Jobs, Conferences, and Scholarships for Southeast Asian Studies

1. Job Announcement: Director, Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes

Application deadline: Jan. 4, 2017

The administrative program manager will serve as general director of the intensive, summer language institutes (WISLI-Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes;, a program of the Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. WISLI consists of four to five longstanding summer language institutes on the UW-Madison campus, offering intensive language training in more than 30 less commonly taught languages every summer. Each summer language institute has its own stakeholders and administrative structure. The WISLI director will help set the strategic direction of WISLI; ensure that all constituent institutes conform with WISLI standards; create administrative and curricular synergies across the constituent institutes; ensure that efficient publicity, student recruitment, and faculty recruitment systems are in place; help design and implement online or other distance-based instructional elements; and, when needed, take an active role in the management of one or more constituent institutes. The successful candidate for this new position will be an effective academic administrator with excellent communication and problem- solving skills. The successful candidate will have experience in second language acquisition so as to be able to communicate effectively as a peer with faculty members and others whose role in WISLI is language instruction and curriculum development.

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2. Job Announcement: Instructor – Human Geography of Southeast Asia

Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2017

The Department of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a non-tenure track full-time instructor position in Human Geography with a regional specialization in mainland Southeast Asia.  A PhD in Geography or related field is required at the time of appointment.  The appointment begins August 2017.  In partnership with theCenter for Asian Studies (CAS), this position is partially funded by a CAS grant to build capacity in Southeast Asian Studies on campus.  We seek a human geographer to develop courses in SE Asian area studies, including a regional survey course and a course in the candidate’s topic of specialization.  Additional teaching will help maintain the continuity of the human geography curriculum, including introductory-level courses in human, regional, or nature-society geographies.  Preference will be given to candidates with strong field research and teaching experience, including language training, in mainland Southeast Asia, and a research specialization complementing the Department’s existing strengths in development studies, cultural, political, and population geographies, as well as political ecology. 

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at

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3. Job Announcement: Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center

Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) seeks a dynamic and respected scholar to provide intellectual research and programmatic leadership for AASC and invites applications for the position of Director of the Asian American Studies Center (AASC). Qualifications for success include an outstanding scholarly research and publication record; experience developing interdisciplinary research programs in Asian American and Pacific Island Studies; commitment to social justice; ability to administer budgetary and personnel processes; and proven effective experience in fundraising, including engaging in development activities as well as obtaining and managing extramural grants and/or contracts, gifts and donations, and endowment funds.

This scholar is expected to work effectively with AASC staff members, members of the AASC Faculty Advisory Committee, and campus leadership to develop internal priorities. This individual needs to maximize external visibility of AASC through building bridges between UCLA and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, strengthening intercampus collaboration, in relation to research and community partnerships. This is a tenured faculty appointment in the appropriate department or school with the expectation at the full professor rank. Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and seeks candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

The University of California is committed to excellence and equity in every facet of its mission. Contributions in all areas of faculty achievement that promote equal opportunity and diversity should be given due recognition in the academic personnel process, and they should be evaluated and credited in the same way as other faculty achievements. These contributions to diversity and equal opportunity can take a variety of forms including efforts to advance equitable access to education, public service that addresses the needs of California’s diverse population, or research in a scholar’s area of expertise that highlights inequalities. Mentoring and advising of students or new faculty members, particularly from underrepresented and underserved populations, should be given due recognition in the teaching or service categories of the academic personnel process.

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4. Job Announcement: Lecturer in Cultural Studies

Application deadline: Feb. 28, 2017

Applications are currently invited for a lectureship in Cultural Studies in the BALAC Program. The appointee will be expected to coordinate and teach a suite of subjects in the Program’s core areas of Cultural Studies. In addition, the appointee will be expected to pursue an active research program, participate fully in the Faculty’s research culture and undertake appropriate administrative roles and curriculum development as required. A willingness to engage with and teach a culturally diverse student cohort is vital, and experience with university teaching in an international context would be an advantage.

Essential selection criteria

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have:

• A completed PhD in Cultural Studies or a related discipline.

• Demonstrated teaching experience at the university level.

• Excellent English-language communication skills.

• An ability to teach in two or more of the following areas: film and media studies; cultural theory; sociology of everyday life; global studies; textual analysis; gender studies; cyber studies.

