FYI: PSA Annual Conference CFP

Dr. Churchill would like all PSG members to have this call for papers for the Philippine Studies Association annual conference to be held at the National Museum in Manila in late September 2018.  Paper and panel proposals are due March 5.  Thanks to Dr. Churchill for keeping PSG members informed of this opportunity.   –Megan

PSA 2018 - Call for Papers September 26-28, 2018 - POSTER


Philippine Studies Group Travel Award (2018)



In support of excellence in scholarship on the Philippines, and to increase the participation of junior scholars, the Philippine Studies Group (PSG), a committee of the Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, is pleased to announce the Philippine Studies Group Travel Award for the fifth year.

The PSG invites applications from individuals who will present a paper on the Philippines at the 2018 AAS Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. or the AAS-in-Asia Conference in New Delhi. This year, we expect that up to four (4) awards of approximately $250 will be given to assist eligible individuals in defraying travel costs to the conference. Applicants must personally deliver their presentations at the conference to receive their award. The PSG Travel Fund committee will select awardees using the following criteria:

  • Eligibility: Current Ph.D. students are given priority; other graduate students as well as recent Ph.D.s (2016 on) are eligible to apply.
  • Excellence: peer review/acceptance of the paper by applicable AAS/AAS-in-Asia Conference Committee. Excellence is prioritized over financial need; accepted works that are part of organized panels are also prioritized over individual papers. Applicants may indicate additional measures of scholarly merit such as a related publication/exhibition/other media not otherwise indicated in the paper abstract.
  • Philippine themes/topics/issues: The entire paper or a significant portion must be devoted to Philippine material, regardless of discipline. For comparative works/case studies/multiple foci, the Philippine dimension must be evident, as demonstrated by title and abstract published in the AAS or AAS-in-Asia program.
  • Impact: the award should not be relied upon to cover all participant costs of travel but help defray customary conference expenses. Applicants are asked to briefly state other funding sources applied for and received, if applicable (such as the AAS Graduate Student Stipends, AAS LDC awards, AAS-in-Asia travel subsidy, own institutional or grant support, etc.). PSG’s travel awards have less restrictive residence requirements than the AAS Graduate Student Stipends.

Applicants are invited to send an email to the PSG country chair Megan Thomas (University of California, Santa Cruz) by February 15, 2018. In your email, please include your name, your institutional affiliation, your residence (city), your rank (if a grad student, pls. tell us in what degree program; if a recent Ph.D., pls. tell us your degree date, position title, and whether it’s a tenure-track position), paper title, a copy of the abstract and panel information (session number, date and title), and use the email subject line “PSG Travel Award 2018.” Award decisions will be announced by March 1; recipients will be presented with their awards during the PSG Section Meeting on Friday March 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

On behalf of the PSG Travel Fund Committee Bernardita R. Churchill (University of the Philippines, Diliman), Barbara Gaerlan (University of California, Los Angeles), and Yoshiko Nagano (Kanagawa University, Yokohama), thank you for your interest and support!

AAS-in-Asia submission deadline extended


Current AAS members already received this e-mail directly from AAS.   –Megan

P.S. Please note these words of encouragement that AAS President Dr. Katherine Bowie sent us: “I would love to see more panels on the Philippines/Southeast Asia at the Delhi conference.  There is a link to help people find colleagues to form panels.  People don’t need to register until after they learn if their panel has been accepted (and don’t have to be members of AAS to register).” 

AAS-in-Asia 5-8 July 2018 New Delhi

Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline Extended: November 30, 2017
5:00pm Eastern Standard Time 

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.

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and Ashoka University in India will host the the fifth AAS-in-ASIA Conference July 5-8, 2018 at India Habitat Centre in Delhi, India.

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.

Helpful Conference Details

1. Sessions Seeking Participants/Participants seeking Sessions Forum

Need assistance in reaching out to colleagues to form a session? Have a paper you would like to present on a session? Post your interest to participate in this public forum.

2. All proposals must be submitted via the online application. An AAS account is required to submit a proposal. If you do not already have an account, please create an account via the AAS website. AAS membership is not a requirement and there is no fee required to submit a proposal.

3. Conference Registration will open January 15. 2018. All participants must pay the conference registration fees as posted to obtain a conference badge and admittance.

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the proposal submission website.

We strongly urge submitting well before the deadline to ensure the AAS staff is available to assist with any submission questions or concerns as needed.

AAS-in-ASIA website:
Call for Proposals:

AAS Dissertation Workshop: Medicine, Science, and Technology in the Study of Asian Pasts and Presents


Current AAS members would already have received this message directly from the AAS.  This is a great opportunity for grads.  –Megan

AAS Dissertation Workshop: Medicine, Science, and Technology in the Study of Asian Pasts and Presents.  March 19-22, 2018, Washington, D.C.

Interests in the interdisciplinary studies of science, technology, and medicine have expanded in the last twenty years, raising new questions in response to contemporary developments. Some studies have looked at ways in which foreign technology was adopted and adapted in Asia. Others have looked at how technical, scientific, mathematical, botanical, and medical knowledge from Asia has traveled across the globe. Some have traced the impact of Asian foods, traditional medicines, indigenous plant and animal species on global trade. Others have problematized interpretations of meta-categories like science, nature, health, and development. This workshop invites applications from PhD candidates working on the history, politics, ethics, and sociology of medicine, science, and technology. It will provide a venue for the interdisciplinary and comparative examination of these relationships, both today and historically.

The workshop will be limited to 12 students, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials and in various regions of Asia. It also will include a small multidisciplinary and multi-area faculty with similar interests.

The workshop is scheduled for the days immediately preceding the 2018 AAS annual conference in Washington, D.C. It will begin with dinner on the evening of Monday, March 19, continue for the next two and one-half days of intense discussion, and close with lunch on Thursday, March 22.

The AAS will be able to provide limited financial support for participants including three night’s accommodations, meals, and partial “need-based” travel funds. Students are encouraged to approach their home institutions for additional support. It is hoped that participants also will attend the AAS annual conference immediately following the workshop.

Applicants need not have advanced to candidacy but must have at least drafted a dissertation research proposal. Applications are also welcome from doctoral students in the early phases of writing their dissertations. Applicants do not have to be current AAS members to apply for the workshop, but if selected, must join or renew their membership to participate. Applications consist of two items only:

1) a current Curriculum Vitae, and
2) the dissertation proposal, or if the research and writing is well under way, a statement of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied. Neither the proposal nor statement should exceed 10 double-spaced pages in length using standard-sized fonts. Application materials should be sent as email attachments to Michael Paschal ( no later than January 8, 2018. Please include “Dissertation Workshop Application” in the email subject box.

Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and a concern to include a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, intellectual traditions, and regions of Asia. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for the workshop later in January.

For further information about the workshop, or eligibility, please contact Michael, or Justin McDaniel Faculty having related research interests who would be interested in serving as mentors for the workshop also should contact the organizers for details. Modest supplemental funding will be available to mentors to help offset related costs.

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!

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.