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 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

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.”
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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.

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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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