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Here are some recent job announcements, fellowships, conferences and other opportunities that may be of interest. Please scroll down to view complete information.


  2. Academic Position:  Instructor, Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program 2012 - Siem Reap, Cambodia


  3. Ethnographic Field School (Brigham Young University) - Nan Province, Thailand
  4. PhD Scholarships: Victoria University of Wellington
  5. Indonesia Research Fellows: Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Indonesia Program

Conferences/Calls for Papers

  6. Scholars Program and Research Projects - The Getty Research Institute
  7. 14th International Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists (EurASEAA) - Dublin, Ireland
  8. Religious Studies in Cambodia: Understand the Old and Trace the New - Siem Reap


School of Politics and International Relations, Nottingham

Deadline: February 29, 2012

Applications are invited for the above post, based at Nottingham, in the School of Politics and International Relations, one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan in Europe. The Chair carries with it the Directorship of the Institute for Asia-Pacific Studies (IAPS), and is intended in the first instance to boost international activity and offer creative leadership in that broad field, across several different schools and institutes on the University of Nottingham's three campuses, in the UK, China, and Malaysia. IAPS embraces the Asia-Pacific as a whole; we are open-minded about the specialism of the Director. IAPS benefits from a generous bequest made by Sir Stanley and Lady Tomlinson; under the terms of this bequest, funds are available to support its further development. The holder of the Chair will also be expected to play a leading role in the strategic direction of the School of Politics and International Relations as a whole, and in particular to develop tri-campus initiatives across the full range of the School's remit.

Candidates must have an international reputation for research and research leadership; wide experience in the field of Asia-Pacific Studies broadly conceived; high visibility in the region; a track record of income-generation; a commitment to teaching quality and innovation, especially at the postgraduate level; a demonstrated capacity for collaborative initiatives, and outreach beyond the academy; and the personal qualities to act as an ambassador for the School, the subject, and the Institute.

Salary is negotiable depending on skills and experience and will be within the professorial range, minimum £55,908 per annum. This post is offered on a full-time, permanent basis.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of School, Professor Vivien Lowndes, email: vivien.lowndes@nottingham.ac.uk, or the Chair of the Search Committee, Professor Alex Danchev email: alex.danchev@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

For more details and/or to apply on-line please access: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Jobs/CurrentVacancies/ref/JK06495. If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, tel: 0115 951 5206. Please quote ref. JK/06495. This post will remain open until filled – review of applications: 29 February 2012.


2. Academic Position:  Instructor, Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program 2012

Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Deadline: April 30, 2012

The ‘Summer Junior Resident Fellowship’ is an intensive 6 week study program for American, French and Cambodian undergraduates. It will take place from June 18 to August 3, 2012 at the CKS conference hall and research facilities in Wat Damnak, Siem Reap, and includes a two week field trip to Phnom Penh.

For more details about the program click here: Summer Junior Resident Fellowship Program

The Center is looking for a qualified instructor to lead the program, and to develop and deliver a syllabus focused on Cambodian history and contemporary society. S/he will hold a Ph.D in a relevant social science or humanities discipline and have teaching and research experience in Cambodian and Southeast Asian Studies.

The program is structured around two hourly interactive classroom sessions and select field trips to historical and cultural sites in and around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Field trips will also include visits to national and international NGOs. Classroom sessions will begin by briefly covering Cambodia’s early history before examining major social, political, economic and cultural change since the country gained independence from France in the early 1950s. Particular attention will be paid to Cambodia’s recent past, and the ways in which the country is re-engaging with regional and international communities.

Fellows will also attend daily ‘survival’ Khmer language classes and conduct a small (10-15 page) research project. Instructors are required to provide research guidance and support for these projects. Outside of the classroom, in Siem and Phnom Penh, fellows will have the opportunity to interact with organizations working in the areas of development, education, democracy promotion, human rights and journalism. Total contact time is 45 hours, this does not include time spent on field trips.

Interested Candidates should send a CV and cover letter outlining their interest in the program by e-mail to: Michael Sullivan, msullivan@khmerstudies.org by April 30, 2012 .


3. Ethnographic Field School (Brigham Young University)

Deadline: February 27, 2012

We are currently seeking applicants for an ethnographic field school to be held in Thailand during the summer of 2012. This is an opportunity to get course-credit and participate in a mentored research program. The program is run through the Dept of Anthropology at Brigham Young University, and students will get anthropology course credit through BYU. The thurust of this program, however, is on learning and applying ethnographic research skills relevant to various social sciences and humanities disciplines. Coursework will therefore include credit for the training and research conducted on the program.

