December 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to the eight AAS Members who have received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support their research:

Aynne Kokas (University of Virginia), “Border Patrol on the Digital Frontier: China, the United States, and the Global War over Data”

Tara Rodman (University of California, Irvine), “Transnationalism, Modernism, and the Orient in the Career of Japanese Dancer and Choreographer Ito Michio (1893–1961)”

Eric Schluessel (University of Montana), “An Edition and Translation of Tarikh-i Hamidi, a Nineteenth-century Uyghur History of Eurasia”

Satoko Shimazaki (University of Southern California), “Kabuki Actors, Print Technology, and the Theatrical Origins of Modern Media”

Amy Stanley (Northwestern University), “Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Japanese Woman and Her Worlds, 1800–1853”

Jun Uchida (Stanford University), “Provincial Merchants and Japanese Imperial Expansion”

Tyler Williams (University of Chicago), “Merchant Religiosity in Early Modern India”

Judith Zeitlin (University of Chicago), “The Culture of Musical Entertainment in Early Modern China: Voice, Text, Instrument”

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The Vietnam Studies Group (VSG), a sub-committee of the Southeast Asia Council of the AAS, invites interested attendees at AAS 2019 to come to its Annual Business meeting, Friday, March 22, 7:30-8:30pm in Plaza Court 4 of the Sheraton Denver Downtown (conference hotel). This is a fantastic way to learn more about Vietnam Studies and meet colleagues.

The VSG is also now accepting submissions for its annual Graduate Student Paper Prize competition. This competition has helped to encourage direct involvement of graduate students in the growth of Vietnamese studies and supports their professional development. Entries may come from full or part time graduate students, regardless of disciplinary specialization, but authors must be (or become) dues-paying members of VSG (student rate is $10). Preference will be given to sole-authored papers based on original field, archival, and/or statistical research. However, thematic reviews that critically synthesize existing literature on a particular topic related to Vietnamese studies will also be considered. The winner receives a $500 prize and a one-year subscription to the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, as well as a yearlong membership in VSG. If the winner attends AAS and the VSG meeting to pick up their award in person, they may be eligible to also receive a $200 travel award. Papers may be written in English or Vietnamese and must be submitted by Jan 20, 2019 11:59pm (Hawaii Standard Time) to

Contact for questions about the Paper Prize or for questions about VSG or the meeting. More info about VSG can be found at its website.

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We have several funding and professional development opportunities that are now accepting applications!

On Thursday, March 21, the second annual “AAS Workshop on the Second Book” will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, just prior to the opening of the AAS 2019 annual conference. For consideration by the workshop organizers, please apply by January 4, 2019.

Graduate students are invited to apply for the 2019 AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop, to be held March 19-21, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. The theme of this year’s workshop is “Asian Cities, Architectural Heritage, Civil Society and Urban Expansion.” The application deadline is January 5, 2019.

The China & Inner Asia Council and Northeast Asia Council are both accepting applications for their small grants programs; the deadline for all applications is 5pm Eastern Time on Friday, February 1, 2019. See specific competition pages for more details: China & Inner Asia Grants, Japan Studies Grants, Korean Studies Grants.

Early career scholars preparing to publish their first single-author work should apply by March 1, 2019 for this cycle of our First-Book Subvention Program funding.

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Registration for #AAS2019 in Denver, Colorado is still open. After a successful introduction of GREEN registration rates in Washington, D.C. earlier this year, we are pleased to offer them again in Denver. Those who GO GREEN will save $10 on their conference registration; they will NOT receive a copy of the print program.

Our conference room block at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is going fast! We expect the block to be full by early January, so please don’t delay—reserve your room at the conference rate as soon as possible.

The full conference program is now available online. We have added an exciting new conference offering this year—the Digital Technologies Expo. This two-day event will feature over 30 presentations and hands-on demonstrations by Asian Studies scholars working with new technologies in their research. We hope that all conference attendees will make some time to stop by and check it out!

We are pleased to offer financial support—a maximum of $250 per family—on a reimbursement basis to panel participants in need of professional childcare services during the conference in Denver. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so please contact the AAS as soon as possible to express your interest in this program. More information and contact information is available at the conference website.

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The Call for Proposals is now open for the 2019 Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) regional conference, which will be held at St. Mary’s College of California, June 7-9. The early application deadline for proposal submission is December 31, 2018; for regular applications, the deadline is January 31, 2019. ASPAC also holds two graduate student paper prize competitions, with monetary awards—for consideration, submit your work to the prize committee by May 1, 2019.

We welcome submissions for the AAS Member News & Notes column, so please forward material for consideration to Please note that we do not publish book announcements in this space; new books by AAS Members will be announced on the association’s Twitter feed (@AASAsianStudies) and Facebook page (@AASAsianStudies).