards

Dear PSG Folks,  I do not generally use this list for activist purposes but PSG member Noah Theriault called this to my attention and we think many of you would want to know about it, if you don’t already via social media.  Please note that the petition will be delivered on Friday.   –Megan
Forwarding on behalf of a colleague….
———- Forwarded message ———-

Apologies for cross-postings:

Dear colleagues,
I wish to bring to your attention a highly problematic practice in academia of not holding scholars or journals to high standards of accuracy, merit, or rigor. This is particularly so when they publish shoddy racist click-bait pieces. Some of you may already be following the debates for the last few days on other forums or online (there’s been a lot said on social media), but if you have not, I would be grateful if you could please read through this email and sign the petition below.
Recently, an author published a piece calling for the return of colonization and white supremacy in the well-respected journal Third World Quarterly. [In order to NOT raise the view or download metrics of the article or the journal, which will only increase its popularity, please read it for free here instead: ] The article is full of inaccuracies & falsehoods, misqualifies existing scholarship on the topic, lacks proper citations, is poorly written and conceptualized, and morally reprehensible. It should’ve been rejected on lacking of academic merit alone, let alone the contents of its argument legitimizing racist brutality. The article seems like a faux ‘shock’ piece to manufacture controversy and very much conforms to click-bait practices. The piece did not undergo the regular peer-review process as it was submitted as a Viewpoint. Even though Viewpoints and Commentaries are usually reviewed by several members of the Editorial Board for most journals, we are not sure whether TWQ does this at all. Apparently some of their own Editorial Board members were completely unaware of it until it came out in print. Some members of the Editorial Board (e.g. Vijay Prashad) have publicly threatened to resign if the article is not retracted. The Editorial Board consists of many distinguished scholars, so we are not sure who authorized the publication of this particular piece. Clearly whichever editor or editors who sanctioned the piece did not even bother to read it.  Journals should be held to higher standards than partaking in such practices, as otherwise it is a slap to our collective faces as scholars who strive for rigor, integrity and accuracy in our scholarship. We learnt that the journal wanted more ‘traffic’ to its website through publishing this piece, and thus we are actively discouraging people from giving them that (please view or download it above). We are instead calling for a retraction and an apology from the journal, and raising awareness of such problematic practices.
The author in question (a political scientist at Portland State University) has published white supremacist drivel in the past (e.g. supporting ethnic cleansing), and has made a name for himself in doing so. We all know there are plenty of colonial apologists in academia as well as overt and closeted white supremacists who enable/promote/encourage such success; many more support it through silence and enabling such behavior to go unchecked thereby allowing racism to flourish. Perhaps that is why there is an urge amongst many to act now. There are many other sites where meaningful interventions can be made about decolonizing, postcolonial critique, etc. (e.g. recent TIBG special issue on this, etc.). We encourage such endeavors as well. Engaging with this piece does not advance our knowledge of colonialism or anything else, and thus does not serve any purpose. Rather, it amplifies and emboldens horrific ideologies and practices to persist in academia and beyond.
What the journal probably did not expect is this much push-back or threats of boycott in readership as well as in contributing pieces or agreeing to peer review. These are strategies to hold journals accountable in my opinion. The lack of accountability and integrity displayed in this instance (among many others) makes a mockery of the academic publishing process. Accountability, rigor, empirical evidence, sound reasoning, and engaging with existing scholarship are essential foundations in academic publishing, and this particular article did not do any of that. TWQ needs to be held accountable for promoting such practices.
Whether or not the petition we started will encourage TWQ to retract the piece or not is up for debate. Ideally they should. That would send the message to all and sundry that shoddy scholarship, based on racist ideologies, has no place in academia. We were clear to state in our petition that we are not asking for curtailing of academic freedom (whatever that means anymore in the US), but holding the journal more accountable. This way we are not enabling this author to gas-light us and get away with click-bait. We are not engaging with him directly as he wants. We felt that the petition to TWQ and the publisher that produces it would demonstrate that we’re engaging the journal itself in order to improve overall scholarship and publishing processes and standards in academia itself. If in the process they do retract the article, then that author and his supporters will have hopefully learnt a lesson. This will put a dent in his dossier, however small. In the process of all this, it’ll also raise awareness that scholars and journals are responsible and can be held accountable.
This particular article has caused a lot of stir among various disciplines, groups, and organizations in the last few days. Many folks are writing letters of complaint to the journal about the piece, calling for a retraction and an apology (as which we have done). Even more are tweeting about it [If you’d like to see some of the tweet thread on this, here’s one example among many circulating now that contains info on this author’s other alt-right pieces, etc.:].
Personally, I do not want to give any more oxygen directly to this racist fascist author who has written for alt-right websites and published reprehensible material in the past (his piece justifying ethnic cleansing was also published by TWQ and it should have generated pushback then but it did not — I think that emboldened both the author and the journal). We will not be able to change the mind of this man or racist his allies. I also worry about the hundreds of students who take his courses, and wonder what they have learnt. I doubt his university will take any steps to hold him accountable (it seems that US universities only fire professors if they call out injustices and not the other way around), so while many people have left this man, his department, his university voicemails and messages, I highly doubt anything will come of it in terms of reprimands. What we can do is put pressure on TWQ and other journals who enable this kind of behavior to count as ‘ cholarship’ to desist from doing so any further.  In my opinion, not doing that is a disservice to all of us for all the labor we put into our own publications and scholarship.
If anyone is interested, my blog post that inspired the petition is here:  I  have been requested by many scholars to turn this into some sort of ‘proper’ publication or contribution to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which I may do in the future, as otherwise it will ‘not count’ (again, a feature of our horrible metric-based system where other forms of labor go invisible and unrecognizable — but that’s another topic of discussion) 🙂
Thank you for your support. Please feel free to forward this email on to other lists and people who may be interested. Thank you.
In solidarity,


