January 2019 AAS Member News & Notes

The Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Studies Group (MSB), a sub-committee of the Southeast Asia Council of the AAS, invites interested attendees at AAS 2019 to come to its annual business meeting, Saturday, March 23, 1:15 to 2:45pm in Plaza Court 4, Sheraton Denver Downtown. 

MSB is a vibrant and growing group of cross-disciplinary scholars from North America and beyond with research interests in Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei. At AAS 2019, Malaysia will be represented more than ever before, with several sponsored panels that focus on the vast political and financial shifts which have occurred in the past year, and on key developments in East Malaysia.

The annual business meeting is a key event for networking and learning about opportunities and research in the MSB region. MSB will also be discussing plans for AAS 2020, which include sponsoring “REVISIONING 2020,” panels and roundtables that revisit Prime Minister Mahathir’s “Vision 2020” and the Malaysia that emerged since he first coined the slogan. MSB will also award its annual prizes—the Lent Prize for the best paper presented at the previous AAS conference and the Provencher Travel Award to an attendee presenting at the current conference.

MSB welcomes members and non-members to the meeting. Dues-paying members are requested to make their annual contribution of $20 at the meeting. Please visit MSB’s active Facebook group—“Official Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Studies Group (MSB)”—and its website. MSB also publishes a newsletter, Berita, which can be viewed online.


The Northeast Asia Council’s Committee on Korean Studies (CKS) invites scholars of Korea to sign up for its mailing list and read its Winter 2019 newsletter, now available at the CKS website.


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.


Pre-registration for #AAS2019 in Denver, Colorado will close on February 21. 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.

Rooms are nearly gone in our conference block at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel! We have secured two overflow hotels nearby to accommodate those who have not yet made a reservation. For more details on all hotels and how to book, please see the conference website.

Remember to enter the Member-Get-A-Member Sweepstakes by February 19! Each new AAS member you recruit will entitle you to one (1) 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. More information is available here.

The full conference program is now available online. Conference highlights include:

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.


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 proposal submission 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 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).