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Hilary Term 2015



Post-doctoral Fellowship in non-Western (Asian) Political Thought (2 years)



Postdoctoral Fellow




 Department of International Relations and European Studies


Application deadline: February 28, 2015

Starting date: September, 2015, or as soon as possible thereafter

The Department of International Relations and European Studies (IRES) invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship for AY 2015-AY 2017 in the field of non-Western (Asian) political thought, with the aim to strengthen the humanities at Central European University.

As part of CEU's commitment to both the humanities and interdisciplinary teaching and research, the University launched a Humanities Initiative in spring 2014. The Initiative provides incentives for new cross-departmental and interdisciplinary research and teaching activities in the humanities, and to infuse CEU social science programs with perspectives, approaches and accomplishments taken from the humanities

The Department is looking for a candidate with a strong substantive research agenda and teaching interests that would allow him/her to contribute to a cross-departmental specialization in political thought and university-wide research projects on Asia and the Global South more generally.

Background in Buddhist Political Thought and/or Confucianism is desirable. Regional expertise in South-East Asia (especially Myanmar) is especially welcome.

Duties and responsibilities:

The Post-Doctoral Fellow is expected to pursue a specific line of research as outlined in their application material, to engage with the life and activities of the Department, and participate actively in university-wide activities related to the CEU Humanities Initiative. The successful candidate is also expected to teach one two-credit course (where one credit equals 50 minutes of classroom contact over a 12-week academic term) in a relevant field on the MA level, to publish in international outlets, and to participate in departmental activities. For details, see


Applicants should be recent holders of doctoral degrees in relevant fields in the humanities or social sciences (e.g. political theory/thought, history, international relations), or hold one by the time the position starts. Preference will be given to candidates with broad cross-disciplinary perspectives, a demonstrable and meaningful interest in comparative work and with a grasp of, and work in, theories and concepts in political thought with an ability to engage in and contribute to debates in international relations.

How to apply: 

A curriculum vitae, two samples of writing or representative publication, a research proposal with an abstract, and the contact information for three referees, should be included. The covering letter should describe research and achievements so far and a statement of what the candidate hopes to accomplish during the tenure of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Please send your complete application package to: - including job code in subject line: 2014/078. Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof. Alexander Astrov, Acting Head of Department at or

Please see- for the new College events calendar.




Connected Histories and Synoptic Methods: Music and Colonial Transitions in South and Southeast Asia

10-11 April, 2015, King's College London


You are cordially invited to attend the final conference of the European Research Council project "Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean". The registration fee for the full conference is £25 (£15 students/unwaged). For further information on registration see


“Musical Transitions to European Colonialism in the Eastern Indian Ocean” is a large-scale European Research Council project (2011-15) that seeks to produce a history of the transitions of musical cultures and soundscapes from early-modern to colonial regimes in India, Sri Lanka and the Malay world. In the final conference of the project, we aim to establish the ways in which our findings over the past four years contribute to an interconnected understanding of eastern Indian Ocean sonic cultures in the context both of widespread colonial interventions in the region and of the constellation of new technologies and ideas simultaneous with colonialism that have come to constitute the “modern”. We hope to formulate a synthetic historiographical framework for connecting and comparing the effects of European colonialism on musical transitions within and between South and Southeast Asia, one that has relevance to histories of the wider Indian Ocean as an interregional space. In particular, we wish to elucidate both similarities and differences in the ways in which the peoples across this region appropriated and resisted European influences while engaging in new modes of cosmopolitan living and anti-colonial resistance.

As we approach the end of the “Musical Transitions project”, team members will have the opportunity to reflect collectively and comparatively on the huge amount of data gathered, research conducted, and questions asked, reframed and addressed. Our original hypotheses have been tested and tempered by archival realities – an embarrassment of riches in India, a relative paucity of vernacular and visual sources in the Malay world – and our areas and focuses of inquiriy consequentially altered. But the original ambition-- to produce a new connective methodological framework in and through which to analyse the musical history of this vast region-- remains our guiding principle as we enter the final stages of this research.