The location of the Field School is in Nan Province, Thailand, in a Hmong sub-district, including Mien, Lua, Tai Lue, and Northern Thai (Konmuang) communities as well. There will be opportunities to conduct research with any of these communities. Students will receive 9 hours of course credit through BYU for potential transfer to their home institutions.

The focus of this course-work will be learning to conduct research in a fieldwork environment, and students will have the option of either conducting independent project (e.g., for their senior thesis research) or working with me on one of several research projects I will have going in this community during the summer. The thrust of this program is to provide undergraduates with a quality mentored research experience. Students studying any discipline are welcome, and they do not need to speak Hmong or Thai, as the program will include full-time research assistants to assist students with data collection and conduct interviews.

Please see this webpage for details regarding the program, application, and fees.


4. PhD Scholarships studying the political ecology of forest protection in Indonesia

Victoria University of Wellington
Deadline: March 1, 2012

Three scholarships, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, are available for PhD study in the School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand.

The aim of this research is to explore how the United Nations' Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) programme is reshaping the politics and economics of forest management in Indonesia. REDD+ seeks to prevent the release of carbon stored in forests by developing financing mechanisms that can provide incentives to slow or stop deforestation and forest degradation, and promote sustainable forest management. The programme has attracted widespread interest from private, public and non-government sectors and is expected to eventually generate US$30 billion annually.

The successful candidates will be responsible for developing a proposal related to one of the following three research themes:

1. The power and politics of REDD+. This theme approaches REDD+ as a new form of power and knowledge that is reshaping forest politics. It traces the genealogy of the programme in Indonesia and focuses on the strategies the new REDD+ networks and institutions are adopting to implement, influence or resist the programme. The project draws from ideas in post-structural political ecology, eco-governmentality, biopower and environmental discourse analysis.
2. The economic costs and benefits of REDD+. This second theme approaches REDD+ and associated carbon offsets through a global commodity chain analysis. It seeks to understand how carbon offsets are created, traded and consumed across global networks of actors, and what the implications are for various stakeholders, such as forest-dependent communities and purchasers of REDD+ offsets. The project draws from ideas in political ecology, global commodity chain analysis and ecological economics.
3. Impacts and agency of forest-dependent communities. The third project focuses on the participation of forest communities, seeking to understand how they are responding to the new opportunities associated with the programme. It explores the triggers and barriers that are shaping who and how people are choosing to engage. The project draws from ideas in political ecology, participatory research methdologies, and ecological economics.

The successful applicants should have an outstanding academic track record in a relevant discipline. The applicants will be expected to have completed a Bachelor's and preferably a Master's degree with academic distinction equivalent to a First Class Honours degree at a New Zealand University. The positions are open to both New Zealand and international students.

Successful applicants should have research interests and training in one or more of the following areas (or their equivalent): Political ecology, Human geography, ecological economics, development studies, environmental geography.

Applicants should also: Have skills in Bahasa Indonesia or a willingness to learn the language, be prepared to conduct field research in Indonesia over extended periods, and be prepared to work with an international team and participate in regular team meetings at Victoria and internationally.

The Scholarships will provide a stipend to cover living expenses of NZ$25,000 pa, tuition fees, and research expenses directly related to the project. The Scholarship will be held for up to three years.

New PhD applicants should carefully read all application instructions, 'Notes to Applicants' and accompanying information available at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr/prospective-phds/applying.aspx. Applicants should then download and complete the form 'Application for PhD Admission and Victoria Scholarships' and relevant accompanying forms. Clearly indicate that you wish to apply for one of the three scholarships in the political ecology of forest protection. If you have a preference for one of the three research themes, or would like to be considered for all three, please indicate this as well.

The closing date for applications is 5:00pm on 1 March 2012.

Please contact Dr Andrew McGregor (andrew.mcgregor@vuw.ac.nz) for project specific enquiries or the Graduate Recruitment Office (phd-applications@vuw.ac.nz) for application and scholarship enquiries.

5. Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Indonesia Program

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Indonesia Program
Deadline: March 15, 2012

The Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Indonesia Program invites Indonesian researchers, academics, and practitioners to apply for the Indonesia Research Fellowship in order to pursue independent research projects at the Ash Center. Made possible through the generous support of the Rajawali Foundation, this research fellowship opportunity allows successful applicants to join a lively community of researchers working on Asia-related issues.

