Posted on 4/3/2018 3:00 PM By #AsiaNow
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 ...
Posted on 4/3/2018 9:00 AM By #AsiaNow
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 ...
Posted on 3/25/2018 7:30 AM By #AsiaNow
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 ...
Posted on 3/24/2018 7:00 AM By #AsiaNow
• 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 ...
Posted on 3/23/2018 7:00 AM By #AsiaNow
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.”
Posted on 3/22/2018 12:00 PM By #AsiaNow
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: ...
Posted on 3/15/2018 5:00 PM By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham
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 ...
Posted on 3/13/2018 9:00 AM By #AsiaNow
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 ...
Posted on 3/7/2018 9:00 AM By #AsiaNow
Visit the Smithsonian National Postal Museum during your time in Washington, D.C.! The museum will offer a special introduction for AAS 2018 conference attendees on Thursday, March 22 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
For more than a century and a half, the world relied on postal services and postage stamps for the exchange of ideas between distant people. More than just enabling global conversations, however, postage stamps could be and often were an integral part of the discussion. The governments that created them carefully encoded philosophical, cultural, historical, and social messages they wished to project at home and abroad.
Join the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s Chief Curator of Philately for an orientation to opportunities for semiotic and iconographic research in the museum’s collections of the stamps and postal history of Asia.
After the program, coffee and doughnuts will be served and an optional docent-led tour of the museum will be offered.
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum ...
Posted on 3/6/2018 11:00 AM By Maura Elizabeth Cunningham
For scholars of Asian Studies, no trip to Washington, D.C. is complete without a visit to the Freer|Sackler, the Smithsonian’s museums of Asian art. We anticipate that many AAS 2018 conference attendees will make time to hop on the Metro and ride down to the National Mall, where they will find a newly renovated Freer|Sackler and a number of special exhibits.
The Smithsonian Metro stop is practically on the doorstep of the Freer Gallery of Art, which houses a permanent collection assembled by Detroit industrialist Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919). Freer had diverse artistic interests, and the Freer Gallery displays works from China, Korea, Japan, the Islamic World, and South Asia. The Freer is also home to the spectacular Peacock Room, designed for a London mansion in the 1870s by James McNeill Whistler and later transported to the United States by Freer.
A connecting passage links the Freer Gallery with the below-ground Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (entrance to the Sackler is also possible via the pavi ...
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