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AAS Names Next Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce that it has appointed Dr. Hilary Vanessa Finchum-Sung as the association’s next Executive Director. Dr. Finchum-Sung will join the AAS on March 1, 2019 and will officially take office on April 1, 2019, following current Executive Director Michael Paschal’s retirement. Hilary Finchum-Sung (Ph.D., Indiana University) is a specialist in Korean music theory and performance practice and has been a member of the AAS for almost twenty years. Her academic training is in both ethnomusicology and East Asian Studies. Finchum-Sung has spent the past decade in the Republic of Korea, where she made history as the first and (to date) only non-Korean to have served as a faculty member in a department of Korean Music. She has published in academic journals such as Ethnomusicology, the world of music (new series), Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, and Acta Koreana. As Associate Professor of Korean Music Theory and Ethnomusi ...

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October 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) is pleased to announce that the Usha Mahajani Memorial Prize for 2018 has been awarded to Phianphachong Intarat (University of Hawai’i at Manoa). The prize is a memorial to Professor Usha Mahajani, whose scholarship on Southeast Asia was brought to an abrupt end by her tragic death in 1978. Professor Mahajani, a native of India, received her Ph.D. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University. She was the author of Nationalism in the Philippines and The Role of Indian Minorities in Burma and Malaysia and numerous articles on Southeast Asian politics and international relations. At the time of her death she was professor of political science at Central Washington State University. The prize was established by a gift from her husband to the Association for Asian Studies, and SEASSI administers the competition for the prize on behalf of the Southeast Asia Council of AAS. Phianphachong Intarat, the 2018 recipient of the Usha Mahajani Pr ...

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“My Paper Was Turned Down. Should I Take It Personally?”

This is a revised and updated version of Laurel Kendall’s President’s Column from the Fall 2016 issue of the AAS E-Newsletter. The carefully crafted panel submission, a summation of hot-breaking research, the anticipation of a lively intellectual exchange … and then the rejection message, “owing to the number of high-quality submissions and the limitations of space”—a splash of cold water! Many of us have been there—I certainly have—and so have many distinguished scholars, including at least one former President of the AAS whose proposed submissions were rejected twice in the years after his service. It happens. In such circumstances it is difficult not to feel that “there must have been some mistake,” or worse “AAS is just not interested in the kind of work I do,” or still worse, that “someone on the program committee had it in for me.” In a healthy organization, there will always be many more proposals than available slo ...

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September 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

We extend our congratulations to the AAS Members who have been awarded fellowships by the American Institute of Indian Studies to carry out research projects in India in 2018-19: Roy Bar-Sadeh (Columbia University), “The Transnationalization of Islamic Modernism: Religion, Politics and Anti-Colonialism Between India and Egypt, 1857-1947” Ananya Chakravarti (Georgetown University), “The Konkan: Regional History on an Indian Ocean Coast” Swati Chawla (University of Virginia), “Between Homelessness and Homecoming: Tibetan Migration in Late Twentieth Century India” Jed Forman (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Yogic Perception” Ayesha Irani (University of Massachusetts, Boston), “Situating the Bengali Darves: Texts, Practices, and Communities of Reception in Bengal” Harshita Mruthinti Kamath (University of North Carolina), “Temple Poems on Copperplates: The Material Life of Annamayya’s Telugu Padams” Tulasi ...

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Save the Date: AAS-in-Asia 2019

The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to announce that the next AAS-in-Asia conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on July 1-4, 2019 at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Please mark these dates on your calendar. The Call for Proposals will open in early September, and the deadline for panel proposals will be late October. As with previous AAS-in-Asia conferences, the program committee will consider only proposals for organized panels or roundtable discussions. Individual paper proposals will not be accepted. The AAS-in Asia conferences offer opportunities for Asia-based scholars to interact with each other and their international colleagues. AAS is partnering with a five-university coalition of organizers led by Thammasat University; the other members of the coalition are Chiang Mai, Chulalongkorn, Kasetsart, and Mahidol Universities. In terms of travel, tourism, and obtaining necessary visa documents, Bangkok is k ...

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