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Asian Women University

Professor and Associate Professor positions

The Asian University for Women in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh, seeks applications for a full-time faculty position in the humanities to begin in Fall 2019. AUW’s humanities offerings include courses in literature, history, philosophy, language, arts and visual culture. We seek candidates who have demonstrated teaching experience, preferably in an interdisciplinary and liberal arts setting, and who have experience teaching multi-ethnic, multi-cultural student populations. We invite applicants from any field in the humanities, with preference given to candidates with a background in literature, gender studies, global or cultural studies, and history.

The Asian University for Women (AUW) also seeks applications for a full-time faculty position in the Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) Undergraduate Program, to begin in August 2019. Located in the port city of Chittagong, Bangladesh, AUW is a liberal arts institution, including an international faculty and home to over 600 students from 16 Asian countries.
Field of expertise: Political Science (Comparative Politics or Political Economy), with an emphasis on quantitative research methodologies in social science; commitment to interdisciplinarity and relevance to developing Asian countries. Applicants from any area of competence and specialization in PPE will be considered.

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International Graduate Conference- Paris

International Graduate Conference on Minorities in South Asia: Perceptions and Experiences
Paris, 12-14 June, 2019

The Noria’s South Asia Program invites proposals for the fourth International Graduate Conference on South Asia held on 12-14 June, 2019 at the Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO) in Paris. This year, the conference will focus on the issue of minorities in South Asia.
The presence of religious, ethnic or linguistic minorities has always been a central feature of South Asian politics, to the extent that the region is often considered as primarily governed by identity politics. This conference aims to examine the notion of “minority” in South Asia, to unpack the links of minorities with the state and the majority population, while raising issues pertaining to their political representation.
Participants are invited to reflect upon the construction of minorities in different contexts, as both an external process, with the allocation of distinct identities by external actors, and as a process of self- construction and re-appropriation of dominant discourses.
From a top down perspective, papers are encouraged to look at the role played by states in defining identity-based social categories, accommodating certain forms of particularism while rejecting others. With regard to the competition for access to resources on a given territory by different minority and majority groups, participants can delve into the role of states as mediators of identity hierarchies. The status and position of minorities in countries like India and Sri Lanka is also affected by a “fear of small numbers”, the majority believing it is in constant danger of being annihilated by minorities. These dynamics raise questions related to minorities’ relations with the state and with the (perceived) majority as well as to the roles that are ascribed to them.
From a bottom up perspective, presenters are invited to analyse when and why these ethnic, religious or linguistic identities are mobilized towards political action (instead of class or gender identities for instance). When do autonomist claims prevail – potentially leading separatist insurgencies? When is an integration into the political system privileged?
Furthermore, the issue of the political representation of minorities can be harnessed to the debate on affirmative action policies and on the political ideal of representation coexisting with entrenched social stratifications. The issue of political representation of minorities will imply to study their internal divisions and the implications for the manufacturing of collective claims and political cohesiveness.
The conference is open to doctoral students and early career researchers working on South Asia. Each paper will be discussed by a senior researcher and will aim at attracting comments from the audience. Towards that end one hour will be dedicated to each paper.

How to participate
Interested Ph.D. candidates are invited to submit an abstract of maximum 500 words to by March 1st, 2019 at the latest. Successful applicants will be informed by March 20th. Final papers of a maximum of 8 000 words should be submitted by May 30th. The Network of Researchers in International Affairs (NORIA) aims at promoting the work of a new generation of scholars and experts in international politics. The South Asia Program and its publications can be accessed here:

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The Indian Ocean in the 21st Century

2nd International O.S.O.I. Conference
November 20th and 21st, 2019

The Observatory of Indian Ocean Societies, a Research Federation of the University of Reunion, is organizing its second international conference, The Indian Ocean in the 21st Century: Transitions and Mutations

The main objective of the conference, which will take place on the 20th and 21st November 2019. is to define and apprehend the major movements that occurred in the Indian Ocean at the beginning of the 21st century. These movements (continuities / accelerations / ruptures ...) can concern individuals, ideas / ideologies, geopolitics, the environment, exchanges, communications, technologies ...

