CEAPS News & Announcement

CEAPS News & Announcement

  • Call for Papers - Planting China: The Illinois Symposium on Chinese Agriculture, Society, and the Environment (Deadline: March 15, 2018)


    Call for Papers
    Planting China: The Illinois Symposium on Chinese Agriculture, Society, and the Environment
    April 21, 2018 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Submission deadline: March 15, 2018

    Keynote address:
    Peter Lavelle (Assistant Professor of History, Temple University), “Chinese Agriculture in the Age of High Imperialism”

    Sponsored by the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

    UIUC organizers:

    Dr. Jeffrey Martin (Anthropology/EALC)
    Dr. SHAN Depeng (visiting scholar from Southwest University for Nationalities, PRC)
    Mark Frank (EALC)
    LIAO Yue (Anthropology)

    When China scholars meet across disciplines we often talk about agriculture, but it is rarely the organizing principle. The premise of this symposium is that agrarian studies is absolutely central to understanding China’s past and present. In dynastic China most people were farmers, most of the materials used in daily life were grown, and most taxes were assessed on farmland. The internecine strife of the twentieth century was largely an agrarian drama. China’s transition to an industrial economy over the past three decades has had a profound impact on the agrarian sector, facilitating what Philip Huang calls “China’s hidden agricultural revolution”. Neither the social nor physical landscapes of China can be understood apart from the past and present of human-plant relationships.

    The terms “agriculture, society, and the environment” in our title do not refer to three distinct areas of study, but rather, to the nexus of those categories, which is where we situate agrarian studies. The goal of this symposium is a robust conversation on two questions: What should the field of Chinese agrarian studies look like? What is its relevance to the study of gender, ethnicity, and other theoretical issues? And how does it matter for our understanding of China’s contemporary challenges and opportunities? This is a conversation that will contribute to agrarian studies as an inherently interdisciplinary and transregional way of approaching historical and contemporary problems, combining insights from the humanities, sciences and social sciences.

    Towards this goal, we invite sympathetically-minded scholars and practitioners working in any discipline or time-period to propose papers which might contribute to the theme of “Chinese Agriculture, Society, and the Environment”. Proposals should include a title and an abstract of 200 words. We especially seek proposals from women and members of other groups that are underrepresented in the field, as well as papers that expand or challenge the conventional boundaries of agrarian studies. Proposals centered on regions outside of China are also welcome, provided that they establish relevance to Chinese agrarian studies. Limited travel funding is available for speakers visiting from outside of central Illinois.

    All topics pertinent to the broad theme of the symposium are welcome, but some of the organizers’ core interests include:

    *             Archaeology and the “deep history” of agrarian states

    *             Agriculture and empire, agriculture and nationalism

    *             Gender, ethnicity, and farming

    *             The history of scientific agriculture

    *             Climate change and Agricultural sustainability

    *             Farmer cooperatives and the solidarity economy.

    Information/Paper Submission: https://chineseagriculture.org/2018-symposium/


  • 2018 Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

    Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)

    The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW) provides a unique opportunity to explore the languages and cultures of the Muslim World while interacting with experts on the region. In addition to classroom instruction, the program offers a variety of co-curricular learning activities designed to enhance and enrich the language learning process, provide additional channels for language contact, and expose students to the traditions of the communities of the Muslim World.

    SILMW 2018 Registration

    Registration for SILMW courses will commence in the Spring semester. UIUC students register online, using university registrar portal.

    All other perspective students: please visit our application guidelines page.

    Program Registration deadline: APRIL 30, 2018.

    SILMW courses open conditional on sufficient enrollment.

    Standard Arabic Intensive Course for High School Students

    In Summer 2018, SILMW will offer a 2-week intensive course in Elementary Arabic for high school students. High school program dates: June 11, 2018 - June 22, 2018.

    Students will earn 2 college credit hours. Learn more about the program and submit an application using SILMW high school program website.

