Job Posting: Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor in Pre-modern Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies. Ph.D. in hand is expected by the time of the appointment. Applicants with specializations in all pre-modern literary periods will be considered, although preference will be given to Early Modern. As a department with a pioneering history in Early Modern Japanese Studies, we encourage new theoretical and methodological frameworks for examining the inherently interdisciplinary nature of early modern literature and culture. For applicants working in earlier periods, interdisciplinary approaches are also encouraged to match department and campus orientations and initiatives. The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for, and deep grounding in, textual and linguistic analysis; expertise in various forms of pre-modern Japanese language (bungo, kanbun, sorobun) and writing (hentaigana, kuzushiji); and the ability to teach graduate courses in his/her area of specialization and undergraduate courses of wider coverage in pre-modern Japanese literary history and Japanese Studies.

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and arrange to have at least three letters of recommendation sent to the Search Committee through UC Recruit, at https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF00495. Complete applications received by October 1, 2015, will receive full review. Inquiries about the position may be directed to the committee chair, Professor Katherine Saltzman-Li, at ksaltzli@eastasian.ucsb.edu.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Professor Dominic Steavu edits The Medieval History Journal’s first-ever issue devoted to East Asia

Prof. Dominic Steavu

Prof. Dominic Steavu

The UCSB Current has featured a spotlight on Dominic Steavu‘s editing of The Medieval History Journal devoted entirely to East Asia: “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History.”

And for the first time in the flagship journal’s nearly 25-year history, an entire issue is devoted to East Asia, and more specifically to the roles of intellectuals in social and political domination/hegemonic ideologies. The result is the recently published issue, “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History.”
- UCSB Current

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EALCS professor ann-elise lewallen, co-coordinator of the American Indian and Indigenous Collective (AIIC) Research Focus Group at UCSB, sponsored a symposium on: "Native Food, Native Wisdom."

The symposium on native food ways emphasized the connection between indigenous Americans and their traditional staples, matters that are of crucial importance to indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities in Asia, one of lewallen’s fields of expertise, as well. Author of the forthcoming book The Fabric of Ainu Indigeneity: Contemporary Identity and Gender in Colonial Japan (School for Advanced Research Press), lewallen addresses indigenous movements with respect to food, the environment, and survival in her teaching. For instance, in EACS 141/292EJ: Environmental Justice in Asia, scheduled for Spring 2015.

worms(Santa Barbara, Calif.) — For people who have been connected to the land it comes from for thousands of years, food is more than just a collection of calories and nutrients. For Native Americans, traditional staples can define their identity and represent their relationship to the earth, wind and sky. This point, so often lost in an age when processed foods and foods traveling long distances are commonplace, was driven home in a symposium on native food ways, biocolonialism and environmentalism. The conference at UC Santa Barbara was the first of its kind, and brought together scholars and students who approached the topic of food and indigenous culture from different perspectives. The symposium was sponsored by the American Indian & Indigenous Collective (AIIC) Research Focus Group at UCSB.

To view the complete story, go to http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2015/015075/native-food-native-wisdom

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Impressions from a Successful Conference on Child’s Play: Multi-sensory Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan and Beyond

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Professor David Novak’s Spotlight of Japan’s 3-11 Anti-Nuclear Movement Garners Media Attention

We congratulate EALCS affiliate, Professor David Novak! Novak’s podcast and website “Sounds of Japan’s Antinuclear Movement” received an honorable mention, 2014 Plath Media Award, Society for East Asian Anthropology.

The jury noted the following: “This is a very detailed and well-told story of musical responses to the 3-11 triple disaster. The podcast and website are accessible to general audiences, with an impressive amount of information packed into a 15 minute podcast. The website is a very useful feature and models the possibilities of future media scholarship that combines videos, podcasts, texts, and visual images. We all would have liked to see even more materials linked online, given the potential of this platform for collecting, curating, and sharing resources.”

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2015 Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP) Ph.D. Fellowships

The Office of Hanban, the Beijing headquarters of Confucius Institutes around the world, offers fellowships for Ph.D. students to study for one or more years in China. The Study in China Ph.D. Fellowship allows for students who will receive their Ph.D. at UCSB, and the Sino-foreign Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship provides for a joint Ph.D., where a student also gets a Ph.D. at a Chinese research university.

Click on each for more information:

Sino-foreign Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

Purpose

Support doctoral students (candidates) registered with foreign universities to come to China for study, research and writing of their doctoral dissertations.

Duration

From six months to two years.

