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Meet Prasenjit Duara, Incoming AAS Vice President

Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University and will become Vice President of the AAS after the 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. I developed my interest in China during the heady days of the Cultural Revolution’s ideological impact in Delhi. As college students in the early 1970s we engaged in heated debates about the path for development and equity in India. The long and short of it was that I determined to study the Chinese revolution in order to show that a peasant revolution of the Chinese sort could not happen in India. I came to the U.S. to do my Ph.D., first at the University of Chicago and then moved with my advisor Philip Kuhn to Harvard, where I got my degree in Chinese history. While my thesis and first book did not directly address the issue of revolution comparatively, I did gain some insight into the nature of Chinese rural society under the Japanese occupation of the 1930s and 40s. The translation of Culture Power and the State: Rural North China ...

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AAS 2017 Election Results

Thanks to all the AAS Members who voted in this year’s election! We are pleased to announce the results: Vice President Prasenjit Duara (Duke University) China and Inner Asia Council Tobie Meyer-Fong (Johns Hopkins University) Anne Gerritsen (Warwick University, UK) Jack Chen (University of Virginia) Northeast Asia Council Akiko Takenaka (University of Kentucky) Hwansoo Kim (Duke University) Eiko Maruko Siniawer (Williams College) South Asia Council Sara Shneiderman (University of British Columbia) Purnima Dhavan (University of Washington) (Note: only two SAC candidates elected due to a tie vote last year) Southeast Asia Council Pamela McElwee (Rutgers University) Wasana Wongsurawat (Chulalongkorn University) Yosef Djakababa (Universitas Pelita Harapan) Council of Conferences Noriko Murai (Asian Studies Conference Japan; Sophia University) Rachael Hutchinson (Mid-Atlantic Region; University of Delaware) Ethan Segal (Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, Michigan State University) C ...

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2017 AAS Election Slate of Candidates

We are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the fall 2017 AAS elections. Candidates’ biographical data will be posted on the AAS website later in the summer, and the online ballot activated in September or October. Election day (when the ballot is closed and votes counted) has not yet been finalized but will be in early November. Newly elected representatives will take office immediately after the annual conference in March, 2018. Our sincere thanks to all candidates for accepting nominations to represent their respective areas and councils. President: Anne Feldhaus (religion, Arizona State University, automatically succeeds from VP) Vice President: Prasenjit Duara (history, Duke University) R. Bin Wong (history, University of California, Los Angeles) China and Inner Asia Council: Weihong Bao (film & media, University of California, Berkeley) Jack Chen (literature, University of Virginia) Johan Elverskog (religion, Southern Methodist University) Anne Gerritsen (history, Univers ...

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Meet the New AAS Vice President

Anne Feldhaus is Distinguished Foundation Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University and will become AAS vice president after the 2017 conference in Toronto. In the summer after my first year of college, I had the chance to live in Paris for some months. I returned elated and wiser, and confident that I had already used up my allotted time to spend outside the US. I was wrong. Just two years later, a professor at my college invited me to accompany her to India for the summer. I jumped at the chance. After some delicate negotiations with my parents and the college, I set off across the world—and into the rest of my life. I fell in love with India that first time, a complicated love that has grown even more complex over the years. I have spent much of my adult life figuring out how to get back to India again and again, how to live there for long periods of time, and how to deepen my friendships with and understanding of ever more kinds of people there. Graduate school was at first ...

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