6th SSEASR Conference, Colombo 2015

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We have the pleasure of extending to you the information of the forthcoming 6th SSEASR Conference on Heritage in the History, Culture and Religion of South and Southeast Asia. This international Conference of the South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion (SSEASR) which runs under the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), is rated as one of the best South and Southeast Asian conferences on history, culture, religion, languages and civilizations in the world under the aegis of the CIPSH, UNESCO.
The Conference is being organized by the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka in collaboration with the International Association for Asian Heritage (IAAH) and Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies (SLABS) in Colombo from June 04 to June 07, 2015. It is also planned to organise a post-Conference tour (June 8-11).
The FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT and call for papers can be accessed at:


More information on the SSEASR and the Conference will be available from the website http://www.sseasr.org.

Prof. Anura Manatunga
Organising Secretary
6th SSEASR Conference, 2015
University of Kelaniya, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Email: SSEASR-Srilanka@hotmail.com

Charles Wallace Burma Trust Visiting Fellowship

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Applications are invited for the Charles Wallace Burma Trust Visiting Fellowship which will be hosted by the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, in partnership with the Charles Wallace Burma Trust and the British Council in Burma.

The Fellowship is intended to enable a Burmese scholar to conduct research on any aspect of modern Burmese history and society, and is open to scholars working in all disciplines related to this field.

The Fellowship is for a period of three months during the Lent Term, 2015 (13 January to 13 March).

The aim of the Fellowship is to advance the scholarly achievements of the visiting fellow, and thereby establish productive academic links between Cambridge and Burma.

Candidates who have had financial support from the Charles Wallace Burma Trust in the past five years will not be eligible. Provided they are qualified in other respects, candidates with little or no prior international experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

At the conclusion of the Fellowship period, the Fellow will be required to submit a report to the Committee of Management of the Centre of South Asian Studies and to the Secretary of the Charles Wallace Burma Trust outlining what he or she has achieved.

An all-inclusive monthly stipend of £1,400 is offered by the Trust to cover costs at Cambridge, together with a contribution towards a return economy air fare from Burma, and the cost of the candidate’s UK visa. The Fellow is expected to make his/her own travel arrangements.

The British Council in Burma will offer advice to the Fellow about securing a UK visa, and provide some pre-departure briefing.

If you know of anyone from Myanmar (Burma) who might be interested in applying, please direct them to the relevant part of the Centre’s website.

Candidates are invited to submit the following by email to: admin@s-asian.cam.ac.uk
 – a letter of application setting out as precisely and as clearly as possible the programme of research to be undertaken
 – the names of scholars already in Cambridge working in a similar or adjacent/related subject and with whom the fellow would hope to work
 – a full CV with a list of publications; and
 – ask not more than two academic referees to email directly in support of his or her application by the closing date of 31 October 2014.

Please note that, in order to comply with work permit regulations, the successful applicant will be asked to submit a signed, original copy of his/her application and original, signed references.

The selection will follow the Centre of South Asian Studies’ policy and procedure for Academic Visitors and is subject to the approval of the Charles Wallace Burma Trust and the British Council in Burma.

The closing date for applications is 31 October, 2014. The Fellow is expected to take up the post at the beginning of the Lent Term 2015 (13 January 2015).

Applications and enquiries should be sent to:
The Administrator, Centre of South Asian Studies, Alison Richard Building, 7 West
Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT, UK

(Forwarded from Rachel Rowe, SAALG)

Shan Manuscripts in the UK

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An interesting article with the title “An Introduction to the World of Shan Manuscripts” by our member Jotika Khur-Yearn has appeared on the blog of the SOAS Subject Librarians. It gives a short overview of the Shan manuscript tradition and collections of Shan manuscripts in the UK. Jotika is currently working on an exhibition of Shan manuscripts which will be on display at the Wolfson Gallery of the SOAS Library in London in November and December 2014. More details about the upcoming exhibition will follow on this blog nearer the time.

Detail of a cover of a Shan folding book (pap tup) held at the British Library (Or.12040)

Detail of a cover of a Shan folding book (pap tup) held at the British Library (Or.12040)

“Surviving Far East Captivity and the Aftermath: 70 Years on”

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2015 Conference of the Researching FEPOW History Group

The Researching FEPOW History Group announces the 5th International Conference in association with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), which will take place on 5-7 June 2015 at the Old School, LSTM, in Liverpool. The theme of the conference is “Surviving Far East Captivity and the Aftermath: 70 Years on“.

Researching FEPOW History was established in 2005 with the aim of organising biennial conferences to aid those who are researching the experiences of ex-Far Eastern prisoners of war or civilian internees. The organising team comprises seven FEPOW researchers. Their aim is to share FEPOW history, information and research as widely as possible. They are independent, affiliated to no specific organization or group, but in touch with as many as possible worldwide. They invite world renowned historians, authors and researchers to present their work to as wide an audience as possible.

In alphabetical order, speakers confirmed for the 2015 Conference include:
Keith Andrews (research), Jeya Ayadurai (Changi, Singapore), Rod Beattie MBE (Thailand), Frank Cottrell Boyce (scriptwriter, The Railway Man), Jon Cooper (Singapore), Jane Davies (Lancashire Fusiliers Museum; FEPOW in Korea), Professor Geoff Gill (LSTM), Dr Rosalind Hearder (Australian medics), Dr Lizzie Oliver (Sumatra Railway), Meg Parkes (FEPOW medical art), Martin Percival and Stephen Rockliffe (RAPWI and Repatriation), Philip Reed (IWM) – Roderick Suddaby Lecture, Stephen Walton (IWM), Anne Wheeler (Canadian film producer), Professor Rupert Wilkinson (child internee in Philippines).

The conference also includes an optional visit to the Lancashire Infantry Museum’s FEPOW archives (2nd Loyals, held in Singapore, Thailand and Korea) on 8 June 2015. This archive is a jewel and should not to be missed by those with an interest in FEPOW history.

For more detailed information and registration, please visit the Researching FEPOW Group’s 2015 Conference page.

(Forwarded by Rachel Rowe, SAALG) 


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 .


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