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January 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to AAS Member Haun Saussy, University Professor of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, who has been awarded the 2018 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies by the Modern Language Association of America. Dr. Saussy received the honor for his recent book, The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and Its Technologies (Fordham University Press, 2016). *** We are pleased to share the news that the seven AAS Members below have received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of their work: Ana Candela (SUNY Research Foundation, Binghamton), “A History of Chinese Settlers in Peru in the 19th and 20th Centuries” Sakura Christmas (Bowdoin College), “Nomadic Borderlands: Imperial Japan and the Origins of Ethnic Autonomy in Modern China” Sumit Guha (University of Texas, Austin), “The Political Ecology of Agrarian Empires in South Asia, c.1500–1900” Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins Un ...

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December 2017 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to former AAS President Theodore Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, who was recently awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, by the Japanese government. Bestor received the commendation for his “extensive contributions to the study of Japan and to the promotion of scholarly and educational exchange between Japan and the United States of America throughout his career.” In a note of thanks to his colleagues, Bestor writes: I have to remind friends (and myself) that whatever I have done—researched, taught, written about Japan as an anthropologist—has only been possible because of the kindness and patience of countless Japanese who have been willing to talk with an inquisitive stranger and to allow me to learn about their lives and communities (not to mention their food)!  I am grateful to the Japanese government for thi ...

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November 2017 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the AAS Members whose books have been awarded prizes by other organizations: Sheena Chestnut Greitens (University of Missouri), co-winner of the 2017 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association Section on Comparative Democratization and co-winner of the 2017 Best Book Award from the International Studies Association for Dictators and Their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence (Cambridge University Press) Christopher Goscha (Univ. du Québec à Montréal), awarded the John K. Fairbank Prize from the American Historical Association for Vietnam: A New History (Basic Books, 2016) Audrey Truschke (Rutgers University), awarded the John F. Richards Prize from the American Historical Association for Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court (Columbia University Press, 2016) *** The Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies welcomes this opportunity to recognize KENNETH C. FROEWISS following his recent retirement a ...

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AAS 2018 Call for Proposals Is Open—Now Powered by CadmiumCD

The AAS is now accepting proposal submissions for our 2018 annual conference, which will be held March 22-25 in Washington, D.C. The deadline for all submissions is 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. There are no exceptions to this deadline. We welcome proposals for organized panels (especially those with innovative formats), individual papers, roundtables, and workshops. Please see the complete Call for Proposals for information about preparing your submission. When submitting a proposal online, those who have previously applied to an AAS conference might notice that things look very different this year. Over the past 5 months, the AAS has completed a search for a new proposal/abstract management system in an effort to address requests made in recent years by proposal submitters, reviewers, end users, and AAS-in-ASIA administrators for a more user-friendly and intuitive system. After trying out a number of the options available, we have selected the award-winning event management pl ...

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Launching the New Timor-Leste Initiative at AAS

By Richard Fox   Image 1: Roundtable discussion on the future of Timor-Leste studies, with Lisa Palmer, Fidelis Manuel Leite Magalhaes and Susana de Matos Viegas, and chaired by Elizabeth Drexler. The 2017 conference in Toronto marked the beginning of an ambitious two-year initiative devoted to raising the profile of Timor-Leste studies—both at AAS and in the wider North American academy. With generous support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Southeast Asia Council’s (SEAC) Indonesia and Timor-Leste Studies Committee (ITLSC) hosted a series of special events, including an all-day pre-conference workshop attended by senior scholars, students and public intellectuals from Timor-Leste as well as North America, Australia, Europe and other parts of Asia. Looking ahead, the ITLSC is planning a similar series of events for 2018 in Washington, D.C. Let us know if you’d like to get involved and help to shape the future of TL studies at AAS—additional information and contact details ...

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