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Jobs, Conferences and Scholarships in Southeast Asian Studies


Volunteer Announcement:  Tutors and Learners

Greater University Tutoring Service (GUTS), Foreign Language Learners (FLL) program is designed to help students learn a new language by partnering them up with a native speaker of that language.

We are currently recruiting tutors and learners for our program. Please encourage students to apply to our program as it is a great opportunity for them to improve their speaking and listening skills. Also If you know of any students that are exceptionally skilled in a language, please let them know about our program.

Contact: Daniel Kwak, Foreign Language Learners coordinator.

Job Announcement: UCSC Political and Legal thought Assistant Professor

The Politics Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Political Theory in areas of non-Western political and legal thought.

Open date: June 27th, 2017
Next review date: September 29th, 2017
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 30th, 2018

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Click here for more information.

Job Announcement: Tenure Track Professor of Thai Studies, Harvard University

Deadline: October 15, 2017

The Anthropology Department of Harvard University seeks to make a tenure-track appointment (Assistant or Associate Professor) in the social anthropology of Thailand. Area of specialization is open, but candidates will be expected to advance the scholarship and teaching of topics related to Thailand, and to Southeast Asian Studies more broadly, in the University, as well as to contribute meaningfully to the intellectual life of the Anthropology Department. In addition to teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students, the successful candidate will be expected to continue to pursue an active agenda of research and publication.

The appointment will begin on July 1, 2018. Candidates are required to have a doctorate in hand at the time of appointment, and a record of research, publications and teaching commensurate with the level of appointment.

Applicants should submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal ( by October 15, 2017.

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching statement (describing teaching approach and philosophy)
  • Research statement
  • Names and contact information for three referees

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Contact Information: Chair, Thai Studies Chair Search Committee (, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Apply Here

Internship Announcement: Auditsi Consulting Group

The Auditsi Consulting Group, a management consulting company based in Jakarta, is looking for candidates for internships in professional companies in Indonesia.

About Us:
• Auditsi Management Consulting delivers worldwide executive search solutions and is committed to securing exceptional talent to lead and direct the most successful organizations on the planet.
• For more than 23 years we have been advising clients on top leadership matters and recruiting the most effective executives for their organisations.
• We work with a wide range of clients, including multinational corporations, entrepreneurial businesses, private equity firms, family-owned companies and nonprofit organisations.
• As a privately held firm, we are able to dedicate our resources to what really matters – providing outstanding service for clients. We consider client needs to be paramount

Ideal candidates shall be willing to attend up to 12 months of internship, he or she shall have interests in subjects such as; Marketing, Communication, Business Development, Social Study, and Human Resources, Social Media Management will be an added value. For more information on specific positions, please click here.
For more info, contact Susan Chandra at, or Daniel Fabien at

Call for Submissions: 2017-2018 Lucie Cheng Prize

Deadline: October 1, 2017

Amerasia Journal seeks exceptional graduate student essays (masters and doctoral level) in the interdisciplinary field of Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies for consideration for the 2017-2018 Lucie Cheng Prize. The essay selected for the Lucie Cheng Prize will be published in Amerasia Journal, with a $1,500 award going to the recipient of the prize.

The Lucie Cheng Prize honors the late Professor Lucie Cheng (1939-2010), a longtime faculty member of UCLA and the first permanent director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (1972-1987). Professor Cheng was a pioneering scholar who brought an early and enduring transnational focus to the study of Asian Americans and issues such as labor and immigration.