Farhana Sultana, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Geography

Research Director for Environmental Conflicts and Collaborations, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC)

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University
144 Eggers Hall, Syracuse, NY, 13244, USA

Twitter: @Farhana_H2O


Eating, Drinking: Surviving

The Right to Water: Politics, Governance and Social Struggles

SEA Studies Postdoc

I just received this postdoc notice via H-SEAsia and thought it would interest some PSG advanced grad students and recent Ph.D.s.  –Megan

Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies

by Allegra Giovine

Full details of this position are available on the H-Net Job Guide at the following link:

The Chao Center for Asian Studies (CCAS) at Rice University is currently accepting applications for the Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies to begin January 1, 2018 (pending funding approval). The search is open to any aspects of academic research in Southeast Asia with a transnational orientation. By “transnational,” we mean an approach that devotes particular attention to the movement of people, products, ideas, beliefs, ethics, technologies, etc. across established borders and boundaries.

The annual stipend is $50,000, with an additional $5,000 for research and travel expenses, and a one-time relocation allowance of $3,000 will also be provided. Renewal for the second year will be contingent upon the appointee’s performance in the first year.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in hand by the time of appointment in one of the following fields: Anthropology, Art History, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Cinema, Comparative Literature, Global Health Studies, History, Political Science, Religion, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, or Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies.

Job responsibilities: (1) Teaching one class per year, and (2) Active participation in the Center’s Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI) leading to one public seminar and two publishable articles per year.

This position has no application deadline and will remain open until filled.

APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLY THROUGH Rice University’s electronic system, and complete instructions are available at

The position will remain open until filled. The following documents are required:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One sample syllabus for an undergraduate course
  • Academic statement addressing one’s research agenda and publication strategy
  • Writing sample (or online site link for online publications), preferably published
  • Official transcript clearly indicating conferral of a Ph.D. degree
  • Three signed letters of recommendation

Women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Rice University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Call for Proposals Open: AAS-in-Asia, India


AAS members would have received this announcement directly from the AAS.  If you are interested in organizing a panel and would like to circulate something to PSG members, contact me.  –Megan (

Call for Proposals
Now Open
5-8 July, 2018 New Delhi, India

On behalf of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and Ashoka University in India we are pleased to invite colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for organized panels and roundtables (no individual paper proposals accepted) to be presented at the fifth AAS-in-ASIA Conference to be held July 5-8, 2018 at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, India.

The Program Committee for the AAS-in-ASIA conference seeks proposals dealing with all regions of Asia on subjects covering a wide range of scholarly disciplines and professional fields under the broad theme: Asia in Motion: Geographies and Genealogies.

One of the goals of this AAS-in-ASIA conference is to foster lines of dialogue and scholarly communication that cross the ordinary (often nation-specific) boundaries of academic networks. Panels are welcomed from scholars in disciplines across the field of Asian studies, wherever they may be based academically, and are especially encouraged from scholars representing academic communities that are relatively underrepresented in international meetings.

