July 11, 2014
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 .
July 7, 2014
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.
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.
June 25, 2014
“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.
June 19, 2014
education, Southeast Asia
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
June 7, 2014
conferences, organisational news
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:
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
May 28, 2014
publication, Southeast Asian Studies
All scholarly books experience a brief moment of freshness at publication. Thereafter they age, some gracefully, while a select few works mature becoming timeless classics in their field. However, far too many studies wither under the pitiless sun of passing time, fading into irrelevance.
Sadly, most books do not become utterly irrelevant, let alone valueless; they are simply forgotten. And yet, time and again, something happens in the world that apparently is new but which is beautifully explained – given context – by one of these old texts.
NIAS books are not immune to ageing, either, but NIAS Press have decided to do something about the obsession with new and the stampede towards obsolescence – hence the launching of a new website with which they aim to link current events (especially in Asia) to Asia research published by NIAS.
Their new blog, NIAS Inside, is a website demonstrating that fine scholarship is timeless and it will be worth watching.
More information and the latest NIAS Press catalogue can be found on the NIAS Press homepage.
(Source: NIAS Press Newsletter May 2014)
May 27, 2014
EuroSEAS, Southeast Asian Studies
Vienna, 11-14 August 2015
Call for Panels
The European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) will hold its 8th conference from 11 to 14 August 2015 at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, Austria. As an international and multi-disciplinary organisation, EuroSEAS invites scholars and PhD students from all academic disciplines with an interest in Southeast Asia to submit panels that explore relevant research topics from an interdisciplinary perspective as well as discuss theoretical and methodological aspects of research generated in the field of Southeast Asian Studies. Scholars are also encouraged to submit proposals for roundtable discussions about recent developments in Southeast Asia to email@example.com.
Keynote Speakers for the event will be Benedict Anderson and Ayu Utami.
EuroSEAS will also provide facilities for scholars and filmmakers to screen documentaries. This call closes on 30 September 2014.
Individual registration starts from 30 September 2014 onwards.
For updates, please visit the conference homepage.