April 2017 AAS Member News & Notes

The Philippine Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies is pleased to award the Grant Goodman Prize for 2017 to Michael Cullinane for his substantial contributions to Philippine historical studies. Cullinane is the Associate Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he teaches as a Faculty Associate. After being introduced Cebu while a Peace Corps volunteer, Cullinane has made that island province the focus of much of his scholarly research. In addition to the book Ilustrado Politics: Filipino Elite Responses to American Rule, 1898-1908 (Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2004), Cullinane has authored twenty book chapters and articles on a wide range of historical topics, periods and geographical areas. The most numerous of these publications explore Cebuano topics such as its Chinese mestizos, both the Spanish and American colonial periods, and prominent Cebuano leaders such as Sergio Osmena. His other publications have explored topics that include demography, transportation strikes, Manuel L. Quezon, basketball and culture, and Hilario Moncado and local Filipino history in Hawaii. Cullinane has continued his productive service to Philippine history and in 2014 he published two more major works, both based on his Cebuano research interest: The Battle for Cebu (1899-1900): Andrew S. Rowan and the Siege of Sudlon and Arenas of Conspiracy and Rebellion in Late Nineteenth-Century Philippines: The Case of the April 1898 Uprising in Cebu. As was the case of Ilustrado Politics, these recent titles were published in the Philippines, which increase the availability of his work to the Filipino scholarly community. He has at least two forthcoming articles and is working on two on-going book projects that will further deepen his already extensive contribution to Philippine history. All of these publications were produced despite demanding administrative responsibilities for the Southeast Asia programs at the University of Michigan and now in Madison. Additionally, Cullinane works with the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute programs on those two campuses, has ongoing teaching responsibilities, and is involved with oral history and archival projects, while also presenting papers at a long list of international conferences.

Photo: Michael Cullinane (left) receives the Grant Goodman Prize in Philippine Historical Studies from Paul Rodell (right), chair of the nominations and awards committee for the Philippine Studies Group.

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Congratulations to Journal of Asian Studies Advising Editor Ian Johnson, who has been named recipient of the 2017 Shorenstein Journalism Award by Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center. The award recognizes Johnson for his outstanding reporting on Asia and the contribution he has made to increasing understanding of the region among readers.

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March was a busy month for the announcement of many grant and fellowship awards. Congratulations to the following AAS Members who have received support for their projects!


March 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Grants:

David Fedman (University of California, Irvine) “Forestry and the Politics of Conservation in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945”

Sue Kim (University of Massachusetts, Lowell) “The Southeast Asian Digital Archives”

Adriana Proser (Asia Society) Exhibit planning grant for “Interpretations of Hell in Ancient and Contemporary Asian Art”


Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh) “World-Historical Gazetteer”


2017 American Council of Learned Societies Fellows:

Aaron A. Gerow (Yale University) “The Theory Complex: A History of Japanese Film Thought” (ACLS/NEH International and Area Studies Fellow)


William C. Hedberg (Arizona State University) “Embracing the Margins: Translation, Nation, and Chinese Fiction in Early Modern Japan”


Rian Thum (Loyola University New Orleans) “Islamic China”


Thomas A. Wilson (Hamilton College) “Historical Constructions and Ritual Formations of the Cult of Confucius” (Supported in part by the Frederic E. Wakeman, Jr. Fund for Chinese History)


National Humanities Center fellowships:

David Gilmartin (North Carolina State University) “Exploring Democracy at the Intersection of Law, Politics, and Sovereignty: The Legal History of Elections in India” (NEH Fellowship; Founders’ Fellowship)


Harleen Singh (Brandeis University)Half an Independence: Women, Violence, and Modern Lives in India” (ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship)


Rian Thum (Loyola University New Orleans)Islamic China” (Trustees’ Fellowship)


Robin Visser (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures (1984–2014)” (NEH Fellowship; Walter Hines Page Fellowship of the Research Triangle Foundation)


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Two AAS regional conferences are currently accepting proposals for their fall meetings:


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We hope that all 3,292 attendees and exhibitors at our 2017 annual conference in Toronto found the weekend both pleasant and productive. We have compiled a summary conference report and will post photographs from the weekend to our Facebook page as soon as they’re ready. If you’re planning ahead, check out our recently updated list of future conference dates and sites through 2021.


And, don’t forget about AAS-in-ASIA, which will be held June 24-27 at Korea University in Seoul. Registration is now open and a preliminary schedule is available at the conference site.


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