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the proposal submission website.

AAS 2018 Annual Conference CFP Submission Deadline Just 1 Week Away – August 8!


AAS members would have received the below reminder directly from the AAS.  Also note: If you’re compiling a panel proposal with a Philippine Studies theme but missed Monday’s deadline to request PSG sponsorship, be in touch with me ( as it may be possible to consider late requests.  In any case, do take note of the AAS submission deadline.  –Megan

One week left before submission deadline
2018 AAS Annual Conference 

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Present at the Largest Asian Studies Conference

The AAS Annual Conference is returning to Washington D.C. for the first time in 16 yearsThe 2018 Conference will take place the Marriott Wardman Park hotel March 22-25, 2018.

The AAS Program Committee is accepting Organized Panel proposals, Roundtable proposals, Workshop proposals, and Individual Papers for review and consideration. If you have not already done so, log in now to start the process of submitting a proposal submission.

Questions? Email

Proposal Submission Deadline:
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 5:00pm EST

For complete and detailed submission instructions, including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) and information on how to submit a ‘ seeking panelists/panels‘ posting, please visit the AAS Conference website.


CFP: International Research Forum on the Philippines (Melbourne, November–apps due Sept)

FYI, the Philippine Australia Studies Centre of La Trobe University will be hosting an International Research Forum on the Philippines in November of this year, in cooperation with the Filipino Australian Student Council.  This is not a project of AAS or PSG but may be of interest to PSG members especially those based in or traveling to Australia.  –Megan
The Filipino Australian Student Council – Victoria (FASTCO), in cooperation with La Trobe University’s Philippine Australia Studies Centre (PASC), is pleased to announce a CALL FOR PAPERS for the
Interrogating Paradoxes in the Philippines
23-24 November 2017, La Trobe University, City Campus, 20th Floor, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia
Philippine postcolonial realities reveal the limitations of understanding national territories, cultures, politics, institutions, and identities in either monolithic or dichotomous terms. The 21st century has at once constituted and been constituted by conditions whereby the Filipino people’s ways of belonging to the nation, the region, and the world have become more fractal and less predictable than before. Recent developments in the Philippines show that political, geographic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethical demarcations have not only become blurry but are also, and more importantly, constantly shifting or adjusting. This international research forum calls for papers from the arts and humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences, and engineering that explore ways to surmount totalistic perspectives about Philippine or Filipino life, and grasp the tensions in reconfigured or newly emerging issues on contemporary Philippines. We welcome scholarly submissions that address or may fall under broad themes such as, but not limited to, the following:
  • Globalisation and Localisation
  • Nation and Diaspora
  • Materiality and Intangibility
  • Mobility and Stasis
  • Innovation and Convention
  • People and Environment
  • Power and Susceptibility
  • Progress and Poverty
  • Secularity and Sacredness
  • Sustainability and Loss
Submission Guidelines
Submission deadline: 15 September 2017, 5:00 PM (AEDT)
Notification of acceptance: At least one week after abstract submission
Selected papers maybe invited for inclusion in a refereed conference proceedings 
Complete the submission through and provide (1) title, (2) 250-word abstract, (3) 5 keywords and (4) 100-word bio.
Kindly address all inquiries concerning the conference to the co-chairs, Oscar T Serquiña and Allen A Espinosa, at with the subject “IRFP 2017“.
Conference Fees
AUD150 – Professionals and international participants
AUD30 – Australia-based students
Free for FASTCO members

CFP: SOAS “Movement: Southeast Asia” Conference, September (apps due 7/28)

The Centre of South East Asian Studies at SOAS (University of London) will be hosting a conference for Masters students, Ph.D. students, and recent graduates in September.  Applications are due this Friday, July 28.  Only limited travel funding may be available, but presenters who are not able to attend in person will be encouraged to participate via tele-conference.  Here’s an excerpt from the CFP, available in full at

For this first postgraduate conference on Southeast Asia at SOAS, we invite papers that consider “movement.” For example, how can we critically investigate migration? Conflict and forced displacement? Diaspora and transnationalism? Trade and the transfer of capital or goods? The movement of objects in and out of the region? Political movements? Social movements? Artistic movements? The movement of bodies in performance? Exchanges of ideas? Musical, visual, or filmic influences? Translation? Changes in the natural or architectural landscape? Climate change, resources, and resilience? Or indeed rethinking the delimitations of Southeast Asia as a region—and as an object of “area studies”?