Submission: Graduate student applicants should send their submissions via email by October 1, 2017; notification of the winner will be made in early 2018. Submissions must include the following materials:

  1. Essay (5,000-7,000 words) in a MS-Word file, formatted according to the Amerasia JournalStyle Sheet; for journal style guidelines, see:
  2. Graduate Advisor Information and Recommendation (500-word limit)
  3. Brief Graduate Student CV (2 pages)

Submit materials and queries to and

Call for Panels: Borderland Spaces: Ruins, Revival(s) and Resources

6th Conference of the Asian Borderlands Research Network

Deadline: 2 October 2017
American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Conference dates: 23 – 25 August 2018

Ruins, Revival(s) and Resources
Asian borderlands create spaces that induce dedicated livelihood strategies, inspire self-definition on both individual and collective scales, and allow for specific regimes of resource extraction. Borderlands in Asia tend to be peripheral to the centres of state power, while they are at the same time a prime locus for the enactment and realisation of state authority. Across Asia borderlands are experiencing a dual connectivity linking spaces across borders as well as to the economic and political heartlands of the states that claim them. This conference aims to focus attention on the generative and productive capacity of border spaces, which is urgently in need of being addressed.

Remnants of the past, both material as well as immaterial ruins, constitute heritages that continue to affect livelihoods across Asian borderlands. Increasingly, borderlands witness a surge in religious, cultural, linguistic, and ideological revival(s), where the past is perceived as a resource for securing community futures. Whether through the bottom-up claims of marginalized communities or top-down state processes of recognition, designations of cultural heritage have become arenas of contestation where varied actors seek to reframe histories. The past and present of borderlands are intimately linked to resource extraction. Often, the presence of resources has been instrumental in producing borders and borderlands, and been conducive to the production of space, territory, and demography. As resource extraction in borderlands intensifies, it is increasingly bound up in violent conflict and military occupation.

  • Ruins: In which ways do the legacies of former state rule, of conflict or environmental hazards – abandoned infrastructures such as roads, irrigation systems or border installations, decaying cultural and religious heritage or historically informed imaginations of precarity and superiority, cohesion and otherness – play out in the identity-formation and socio-economic strategies of borderland populations? How (and with which effect) do these legacies, but also ‘re-discovered’ legal frameworks and maps, become instrumental for the invention, enforcement, opening and shifting of borders in current state politics?
  • Revivals: How are specific cultural, religious, and linguistic practices and performances harnessed to make claims about identity, belonging, and entitlement? How do these new forms of expression embody continuity with the past as well as its transformation? How do ideological trajectories such as communism and democracy circulate as global discourses, which may be localized in specific borderland contexts to revive political participation and lead to new forms of mobilization? With these questions, we solicit panels that attend to the temporal and spatial dynamics of revival in relation to our other themes of ruins and resources.
  • Resources: We seek panels analysing conventional resources from land to timber, from crops to rare species, from valuable minerals to bio-prospects. Furthermore, as borderlands become sites for intensified resource extraction, exploration, and transit, they are also sites for imagining resources in different ways. They are sites where human resources arrive in and depart from borderlands as labourers but also as bureaucrats, soldiers, professionals, students, and athletes. They are sites that generate manufacturing and agricultural resources through factories and export processing zones. And they are sites that produce revenue for state and non-state actors in enclaves of pleasure targeting tourists, settlers, and mobile professionals.

Application Procedure
Since one of the main goals of this conference is to spur collaboration and conversations across diverse fields in the hope of building up a more nuanced picture of the intersections and relationships across Asian borderlands, we would like to include scholars, writers, policy studies researchers, artists, filmmakers, activists, the media, and others from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds. We hope that these conceptually innovative panels, based on new research, will help to develop new perspectives in the study of Asian Borderlands.

We encourage applicants to submit a full panel proposal, as only a small number of individual papers will be selected. We will consider proposals for panels and roundtables that have a thematic focus, are of a comparative character, and involve scholars or practitioners affiliated with different institutions. If you are looking for other people to join your panel prior to the 2 October deadline, you may post your panel abstract and contact information on our Facebook page ( in order to reach a wider network.

The deadline to send in panel, roundtable and paper proposals is Monday 2 October 2017. Participants will be notified around January 2018. Please visit the Application Forms Page to submit your proposal.

