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Jobs, Conferences and Scholarships in Southeast Asian Studies

WLGO 2018 Conference: Call for Papers

The University of Iowa World Languages Graduate Organization would like to invite  graduate, post-graduate, and professional students in Southeast Asian Studies program to participate in the 2018 WLGO Graduate Conference, “Exploring Voices”.

The World Languages Graduate Student Organization (WLGO) invites you to submit abstracts for academic papers or creative writing pieces from all disciplines that explore voice and sound within and across disciplines including linguistics, language acquisition, research, & education, cognitive & behavioral sciences, literature, literary translation, cultural studies, modes of representation, gender, women, and sexuality studies, performance studies, the fine arts, etc.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words to by 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 21st, 2018. We prefer abstracts and presentations in English but we will consider submissions in other languages. However, final presentations should be in English. In your abstract, please specify if your presentation will be an academic paper or a creative writing piece. We welcome both individual presentations and panel proposals of 3-4 presenters (please note: we may consider individual presentations for inclusion on a panel). Presentations will be 15 minutes long followed by 5 minutes for questions.

Along with your abstract be sure to include: your name, your university affiliation, the title of your presentation, whether you are proposing an individual or panel presentation, and a short academic biography. Please indicate if you will need audiovisual equipment for your presentation.

Students should submit abstracts of up to 250 words, for individual as well as panel presentations.

Paper Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 5 p.m.

Date of Conference: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 a.m to 5 p.m.


Research Assistant: University of Texas – Austin currently hiring RAs, with interests in Global South.

The Global Leadership Project at the University of Texas is looking to recruit country specialists to collect biographical information on political leaders around the world and update this data in our website. Foreign language readers are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Global Leadership Project (GLP) is the first dataset to offer biographical information on leaders throughout the world including members of the executive, the legislature, the judiciary, and other elites whose power is of an informal nature. At present, the GLP encompasses 145 sovereign and semisovereign nation-states and 38,085 leaders, each of whom is coded along 31 parameters, producing approximately 1.1 million data points in a cross-sectional format centered on 2010-13. With this data, one can compare the characteristics of leaders within countries, across countries, and across regions. The GLP promises to serve as a fundamental resource for researchers, policymakers, and citizens, and several research papers are currently under review or in progress.

We are about the launch the second wave of data collection with a grant from the World Bank and we are looking for individuals to take a strong role in such tasks as:

(a) Look for biographical information of political leaders of your country of expertise such as leaders of the judiciary, executive, and members of the parliament. This data is usually available online. In countries where the data is not easily available in online sources, the coder is expected to make research in other sources (i.e. newspapers, parliamentary archives, etc..) where the data might be available.

(b) Update the data found in our website

The work will be done remotely. So, there is no need to be in the US or in Austin to work with us. Some stipend will be paid per country coded, i.e. around $500. However, the “payoff” from this project would be primarily in the form of name recognition in your website under the data one collected and CV improvement purposes. We will fully attribute credit to the country experts for the country on which they work.

In bottom of this email you can find the list of countries that we are currently looking for country specialists.

If you are interested please let us know by sending a copy of your CV, along with your country(ies) of interest

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.

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 Applications: Boren Awards for Language Study and Research in Southeast Asia

Deadlines: Boren Scholarships (Undergraduates) – December 8, 2017 (campus deadline), final deadline is February 8, 2018
Boren Fellowships (Graduate students) – January 30, 2018

The application for the 2018 Boren Awards is now open at!

Boren Awards fund U.S. undergraduate and graduate language study and research abroad in world regions critical to U.S. national interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East). Boren Awards promote longer‐term linguistic and cultural immersion overseas, and are available to applicants in most fields of study.

Boren Awards will give preference to applicants planning to study in a number of East & Southeast Asian countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Preference is also given to students who are willing to study abroad for longer periods of time, and those who are highly motivated to work in the federal government following graduation.

The Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 for undergraduate students for language‐focused study abroad.

The Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 for graduate students to fund language study, graduate‐level research, and academic internships abroad.

Webinars on aspects of the Boren Awards, including special regional initiatives and components of the application are scheduled throughout the 2017‐2018 academic year. Sign up today at Additional information on preferred countries, languages, and fields of study can be found at

Applicants are encouraged to contact their Boren Awards campus representatives, listed in a directory on the website, for institution‐specific guidance. They may also contact Boren Awards staff directly at 1‐800‐618‐NSEP or

Call for Papers: 12th International Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies (CHAGS XII)

CHAGS XII is the conference of the International Society for Hunter Gatherer Research and is locally hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia. The conference will take place 23–27 July 2018 on the premises of the School of Social Sciences, with the theme “Situations, Times, and Places in Hunter-Gatherer Research.” The keynote speakers will be P. Bion Griffin, Nurit Bird-David, and Peter Schweitzer. The Call for Papers will run from November 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018. Conference registration will start in January 2018. For more information about paper submission, please see this webpage:

Call for Abstracts: UW Madison Trans-Asia Graduate Student Conference – ASIA RE-MIXED

Typically, a remix drops two musical tracks together creating a “best of both worlds,” approach to a dance single. Often at first tossed aside as “derivative,” remixed tracks gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, as they blended with the emergent Hip-Hop culture of emphasizing “the breaks,” and “the needle drop,” essential strategies to keep the energy of the crowd moving.

