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July 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the AAS Members who have been awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies! The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies Todd Klaiman (Chinese University of Hong Kong), “Translocal Chinese Religiosity in Southeast Asia: Kek Lok Monastery and the Rise of Chinese Monastic Buddhism in Penang, 1887-1987” Tony Robert Scott (University of Toronto), “The Milindapañha-aṭṭhakathā: Nonnormative Pali, Psychic Powers, and Control of the Canon in Mid-Twentieth-Century Burma” The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies Abhishek S. Amar (Hamilton College), “Material Buddhism: Archaeology, Context, and Religious Change in Bodhgaya” Shawn Frederick McHale (The George Washington University), “Crossing the Mahayana-Theravada Frontier: Vietnamese-Khmer Relations and the Vietnamese Search for ‘Original’ Theravada Buddhism in Cambodia, 1930-1989&rdqu ...

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AAS Member Spotlight: Thomas Patton

Thomas Patton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and International Studies, and Associate Director of the Southeast Asia Research Centre, at the City University of Hong Kong. A scholar of religious studies, Patton is a specialist in Buddhism in Southeast Asia—specifically Myanmar—and has been a member of the AAS since 2005. Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues? When I was a masters student living in Boston in 2003, a classmate asked me to drive him to New York City to visit his friend who was presenting at an AAS conference. While sitting in the lobby of the conference venue, I was beside myself to hear dozens of people talking casually about Asian Studies as if they were chatting about the weather. I immediately registered for the conference and spent the remaining 3 days enthralled by the conversations and interesting people I met, one of whom would later become my PhD advisor. How did you first become involved in the field of Asian Stud ...

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June 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the AAS Members awarded grants by the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies! Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants Yifeng Cai (Brown University), “Transactional Sex on the Phone: Technology, Market Economy, and the Transformation of Male-to-Male Intimacy in Contemporary Urban China” Xiaobai Hu (University of Pennsylvania), “Unruly Mountain: Transformative Encounters in the Chinese-Tibetan Borderland, 1371-1701” Xiaoqian Ji (Johns Hopkins University), “Cosmetic Practices in Early Modern China: Consumption, Vernacular Knowledge, and Technologies of Gender” Jingyu Liu (Harvard University), “The Unimpeded Passage: The Buddho-Daoist Interaction and The Making of Salvation Rites in the Song Dynasty (960-1279)” Fusheng Luo (University of Michigan), “Debating Property Rights: Land Market, Semi-Colonial Law, and Chinese Industrialization in Shanghai and Guangzhou, 1830-1950” Tan Zhao (University of Washingt ...

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May 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the AAS Members awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies: Thomas Donald Conlan (Princeton University), Karl Gerth (University of California, San Diego), Tze-Lan Deborah Sang (Michigan State University), Nicolas Tackett (University of California, Berkeley), Stacey Van Vleet (University of California, Berkeley), and Judd Kinzley (University of Wisconsin-Madison). *** AAS Member John Osburg (University of Rochester) has been named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow by Carnegie Corporation of New York. As a fellow in the 31-member Class of 2018, Osburg will receive funding to pursue his research on “Spiritual Crisis and Moral Transformation in Contemporary China.” *** AAS Member Van C. Gessel (Brigham Young University) has been awarded a decoration from the Japanese government for Spring 2018, “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” (旭日中綬章 Kyokujitsu Chūju-shō). The citation honors Gessel for contributing to “developi ...

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April 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the AAS Members recently awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Nile Green (University of California, Los Angeles), Martin Kern (Princeton University), Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University), Christian Lee Novetzke (University of Washington), Nicolas Tackett (University of California, Berkeley), and Archana Venkatesan (University of California, Davis). *** AAS Members Maggie Clinton (Middlebury College) and Mitra Sharafi (University of Wisconsin-Madison) have received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support their research. Clinton’s project is entitled “Power and Petroleum in China and the Western Pacific, 1870-Present,” while Sharafi is investigating “Fear of the False: Forensic Science in Colonial India, 1856-1947.” *** Congratulations are extended to AAS Members Erik Harms (Yale University) and Thomas S. Mullaney (Stanford University), who received New Directions Fellowships from the Andrew W. Mel ...

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