Very limited financial support may be made available to some scholars who reside in Asia and some junior or low-income scholars from other parts of the world. If you would like to be considered for a grant, please submit the Grant Application Form in which you state the motivation for your request. Please also specify the kind of funding that you will apply for or will receive from other sources. Please note that the conference operates on a limited budget, and will not normally be able to provide more than a partial coverage of the costs of travel. The form should be submitted before 2 October 2017. Requests for funding received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

Further information about registration fees, the venue, accommodation, and logistics will be provided on the ABRN website ( once the panels have been accepted.


  • Duncan McDuie-Ra, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Erik de Maaker, Leiden University, the Netherlands
  • Henryk Alff, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Germany
  • Sara Shneiderman, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Svetlana Jacquesson, American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan
  • Tina Harris, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Willem van Schendel, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The conference is organized by the American University of Central Asia; International Institute for Asian Studies and the Asian Borderlands Research Network (ABRN).

For more information, please contact us at

Call for Applications and Submissions: Journal for Undergraduate International Studies

Deadline for Job Applications: October 1, 2017
Deadline for Journal Submissions: October 8, 2017

The Journal of Undergraduate International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is currently accepting submissions for its Fall 2017 issue.

The Journal seeks to publish the best undergraduate work across the country related to international themes and topics including, but not limited to: international conflict and conflict resolution, human rights, environmental issues, culture, history, comparative politics and economics, development and trade, global security and international health. To view previous issues, please visit:

Our submissions generally range in length from 5 to 20 pages. Submissions must not have been published in any other publication. Current undergraduates and recent graduates (one semester out or less) are eligible to submit their work. To submit your work, email it as an attachment to, following these guidelines:

  1. Submit as a word document, not a PDF or other type of file
  2. Make sure your name and academic affiliation are not present in the text of your work
  3. Use an easily read font, such as Times New Roman
  4. Double-space your document
  5. Follow the Chicago Manual of Style for all citations (for help, visit This is not a requirement unless the piece is selected for publication
  6. Convert all your citations and footnotes to endnotes
  7. Include an abstract of 100 words or less

Submissions must be received by Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at 11:59 pm CST. Article selections will be made in late November, and authors will be notified on the status of their submissions at this point. We look forward to reading your work!

We also welcome photos, either related to or independent of the content of submitted essays. These photos could appear on the cover of the journal or on our website, Cover photos MUST be of a very high resolution to be considered. Photos can be sent as high-resolution jpegs to Please indicate the subject, the location, and the date of the photo, as well as your name and university affiliation.

JUIS is recruiting editors and a layout designer for the Fall 2017 semester. Editors should be interested in and somewhat knowledgeable about international studies and have strong writing and proofreading skills in addition to critical analytical skills. Knowledge of the editing process is not required but is recommended. Editors will be expected to review articles, collectively decide what makes it to publication, and edit the pieces in collaboration with authors. To apply, please send a resume or CV, a cover letter, and a two to three page writing sample to by Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at midnight.

The layout designer will be expected to attend some editorial meetings, create PDF proofs of the journal, and coordinate the printing of the journal with DoIT and the editor-in-chief. We rely on our designer to create the entire look of the journal, so this position has an enormous amount of responsibility. To find out more about the quality of design we expect, please visit our website: Familiarity with InDesign is required; html is recommended but not required. This is an unpaid position with a student organization. To apply, please send your resume and two samples of work to Applications are due Sunday, October 1st, 2017 at midnight.

Please feel free to contact us at the above email with any questions.

Call for Applications: Luce Scholars Program Internship

Deadline: October 16, 2017

The Luce Scholars Program provides a year’s internship in an Asian country related to the scholar’s interests. The program is designed to provide an extended period of exposure to an Asian country for highly qualified young Americans who lack extensive knowledge of Asian affairs and who would not gain this knowledge through their normal career trajectories. Any professional field will be considered, except Asian Affairs/Asian Studies. Graduating seniors, recent alumni, graduate students, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible, a nominee must be a U.S. citizen, under age 30 at the beginning the program, and hold at least a B.A. Applicants should have little or no experience in the country of internship. UW–Madison alumni do not have to be on campus to apply, but must apply through the university.