• A willingness and ability to commence duties by1 August, 2017.

Desirable selection criteria

Preference will be given to applicants who have:

• A proven record of peer-reviewed research publication.

• Experience in the delivery and administration of university curriculum.

Remuneration package: The Position comes with a competitive base salary that is commensurate with qualifications, teaching and research experience. In addition, this salary could be supplemented by an additional “research payment” that is payable on fulfillment of demonstrable research output requirements (such as international peer-reviewed publications per year of contract)

Application process: Interested applicants are invited to lodge an application to the BALAC Program on or before 28 February, 2017. Applications should consist of:

• A covering letter that supports the application with reference to the selection criteria.

• A curriculum vitae detailing qualifications and experience.

• The names, positions, and contact details of two (2) academic referees.

• Documentary evidence to support academic qualifications.

• Sample of academic research/writing (e.g., journal article, book chapter, conference paper, research essay)

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5. Call for Papers: “Crossings in Southeast Asia” Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 19th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Application deadline: Dec. 15, 2016

Crossings evoke the process of traversing and negotiating terrains, waters, temporalities, identities and paradigms. How do crossings challenge the boundaries of these concepts in the studies of Southeast Asia? In thinking about intersections of old and new ideas, what crossings have scholars attempted and what obstacles have they faced? Cornell Southeast Asia Program’s 19th Annual Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Conference is inviting submissions that engage these questions. The conference will be held March 10-12, 2017 at the Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Anne Blackburn from the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell will be joining us as our keynote speaker.

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6. Call for Papers: Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast 2017 Conference

Application deadline: Dec. 30, 2016



Willamette University in Salem, Oregon will be host to the Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast 2017 Conference. College and university faculty, K-12 teachers, independent scholars and graduate/undergraduate students with an interest in Asian or Asian diaspora studies are invited to join.

The organizers invite proposals for organized panels, roundtable discussions, individual papers or poster presentations on historical or contemporary topics in the humanities, arts, social sciences, education, health, law, business, environmental sciences or other allied disciplines related to East, South, or Southeast Asia and their diasporas.

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7. Call for Applicants: Doctoral and Post-doctoral Workshop: Theravada Civilizations Project

Application deadline: Jan. 1, 2017

The Theravada Civilizations Project is pleased to announce plans for an intensive Doctoral and Post-doctoral workshop, which will be held on March 15, one day prior to the Association for Asian Studies, March16-19, 2012 at the University of Toronto. We will pay for roundtrip airfare and two nights in a hotel, March 14 and 15.\

Theravada Buddhism is practiced throughout the world with over 150 million practitioners settled primarily in Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, and Thailand. Diaspora communities from South and Southeast Asia as well as the global interest in Insight (vipassana) meditation has led to the growth of Theravada Buddhism in the Americas, Australia, Japan, and Europe. The scholarly study of Theravada Buddhism began with the scrutiny of Pali and Sanskrit literature, but now covers many disciplines including literature, ethics, anthropology, philology, philosophy, history, cultural studies, political science, urban studies, and art and material culture.

The Theravada Civilizations Project  is comprised of a group of scholars from numerous institutions including the University of London, The University of Chicago, Arizona State University, the University of Washington, the University of Vermont, Cornell University, the University of Wisconsin, Missouri State University, Western Kentucky University, the University of Toronto, the University of Louisville, the University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University in consultation with scholars from Asian and European institutions.  Since these members and other scholars in the field are based at many different locations, graduate students preparing their dissertations and post-doctoral students converting their PhD to a book do not have the opportunity to present and gain detailed feedback on their work from several experts in the field.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students and post-doctoral academics in the humanities and social sciences who engage some aspects of Theravada classical and/or vernacular literature and/or research aspects of Theravada history and cultural practice among South or Southeast Asian communities.  Participants will be (i) developing dissertation proposals, or (ii) in the early to middle phases of research and dissertation writing, or (iii) revising recent dissertations for publication.

Applicants should send a current cv and a ten-page proposal to

8. Call for Fellowship: Asian Studies Fellowship

Application deadline: Jan. 2, 2017

Three-month research and writing fellowship relevant to contemporary US-Asia policy at East-West Center in Washington, DC. Fellowship period: March 1-Sept. 30, 2017.

