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November 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the two AAS Members recognized by the American Historical Association with book prizes for their work. Tom Mullaney (Stanford University) has received the John K. Fairbank Prize for East Asian history since 1800 for The Chinese Typewriter: A History (MIT Press). Faiz Ahmed (Brown University) has been awarded the John F. Richards Prize for South Asian history for his Harvard University Press book, Afghanistan Rising: Islamic Law and Statecraft between the Ottoman and British Empires. *** The Hamako Ito Chaplin Memorial Award will again be conferred in 2019, administered through the Association for Asian Studies. In accordance with the wishes of the Chaplin family, each year a prize of $1000 will be awarded to either a current graduate student or a full-time instructor of Japanese for excellence in Japanese language teaching at the college level. A full-time instructor who has completed graduate study within the last 3 years in an area that directly involves Japanese language teaching i ...

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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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When Are We Going Back to Hawaii? And Other Conference Site Selection Questions

Since joining the AAS staff in late 2016, I’ve noticed that the question I hear most frequently from association members is “When are we going back to Hawaii?” The 2011 conference in Honolulu, a joint meeting with the International Convention of Asia Scholars, attracted over 5,000 participants and exhibitors and remains an AAS highlight for both attendees and staff. Trust me—my Secretariat colleagues and I are just as eager to return to the Waikiki beaches as you are. But the decision of where to hold our annual conference is a complicated one and involves weighing multiple variables, not all of them obvious. For a future AAS conference to be held in Hawaii—or New York, or Austin, or any of the other locations our members ask for—a lot of stars need to come into alignment. (I should note that the process described below only applies to our North American conference; the site selection for AAS-in-Asia depends far more on finding a strong local university to serve a ...

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Resolution of Thanks for AAS 2018

The Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies wishes, by means of this resolution, to express thanks and appreciation to the many individuals and groups who have contributed significantly to the association’s activities over the past year. Special recognition should go to the following: Thanks first to the 2018 Program Committee: Chair Michael Pettid, Vice Chair Anne Hansen, Jean Oi, Carlos Rojas, and Hilde De Weerdt (China and Inner Asia); Barbara Ambros, Miriam Kingsberg Kadia, and Jin-kyung Lee (Japan and Korea); and Shelley Feldman and Maitrii Aung-Thwin (South and Southeast Asia) for assembling an outstanding program of over 440 panels, which made the meeting in Washington, D.C. our largest single conference ever. Outgoing officers, the Board of Directors, and council and committee members are commended for their commitment to the profession and considerable time devoted to association affairs. The officers especially contribute enormously over the course of the year, and s ...

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Thank You to the Sponsors of AAS 2018

The AAS 2018 Annual Conference was the largest single conference in AAS history and would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors. With much gratitude, we thank: The Harvard-Yenching Institute, for its sponsorship of the keynote address by Professor Haejoang Cho (Yonsei University). The Ford Foundation, which provided a grant in support of the #AsiaNow Roundtables. The Department of Public and Scholarly Engagement at the Freer|Sackler Galleries, for co-hosting the 2018 President’s Reception. Special thanks go to staff members Nancy Micklewright, Zeynep Simavi, and their colleagues for making this event possible. The Henry Luce Foundation, which has provided multi-year grants to our Timor-Leste Studies Initiative, Emerging Fields in Asian Studies Workshops, and Less-Commonly Taught Languages Initiative, all of which were featured at the 2018 conference. The Asian Education Media Service, especially Jason Finkelman, for curating and running the Film Expo. Our Gold Spo ...

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