More details on the campus requirements and the application process are available at:

Please note that applications must be submitted through institutional nomination; the Henry Luce Foundation does not accept direct applications.
The UW-Madison campus deadline is 4pm on Monday, October 16, 2017.
Please direct any questions to Mark Lilleleht, Refer a student or alum to our office @

Abstracts: 7th International Conference on Hmong Studies

Deadline: October 30, 2017
Concordia University, St. Paul, MN
Conference dates: Friday, 6 April 2018 – Saturday, 7 April 2018

The Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University-St. Paul is pleased to announce its Seventh International Conference on Hmong Studies. The purpose of this conference is to provide opportunities for emerging and established Hmong and non-Hmong scholars to share their research on Hmong/Miao related topics, to inspire and motivate students to engage in scholarly research, and to recognize distinguished scholars for their work in the field of Hmong/Miao Studies.

Call for Papers/Presentations

The Six International conference on Hmong Studies is seeking proposals for individual papers and organized panels.

For individual papers, please provide the title, a 250-word abstract, name and affiliation, contact information, and a one-page curriculum vitae or brief biography. Individual presentations should run no longer than 60 minutes and should include 15 minutes for questions and discussions. Organized panels should consist of three to four panelists and one moderator. Please provide a title, brief description of the panel, 250-word abstracts for each paper, and the names and institutional affiliations of all participants. Each panel is allotted 60 minutes, inclusive of open forum.

Please submit individual papers and panel proposals to The deadline for submission of Abstract Proposal is October 30th, 2017. Complete papers are due by March 1, 2018. Selected papers may be considered for publication in an edited volume by the Center for Hmong Studies. All tracks will be presented in English unless noted. When submitting your proposal, please indicate whether your presentation will be in Hmong, English or other languages. Proposals should be submitted to

Please direct questions concerning this Call for Papers or the conference to:

Dr. Paul Hillmer, Dean
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Concordia University, St. Paul
1282 Concordia Avenue
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Phone: 651-641-8215

Call for Abstracts: IASTE 2018

Deadline: November 6, 2017
Venue: Coimbra, Portugal
Conference dates:
October 4-7, 2018

Past IASTE conferences have dealt with themes as diverse as Value, Myth, Utopia, Border and many others. This conference intends to prolong this collective reflection by foregrounding an examination of the ways in which the domain of the political and traditions in and of the built environment are intertwined. While the political in traditions has always been part of the debate at IASTE conferences, at a time of struggles globally around the meaning and the practices of political participation in making the built environment, it is valuable to address how the built environment has been shaped by state apparatuses or by citizens to advance diverse political positions, often deploying imaginaries of tradition, purportedly rejecting emerging spatial practices and political subjectivities.

Consequently, the conference will offer reflections both on the importance of the concept of tradition for the political question in itself and on the ways in which variants of governance structures face the question of tradition in the built environment. Participants are encouraged to question the practice of tradition in the production of space in relation to different regimes of politics. In addition, the conference will examine the systems of politics as a category of tradition, reflecting on how the construction and deconstruction of professional political bodies act on the built environment.

As in past IASTE conferences, scholars and practitioners from architecture, architectural history, art history, anthropology, archeology, folklore, geography, history, planning, sociology, political science, urban studies, and related disciplines are invited to submit papers that address one of the following tracks:

Track I: Traditions of Everyday Social Practices and the Shaping of Architecture and Urbanism
Track II:
Theorizing the Political from the Spaces of Traditional Environments
Track III: The Political in Tradition and Place: An Open Track

For more information on the program and application details, please visit this website.