  • Joint Consortia National Dissertation Workshop on Contemporary East Asia (Deadline: March 16, 2018)

    Joint Consortia National Dissertation Workshop on Contemporary East Asia

    Application Deadline: March 16, 2018

    The fourth Joint Consortia National Dissertation Workshop on Contemporary East Asia will take place at the University of Southern California on May 18, 2018. It is designed to enable students to present and engage in intensive discussions of their work in broader East Asian and multidisciplinary contexts. The workshop will be led by three faculty mentors who focus on modern China, Japan and Korea: Stanley Rosen, Professor of Political Science, University of Southern California; William Marotti, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles; and Susan Hwang, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University.

    Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program and must have begun to draft a dissertation, although they need not have advanced to candidacy. All doctoral students whose area of research falls within Contemporary East Asia are encouraged to apply. Participants are required to fund their own travel to USC, as well as some meals. Remaining costs of the workshop, including materials, some meals, and two nights lodging will be covered by the Joint Consortia. For more information and to apply, please click here.

    The National Dissertation Workshop is a joint program of the University of California, Los Angeles/University of Southern California East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (UCLA/USC East Asia NRC) in cooperation with the Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (IL/IN East Asia NRC), funded by the US Department of Education Title VI International and Foreign Language Education program.

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships (Summer 2018 & Academic Year 2018-2019*)

    FLAS Information Session 1

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    4:00-5:00 pm, Gregory Hall 100

    FLAS Information Session 2

    Wednesday, November 29, 2017
    4:00-5:00 pm, Gregory Hall 319

    Application/Information: University of Illinois FLAS Fellowships website

    FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. FLAS Fellowships at University of Illinois are administered by the Area Studies Centers and Programs and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages and each Center has specific priorities.

    Information session for students interested in applying to FLAS will be held on Tuesday, November 28th in Gregory Hall 100 and Wednesday, November 29th in Gregory Hall 319 at 4:00pm . We will be discussing eligibility and requirements, walking through the application, and answering questions about the application process and the fellowship. FLAS Coordinators from individual Centers will be in attendance and available to the students for questions and discussion. 

    The following Centers are offering FLAS Fellowships for Summer 2018:
    Center for African Studies
    Center for Global Studies
    Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    European Union Center
    Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

    The following Centers are applying for FLAS funding for Academic Year 2018-19 and will be included on the AY application*:
    Center for African Studies
    Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
    Center for Global Studies
    Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    Center for South Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
    European Union Center
    Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center

    * The U.S. Department of Education, which underwrites the FLAS program, has not yet notified us, or any other college or university in the United States, about our allocation for the 2018-2022 FLAS funding cycle, which includes the coming academic year (2018-19). In anticipation of receiving this funding, the application will include all UIUC Centers that have applied for Title VI FLAS Fellowship allocations; however, a Center cannot guarantee a fellowship without notification of their FLAS allocation.

  • Call for Paper Proposals: Chinese University of Hong Kong Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies May 24-26, 2018 (online application due January 5, 2018)

    The Chinese University of Hong Kong-Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Asia-Pacific Centre for Chinese Studies and the Institute of Chinese Studies co-organize the Fifth Young Scholars’ Forum in Chinese Studies, to be held on May 24-26, 2018. The forum aims to nurture young scholars in Chinese Studies and strengthen the network among young scholars in the field.

    The forum plans to invite Ph.D. students (after completing qualifying examination) or Ph.D. graduates with less than five years of work experience for presentation of their recent research output on any aspect of Chinese studies, drawing on but not limited to the disciplines of history, literature, religion, art and thought. Proposals related to the theme of Culture and Society of Middle Period China and Beyond are preferable. Participants are expected to be proficient in both English and Chinese.

    The conference will only cover expenses for lodging and round-trip transportation (economy class) for the participants. The organizer will provide maximum subsidy of 1,000 USD (subject to approval). Conference registration is free.

    Papers will be selected by a committee from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Local faculty will serve as discussants for the selected papers. Publication for selected papers will be considered after the forum.

    For application, please submit a 400-word paper proposal and short biography via our online submission system at: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ics/general/forum/submission.html.

    Deadlines: Online application due January 5, 2018. Notification of acceptance announced on January 24, 2018. Full paper due April 9, 2018.

    For inquiries, please contact the ICS organizers: Professor Lai Chi Tim (laichitim@cuhk.edu.hk) and Ms. Grace Leung (graceleung@cuhk.edu.hk).