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From the monthly archives: March, 2018

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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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AAS 2018: Friday, March 23 Highlights

Welcome to the first full day of the AAS 2018 Annual Conference! Here’s everything you need to know about Friday’s schedule:   • Registration and badge pickup counters, located on the Lobby Level of the Marriott Wardman Park, are open from 8:30am until 6:30pm today. Graduate student stipends can also be picked up by eligible students during those hours; that counter is located across from the registration desks.   • Begin your morning with a stop at the coffee break between 8:30 and 9:00am. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be set up in two places—outside the entrance to the Exhibit Hall (which is open 8:30am-5:30pm) and in row 500 inside the hall.   • At 9:00am, please join us in Marriott Ballroom, Salon 3 (Lobby Level) for the Awards Ceremony honoring winners of the 2018 AAS Book Awards, followed by the Presidential Address by Katherine Bowie, who will speak on “Palimpsests of the Past: Oral History and the Art of Pointillism.”   ...

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Welcome to AAS 2018!

The registration desks are now officially open and the AAS 2018 Annual Conference has begun! We hope all attendees had safe travels to Washington, D.C. (without running into too many weather-related delays thanks to yesterday’s surprise snowstorm) and are ready for an exciting and productive four days.   Thursday highlights and important information:   • Registration and badge pickup counters, located on the Lobby Level of the Marriott Wardman Park, are open from 12:00 noon until 9pm today. Graduate student stipends can also be picked up by eligible students during those hours; that counter is located across from the registration desks.   • Film Expo screenings start at 12:30pm in the Taft room (Mezzanine Level) and continue through the evening. 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.   • Please join us at 6: ...

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#AsiaNow Speaks with Jaeeun Kim

Jaeeun Kim is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Korean Studies at the University of Michigan. She is author of Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea, published by Stanford University Press and recipient of the 2018 AAS James B. Palais Book Prize Honorable Mention. To begin with, please tell us what your book is about. My book analyzes transborder membership politics in and around the Korean peninsula, focusing on the complex relationships between the states in the Korean peninsula, colonial-era ethnic Korean migrants and their descen­dants, and the states in which they have resided. The book explores when, how, and why a state seeks to claim a certain transborder population as “its own,” and how transborder coethnics participate in this process as they seek long-distance membership on their own terms. The spatio-temporal scope of the book covers critical politico-legal and social transformations in northeast Asia ...

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#AsiaNow Speaks with Daniel A. Hirshberg

Daniel A. Hirshberg is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Mary Washington and author of Remembering the Lotus-Born: Padmasambhava in the History of Tibet’s Golden Age, published by Wisdom Publications and winner of Honorable Mention for the 2018 AAS E. Gene Smith Book Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your book is about. In Remembering the Lotus-Born I rely on an interdisciplinary approach to Buddhism, historiography, and cultural memory theory to explore the construction and evolution of what is arguably Tibet’s most popular narrative, its conversion to Buddhism under the “Lotus-Born” guru, Padmasambhava (eighth century). An historically shady Indian tantrika, he was invited to Tibet during the imperial apogee under Tri Songdetsen (d. ca. 800). Remembering the Lotus-Born focuses on the biographical and historical narratives of Nyangrel Nyima Özer (1124–92), who is renowned as the first of the great Buddhist “treasure revealers.&rd ...

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#AsiaNow Speaks with Satoko Shimazaki

Satoko Shimazaki is Associate Professor of Japanese theater and literature at the University of Southern California and author of Edo Kabuki in Transition: From the Worlds of the Samurai to the Vengeful Female Ghost, published by Columbia University Press and winner of the 2018 AAS John Whitney Hall Book Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your book is about. Edo Kabuki in Transition is a revisionist history of the all-male kabuki theater of Japan. It explores the crucial role kabuki played in early modern times (1600-1868) in building a historically grounded urban community in the young shogunal capital of Edo, specifically by allowing a broad public to participate in and rewrite history centered on the elites. The book also shows how this function begins to wane in the early nineteenth century by exploring the trope of the vengeful female ghost who is bent on getting revenge on the object of a personal grudge—in particular Oiwa in Tsuruya Nanboku’s canonical ghost play Tokaido Yotsuya ka ...

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Learn from My Past Mistakes: Tips for First-Time AAS Attendees

My first time attending an AAS conference was in 2010, when I was a second-year PhD student, and I’ve only missed two since then. Even before I began working for the association, I frequently told people that AAS is my favorite scholarly meeting: it’s my intellectual home and also gives me the chance to catch up with friends whom I might only see once every few years. But much as I enjoy AAS, I’ve also found that it’s easy to burn out before the conference is half over (this is especially true if, like me, you’re an introvert—four days of social interactions can be wearing). There are plenty of guides out there that offer advice on conference networking, presenting, and other professionalization topics, so I won’t duplicate those recommendations here. Instead, I’m sharing a few tips and strategies that I’ve developed over the years to keep my energy levels high throughout the weekend and thus have the best AAS experience possible: 1. Pack lots of snac ...

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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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#AsiaNow Speaks with Sigrid Schmalzer

Sigrid Schmalzer is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China, published by University of Chicago Press and winner of the 2018 AAS Joseph Levenson Post-1900 Book Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your book is about. Red Revolution, Green Revolution is about what science meant to people in Mao-era China, where official policy called for uniting tu and yang—native, earthy, peasant-based knowledge with Western, elite, professional science. It’s about scientists who mobilized peasants to rear parasitic wasps for the control of insect pests; girls whose efforts to fertilize fields with pig manure challenged gender norms and thus counted as revolutionary “scientific experiment”; local cadres who promoted modern high-yielding varieties of rice while secretly allowing traditional varieties to be planted in hidden valleys; “old peasants” whose resistance was alternat ...

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