January 2018 AAS Member News & Notes

Congratulations to AAS Member Haun Saussy, University Professor of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, who has been awarded the 2018 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies by the Modern Language Association of America. Dr. Saussy received the honor for his recent book, The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and Its Technologies (Fordham University Press, 2016).


We are pleased to share the news that the seven AAS Members below have received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of their work:

Ana Candela (SUNY Research Foundation, Binghamton), “A History of Chinese Settlers in Peru in the 19th and 20th Centuries”

Sakura Christmas (Bowdoin College), “Nomadic Borderlands: Imperial Japan and the Origins of Ethnic Autonomy in Modern China”

Sumit Guha (University of Texas, Austin), “The Political Ecology of Agrarian Empires in South Asia, c.1500–1900”

Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins University), “The Healer’s Body as a Form of Technology in Traditional Chinese Medicine”

Eugenia Lean (Columbia University), “A Chinese Man-of-Letters in an Age of Industrial Capitalism: Chen Diexian (1879-1940)”

Nicolas Tackett (University of California, Berkeley), “The Rise of the Chinese Meritocracy: The Transformation of Elite Culture in Tenth-Century China”

Michiko Takeuchi (California State University, Long Beach Foundation), “Early Coalitions between Japanese and American Feminists, from World War I to the U.S. Occupation of Japan”


The Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS) will hold its annual meeting this coming weekend, January 12-14, 2018, at the University of South Carolina. AAS Vice President Anne Feldhaus will deliver the keynote address.


Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC) is now accepting proposals for its next annual conference, which will be held June 8-10, 2018 at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Applicants may submit proposals for individual papers, organized panels, and roundtable discussions via the conference website. The regular submission deadline is February 28, 2018, with acceptances sent by March 31, 2018. For applicants who cannot meet the regular deadline, ASPAC will continue to accept submissions until March 31, 2018 and provide notification of acceptance as soon as possible thereafter.


The Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) will begin accepting proposals for its 2018 conference on February 1, with a final submission deadline of April 16. This year’s meeting will be hosted by Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota and take place October 19-20. Please see the conference website for more information.

AAS 2018 News & Notes

A reminder that pre-registration for AAS 2018 closes on February 26; anyone who has not registered by that date will have to do so on-site at the conference in Washington, D.C. This year we are pleased to offer GREEN registration rates for the first time. Those who select the GREEN option at registration elect not to receive a print version of the conference program and will save $10 on their registration fees. GREEN conference participants can use the AAS 2018 mobile app, online program, and/or PDF of the conference program to view and organize their schedules; all versions of the program will be available soon.


We are once again pleased to hold the AAS Member-Get-A-Member Sweepstakes in conjunction with conference pre-registration. The prizewinner will receive three free nights of lodging at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel during AAS 2018. As a current AAS member, each new member you recruit by February 22, 2018 will entitle you to one entry into the prize drawing. As you recruit more members, your opportunity to win increases. The new member you recommend is also entered in the drawing. Please click the link above for full contest rules and details, and good luck!

We welcome submissions for the AAS Member News & Notes column, so please forward material for consideration to mcunningham@asian-studies.org. 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).