The “Connected Histories” conference prompts us to evaluate the nature of connections across this region and time period in a variety of modes and along multiple, overlapping axes: time; space; multiple languages and musical literatures; genre and ensemble; travel and circulation; borrowing, mixing and adaptation; lineages and economies both social and epistemological; the local and localities; alternative historical modes; community and identity; sonic power and auditory history; progress and modernity; and the notion of the paracolonial. This list does not aspire to be a comprehensive description; we are certain that conference participants will have perspectives that challenge and/or supplement these. Yet we offer them as initial suggestions or prompts to us all to think about how we might approach the crucial methodological challenges of this conference; and as only several among many ways we might think through the problematic of a diverse, connected ethnomusicological history of the region and period. For this is one of the wider questions of the project: to ask what a genuinely ethnomusicological historical method should look like.

Confirmed participants include


Katherine Butler Schofield (PrincipaI Investigator, King's College London)

Barbara Andaya (University of Hawai'i)

Julia Byl (King's College London)

Max Katz (College of William and Mary)

Ustad Irfan Muhammad Khan

Raja Iskandar bin Raja Halid (University of Malaysia/King's College London)

Larry Hilarian (NIE, Singapore)

David R M Irving (Australian National University)

James Kippen (University of Toronto)

David J Lunn (King's College London)

Jenny McCallum (King's College London)

Allyn Miner (University of Pennsylvania)

Ronit Ricci (Australian National University)

Davesh Soneji (McGill University)

Jim Sykes (University of Pennsylvania)

Shzr Ee Tan (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Margaret Walker (Queens' University, Ontario)

Richard David Williams (King's College London)


JOB Advertisement

Leiden University is looking for a tenure-track lecturer in the economies of Southeast Asia. Application deadline is 26 January. Full job ad at:

This is a really good job opportunity in a university where facilities and resources of all kinds are above average and where the study of SE Asia is expanding, not threatened or contracting.


JOB Advertisement

Assistant Professor, Tenure-Track

Cultural Anthropology, University of Washington

The Department of Anthropology at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in cultural anthropology with a teaching and research emphasis on the Theravada Buddhist regions of Mainland Southeast Asia. The topic of this search is open, but preference will be given to scholars whose research addresses the anthropology of health or the environment. We are particularly interested in those whose work focuses on the transnational dimensions of these areas.

The University of Washington and the Department of Anthropology value colleagues who have a strong commitment to an academic environment that promotes diversity. The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected veterans.

The position will begin on September 16, 2015. University of Washington faculty members engage in teaching, research, and service. Applicants must have earned a PhD, or foreign equivalent, by the start of the appointment. Candidates in the final stages of their PhD may be considered. To apply, send a single PDF file including the following items: (1) a cover letter that describes the applicants research and teaching interests; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample; (4) up to two course syllabi; (5) contact information for three professional references; and, (6) a brief statement on how your research, teaching, mentoring, and/or community outreach addresses diversity and encourages inclusion of individuals and groups from under-represented backgrounds in the classroom and larger university community. Send this file to with the following subject header: UW Southeast Asia Position, Your Name. Cover letter should be addressed to Dr. Celia Lowe, Chair, Southeast Asia Search Committee, Department of Anthropology.

Applications received by January 1, 2015 are assured consideration. Questions should be directed to Dr. Celia Lowe at, M32 Denny, Box 353100 Seattle, Washington 98195-3100.


Michaelmas Term 2014


NEW PODCAST available for Matthew J. Walton's talk on "Contetsted Buddist Identities in Contemporary Myanmar (Burma)" at the British Museum. Please click the Podcasts link on the right hand side of the screen or the link below:


Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professorship in Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society in Southeast Asia

November 2014

Harvard University’s Faculty of Divinity seeks to make a full-time, tenured appointment to the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Chair in Contemporary Islam. We seek a scholar whose work engages the social, intellectual, political, artistic, economic, or any other aspect of contemporary Islamic life with specialization in Southeast Asia. The candidate should demonstrate a deep understanding of the historical, social, and cultural contexts of Islamic institutions, movements, and ideas in Southeast Asia with emphasis on the 18th-century to the present. The candidate should be also conversant with the broader, global history of Islamic religion and culture.

