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aas 2018 call for proposals is open—now powered by cadmiumcd

the aas is now accepting proposal submissions for our 2018 annual conference, which will be held march 22-25 in washington, d.c. the deadline for all submissions is 5:00pm eastern daylight time on tuesday, august 8, 2017. there are no exceptions to this deadline. we welcome proposals for organized panels (especially those with innovative formats), individual papers, roundtables, and workshops. please see the complete call for proposals for information about preparing your submission. when submitting a proposal online, those who have previously applied to an aas conference might notice that things look very different this year. over the past 5 months, the aas has completed a search for a new proposal/abstract management system in an effort to address requests made in recent years by proposal submitters, reviewers, end users, and aas-in-asia administrators for a more user-friendly and intuitive system. after trying out a number of the options available, we have selected the award-winning event management pl ...

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shamans, tea, masks, and more: aas-in-asia 2017 concludes

hosts from ashoka university in new delhi introduce next year’s aas-in-asia conference at sunday night’s reception. aas-in-asia 2017 heads into its final day with a full slate of activities on the schedule. monday’s highlights: the registration center and exhibition halls will both be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. there are four blocks of panel sessions today—two in the morning, two in the afternoon. panel schedules are available in the printed conference program (distributed at registration) and online. our special roundtables conclude, with a discussion of “korean studies past, present, and future: moving beyond boundaries towards multi-disciplinary, transnational, and alternative approaches.”  the session will be held from 4:10 to 6:00pm in lg-posco hall (supex hall, 4f). today also features two more opportunities for conference-goers to meet the aas officers. at 11:10am, aas past president laurel kendall will discuss “shamans, popular religio ...

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an olympics roundtable, meet the aas officers, and the conference reception: day 2 of aas-in-asia 2017

rain is in the forecast for seoul today, but we have plenty of aas-in-asia activities to brighten your sunday nevertheless. highlights of the schedule: the registration center and exhibition halls will both be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. there are four blocks of panel sessions today—two in the morning, two in the afternoon. panel schedules are available in the printed conference program (distributed at registration), online, and in the conference app (instructions for app access were emailed to all registered conference attendees). our special roundtables continue, with sessions on “globalizing japanese studies beyond borders and boundaries” (11:10am-1:00pm) and “the coming east asian olympic games: what pyeongchang 2018, tokyo 2020, and beijing/zhangjiakou 2022 tell us about east asia’s place in the world” (2:00-3:50pm). both roundtables will be held in lg-posco hall (supex hall, 4f). today also features two sessions that offer conference-goers the opportunity ...

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welcome to aas-in-asia 2017!

welcome to day 1 of aas-in-asia 2017! we hope that everyone had a smooth trip to seoul and we look forward to a productive conference.  today’s highlights: the registration center and exhibition halls will both be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. there are two blocks of panel sessions today; the first is 10:00-11:50am, the second 4:10-6:00pm. panel schedules are available online, as well as in the conference app (instructions for app access were emailed to all registered conference attendees earlier this week). at 1:00pm, all conference participants are invited to convene in the inchon memorial hall for the aas-in-asia 2017 opening ceremony. this will include welcome remarks from conference organizers, followed by professor wen-hsin yeh’s keynote speech, “ships, savages, and states: rethinking the china coast in the 19th century.” the opening ceremony will conclude with a performance by the ewha korean music orchestra, which blends traditional korean music with western and ...

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aas member spotlight: wen-hsin yeh

wen-hsin yeh is richard h. & laurie c. morrison chair professor in history at the university of california at berkeley. she will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s aas-in-asia conference at korea university on saturday, june 24.your discipline and country (or countries) of interest:modern chinese historyhow long have you been a member of aas?possibly since 1983—i can’t recall!why did you join aas and why would you recommend aas to your colleagues?i joined when i was a graduate student. aas provided great opportunities to learn about the state of the field.how did you first become involved in the field of asian studies?i can’t say for sure. i have always been interested in history and i love reading books. one book leads to another. and i also enjoy working with documents—about recovering the circumstances of their creation.what do you enjoy most or what were your most rewarding experiences involving your work in asian ...