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9. Call for Fellowship: Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship

Application deadline: Jan. 13, 2017

Five-day grant to conduct research in the Asian Division of the library. Grants range from $300 to $3,000 and may be used to cover travel to Washington, DC, overnight accommodations and other research expenses.

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10. Call for Applicants: Workshop on Southeast Asian Studies

Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2017

SEAGASE – Southeast Asia Group / Groupe Asie du Sud-Est – a consortium of research groups from universities in the Montreal area, invites applications from Ph.D. students for a workshop on Southeast Asian Studies to be held at McGill University and the Université de Montréal on 27-28 April 2017.

The workshop will provide Ph.D. students an opportunity to present their research and to receive critical feedback. The structure of the workshop will be focused on maximizing discussion and critique. Students from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Participants will be selected based on the strengths of their research project, as well as the need for institutional and disciplinary diversity.

The keynote speaker at the workshop will be Professor Eric Tagliacozzo of Cornell University.

To apply, please send a 1-page abstract of your dissertation and your C.V. to: with the subject heading: “Ph.D. Graduate Workshop”.

Limited funding is available for the workshop. This funding comes in the form of two grants of CAD $800 each designated for Ph.D. students from a university in Southeast Asia. If these funds are not allocated to students from Southeast Asia, they will be allocated to other students on the basis of need.

For further information, please contact:

Professor Dominique Caouette, Université de Montréal | Professor Erik Martinez Kuhonta, McGill University                                        

11. Call for Fellowship: 2017-2018 Andrew W. Mellon (Sawyer Seminar) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Global Language Justice

Application deadline: Jan. 20, 2017

The ICLS Sawyer Seminar takes the simultaneity of the dwindling of linguistic diversity and biodiversity as the occasion for a broader set of reflections on the question of language justice. We are interested in a range of questions including: the social effects of English monolingualism; the relationship of language and technology; the question of translation across disciplinary divides, machine translation; and new possibilities for revivifying language communities at the interface of arts activism, legal redress, and digital technologies. This initiative promotes research and pedagogical innovation at the interface of science, humanities, and big data to ask about the life and death of languages on a planetary scale.

The Seminar will include public lectures, workshops as well as the development of undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition to pursuing a research project that speaks to central themes of the seminar, the Fellow will help organize a series of monthly workshops and other activities relating to the theme of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar; and work with two graduate students whose time will be dedicated to the Seminar. There will be a one-course teaching requirement (1/0 or 0/1) in the fellowship year.

• Applicants should have completed all their Ph.D. or J.D. requirements (completed and filed the dissertation) no earlier than June 30, 2013 and no later than August 1, 2017.
• Applicants must have a demonstrable background in the study of cultures, societies, or technologies that relies on a multilingual and comparative or interdisciplinary approach, in linguistic/literary studies, the social sciences, and/or natural sciences.

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12. Call for Papers: Chulalongkorn International Student Symposium in Southeast Asian Linguistics

Application deadline: Jan. 23, 2017

Students currently enrolled in an academic program in linguistics or a related field are invited to submit an abstract on any area of Southeast Asian linguistics, including but not limited to the following:

– Phonetics and phonology
– Morphology and syntax
– Semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis
– Comparative and Historical linguistics
– Sociolinguistics
– Language documentation and endangered languages
– Psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics

The abstract must not exceed 800 words and must be submitted via Easychair ( by Januray 23, 2017.

For each selected abstract, a full paper is required by April 30, 2017. The full papers should not exceed fifteen A4 pages, including examples and references, in single-space 12-point type (Times new roman). The accepted papers will be published in a proceeding after the symposium.