Indonesian Research Fellowships are open to candidates from government, academia, and independent research communities. Fellows usually fall into one of the following categories: Pre-Doc Fellow, Post-Doc Fellow, or Senior Practitioner. Although proposals for one semester of research may be considered, preference will be given to research proposals that represent ambitious and significant work over two semesters (one full academic year).

For details regarding the application process, see the Kennedy School's webpage for the Ash Center.


6. Scholars Program and Research Projects - The Getty Research Institute

Deadline: March 1 2012

The Summer Research Academy at the Getty Research Institute for August 2012 extends the work of the Réseau International pour la formation en histoire de l'art whose long-standing project has been to bridge art histories across national, linguistic, and methodological traditions in the field. This new program allows them to expand the conversation and bring doctoral students from Africa, Asia, and Latin America to join us in a collaborative research project at the Getty.

The theme for the 2012 Summer Research Academy is "Encounters in World Art History." We seek submissions that address artistic and art historical encounters, such as how encounters are staged, works of art as products of encounters, and how such artworks are received. The topic will be explored using library resources and special collections at the Getty Research Institute as well as collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum. For details regarding the program and application process, please see the Summer Research Academy website.


7. Khmer Studies Forum

Conference Dates: 27-29 April 2012
Deadline: 29 February 2012

The 4th Annual Khmer Studies Forum will be held at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio on Friday, April 27, Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 2012. The Khmer Studies Forum is an opportunity to facilitate discussion on all aspects of Khmer (Cambodian) studies, including but not limited to Khmer language, history, culture, economics, politics, education, and the arts. Scholars from any discipline are welcome to submit abstracts, and graduate students and community members are especially encouraged to participate. Participation in the Khmer Studies Forum is free.

The Khmer Studies Forum welcomes both individual and group submissions. A maximum of twenty minutes will be allocated for each individual or group presentation, and presentations will be grouped into panels based upon similarity of subject matter or theme. Full-length film submissions are invited, although a maximum of four full-length films will be selected for screening. You are also welcome to submit proposals for complete panels (maximum of four presentations per panel).

Abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words and submitted in WORD or PDF format to cseas@ohio.edu. Please include the following information:

*Name (if submitting on behalf of a panel or group, please list all participants)
*Institutional Affiliation
*Working Title
*Summary of proposed presentation
*Contact information, including e-mail address

Deadline for abstracts: February 29, 2012. Participants will be notified of acceptance in March.

Participants will be responsible for making their own travel plans to and from Athens, Ohio. The closest airport is Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). Ohio University is approximately a five-hour drive from the Washington, D.C. area, and a six-hour drive from the Chicago area.

Affordable on-campus guest housing will be available, and there are several inexpensive hotels close to campus. Alternately, members of the Southeast Asian Studies community at Ohio University may be able to provide accommodation to some forum participants. For additional information on transportation and housing, contact Southeast Asian Studies at cseas@ohio.edu or (740) 593-1841.

Updates regarding participants, panels, session times, locations, and events will be posted to www.seas.ohio.edu/events/khmerstudies2012.html, and the final program and schedule will be distributed to participants and attendees by email in early April 2012. For a summary of last year's Forum, visit www.seas.ohio.edu/Events/index.html


8. Religious Studies in Cambodia: Understand the Old and Trace the New

Siem Reap, Cambodia
Conference Dates: 9-10 June 2012
Deadline: February 15, 2012
We are pleased to announce that following previous successful conferences on Epigraphy & Databases (2010) and Archaeometallurgy (2011), the Siem Reap Conference on Special Topics in Khmer Studies organised jointly by the APSARA, École française dExtrême-Orient, Center for Khmer Studies and University of Sydney, will be dedicated, in 2012, to the History of Religions.

The aim of this conference is to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religion in order to render the richness of pre-modern Southeast Asian religions, and in particular, Khmer religion. By comparing pre-modern Southeast Asian civilisations, what can be understood of the common or characteristic choices of Indian religious features they each made? Consequently, what can be concluded about the local systems of beliefs followed at the time? How do contemporary religious systems reflect the strata of the Indian borrowings and reveal their own essence throughout their own evolutions?

For more information on the conference and application process, please see the Siem Reap Conference website.


The Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Website: http://seasia.wisc.edu/
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