CEAPS News & Announcement

CEAPS News & Announcement

  • Japan Foundation Grants Opportunities

    JAPANESE STUDIES FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (Deadline: November 1, 2018)

    This program provides support to outstanding scholars in the field by offering the opportunity to conduct research in Japan. (1) Scholars and Researchers (Long-Term) (2-12 months): Scholars and researchers in the humanities or social sciences. Applicants must hold Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience at the time of application. (2) Scholars and Researchers (Short-Term) (21-59 days): Scholars and researchers in the humanities and social sciences who need to conduct intensive research in Japan. Applicants must hold Ph.D. or equivalent professional experience at the time of application. (3) Doctoral Candidates (4-12 months): Doctoral candidates in the humanities or social sciences. Applicants must have achieved ABD status by the time the fellowship begins.


    This initiative is designed to connect Japan scholars from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and Japan in order to enhance their collective scholarship through collaborative projects and exchanges, as well as to advance Japanese Studies in these three regions. The Japan Foundation hopes that Japan scholars and students from all three regions and across many disciplines will benefit mutually from the creation of scholarly networks and the sharing of Japanese Studies resources, research methodology, and practical collaborative work. Projects will be based at U.S. institutions with strong existing or developing Japanese Studies programs, in order to share the wealth of Japanese Studies resources present in the U.S., and to establish and/or strengthen connections with individuals and institutions in Southeast Asia and Japan.


    This annual program is designed to encourage innovative and sustained growth of Japanese studies in the United States. Grant coverage may include support for faculty, instructor, or staff salaries, travel expenses, honoraria for lectures, visiting scholar support, graduate and undergraduate support, acquisition of research and teaching materials, conference and seminar expenses, acquisition of library and digital resources. Strong consideration will be given to proposals that identify and respond to national needs in Japanese Studies. Applications that create tenure or tenure-track positions in Japanese Studies are especially welcome.


    This program is designed to: (i) support institutions that face difficulties maintaining current levels of infrastructure due to cuts in funding for Japanese studies in the US; (ii) stimulate interest in Japanese studies by small and newer institutions without an established program of Japanese studies or those that lack personnel or resources; and (iii) provide support for particularly innovative programs that promote Japanese Studies. Grants of up to $25,000 will be given to institutions that execute proposals designed to maintain and advance the infrastructural scale of Japanese Studies at their institution.

    JFNY GRANT FOR JAPANESE STUDIES (Deadline: rolling/at 3 months prior to project start date)

    The Japan Foundation New York Office (JFNY) accepts applications from institutions of higher education for the JFNY Grant in Japanese Studies on a rolling basis throughout the year. This grant aims to support projects that will enhance further understanding of Japan through academic exploration (there is a separate JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture). Such projects generally take the form of conferences, colloquia, symposia, presentations, and lectures within the United States. Successful projects may be granted up to $5,000. Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation.

  • U. of I. seniors among Boren Scholarships recipients

    EALC student Gabriel Wacks awarded prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in China

    Gabriel Wacks, an East Asian Languages and Cultures major, has been offered a $20,000 Boren Scholarship to support his academic year intensive Chinese language studies at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China. Please visit the university's website to read the full news story: https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/651522

  • 4/2/2018
    IFLIP ANNOUNCES NEW SUMMER CLASSES! Classes are now three weeks! Registration begins March 15, 2018. Open to members of the University community and to the general public.Classes meet Monday through Friday, two hours a day, for three weeks, except holidays. Taught by advanced graduate students or faculty. Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills. There is minimal homework, no attendance policy, and no academic credit
  • Fall 2018 Korean Studies Courses

    EALC 367 CIC History of Modern Korea (4:45 - 7 pm on W)

    This is a course focused on the historical experience of modern Korea. The major themes of the course focus on the transformation of Korea from an agrarian, bureaucratic/aristocratic society into two, dynamic, authoritarian, industrialized and, in the case of post 1987 South Korea, democratizing, states. We will trace the Korean response to the influx of Western political power in Asia after 1840 and examine the effects of the intrusion of capitalism and imperialism on the Korean peninsula at the end of the 19th century. Since 1900, intellectual, political, social, and economic change in Korea has been extraordinarily rapid. In succession, Koreans have had to endure and respond to a forty year colonial intrusion of Japanese power, a re-occupation after 1945 by the U.S. and Soviet Union, a catastrophic civil war, and the lingering effects of political division. How the modern Korean state and society has evolved as a response to these changes and forces will be our central concern. We will have to consider how the traditional legacy affected the emerging blend of old and new that shaped modern Korea. In doing so, we will better be able to understand the unique shape of contemporary Korea’s social/political order and its place in the emerging world order of the 21st century. Korea’s 20th century has spawned a number of contesting historical narratives; we will actively evaluate these different views of the past while we explore the intersection between history and politics. In doing so we will develop our own sense of what it means to be historically minded.


    EALC 398 CIC Film Culture in Korea (1:30-3 pm on TR)

    This class offers a survey of films produced during the last hundred years in South Korea. In order to better understand the resurgence of Korean films in recent years and the critical acclaim that they have received domestically and globally, the course will examine representative films, directors, and genres from the inception of the industry in the colonial era through the recent years. Through the screening and in-depth discussions of the films, students will gain insights into the larger historical, social, and cultural contexts that informed and shaped the production and consumption of the films. This course, therefore, will explore the history of Korean cinema through the framework of national/transnational cinema discourse, auteur/genre theory, globalization, the division system, and the problem of nation/state. While working through different genres of historical drama, melodrama, literary adaptation, horror, mystery, and monster films, we will discuss topics pertaining to family, sexuality, gender, cultural tradition, national identity, social movement, and urbanization. We will also pay particular attention to the production of films and the role of censorship, and how artistic assertion and negotiation are reflected in their final cut.

  • Digital Asia Teacher Workshop (April 7th, 2018, 9 am-12 pm, 101 International Studies Building | Registration Deadline: April 2)

    Digital Asia Teacher Workshop 
    April 7th, 2018, 9 am-12 pm
    101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign)
    Registration Deadline: April 2

    Join us on Saturday, April 7th to learn more about our exciting, new on-line curricular resource: Digital Asia.

    Digital Asia uses documentary films as a foundation for an interactive, student-driven learning experience. While students watch the films, “pop ups” appear on the screen which provide more information, link to a website, show a picture, or connect to additional resources. Students can choose to respond to the prompts to learn more about the source material, or they can choose to simply just watch the movie. Each film is accompanied by additional educational resources such as introductory PowerPoints, curriculum guides, and source documentation.

    This workshop is free and open to current and pre-service teachers in grades 5-12 and community colleges. Workshop participants will discover strategies to use Digital Asia as an educational tool, work with other teachers to develop classroom appllications, and earn PDH credits for participation.

    Breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.

    Digital Asia is made possible by generous funds from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program.