Eligibility

  • Non-Chinese citizen;
  • HSK test score level 3 is required, and priority is given to applicants with higher level of proficiency in Chinese under same conditions;
  • Applicants who are currently participating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this Program.

Application Materials

  1. Ph.D. Study Certificate;
  2. Two letters of recommendation from scholars in related field;
  3. HSK transcript;
  4. Abstract of master’s thesis or other academic publications;
  5. Abstract of doctoral dissertation;
  6. A research plan for the study in China;
    • Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from local Confucius Institutes.

Assessment Process

The Confucius China Studies Program Expert Committee will review the application materials and conduct video interview.

Funding Provided

  • Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year
  • Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Tuition
  • Other support provided by the host Chinese university
  • Expenses for the foreign supervisor’s visit or research in China
  • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China
  • Group activities and cultural experience

Apply Now for Sino-foreign Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship

 

Study in China Ph.D. Fellowship

Purpose

Support foreign students to pursue full-time Ph.D. degrees in the humanities and social sciences at Chinese universities.

Eligibility

  • Non-Chinese citizen;
  • HSK test score level 5 is required, and priority is given to applicants with higher level of proficiency in Chinese under same conditions;
  • Applicants who are currently participating in Chinese Government Scholarship are not eligible to apply for this Plan.

Application Materials

  • Recognized transcripts of undergraduate and graduate studies, diplomas and copies of all the documents above in Chinese
  • HSK transcript
  • Abstract of master’s thesis and other academic publications
  • A doctoral research statement
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from scholars in related field
    • Priority is given to applicants who obtain a letter of recommendation from Confucius Institutes

Assessment Process

The Confucius China Studies Program Expert Committee will review the application materials and conduct video interview.

Funding

  • Lodging and living stipend: 80,000 RMB per year
  • Research fund: 20,000 RMB per year
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Tuition
  • Other support provided by the host Chinese university
  • Expenses for life and medical insurances in China
  • Group activities and cultural experience

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants shall submit the online application at ccsp.chinese.cn, and then post the application forms and other supporting documents to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

Apply Now for Study in China Ph.D. Fellowship

Going Abroad

A student may study at any qualified research university in China, or at Shandong University in Jinan City, Shandong Province, which is the partner university of UCSB Confucius Institute. If a student wishes to go study at Shandong University for one or more years, download this list of Research Faculty @ Shandong University.xslx and their areas of expertise.

Research Topics

Download the list of 100 Research Topics and areas of research that can be funded.


How to Apply

The applicant shall submit the online application, and then post the application form and other supporting documents to the Confucius Institute Headquarters.

DEADLINE

The online application system will be closed on January 31st, 2015, at 23:59 (BeiJing time).

We will review the application materials and conduct video interviews with shortlisted applicants. Please feel free to let us know if you have any inquiry or concern:

Office of Confucius Institute
Shandong University
Tel: 0086-531-88364983
kzxy@sdu.edu.cn
We sincerely appreciate all your attention to the Confucius China Studies Program (CCSP), and welcome you to apply for the CCSP Ph.D. Fellowships in Shandong University!

Dominic Steavu edits journal issue on Intellectual Resistance in East Asian History

Medieval History Journal CoverThe recent issue of The Medieval History Journal on “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History,” edited by EALCS Professor Dominic Steavu, has just been published. This is the first time the flagship journal devoted an entire issue to East Asia. Collectively, the volume’s authors probe the roles of intellectuals in social and political resistance to hegemonic ideologies.

Challenging western theories of the role of intellectuals, the essays in the volume offer a range of East Asian perspectives. In addition to Professor Steavu’s visionary introductory essay on “The Literary Subversive: Writings of Resistance in East Asian History” and another article on “Cosmogony and the Origin of Inequality: A Utopian Perspective from Taoist Sources,” EALCS Professor Fabio Rambelli contributed, “The Vicissitudes of the Mahāsammata in East Asia: The Buddhist Origin Myth of Kingship and Traces of a Republican Imagination.” Other contributions include James A. Benn’s on “Self-immolation, Resistance and Millenarianism in Medieval Chinese Buddhism,” Gil Raz’s “‘Conversion of the Barbarians’ Discourse as Proto Han Nationalism,” Ari Daniel Levine’s “Stages of Decline: Cultural Memory, Urban Nostalgia and Political Indignation as Imaginaries of Resistance in Yue Ke’s Pillar Histories,” and Grégoire Espesset’s “Local Resistance in Early Medieval Chinese Historiography and the Problem of Religious Overinterpretation.”

Dominic Steavu

Professor Dominic Steavu