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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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AAS 2018: The Final Day

Thank you to everyone who has joined us in Washington, D.C. and made the AAS 2018 Annual Conference such a big success! We are thrilled to say that this has been one of our largest conferences ever, and we hope that all who have attended found the weekend productive and collegial.   Highlights on Sunday’s schedule:   • At 8:00am, please join us in the Marriott Ballroom Foyer for a 30-minute Farewell Coffee Break, generously sponsored by Visit Denver. Grab a complimentary cup of coffee and a giveaway item, and start getting ready for AAS 2019 in Denver, Colorado!    • Registration and badge pickup counters, located on the Lobby Level of the Marriott Wardman Park, are open from 8:00am until 11:30am today. Graduate student stipends can also be picked up by eligible students during those hours; that counter is located across from the registration desks.   • Concurrent panel sessions begin at 8:30am and will run until 12:45pm.   • The Exhibit Hall ...

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AAS 2018: What’s Ahead on Saturday, March 24

• Registration and badge pickup counters, located on the Lobby Level of the Marriott Wardman Park, are open from 8:00am until 6:00pm today. Graduate student stipends can also be picked up by eligible students during those hours; that counter is located across from the registration desks.   • Today is the final day of the AAS 2018 Film Expo. Screenings start at 8:30am in the Taft room (Mezzanine Level) and continue through the day. Many screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the director. Can’t make it to a scheduled screening? Talk with the Film Expo staff and arrange a time in our on-demand screening room.   • Concurrent panel sessions begin at 8:30am and will run until 7:15pm.   • At 9:00am today, please visit the AAS Publications booth (#119) in the Exhibit Hall to meet the editors of our book series and talk over your ideas for possible future titles.    • Judging from the over-stuffed tote bags spotted yesterday, quite a few AAS 2 ...

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