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aas-in-asia survey: summary of results

in april 2019, the aas officers composed a survey regarding the aas-in-asia conferences as a way to measure member attitudes toward the continuation of these meetings. the survey was sent on april 24 via email blast to all aas members who have opted in to member communications (6,001 recipients), with a reminder message on may 1. by the time the survey ended on may 6, 517 aas members had completed it. all responses were anonymous.overall, the survey results indicate that aas members favor continuing the aas-in-asia conferences, but with some caveats and suggestions for how the association might handle the meetings differently in the future.strikingly, 70 percent (367) of the survey respondents indicated that they had never attended an aas-in-asia conference. when asked why not, 335 people filled in a free-response answer; of those replies, an even more striking 175 (52 percent) indicated that the cost of attending the conference and/or lack of institutional financial support had been barriers to their ...

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“my paper was turned down. should i take it personally?”

this is a revised and updated version of laurel kendall’s president’s column from the fall 2016 issue of the aas e-newsletter.the carefully crafted panel submission, a summation of hot-breaking research, the anticipation of a lively intellectual exchange … and then the rejection message, “owing to the number of high-quality submissions and the limitations of space”—a splash of cold water! many of us have been there—i certainly have—and so have many distinguished scholars, including at least one former president of the aas whose proposed submissions were rejected twice in the years after his service. it happens. in such circumstances it is difficult not to feel that “there must have been some mistake,” or worse “aas is just not interested in the kind of work i do,” or still worse, that “someone on the program committee had it in for me.” in a healthy organization, there will always be many more proposals than available slo ...

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president’s column, september 2018: conference report on aas-in-asia in new delhi

“circular firing squad.” professor engseng ho of duke university used this phrase to describe the situation of asian studies scholars in the run-up to the 5th aas-in-asia conference, which was held at the india habitat centre in new delhi this past july. professor ho was speaking on a special panel chaired by aas past president katherine bowie; the panel had been added to the conference program in response to a decision by the government of india that we had learned about four months earlier. the indian government had decided not to grant visas for the conference to any citizens of pakistan, nor to citizens of any other country whose ancestors had come from pakistan. frustration and anger over this discriminatory decision spilled over into attacks by scholars of asia on one another.as recounted earlier in this space, the aas officers and secretariat staff deplored india’s decision, as did our co-organizers at ashoka university. the absence of the excluded scholars was a great loss to our ...

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save the date: aas-in-asia 2019

the association for asian studies is pleased to announce that the next aas-in-asia conference will be held in bangkok, thailand on july 1-4, 2019 at the royal orchid sheraton hotel along the banks of the chao phraya river. please mark these dates on your calendar. the call for proposals will open in early september, and the deadline for panel proposals will be late october. as with previous aas-in-asia conferences, the program committee will consider only proposals for organized panels or roundtable discussions. individual paper proposals will not be accepted.the aas-in asia conferences offer opportunities for asia-based scholars to interact with each other and their international colleagues. aas is partnering with a five-university coalition of organizers led by thammasat university; the other members of the coalition are chiang mai, chulalongkorn, kasetsart, and mahidol universities. in terms of travel, tourism, and obtaining necessary visa documents, bangkok is k ...

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president’s column, june 2018: on aas-in-asia

dear colleagues,we live in turbulent times. for the past year and a half or so, i have spent many hours mesmerized by my television set, watching as my country (the usa) lurches from one “unprecedented” event to the next. i fume and steam and sometimes shout out loud, then go to bed. i wake up to 13th-century maharashtra, to remote temple towns and lovely but dwindling groves in the western ghats of india, to my teaching duties and the local politics of my home institution. by evening i am ready for another bout of outrage.now the aas too finds itself in turbulent times, caught up in geo-politics and subjected to cascades of criticism from within and without. the fifth aas-in-asia conference is due to be held in delhi next month. the government of india, while granting political clearance to the conference (a requirement under indian law), has refused to issue conference visas to citizens of pakistan or even to persons of pakistani origin. the officers of the aas (that means, currently, ka ...

