AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) invites applications for AAR-Luce Fellowships in Religion and International Affairs. The program places scholars with PhDs, from the humanities or related social sciences, at the US Department of State, under the Department’s Franklin Fellows Program. Fellows will participate in substantive work of the Department involving religion and international affairs. Among the kinds of expertise sought is Hindu nationalism in India, or Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and Burma. Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $6,500 per month plus up to $1,500 as a relocation subsidy. Funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Fellowship program seeks to bring scholarly knowledge and critical perspectives to the analysis of contemporary issues and the shaping of policy; and to offer scholars opportunities to contribute their expertise while learning about the functioning of a US government agency. Please see the AAR’s website for more information and to apply: https://www.aarweb.org/programs-services/call-for-applications-for-aar-luce-fellowships-in-religion-and-international. Deadline: March 31, 2016.

Funding Available for Language Study at SASLI 2015

Learn a South Asian language this summer!

The South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI) based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison is offering intensive summer courses in the following South Asian languages: Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Pashto, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu, Tibetan and Urdu. Applications for Summer 2015 are now being accepted. The summer 2015 program will run from June 15 – August 7.

There are three funding options available to students:

1) $1000 Fee Remissions, indicate interest when submitting the SASLI online application

2) SASLI Half and Full Remissions, deadline March 15, 2015

3) FLAS Fellowships, deadline February 13, 2015

Further information about funding and the SASLI FLAS and Half/Full Fee Remission applications can be found on the SASLI website at: http://sasli.wisc.edu/funding.html

Instructions for submitting a complete application packet and the SASLI web application can be found on the SASLI website at http://sasli.wisc.edu/apply.html. Please apply or encourage your students to apply as soon as possible, as faculty hiring is based on student interest.

Any questions can be addressed to SASLI by phone at (608) 261-1194 or by e-mail at sasli@southasia.wisc.edu.

Yale ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts

Fellowships are available for both established scholars and postdoctoral associates, including those in South Asian Studies whose work involves the sacred and the arts (anthropology, ritual studies, ethnomusicology, history, art and architecture, etc.). Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their scholarly or artistic projects within a vibrant, interdisciplinary community, and will have access to Yale’s vast academic resources.

Detailed information, including access to the online application, can be found online at www.ism.yale.edu/ism-fellows. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2014. For more information, please contact the Fellows Coordinator at glen.segger@yale.edu.

AIPS Short/Long Term Fellowships

American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) is now accepting applications for 2014 Short-Term and 2014-15 Long-Term Fellowships! The Deadline for both applications is: January 1, 2014.

Short-Term Fellowship: AIPS is delighted to announce another round of Short-term Fellowships (research in Pakistan only) is now open for applications! **Please note that due to the grant deadline, travel dates for this fellowship must be started by June 30, 2014.

Long-Term Fellowship: Applications are invited for research fellowships to be undertaken at the Junior (pre-doctoral; research in a country other than the U.S. or Pakistan) or Senior (post-doctoral; research in Pakistan) level for projects lasting two to nine months.

Please visit the AIPS Fellowship page for more information on both of these opportunities!

If you have any questions regarding these opportunities, feel free to contact us.

Mallory Zink
American Institute of Pakistan Studies
University of Wisconsin – Madison
B488 Medical Sciences Center
1300 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53716
Email: aips@pakistanstudies-aips.org
Visit the website at http://www.pakistanstudies-aips.org

IIAS Summer School in Thailand

Dear Prof. Vanderbok, we invite PhD students to apply for a five days of interactive “Summer School” training on the theoretical issue of the knowledge and practice of culture against the backdrop of historically contingent case studies featuring transnational circulations of craft. We are looking forward to receiving your application before Friday 14 February 2014.
Reading Craft: Itineraries of Culture, Knowledge and Power in the Global Ecumene

The Summer School is co-hosted by the International Institute for Asian Studies, the Netherlands and the Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

18 – 22 August 2014

Deadline for applications
Friday 14 February 2014, 9.00 am (CET)

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Academic Directors
Prof. Pamela Smith (Columbia University, New York, USA) Prof. Francoise Vergès (Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom / Collège d’études mondiales, Paris, France) Dr Aarti Kawlra (Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi, India)

Guest co-convenor: Prof. Michael Herzfeld (Harvard University, USA) Host co-convenor: Prof. Chayan Vaddhanaphuti (Chiang Mai University, Thailand)

The Summer School is co-funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, USA.

Theme Description
The IIAS Summer School at Chiang Mai will focus on the theoretical issue of the knowledge and practice of culture against the backdrop of historically contingent case studies featuring transnational circulations of craft. Cartographies, itineraries and biographies of craft are windows into craft-scapes which, much like Barbara Bender’s work on landscapes, are discursively constructed, disputed, worked upon from disparate frames of value and meaning, and used to accomplish goals pertaining to identity, heritage politics, knowledge and power.

The Summer School is an occasion to problematize conceptions of culture articulated through readings of craft across territorial boundaries, temporal episodes and knowledge categories. Alternate readings of craft seek to challenge place-based rootedness of culture in colonial and postcolonial constructions in order to emphasize its circulation in global interactions and trajectories. Focusing on ‘social lives’ (Appadurai) or ‘cultural biographies’ (Kopytoff) through records of journeys undertaken and routes charted by the movement of individuals, materials, techniques, recipes, designs and objects within and across diverse epistemic regimes and contexts would allow us to ‘read’ craft from a global perspective.

For more information, please visit the program’s website