July 2017 AAS Member News & Notes

The Call for Proposals for our 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. is now open! Submit your proposal by Tuesday, August 8 at 5:00pm Eastern time.


We’re still seeking your summer “vacation” photos. Submit a snapshot of your summer activities and you could win free books from the AAS Publications Shop!


Congratulations to AAS Member Kai Ostwald (University of British Columbia) and Steven Oliver (Yale-NUS College), who received the Best Paper Award from the American Political Science Association-Southeast Asia Politics Group. They were recognized for their work on “Explaining Elections in Singapore: Party Credibility and Valence Politics.”


The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies has announced its 2017 grant awards. Congratulations to the following AAS Members who have received funding for their projects.

Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

Susanne Ryuyin Kerekes (University of Pennsylvania), “Wat Arun and the Material Culture of Thai Buddhism”

Ian J. MacCormack (Harvard University), “Buddhism and Government in Seventeenth-Century Tibet”

Or Porath (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Intimate Dharma: Buddhism, the Body, and Imperial Authority in Medieval Japan”

Sara Ann Swenson (Syracuse University), “‘Sharing Hearts’: Buddhism, Social Services, and Privatization in Vietnam”

Jessica Xiaomin Zu (Princeton University), “Translation, Comparative Hermeneutics, and Yogacara Social Theory in Lu Cheng’s (1896-1989) New Buddhist Canon”

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

Hyoung Seok Ham (Korea University), “Buddhist Confrontation with the Veda: A Historical Analysis of Bhaviveka’s Mimamsa Chapter of the Madhyamakahrdayakarika and Tarkajvala”

Research Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

Katherine A. Bowie (University of Wisconsin, Madison), “The Saint of Northern Thailand: Resurrecting the Stormy Life of Kruba Srivichai”

Alicia M. Turner (York University), “Buddhism’s Plural Pasts: Religious Difference and Indifference in Colonial Burma”

Nicole Willock (Old Dominion University), “Lineages of the Literary: Tibetan Buddhist Scholars Making Modern China”


The Southwest and Western Conferences of the AAS will hold a joint regional meeting at Southern Methodist University on November 17 and 18, 2017. The CFP is now open; deadline for proposal submission is July 31.


Applications for the fall funding round of our First Book Subvention program are due on September 1. Eligibility details and instructions for application are available here.

Deceased Asianists

Ainslie T. Embree (1921-2017), historian of South Asia and former AAS President. The Indian Express has published a tribute to Professor Embree by former U.S. Ambassador to India Frank Wisner. A memorial service will be held on November 13, 2017 at Columbia University; obituary via the Washington Post.

Isabelle Clark-Decès, anthropologist of South Asia; obituary via Princeton University.

Biswamoy Pati (1956-2017), historian of South Asia. Obituary via H-Asia.

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