Applicants should be competent in the appropriate research languages and be able to teach and advise at the doctoral and master's levels. Applicants should also be able to contribute to the Divinity School's degree programs, including its multi-religious Master of Divinity program, and be familiar with forms of analysis that address race, gender, and social location. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in the intellectual life of the Divinity School. The candidate will also teach undergraduates and doctoral students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity, affirmative-action employer and encourages applications from and nominations of women and/or ethnic minority candidates

Letters of nomination should be sent to: Islamic Search Committee, c/o Matthew B. Turner, Harvard Divinity School, 45 Francis Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, or via email to: A letter of application and current curriculum vitae are required of all candidates. Preference is given to online applications made at: Applications may also be submitted via postal or electronic mail to the addresses above. Review of applications will begin in December and continue throughout February 2015.

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Call for Papers MYANMAR (BURMA) UPDATE 2015: MAKING SENSE OF CONFLICT 5 – 6 June 2015, Australian National University, Canberra. For further information please see the cal for papers tab on the right hand side of this webpage.


**Opportunity to Teach at Universities in Myanmar**

Interested in teaching politics at a university in Myanmar?

Are you an academic, post-doc, or post-graduate with teaching experience?

Terms in Myanmar run from December-March and June-August and there are immediate needs in Political Theory.

There are potential funding opportunities that would cover travel, accommodation, and a small stipend.

If you are interested in teaching politics at a university in Myanmar, either now or in the future, please contact Matthew Walton at to discuss further details.

The Dr Chun-tu Hsueh lecture will be taking place on Friday 5th December 2014 in the Pavilion Room. Please see promotional poster for details.

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The Asian Studies Centre are pleased to announce that Arnab Goswami, the Editor-in-Chief and News anchor of Times Now- India's most watched English news channel (Antonian MSt in social Anthropology) and Manish Tewari, former Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Government of India will be speaking at a discussion entitled "Media, Politics and Society in India."

The talk is to be given in week 5 (11th November 2014) in the Nissan Lecture Theatre from 5pm, all are welcome.

Please click here for promotional poster- /media/catalogs/public/downloads/originals/uploaded/cms/asiaweb/11th%20November.pdf/11th%20November.pdf


Myanmar County representative-CDA- Please click link for poster: /media/catalogs/public/downloads/originals/uploaded/cms/asiaweb/Myanmar Job CDA 29.x.14.pdf/Myanmar Job CDA 29.x.14.pdf


Long Vacation 2014


Please note that tha Asian Studies website has now added a "call for papers" link, detailing opporunities for members of the Asian Studies Centre.

Charles Wallace Burma Trust Visiting Fellowship

Please find below an advertisement for a Charles Wallace Burma Trust Visiting Fellowship tenable at the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge in the Lent Term 2015.  Please see the below poster for further details on the Fellowship and application process.

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The Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures and Arts, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, invites applications for the following position:

Junior Professorship (Assistant Professor, W1) in Southeast Asian Studies 

We are looking for a candidate with expertise in one or more of the following fields: the languages, literatures, media, or modern and contemporary history of insular Southeast Asia (mainly Indonesia and /or Malaysia).

We expect an outstanding doctoral thesis, methodologically sound expertise on modern insular Southeast Asia evidenced by relevant publications and teaching experience, very high proficiency in Indonesian / Malay, English, and ideally German as well as the willingness to engage in cooperative research and teaching activities within the Interdisciplinary Center of East Asian Studies (IZO) at Goethe University.