Call for Papers: Hmong Americans, Perspectives and Prospects in Local and Global Contexts (Amerasia Journal)

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Guest Editors:
Professor Yang Sao Xiong (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Professor Nengher N. Vang (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater)
Professor Chia Youyee Vang (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Publication Date: Issue planned for Summer/Fall 2018 publication
Due Date: Paper submission (5,000-6,000 words excluding endnotes) due November 15, 2017

As an emergent but rapidly expanding field, Hmong American/Diaspora Studies has the potential to stimulate a rethinking of traditional paradigms of Asian American Studies and move the discipline in promising directions. Hmong Americans’ historically asymmetrical relationship with the United States government and their contemporary experiences as a marginalized ethnic group have much in common with the experiences of other Asian Americans. At the same time, Hmong relationships with their “homeland” countries, with the U.S. racial state, and with other racial and ethnic groups in American society and elsewhere are unique and complex. Most publications—both scholarly and popular sources on the Hmong, as well as those on Hmong in Asia and Hmong in the diaspora—are still written primarily from the perspective of non-Hmong persons. Our concern about the state and progress of the field is that Hmong’s voices, perspectives, and lived experiences are often distorted or excluded altogether. Equally problematic are analyses that divorce Hmongs’ social conditions from their historical and political contexts.

In this special issue of Amerasia Journal, we call for empirically based research papers that seek to articulate the current state and future direction of Hmong American/Diaspora Studies. We seek papers that examine Hmong Americans’ multifaceted experiences from an emic (insider/native) perspective, including, but not limited to, their experiences with racialization, racism and racial formation, politics, collective action, citizenship, education, community formation and organization, identity, transnationalism, media/art, and gender/sexuality. We especially welcome papers that situate Hmong American experiences in historical, comparative, or global contexts using interdisciplinary approaches, theoretical perspectives, innovative methods, and original data.

Submission Guidelines and Review Process:
The guest editors, in consultation with Amerasia Journal editors and peer reviewers, decide which submissions will be included in the special issue. The process is as follows:

  • Initial review of submitted papers by guest editors and Amerasia Journal editors
  • Paper approved by editors will undergo blind peer review
  • Revision of accepted peer-reviewed papers and final submission

All correspondences should refer to “Amerasia Journal Hmong Americans Issue” in the subject line. Please send inquiries and manuscripts to Professor Yang Sao Xiong (, Professor Nengher N. Vang (, Professor Chia Youyee Vang (, and Dr. Arnold Pan, Associate Editor (

Call for Applications: Blakemore Freeman Fellowships for Advanced Asian Language Study

Deadline: December 30, 2017

The Blakemore Freeman fellowship covers tuition for a year of study, and includes a stipend. The following candidates are eligible to apply for the Fellowship:

  • Pursuing academic, professional, business, or technical career involving regular use of a modern East or Southeast Asian language.
  • Have a college undergraduate degree by the start of the program.
  • At or near the advanced level in the language. Minimum requirement is three years of language study at college level, either through classes taken in university or in combination with study abroad language programs.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

More information available at:

Additional Links and Opportunities
Job/internship opportunities: Turn area studies into an internship or a career. See job listings at NGOs, think tanks, government, and private-sector employers.

Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Interns: Pan-Asian social service organization accepting candidates for interns for business development grant writing and workforce development and outreach liaison duties. Contact Michelle White at or 773-784-2900.

U.S. Department of State
Student internship program: Internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students at Washington headquarters and US embassies, consulates and missions worldwide.

Room to Read
Positions open: San Francisco-based organization that helps develop literacy skills among primary and secondary school students.

Asia Society
Career opportunities: Internships and jobs posted regularly on website.

Association of Southeast Asian Nations
Jobs listed under Opportunities tab of ASEAN website.

Devex: Do Good. Do it Well
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International development jobs and consulting opportunities.

Hess International Educational Group
Teach English across Asia: Taiwan-based organization offers free training, benefits, and flex scheduling. Email NIU alum Derek Wright at or seewebsite.
Privately funded website offers searchable database of nonprofit international jobs and volunteer opportunities.

Specialized digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that posts jobs regularly.

World Health Organization
Global health agency in the United Nations system encourages online applications for potential employment.