Job vacancy at SOAS Library

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An opportunity has arisen for a senior professional with a strong Library or Archives background to help lead as Assistant Director the Research Library Services division at the Library of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. The division is supported by about 35 professional librarians, archivists and cataloguers, and the Assistant Director will have strategic and operational responsibility for Collection Management, Collection Development, Archives, Special Collections, Teaching and Research Support, and Library Digital Services.

The SOAS Library is designated by HEFCE as the UK National Research Library for Asia, Africa and the Middle East, alongside four other designated NRLs (Cambridge, LSE, Manchester, Oxford). The SOAS Library is a member of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and carries a number of obligations to collect and hold material on behalf of the nation, making this material available to a wide constituency of UK and internationally-based researchers. The SOAS Library is part of the SOAS Library & Information Services Directorate, which is organised as three divisions: Customer Services & Operations; Information Systems; Research Library Services.

The closing date for job applications is the 19th of September, 2014.

Full details and guidance for applicants can be found on the SOAS homepage.

SEALG Annual Meeting 2014 – report online

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Our group’s annual meeting took place on 27-28 June in Frankfurt, Germany, in collaboration with Goethe University Library. It was an amazing and well organised event with participants from nine countries. Eleven papers were presented covering various areas of Southeast Asian librarianship, including manuscript studies and conservation, special collections and the use of primary sources, old and new, for academic research. The full report with all details of the annual meeting can be found on the SEALG homepage under “Meetings”.

Following our election, which takes place bi-annually, we welcome Doris Jedamski (Leiden University Library) as Chair of SEALG, Holger Warnk (Goethe University Library, Frankfurt) as Vice-Chair of SEALG, and Jotika Khur-Yearn (SOAS, London) as Secretary of SEALG. I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate all of them and wish them success in their new positions. At the same time, I would like to thank all SEALG members for their trust and support for the past nine years during which I was chairing the group. I am also thanking Louise Pichard-Bertaux and Doris Jedamski who supported me as Secretary and Vice-Chair of SEALG in recent years. I think we have made some achievements that we all can be very proud of, and I am confident that Doris, Holger and Jotika will continue the good work.

I will continue to edit the SEALG Newsletter and make contributions to this blog as well. In this context, I would like to invite you to send me news from your institutions, projects, conference announcements, or job advertisements if you think these are relevant to our work. For the Newsletter, we are always looking for contributions, either articles related to your work or to Southeast Asian librarianship in general.

(Jana Igunma)


Junior Professorship in Southeast Asian Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt

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The Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures and Arts, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, invites applications for the following position:

Junior Professorship (Assistant Professor, W1) in Southeast Asian Studies

The university is looking for a candidate with expertise in one or more of the following fields: the languages, literatures, media, or modern and contemporary history of insular Southeast Asia (mainly Indonesia and /or Malaysia).
Expected is an outstanding doctoral thesis, methodologically sound expertise on modern insular Southeast Asia evidenced by relevant publications and teaching experience, very high proficiency in Indonesian / Malay, English, and ideally German as well as the willingness to engage in cooperative research and teaching activities within the Interdisciplinary Center of East Asian Studies (IZO) at Goethe University.

The initial appointment is for three years and can be renewed for another three years upon positive evaluation. The designated salary for the position is based on “W1″ of the German university scale. Goethe University is an equal opportunity employer which implies that applications from women are specifically encouraged. For further information regarding the general conditions for professorship appointments, please see: http://www.vakante-professuren.uni-frankfurt.de .

Qualified academics are invited to submit their applications including a CV, a list of publications, and a copy of the doctoral diploma up to 10th Oct. 2014 to the Dean of the Faculty of Faculty of Linguistics, Cultures and Arts, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, D-60054 Frankfurt, E-Mail: Dekanat-FB09@em.uni-frankfurt.de .


Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship at National Library of Singapore

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The National Library of Singapore is inviting applicants for the 2014 Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow program. The program started in 2005 and is into its 9th year. The Fellowship aims to facilitate new research and publishing about Singapore and Southeast Asian culture, economy and heritage. This will enrich the Asia-centric collections and resources of the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library of Singapore. Talented scholars and researchers are encourage to use the Library’s resources and services, and to collaborate with them on joint research projects to create new knowledge. The LKC Research Fellowship will be offered to individuals interested in suggested fields of research identified by the Library.

Who Can Apply?
The LKC Research Fellowship is open to both local and foreign applicants who are able to undertake prescribed research topics that raise awareness of our collections. Successful applicants should have scholarly and research credentials or its equivalent. Applicants could be curators, historians, academics or independent researchers who should preferably have an established record of achievement in their chosen field of research and the potential to excel further.