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aas statement on 2018 aas-in-asia conference

a statement by the officers of the association for asian studiesa controversy is developing among the aas membership with regard to the aas-in-asia conference in delhi, following the decision of the ministry of external affairs (mea) of the government of india to deny visas to all pakistani scholars. the aas-in-asia conferences began as an experiment four years ago. two questions now face our membership: 1) should the experiment to hold aas-in-asia conferences be terminated? and 2) how should aas handle the current situation?with regard to the first question, aas members need to consider two sets of difficulties that arise in holding aas conferences in asia. the first is finding host institutions that are willing to provide the faculty, administrative staffing, and funding involved in organizing a conference that is now being attended by some 1,000 scholars. this is a challenge everywhere: even the smaller regional conferences affiliated with aas stateside are finding it difficult in this age of b ...

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statement on denial of visas to scholars from pakistan for the 2018 aas-in-asia conference

a joint statement from the association for asian studies and ashoka university:the first aas-in-asia conference was held at the national university of singapore in 2014, and in subsequent years there have been conferences at the academia sinica in taipei, at doshisha university in kyoto, and at korea university in seoul. the purpose of the aas-in-asia conferences is to encourage collaboration and intellectual exchange among scholars based in various parts of asia and between scholars based in asia and those based in other parts of the world. the fact that the ministry of external affairs of the government of india has decided to deny visas to pakistani scholars (including scholars of pakistani origin who are citizens of other countries) to attend the aas-in-asia conference in delhi is not in tune with the open exchange of ideas and knowledge that is the very purpose of the conference. however, neither the association for asian studies nor ashoka university has the authority to tell the government of india ...

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november 2017 aas member news & notes

congratulations to the aas members whose books have been awarded prizes by other organizations: sheena chestnut greitens (university of missouri), co-winner of the 2017 best book award from the american political science association section on comparative democratization and co-winner of the 2017 best book award from the international studies association for dictators and their secret police: coercive institutions and state violence (cambridge university press) christopher goscha (univ. du québec à montréal), awarded the john k. fairbank prize from the american historical association for vietnam: a new history (basic books, 2016) audrey truschke (rutgers university), awarded the john f. richards prize from the american historical association for culture of encounters: sanskrit at the mughal court (columbia university press, 2016) *** the board of directors of the association for asian studies welcomes this opportunity to recognize kenneth c. froewiss following his recent retirement a ...

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typewriters, slogans, and sewing machines—from sfo to seoul and back with the journal of asian studies on my mind

by jeffrey wasserstrom as editor of the journal of asian studies, as i prepare to go to the aas annual conference (when our editorial board meets) or aas-in-asia (where i hold “meet-the-editor” sessions), i spend some time thinking about the articles we have published recently and have in the pipeline. i did this before heading to asia last month on a trip that began with a short stopover in hong kong and ended in seoul at the aas-in-asia meetings that korea university did so well in hosting.   one thing that was different this time, though, was how often during the trip i saw things that made me think of jas articles. in five dissimilar places, i was reminded of the following: an article from last year on the umbrella movement; two “asia beyond the headlines” commentaries on recent events in south korea that are coming out in november; and the two lead pieces in a forum on machines in east asia that appeared in the same august 2016 issue as the essay on hong kong. here’s ...

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shamans, tea, masks, and more: aas-in-asia 2017 concludes

hosts from ashoka university in new delhi introduce next year’s aas-in-asia conference at sunday night’s reception. aas-in-asia 2017 heads into its final day with a full slate of activities on the schedule. monday’s highlights: the registration center and exhibition halls will both be open from 9:00am through 6:00pm. there are four blocks of panel sessions today—two in the morning, two in the afternoon. panel schedules are available in the printed conference program (distributed at registration) and online. our special roundtables conclude, with a discussion of “korean studies past, present, and future: moving beyond boundaries towards multi-disciplinary, transnational, and alternative approaches.”  the session will be held from 4:10 to 6:00pm in lg-posco hall (supex hall, 4f). today also features two more opportunities for conference-goers to meet the aas officers. at 11:10am, aas past president laurel kendall will discuss “shamans, popular religio ...

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