Remixing, broadly understood, became compiling or editing cultural matter together in a creative fashion, a new digitized form of what Art Historians have noted has been common artistic practice for centuries. Han & Nasir (2016: 95) show that the term “remix” “…has been used by scholars of media and the Internet in order to describe a certain openness that allows for open reconfiguration of existing cultural media.” But they also show that the term has broader connotations beyond the scholarly usage, particularly in the context of remixed cultures, which tend to advocate for more liberal understandings of copyright law, draw upon remixes to create broader popular appeal of existing cultural elements, and seek to create new understanding through these remixes. Inasmuch as the remix emphasizes appeal to the public and creativity, it is naturally a concept that relates to the study of cultural production, the arts, to conceptions of religion, to structures of government, to ways of organizing knowledge, and even, arguably, to changing ways of thinking about the environment. In this conference we seek to answer the questions of: What are cases when aspects of Asia have been notably remixed? How have remixes transformed Asian histories, societies, arts, languages, political understandings, and environs? Why haven’t particular cases of remixes been paid their due attention? Why have others received their due attention? Are there particular cases where the concept of the remix is of definite use? And, if there are cases where the concept of the remix cannot be of use, why is that?

We welcome papers from across the disciplines, related to either Asian or Asian-American studies as follows: Anthropology, Archeology, Architecture, Art History, Asian American Studies, Central Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Composition & Rhetoric, East Asian Studies, Economics, Ethnomusicology, Film & Media Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, International Studies, Law & Legal Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, South Asian Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Translation Studies, Visual Arts

Submission guidelines:
Interested graduate students may submit an individual or panel proposal. This year, we are also accepting proposals from undergraduate students interested in presenting quality academic papers. Undergraduate proposals should be centered on a well-researched academic project of a senior thesis or honors thesis project caliber. Proposals for group panels should be submitted in a single email by a designated organizer and should include a 300-word abstract for the panel as a whole in addition to abstracts for each individual paper. All proposals should be sent in an email as an attached MS Word file. They should include title (20 word limit) and abstract (300 word limit). Do not include your name or affiliation in the MS Word file.

In the body of the email, please include the following information in the following order:
1) Name and contact information
2) Presentation title (20 words or less)
3) University affiliation
4) General research interests.

The papers themselves should be about 8-9 pages double spaced in 12-point Times font. Those presenting audio-visual or performance projects should submit a 4-5 page discussion of their work. Each participant will have 20 minutes to present, and 10 minutes for questions and

Submit proposals to:
Submission deadlines:
Abstract Due: January 15th, 2018
Acceptance Notification: January 25th, 2018
Full paper due: February 25th
Conference Date: March 2nd – 4th
Questions about the abstract submissions or the conference in general should be directed to:

Call for Applications: 2018 USINDO Summer Studies in Indonesia Program

Deadline: February 8, 2018

For U.S. university students or recent graduates interested in learning the language and culture of the most dynamic emerging economy in Southeast Asia, largest Muslim-majority nation, third largest democratic country, fourth most populous nation, and one of the most diverse countries in the world, don’t hesitate to apply now for the 2018 USINDO Summer Studies Program in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (May 24 – August 2, 2018)! For more information on eligibility, the application process, and about the program itself, please see the USINDO website.

Call for Papers: MCAA Conference 2018

Metropolitan State University, located near downtown St Paul, MN, is pleased to host the 67th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 19-20, 2018. The MCAA seeks to promote Asian Studies both at the university and the secondary and primary levels and particularly to encourage scholarly interchange between Asianists in the Midwest as well as with those from other parts of the country and the world.  Scholars and students from all regions are invited to participate.

We write to solicit panels, roundtables, and individual papers in all fields dealing with China and Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, the Asian Diaspora, and topical and comparative panels. Faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, as well as independent scholars are encouraged to share their work and attend the conference.

Proposals are due April 16, 2018.  The submission portal for proposals will open on February 1, 2018, and the review of proposals submitted by April 16th will begin soon thereafter in April.  Applicants will be contacted with the results by June 29, 2018, if not sooner.  Persons presenting papers must be members of MCAA and must pre-register by July 23, 2018 in order to be included in the conference.

MCAA 2018 will feature a special roundtable dedicated to the topic of publishing for graduate students and early career scholars.

Contact: Hiromi Mizuno, the program chair and PhD in History, University of Minnesota,

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.

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

Deadline: Annually December 30

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
International aid and development jobs in 1,000 agencies, companies and NGOs in 100 countries.
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.