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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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CfP: Asia and the Anthropocene

23-27 August 2018, AAS, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

CfP Deadline: 2 October 2017

The Association for Asian Studies is pleased to invite applications to participate in the second of three workshops in its series “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” supported by the Luce Foundation. The second workshop, “Asia and the Anthropocene,” will take place August 23-27, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

The purpose of this gathering is to explore the emerging concept of the Anthropocene through shared readings and collective conversations about how scholars of Asia might best respond to the scientific proposal of a new geological epoch. The selection committee seeks bold ideas and broadly framed research papers that grapple with the challenges posed by this new understanding of planetary conditions. Participants will present short papers (20-30 pages, double spaced, including notes) designed to further this new field of study, leaving ample time for discussion. We will also read and discuss certain key texts that are relevant to this emerging field. The workshop will include a field trip to a location to be determined.

The goal of this workshop is to explore a range of ways in which scholars in non-science fields might draw on their regional expertise to engage with the dramatic paradigm shift that sees human beings as a planet-changing species. We welcome a broad range of participants to this workshop but are especially interested in scholars early in their careers (including doctoral students) and scholars based in Asia. Participation will be limited to a maximum of 12 people plus members of the planning committee. While AAS membership is not required for application, if accepted to the workshop participants must become members of the Association for Asian Studies. Papers presented at the workshop may be selected for presentation at a panel at the annual meeting of the AAS and/or for publication (subject to peer review) in a leading journal in the field of Asian Studies.

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On 11th July, 2013, we launched our BASAS Campaign. We announced our intention to establish an endowment fund, and we pledged to use our expertise to ensure BASAS continues to support workshops, language training grants, and other initiatives to sustain the study and research of the countries and people of South Asia.

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