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Job: Visiting Fellowship in Myanmar Studies (Singapore)

The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) invites applications for Visiting Fellowships in Myanmar Studies.

Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree in any area of the humanities or social sciences (especially economics, political science, sociology, anthropology). Successful applicants are expected to start on or after 1 April 2018 and must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the point of employment.
The fellowship term varies between 3 months and one year, with possible extension.

Application Deadline: 31 December 2017

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Cfp: ECSAS 25th Anniversary Conference

ECSAS will celebrate its 25th edition in Paris, hosted at the EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales—School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences). The main institutional organizer is the CEIAS (Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud—Center for South Asian Studies, UMR 8564 CNRS/EHESS), which is the largest French research institute in the social sciences dealing with the Indian subcontinent.

Dates of Conference: 24th to 27th July 2018

Call for Papers Deadline: 30th November 2017

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Cfp: Representation in Bollywood

Representation in Bollywood Cinema – Call for Papers
Thursday 31st May 2018, School of Media, Birmingham City University, UK.

India’s introduction of New Economic Policy (NEP) in 1991 contributed to a significant economic shift during the 1990s. This policy heralded a new era of globalisation and liberalisation which had repercussions for the film industry. Post-liberalisation, the arrival of satellite television, global media giants, exposure to international entertainment, and an ever increasing access to digital technologies has impacted on the type and content of films demanded, produced and released.

The impact of liberalisation has been profound and India’s entertainment industry has sought to keep pace with global trends, on the one hand, and define and sustain ‘Indian’ cultural values on the other. These processes are very much part of contemporary Indian society and consequently reflected in the creation of film too.

Birmingham City University is pleased to announce its Representation in Bollywood sympoisum, a one-day workshop exploring a range of contemporary representations that have emerged since the context of post-1990s Bollywood cinema to the present moment.

Doctoral researchers and early career researchers are invited to submit proposals for papers addressing theories, methods, and close screen analysis of representation in Bollywood cinema and related media industries around the following themes:

• Gender and Sexuality
• The Role of the Subaltern (e.g. Dalits on Screen)
• Historical Issues of Representation in Popular Cinema
• Whiteness
• Stars – Heroes and Heroines
• Family and Melodrama
• Religion and Culture
• Globalisation and Diaspora
• Digital Bollywood


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Job: Assistant Professor in Buddhist Studies

Deadline: 2 October 2017

Wesleyan University’s Department of Religion invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religion, with a focus on Buddhist Studies, beginning July 1, 2018. We particularly encourage applications from scholars in the fields of history, sociology, hermeneutics, literary studies, and philosophy of religion. Applicants should have expertise in Buddhist textual traditions in their original languages, preferably with attention to wider circles of textual and visual production. We are seeking scholars who specialize in East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, or Southeast Asia, and who are capable of applying their methods to other religious cultures or traditions.

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