13. Call for Papers: Reframing the Archive: The Reuse of Film and Photographic Images in Postcolonial Southeast Asia

Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

In recent years, the decision to engage with colonial and postcolonial archives has become increasingly commonplace within Southeast Asian film, photography and visual culture. Whilst this renewed interest in archival materials has resulted in an increased awareness of the complexities of lens-based media, it has also allowed practitioners to challenge both the dominant narratives of colonialism and their neo- and postcolonial legacies. In the case of Cambodia and its diasporas, this archival impulse – and its accompanying modes of (re-) appropriation – is exemplified by films such as Rithy Panh’s La France est notre patrie [‘France is our Homeland’] and Davy Chou’s Golden Slumbers. Whereas the former offers an insight into the hypocrisies of French colonial rule, the latter takes its lead from the development of twentieth century Cambodian cinema. Yet despite differing in their aims and emphases, these projects share a number of common characteristics – namely, a desire to foreground the importance of preserving and revisiting archival materials: two imperatives which have acquired a particular significance in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Taking its lead from these recent developments, this symposium will explore the ways in which colonial and postcolonial film and photographic archives have been rearticulated within a range of Southeast Asian political and aesthetic contexts. How have artists and filmmakers sought to subvert existing power relations through the use of colonial images? To what extent have archival materials and technologies allowed for an investigation into the emancipatory potential of the lens? How have these techniques been utilised by diasporic populations? Though preference will be given to submissions which focus on Southeast Asia, we also welcome papers that draw comparisons with other postcolonial contexts. Possible lines of enquiry include:

  • The political and aesthetic implications of re-situating images
  • Hindu-Buddhist aesthetic conventions and their use/subversion in colonial and postcolonial lens-based practices
  • The ethics, politics and artistic innovations of documentary work
  • Contemporary artistic practices which explore the themes of space, place and home
  • The return of European filmmakers and photographers to the postcolony

The symposium will be accompanied by screenings of two feature-length films by Cambodian filmmakers and a series of short films by emerging filmmakers from Southeast Asia. This programme, we believe, will provide a further opportunity to address the themes raised by the symposium.

The conference and screening programme are organised by Dr Joanna Wolfarth, Dr Fiona Allen, and Annie Jael Kwan independent curator, The Asia Projector.

To submit a paper, please send paper titles, abstracts of c. 500 words and a 2-page CV to

14. Call for Applicants: 2017 NEH Summer Institute for College and University Instructors

Application deadline: March 1, 2017

What Is Gained in Translation? Learning How to Read Translated Literature

Applications are now being accepted for a three-week summer institute for college and university instructors on the topic “What Is Gained in Translation?” to be held at Kent State University, June 4-24, 2017.

The institute is dedicated to the study of texts in translation as a way to develop cross-cultural literacy and to explore what can begained by addressing issues of translation in the classroom. For scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences who work with translated texts, this institute will provide the theoretical models and applications developed in Translation Studies that will enable them to exploit translation as a teachable moment.

The Institute will be led by Dr. Françoise Massardier-Kenney, Professor of French and Translation Studies and Director of Kent State’s Institute for Applied Linguistics, and Dr. Brian James Baer, Professor of Russian and Translation Studies and founding editor of the journal Translation and Interpreting Studies. Guest faculty members include prominent translators who are also translation scholars working in a variety of languages and cultures: Dr. Rosemary Arrojo of Binghamton University (translation theory), Dr. Peter Bush (Catalan, French, Portuguese, Spanish translation), Dr. M. R. Ghanoonparvar of the University of Texas at Austin (Persian translation), Dr. Carol Maier of Kent State University (Spanish and Latin American translation; translation and gender), Dr. Christi Merrill of the University of Michigan (Hindi translation and post-colonial studies), and Dr. Michelle Yeh of the University of California at Davis (Chinese translation).

If you teach courses in which translated texts are used and you are interested in translation and in cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural issues, we encourage you to apply. We hope that our applicants will be at all stages of their careers and encourage adjunct faculty members to apply as well. Please, circulate to your faculty members or colleagues.

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15. Call for Applicants: Summer Study Abroad in Laos (SAIL) 

Application deadline: April 3, 2017

Do you want to learn the Lao language, Lao history, and Lao culture? What better way to do it than to spend your summer fully immersed in Lao society in Laos!

The Center for Lao Studies (CLS), dedicated to promoting and advancing the field of Lao Studies, is sponsoring its annual Summer Study Abroad in Laos program (SAIL) in the summer of 2017. During the five-week program, students will partake in language and cultural lessons at the Lao-American College (LAC) in Vientiane, the first private college and the only school founded by an American citizen in the Lao PDR. Students will also have the opportunity to study Lao history and culture, augment their academics with cultural trips throughout the area, and experience volunteering with a variety of organizations.

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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.