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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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March 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to AAS Member Mitra Sharafi (University of Wisconsin-Madison), recipient of a Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Dr. Sharafi will spend the 2020-21 academic year in residence at the National Humanities Center working on her project, “Fear of the False: Forensic Science in Colonial India.” *** The ACLS has also selected AAS Members Levi McLaughlin (North Carolina State University) and Tulasi Srinivas (Emerson College) as two of its Luce/ACLS Fellows in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs. Dr. McLaughlin will use the fellowship to continue his research project on “Religious Influences on Japanese Politics and Policymaking,” and Dr. Srinivas will explore “The Absent Goddess: Religion, Ecology and Violence in Urban India” during her fellowship term. *** The Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award is conferred yearly and administered through the Association for Asian Studies. In accordance with the wi ...

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Meet Prasenjit Duara, Incoming AAS Vice President

Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University and will become Vice President of the AAS after the 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. I developed my interest in China during the heady days of the Cultural Revolution’s ideological impact in Delhi. As college students in the early 1970s we engaged in heated debates about the path for development and equity in India. The long and short of it was that I determined to study the Chinese revolution in order to show that a peasant revolution of the Chinese sort could not happen in India. I came to the U.S. to do my Ph.D., first at the University of Chicago and then moved with my advisor Philip Kuhn to Harvard, where I got my degree in Chinese history. While my thesis and first book did not directly address the issue of revolution comparatively, I did gain some insight into the nature of Chinese rural society under the Japanese occupation of the 1930s and 40s. The translation of Culture Power and the State: Rural North China ...

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February 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

The AAS has opened a search for its next Executive Director, who is expected to take up the position in early 2019. We request that all applicants submit their materials by April 25, 2018; full details are available here. *** Applications for the spring round of the AAS First Book Subvention Program are due by March 1. See here for application instructions. *** Apply by March 2 for the University of Michigan’s Medieval Komonjo Workshop 2018, on the theme of “Commoners and Authority in Medieval Japan.” The workshop (funded in part by an AAS Northeast Asia Council grant) will span one month (July 9-August 3) and include two sessions, with full financial support for housing costs available to those attending both sessions. *** Registration for the 2018 AAS-in-Asia conference in New Delhi is now open. Early bird prices are available only until February 28, 2018, so register now to secure your place at these special rates. *** Three regional AAS conferences are currently accepting propo ...

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