The initial appointment is for three years and can be renewed for another three years upon positive evaluation. The designated salary for the position is based on "W1" of the German university scale. Goethe University is an equal opportunity employer which implies that applications from women are specifically encouraged. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see: .

Qualified academics are invited to submit their applications including a CV, a list of publications, and a copy of the doctoral diploma up to 10th Oct. 2014 to the Dean of the Faculty of Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures and Arts, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, D-60054 Frankfurt, E-Mail .


ASEASUK RESEARCH GRANTS available, deadline 18th November, please see "opportunities for External Funding" link for further infromation.



Project Southeast Asia has released the Call for Panels and Papers for the 4th Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, which will be held at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I would like to invite you to submit proposals for panels, roundtables, workshops, and papers, and also to request your help in publicising the CFP to any of your colleagues working on Southeast Asia who might be interested.

The 2015 Symposium will focus on the theme of “The Year of ASEAN: Integrating Southeast Asia”, particularly in regard to the four sub-themes of the Environment and Natural Resources, Public Health, Education, and Economic Development. However, proposals focusing on any topics relating to Southeast Asia are welcome.

The deadline for proposal submission is 1 October 2014.

Please visit for more information and to submit a proposal.

For further information, please visit the Project Southeast Asia website at or contact

Rosemary Foot has recently coedited a book with Saadia M. Pekkanen and John Ravenhill entitled The Oxford Handbook of the International Relations of Asia (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Please see the weblink for the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies events listing page below for other Asian events at Oxford

The Centre is sorry to announce that our Research Fellow, Monique Chu, who has been running seminars, conferences and lectures for the Taiwan Studies Programme this year, will be leaving us from September 2014 for a permanent job at Southampton University. We wish her the very best of luck!

The Annual Taiwan Conference has been scheduled for 5th and 6th September 2014 with fourteen papers to be presented at the conference. To see a tentative programme and to register for this event please visit:


Trinity term 2014

Rosemary Foot has been a Visiting fellow at the Nobel Institute in Oslo from 4th June 4th to 22nd June where she gave a paper for the Institute and for the Nobel Synposium on the theme of "Does the ride and fall of great powers lead to conflict and war?"

Rosemary Foot, a member of the Asian Studies Centre, whilst in New Zealand participates in a interesting interview with Radio New Zealand, talking about the paralles that have been drawn since the outbreak of the First World War. The interview is available online at the link below:

The Asian Studies centre have  now launch a new webpage containing information on external funding. Please see the link on the right hand side " Opporunities for External Funding" or click the link below:

The Asian Studies centre would like to announce the Launch of the New Modern Burmese Studies Programme which will take place on 11th June 2014, all are invited to attend the event which will start at 6PM in the Nissan Lecture Theatre, St Antony's College. Please see protional poster for further details here.

The Taiwan Studies Programme would like to announce a talk by Jason Chen, the CEO of Acer to be held on 20th May at 2pm in the Nissan Lecture Theatre.

Please see here for press release of the talk:

Podcasts have been created for Southeast Asian events at the Centre, please visit to take a look:

these podcasts are also available on iTunes, please visit

We also have links to 2014 OxPeace conference, please see the below links for the venet entitled 'The more things change, the more they stay the same: Challenges to peace in a transtioning Myanmar'

Patrick meehan-

Matthew Walton-

Mar Khin Mar Mar Kyi-


Hilary term 2014


The Taiwan Studies Programme have issued a call for papers for its Annual Conference, the deadline of which is 20th April 2014, please click the above link (Taiwan Studies Programme Annual Conference) for further information.

Charles Taylor will be giving a talk at St Antony's College on 13th May 2014 at 2pm entitled 'Religion as a Mpotive for Exclusion in Contemporary Western Democracies.' This event is sponsered by the Middle East Centre, the North American Programme, and the Dahrenfdorf Programme for the Study of Freedom. please click here for promotional poster.

