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Jobs, Conferences and Scholarships in Southeast Asian Studies


Job Announcement: University of Michigan Lecturer

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Michigan invites applications for a one-semester Lecturer I position starting September 1, 2017. Responsibilities include: planning, teaching, and grading SEAS 501/SEAS-455, an undergraduate-graduate level interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Southeast Asia including geological, ecological, social, political, cultural, and language issues. The Lecturer will also teach an additional course related to their field of interest. The appointment level will be 66%.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. with a focus on Southeast Asia in a relevant field such as history, anthropology, literature, or political science. Teaching experience at the college/university level is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with current social, political, and cultural issues and are able to advise graduate students.A complete dossier includes a letter of application explaining your qualifications and teaching philosophy, a current CV, and evidence of teaching excellence.

Apply here.

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, 2017

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.
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 info, contact Daniel Fabien at

Call for Papers: Postgraduate Conference on SE Asia SOAS

Deadline: July 28, 2017
Venue: SOAS University of London
Conference dates: 22 September, 2017

With evolving political, social, and cultural currents in Southeast Asia, movement is an important discursive lens to understand the dynamism of the region. Reflecting on movements, and change—from prehistory to the contemporary period—can improve our understanding of Southeast Asia, in terms of its constituent nation-states, peoples, and cultures, and as a region as well as an area of study.

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”?

The conference is open to Masters and PhD students and recent graduates, and aims to provide a collegiate setting for early researchers to discuss their work. Selected presenters are encouraged to seek their own financial support for travel expenses, although we may be able to provide limited funding for those who can demonstrate need. We will also welcome tele-conference presentations for selected speakers who are not able to travel to London.

Please send your title, abstract (250 words), and short biography (100 words) to by 28 July 2017. Selected abstracts will be notified by 7 August 2017.

Call for Applications: APIAVote Ambassador

Deadline: July 28, 2017

APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in increasing electoral and civic participation. We hope your organization will apply to our ambassador program, which aims to increase voter awareness among AAPI youth. We expect that 2017 and 2018 will be the largest mobilization effort of AAPI voters and we want you to be part of this historic moment.

We are offering accepted student organizations $1000 stipends to participate in our 2017-2018 Student Ambassador Organization Program. We are looking for student organizations at U.S. colleges and universities to amplify the message of civic engagement and political participation, to educate their peers about the APIA narrative, and engage their peers in building power for their community.

APIAVote will work with our Ambassadors from August 2017 through December 2018 to develop and implement a voter engagement program on their campus and in their community. The focus of the Ambassador is to build power for AAPI youth on college campuses and have the community participate in the civic and political process. You can find our application here: Applications are due by July 28th by 5pm ET.

Call for Proposals: Council on Thai Studies 2017

Extended Deadline: August 15, 2017
Venue: University of California at Los Angeles
Conference dates: 10-11 November, 2017

The Council on Thai Studies invites scholars, community advocates, and students to submit proposals for presentations related to Thai Studies for the 2017 annual meeting. For more information, click here.

Job Announcement: LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre

Deadline: September 10, 2017

The LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre in London is pleased to welcome applications for Visiting Appointments from individuals from outside LSE.
The title will normally be given to academics and advanced research students who wish to conduct research in London and draw on the expertise of SEAC, or who wish to spend a period of time at LSE in order to assist with research hosted elsewhere. Fellowship applications may also be submitted by other professionals with expertise on Southeast Asia.

There will be two visiting appointment spaces available at LSE SEAC in Lent Term 2017/2018. The deadline for applications is Sunday, 10th September (23:59 UK time). The outcome of applications will be communicated to candidates around 8 weeks after the application deadline.

Find out more about how to apply here.

Call for Applications: Fulbright US Student Program 2018-2019

Deadline: September 11, 2017

The Fulbright US Student Program (FUSP) is open to those graduating in December 2017 or May 2018, currently enrolled graduate students, and alumni of UW-Madison.

FUSP recipients pursue graduate or professional study, conduct independent research, or teach English in elementary and secondary schools or universities around the world. Each year, approximately 1,500 Americans from all disciplines & backgrounds travel to more than 130 countries, fully supported by Fulbright (FUSP).

Eligibility: Applicants to FUSP must be US citizens, have a Bachelor’s degree by the start of their award, and must not have completed a PhD before the national application deadline (October 6, 2017).

Complete information on the Fulbright (FUSP) award is online @
Full details on the campus process (and deadlines) are available @
The UW-Madison Fulbright Program Advisor, Mark Lilleleht, is available throughout the summer (on campus & via Skype) to meet with potential applicants who want to learn more about the opportunities available through Fulbright (FUSP), answer questions about the program & application process, read & review application statements, and much more.

The campus deadline for applications if September 11, 2017; the national deadline for final submission is October 6, 2017 – so there’s still lots of time to put together a competitive application that could see you abroad, fully-supported, in 2018-2019! If you have questions or just want to learn more, reach out to Mark today: & 608.265.6070

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

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

For more information on the job description, required qualifications, and application process, click here.

Call for 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.

Southeast Asian Language Teaching: New Directions Workshop

Venue: Cornell University, Ithaca NY
Event dates: September 8-10, 2017

Talks and panels on topics of interest across the languages of the region as well as about specific languages, including reports from the Content-based Instruction Working groups Some travel funds will be available for participating language teachers. More information will be available in due course here.
Questions can be addressed to

Hosted by the Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University in collaboration with COTSEAL, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin, and UC Berkeley-UCLA NRC for Southeast Asian Studies, with generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation


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.