"The Profession" aims to explore issues of common interest to scholars of Asia, particularly in relation to the development of their careers as Asianists.
The primary goal is to provide a forum through which scholars
can offer ideas about navigating the various processes that go along with the academic
endeavor. Thus, in one sense it will function as a "how to" column for younger
scholars as they face a variety of issues related to building a career in Asian Studies. We aim to include articles that deal with peoples own experiences and
suggestions on how to approach particular aspects of the profession. The style and
tone of articles is intended to be more journalistic than dense academic prose.
To date, some of the topics that have been suggested include:
- How to begin publishing articles in journals
- How to approach and work with book publishers
- Managing the tenure-track job hunt
- Curriculum development, designing courses in Asian Studies
- How to obtain funding for research
- How to organize a panel
- Dealing with life in a school not committed to Asian studies
We will endeavor to include contributions from the
perspectives of scholars who specialize in varied geographical locales in Asia and
represent the range of disciplines that contribute to Asian studies.
Please stay tuned for further information.