AAS Governance and You

“AAS Governance and You” will introduce the membership to the governance structure of the Association for Asian Studies through a live webinar. The AAS is a membership-driven organization, which means that members play an essential role in determining representation in the Association. The webinar will offer an overview of the governance policies and structures of the Association as well as provide insights into the roles of the Board of Directors, Committees, and Affiliates. Presented by AAS Executive Director Hilary Finchum-Sung and Digital Media Manager Maura Cunningham, this webinar aims to enhance member understanding of the overall processes and procedures underscoring the day-to-day operations of the Association as well as provide fundamental information essential to understanding the function of our annual elections. The Digital Dialogue is free and open to all AAS members who register for the event. Following the live webinar, the video will be available on our website and Vimeo channel for public viewing.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time

Session Transcript

Additional Resources

American Anthropological Association

American Council of Learned Societies

American Historical Association

American Sociological Association

AAS Board of Directors

AAS China and Inner Asia Council (CIAC)

AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC)

AAS South Asia Council (SAC)

AAS Southeast Asia Council (SEAC)

The Journal of Asian Studies (JAS)

Session Panelists

Maura Cunningham

AAS Digital Media Manager

I’ve been the Digital Media Manager at the AAS since 2016. My affiliation with the association, however, began a decade before I started working here: I joined the AAS as a student member back in 2006, and I also worked as the Journal of Asian Studies editorial assistant while earning my PhD in modern Chinese history at the University of California, Irvine. At the Secretariat, my days are filled with posting to the AAS social media accounts, editing the #AsiaNow blog, and overseeing the association’s online presence. Please email me anytime if you have questions, comments, or suggestions about any of those areas. I’m also always happy to speak with AAS members who are interested in exploring non-traditional academic careers, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you’d like to discuss that topic!

Hilary Finchum-Sung

AAS Executive Director

I stepped into the role of AAS Executive Director in April 2019 after ten years in Korea where I was an Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Korean Music and Associate Dean of Students in Seoul National University’s College of Music. My role at AAS includes being the conduit for communications with and between boards, committees, administrative staff, and the membership of the Association. I both oversee and engage in teamwork with our wonderful staff in handling conferences, finances, publications, and membership, as well as work with our staff and the Board of Directors in developing and implementing policies, programs, and strategic initiatives. For over twenty years, my academic work has centered on Korean music with a recent focus on the roles of women in sustaining traditional expressive culture in the southwest of Korea. I spend time away from the Secretariat working on academic publication, creative writing and translation projects, as well as engaging in musical practice on the violin/fiddle and haegŭm. Please feel free to contact me anytime.

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