The general context of the conference:
Approaching the Indian Ocean and border countries.
Studies can cover an area from South Africa to Australia, from India to the TAAF, from the east coast of Africa to the Indian Ocean. "The Indian Ocean is now considered a geopolitical area of primary importance "(Grare, 2012). This event will focus on the history of the present time as well as the immediate history of the Indian Ocean in the 21st century. Bearing in mind that "the present often comes from the past", it would be worthwhile to examine the oscillations or ruptures that have taken place prior to the present of the immediate history of the Indian Ocean. It is true that "over the centuries, the Indian Ocean has become a unified and hierarchical space by virtue of its exchanges" (Beaujard, 2009). Submissions can also have a prospective approach and study emerging trends or emerging scenarii. They can relate to knowledge, beliefs or discourses on the present of the Indian Ocean. They may include studies of nations, islands or regional organizations.

The term transition interrogates the (gradual or brutal) changes of, as well as, - in the Indian Ocean. It engages with movements, passages, and progressive transformations to come.
The analysis of transitions enables the study of the environmental, economic, political, historical, and geographical contexts as well as the processes that make and characterize the variations in formation. The term mutation questions the modifications, the transformations and the periods, the contexts, and the conditions in which they take place.

These profound changes, often radical and rapid, draw new lines and impose new constraints.

During this conference, Transitions and Mutations will be analyzed through the three main OSOI axes in the study of Indian Ocean societies: • Territories and mobility (demography, migration, borders, transport, trade ...) • Risks and development (economy, climate, ecology, education, health, digital technology ...) • Power and networks (geopolitics, conflicts, law, institutions, religions, nations ...)
The conference intends to question "Movements" and "Risks" that transform the Indian Ocean (maritime areas, land spaces). It aims to understand the transitions and mutations inherent in the positioning of the Indian Ocean at the beginning of this century as an area of exchanges, of communications, of circulation with Africa (Atlantic, Mediterranean) and with Asia (the Pacific).

Proposals for papers on transitions and mutations are open to all fields of the humanities and social sciences. We also welcome all approaches from other scientific disciplines. Proposals can be made at different scales and approaches (local, national, regional, global, etc.) as well as from a comparative angle.
A Session for doctoral students
This conference will include a session specifically designed for PhD students working on the Indian Ocean. They should send their proposals to the website by mentioning their wish to participate in the "Doctoral Session".

Proposals for papers should be sent to the website:

Participation is free of charge.

The deadline is set for March 15, 2019.

The proposal must be set according to the following format:
1. The first page (1500 to 2000 characters including spaces) bearing the Last name, First Name/ CV / Bio / bibliography
2. The second page (2000 to 2500 characters including spaces) bearing the submission (in Word format) with the title and the text of the presentation of 2000 to 2500 signs (spaces included)


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Charles Wallace

Charles Wallace Trust Nottingham Fellowship for Pakistan, 2019/2020

Deadline: 01 March 2019

The Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust Visiting Fellowship at the University of Nottingham is now accepting applications for the 2019/20 academic year. The deadline for application submission is Friday 1 March 2019.

The Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust will sponsor a mid-career academic or practitioner from Pakistan on an attachment to the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute, for a period of up to three months, commencing in September, 2019. A 'practitioner' includes professionals from the public and private sectors, including journalists, economists, public servants and business managers, as well as university faculty members at post-doctoral level.

The beneficiary of this award will undertake a programme of research and interaction at Nottingham, assisted where necessary by the staff of the Institute. The research topic can be chosen from a wide range of disciplines determining the current and future well-being of Pakistan.

The Institute would particularly welcome applications from people working on the implications of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for Pakistan's domestic politics, issues relating to Modern Slavery e.g. by examining responsible sourcing practices in UK-Pakistan supply chains or the reorganisation of the federation of Pakistan, for example, the integration of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, applicants working on other areas are also encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship will provide a return economy airfare from Pakistan and a monthly stipend of £1,450 to cover costs in Nottingham. No bench fee is required. Applicants must be Pakistani nationals living in Pakistan at the time of the application.

The deadline for the 2018/19 round is Friday 1 March 2019. The application form (Word) and a two page CV should be emailed to by 5pm GMT. References will be solicited, and Skype interviews of short-listed candidates are likely to be required. Queries about this position can be directed to Professor Katharine Adeney, Director of the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute.

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