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excerpt: opening to china, by charlotte furth

charlotte furth is professor emerita of history at the university of southern california and previously taught at california state university, long beach. she is author of numerous academic articles and books, including a flourishing yin: gender in china’s medical history, 960-1665 (university of california press, 1999), for which she received the “women in science” award from the history of science society. in 2012, the aas honored furth with its “distinguished contributions to asian studies” award in recognition of her decades of service to the field. furth earned her ph.d. in chinese history at stanford university in 1965—an era when it was virtually impossible for americans to travel to the people’s republic. with the establishment of relations between the united states and prc over the course of the 1970s, furth and other scholars finally had the opportunity to spend time in the country they studied. she visited the prc for the first time in 1976 on a two-week d ...

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buddhism in decline: media narratives in thailand

by brooke schedneck “in deeply religious thailand, monks have long been revered. but badly behaved clergy, corruption scandals, and the vast wealth amassed by some temples has many asking if something is rotten at the heart of thai buddhism. from selfies on private jets to multimillion dollar donations from allegedly crooked businessmen, thailand’s monks are coming under increasing fire for their embrace of commercialism.” this quote from delphine thouvenot and thanaporn promyamyai’s bangkok post article from 2015 titled “chequebook buddhism: threat to buddhism in thailand?” exemplifies the ways the media, both foreign and thai, frequently constructs buddhism in thailand as existing in a state of collapse. in many opinion pieces, buddhism is portrayed as a religion in dire need of transformation, reform, or even an entire overhaul. the highest-ranking monks, called the sangha council, are criticized for their weak actions and lack of power. editorials often state th ...

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a lexicon of repression in thailand

by tyrell haberkorn in an essay for the may 2017 issue of the journal of asian studies (“the anniversary of a massacre and the death of a monarch,” currently free to download), i reflect on the fortieth anniversary of the 6 october 1976 massacre, when state and para-state forces brutally murdered unarmed students at thammasat university in bangkok. unresolved questions about the possible role of the institution of the monarchy in the massacre have been a primary factor both ensuring impunity for the perpetrators and constricting public discussion about the massacre. the anniversary events, held under the military regime of the national council for peace and order (ncpo) and marked by calls for recognition of the humanity of those killed, directly challenged the ongoing impunity of the perpetrators of the massacre. one week after the anniversary, rama ix, bhumipol adulyadej, died and the crown prince, maha vajiralongkorn, was named his successor as rama x. one of the primary features of the ncpo ...

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photo of the week: rain and writing in toronto

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pictured above: the view from an office at york university. it’s been raining the past few days in late may in toronto, canada, but i’ve been enjoying the view at least as i write a chapter for an upcoming edited collection of essays on the popular tv show steven universe. my chapter explores the anime influences of the show, in particular kunihiko ikuhara’s revolutionary girl utena. the rain keeps me calm and focused on this project, with the first chapter draft due at the end of the summer. 

—jacqueline ristola

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a tribute to ainslie t. embree

by john stratton hawley it is my sad duty to report that ainslie embree died on the morning of june 6, 2017 at the age of 96. anyone who knew him will remember his capacious intellect, his deep belief that the past is important to know, and equally, that the present is important to live.  ainslie served the profession in countless ways, as chair of columbia’s history department and associate and then acting director of its school of international and public affairs, as president of the american institute of indian studies (aiis) and the aas, as member of countless committees, and as a teacher and a friend. he was a special advisor to two ambassadors to india, robert goheen and frank wisner, and taught there as a young man. he loved the country. everything he ever did or wrote is testament to that. he also had a deep interest in religion in all its forms—not an uncritical interest, though, as many of you will know. if you knew ainslie, you also knew his boundless savvy and wit, and oh how ...

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