Professor Arjun Appadurai, Goddard Professor of Medica, Culture, and Communication at New York University will be giving a Lecture at St Antony's College in the Nissan Lecture theatre at 5pm on Thursday 1st May 2014. The talk is entitled 'Bollywood in Mumbai's' Dreamscape' and is co-sponsored by the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. Please click here for promotional poster.

Applications are being accepted for the Wai Seng Scholarship, the deadline is: 7th March 2014.

The Asian Studies Centre will be relocating from 2 Church Walk to St Antony's Main Building from Easter 2014

Dr Ming-Chin Monique Chu has announced that she willbe releaseing her new book, "The East Asian Computer Chip War," and to commemorate a book launch has been organised for 3rd March 2014. Please see:the Taiwan Studies Programme events page for further details.

Paul Irwin Crookes is co-editing a book entitled "The Impact of Technological Change on Taiwan-Chinese Relations" under contract with Palgrave as part of the St Antony's Series, due to be published later in 2014. The book will examine how the acceleration og technology-led upgrading shapes three key dimensions of the cross-Strait relationship:the overarching security context; the economic context; and the cultural context. This volume follows on from a successful international conference held at St Antony's College that explored these themes, made possible by funding from the Taiwan Studies Programme.


Michaelmas 2013

On Monday 30th September the Asian Studies Centre co-hosted with Oxford India Society a showing of the film 'Red Ant Dream'. This film which documents the struggles of tribal peoples and peasants in India was followed by a discussion with Sanjay Kak.

From 2nd September to 3rd October 2013, Professor Rosemary Foot shall be the "Dr Seaker Chan Visiting Scholar in Comparative Political Development" at Fudan University, Shanghai.


                                                                             Book Publications


Professor Rosemary Foot has recently coedited a book entitled The Oxford Hanbook of the International Relations of Asia alongside Saadia M Pekkanen and John Revenhill. Find details at:


Dr Ming-chin Monique Chu has recently published her first research monograph The East Asian Computer Chip War (Routledge, 2013). Find details at:

"The semiconductor industry is central to economic and military power and its migration from Taiwan to the mainland of China has complicated the China-Taiwan-United States security triangle. Using cases studies, sectoral studies, and more than 150 interviews, Monique Chu analyzes the impact of globalization on security with depth and rigor." – Adam Segal, Council on Foreign Relations, New York, U.S.A.

"Monique Chu is to be commended for her exhaustive efforts to shine a bright and rigorous academic light into an important but dimly understood corner of the nexus between economic, security, and technological dynamics in the China-Taiwan relationship and, ultimately, China’s quest for technological development. This study offers a wealth of insights gleaned from myriad interviews with policy makers and industry participants." – Tai Ming Cheung, University of California San Diego, U.S.A.


Professor Rosemary Foot's latest edited book China Across the Divide: the domestic and global in politics and society has just been published. Find details at: 

"Engagingly written with exceptional scholarship, China across the Divide offers rare and often surprising insights into the political battles that are shaping China's emergence as a global power. A true stand-out and a must-read."-Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director, Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

"This first-rate collection of essays is an important addition to the growing literature on China's impact on global politics and economics. Together the chapters make the case that rigorous scholarship about China's foreign policy needs to embrace the intended and unintended, linear and non-linear, highly endogenous relationships between China's domestic economic, political, and ideological development on the one hand and China's interaction with other nations, institutions, and non-state actors on the other. The book shows, too, the intellectual value of cross-disciplinary, historically informed research."-Alastair Iain Johnston, Harvard University"


Dr Faisal Devji has recently published a new book Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea. Find details at

'Devji is arguably the most brilliant scholar of his generation writing today on South Asian history and global Islam. His explorations of the tensions inherent in the idea of Pakistan as a Muslim homeland, and the fascinating parallels he draws with Zionist and settler-colonial pasts, provide a new point of departure for the study of both Muslim and Dalit politics in British India. And his reflections on the failure of the category “minority” in decolonizing times will help us rethink the very idea of the political in the twentieth century. A thoughtful and courageous book.’ — Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor, Department of History, University of Chicago