Research Area
Preference is given to research in the following areas, for 2014:

• Early Printing & Publishing: Singapore’s role in early printing – Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English publications including works of Mission Press, private publishers, government printing offices, etc. / Works before 1950s
• Early Printing & Publishing: Malay manuscripts and early printed books – Early works on Malay literature
• Early maps: Study of early maps and navigational charts on early Singapore and the region – Notable collection of Parry Maps acquired by the library in 2012 / Early Singapore and regional maps
• National Literature / Literary Arts: Voices of Singapore Literary Arts writers (or any art genres) post 1965  – Literature /  literary works on Singapore writers

Terms of the Award
The award of the Fellowship is for a period of six months and is subject to renewal if necessary. Fellows may not hold a concurrent fellowship or propose a research area which he has already completed his research for a masters or a doctoral thesis. The research fellow should not hold a concurrent employment or other fellowships simultaneously with the Lee Kong Chian Fellowship.

A stipend of up to a maximum of S$2,000 per month will be provided to help LKC Research Fellows meet living expenses, local transportation and photocopying expenses. In addition to the stipend, overseas Fellows will be provided with the following on a case-by-case basis:
a. One-time relocation package for Research Fellows to Singapore of up to a maximum of S$1,500. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis if the lowest prevailing market rates for airfares still exceed the above capped amounts at time of purchase
b. Monthly accommodation allowance of up to a maximum of S$2,500 subject to market rates and approval from the Selection Committee

Application closes on 25 Jul 2014. Instructions on how to apply and other details about the Fellowship can be found on the homepage of the National Library Board Singapore.

37th Douarnenez Film Festival

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“Peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago, Timor Leste and Papua”

22-30 August 2014, Douarnenez (France)

This year’s Douarnenez Film Festival – which is a major cinematographic event combining creativity and collective reflection, art and criticism to explore the complexity of the world – will be dedicated to the peoples of the Indonesian Archipelago, Timor Leste and Papua.

The notion of human heritage, including language, culture, and the manifold forms of expression of peoples and communities, underlay the festival from its very beginnings. The aim is to give people a voice and the opportunity to tell their own story through film, literature, photography and music, whether these people are – in their “normal environment” -marginalised or excluded, torn apart or deported, besieged or reduced to silence, dumped or displaced, colonised, dominated against their will or in rebellion.

Through 60 – 70 films, features, documentaries, animation, short and long, the Douarnenez Film Festival will be a platform for these peoples and their cultures. Among the guests will be filmmakers, writers, journalists, human rights activists, historians and many more from Indonesia, Timor Leste, Western Papaua and Europe.

For more detailed information, please visit the Douarnenez Film Festival homepage.


2014 SEAMEO Congress “Southeast Asia in Transition: Re-thinking Education, Science and Culture for Regional Integration”

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21-22 October 2014, Bangkok

The main objective of the 2014 SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization) Congress is to explore new avenues for managing the diverse changes in education, science and culture and enhance regional understanding and cooperation among educators and different stakeholders in Southeast Asia and beyond.

The theme for 2014 SEAMEO Congress is Southeast Asia in Transition: Re-thinking Education, Science and Culture for Regional Integration.

For the 2014 theme, SEAMEO Congress will bring together a diverse set of actors from government organizations, education institutions, industry, international and regional organizations and non-governmental organizations to discuss perspectives on how to best shape education and human resource development policies and practices for regional integration in Southeast Asia.

The following sub-themes are planned:

Sub-Theme 1: Re-shaping Education to Bridge Skills Gap
Sub-Theme 2: Prospects and Possibilities for Enhancing Science and Technology Education
Sub-Theme 3: Cultural Knowledge and Education for Regional Integration and Development

For more information, the conference programme and registration, please visit the conference homepage.

SEALG Annual Meeting 2014 – Update

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Frankfurt (Germany), 27-28 June 2014

The Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asia Library Group 2014 will be organised in collaboration with the Library of Southeast Asian Studies at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main (Germany).
The meeting will take place on 27-28 June 2014 at the Goethe-University’s Bockenheim Campus and will include a Southeast Asian Studies Library tour with access to the closed stacks, as the library is affiliated with the main University Library.


There will be presentations of papers on library and archive related issues by SEALG members and guest speakers.

Starting on Friday 27 June at 9 a.m., there will be four sessions on that day with nine speakers presenting their papers on a variety of topics.  A tour of the University Library with a visit to the closed stacks will also take place on the same day.

On Saturday 28 June, we will begin at 9:30 a.m. with one final session that accommodates three more speakers.  This will be followed by the Annual General Meeting including our bi-annual election of committee members, which is due this year.

Click here to download the CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

For further details and registration, please contact:

Holger Warnk
J.W.Goethe-University, Southeast Asian Studies,
Senckenberganlage 31, 60325 Frankfurt/M, Germany
Phone & fax: 0049-69-798-28445
Email: h.warnk AT em.uni-frankfurt.de

Frankfurt historical town centre

Frankfurt historical town centre

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