Center for South Asia e-Bulletin
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sharing South Asia-Related Events with the UW Campus
In this issue:
SASLI 2012 Student Application Now Online - Funding Available
Learn a South Asian language this summer!
Asia Foundation Announces LankaCorps
The Asia Foundation has announced LankaCorps, a unique new opportunity
for Americans of Sri Lankan heritage to professionally engage in social,
cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. Three young
leaders will be selected to live and work for six months in Sri Lanka
as Asia Foundation LankaCorps Fellows from April 1 to September 30, 2012.
The program's intent is to foster the involvement of young members of the
diaspora who have limited in-depth experience with the country. The
application deadline is Friday, January 13th.
AIIS summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 language programs
The American Institute of Indian Studies welcomes applications for its summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 language programs. Programs to be offered include Hindi (Jaipur), Bengali (Kolkata), Punjabi (Chandigarh), Tamil (Madurai); Marathi (Pune), Urdu (Lucknow), Telugu (Vizag), Malayalam (Thiruvananthapuram) and Sanskrit (Pune) and Pali/Prakrit (Pune). We will offer other Indian languages upon request.
All academic year applicants should have the equivalent of two years of
prior language study. For regular summer Sanskrit, we require the equivalent
of two years of prior study; for summer Bengali, Hindi and Tamil we require
the equivalent of one year of prior study. For summer Urdu, we require the
equivalent of one year of either Hindi or Urdu. We can offer courses at
all levels, including beginning, in other Indian languages for the summer.
Summer students should apply for FLAS (graduate students) if available for
funding to cover the costs of the program. Funding for Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi
and Urdu may be available through the U.S. State Department's CLS program
Academic year students are eligible to apply for an AIIS fellowship which
would cover all expenses for the program. AIIS is also offering a fall semester
program. We offer Hindi and Urdu at all levels for the fall; we require
two years of prior language study for other languages for the fall. The
application deadline is January 31, 2012. Applications can be downloaded
from the AIIS web site at www.indiastudies.org.
For more information: Phone: 773-702-8638. Email:
Funding Opportunities for Students & Faculty
2012 Call for Proposals: Science Curriculum Internationalization
Course development awards are now available to support UW–Madison faculty and instructional academic staff members in the sciences who wish to incorporate international content into one or more undergraduate courses.
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships
The applications for the 2012-2013 David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are now available at www.borenawards.org. Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations.
Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to further their study of Akan/Twi, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, or Zulu. For a complete list of languages, visit our website.
Undergraduate students can receive up to $20,000 for an academic year’s study abroad and graduate students up to $30,000 for language study and international research. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.
National Application Deadlines
For more information about the Boren Awards, to register for one of our upcoming webinars, and to access the on-line application, please visit www.borenawards.org. You can also contact the Boren Awards staff at email@example.com or 1-800-618-NSEP with questions.
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Announces New Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship
Today, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced the creation of the Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship, a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship will allow U.S. citizens to contribute to the strengthening of the public sector abroad by serving in professional placements within foreign government ministries or institutions while simultaneously carrying out an academic research/study project. The fellowship will help advance public policy research agendas, fosters mutual understanding and builds lasting ties between the U.S. and partner countries.The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship provides a distinctive opportunity for U.S. citizens to work side-by-side with the citizens of other countries to tackle the toughest public policy problems of the day. This new exchange is the vanguard of international public diplomacy, as it leverages the excellence of the Fulbright program to achieve global development objectives. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will serve in partner country governments, which include: Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Thailand, and Tunisia. The State Department, partner country governments, and the Institute of International Education will coordinate professional placements for candidates in public policy areas including, but not limited to, health, education, agriculture, justice, energy, environment, public finance, economic development, housing, and communications. Candidates must be in receipt of a master’s or J.D. degree by the beginning of the Fellowship (Summer 2012) or be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program. Applicants must also have at least two years of work experience in public policy-related fields. Final selection will be made by the Presidentially-appointed Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Applications will be accepted from November 4, 2011 through February 1, 2012. More information, including complete eligibility requirements, is available at http://www.us.fulbrightonline.org. Please visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org/applynow.html to apply. Fulbright Public Policy Fellows will begin their assignments in summer/fall 2012. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 310,000 participants from over 155 countries with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Calls for Papers & Conference Announcements
SALTA ANNUAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS
The Annual Meeting of the South Asian Language Teachers Association (SALTA) is scheduled for April 26-29, 2012, in Madison, WI (with pre-conference workshops scheduled for April 26th , 2012). This will be alongside the NCOLCTL Conference. Proposals are solicited for individual papers, colloquial and poster sessions to be presented at this SALTA conference.Submissions should fall broadly within the conference theme, "Promoting Advanced Language Proficiency and Intercultural Competency in South Asian Languages" The focus of session topics might include heritage language learners, bilingual education students, autonomous and self-instructional settings, distance learning, outreach and advocacy initiatives, and the use of technology in teaching South Asian languages. Other topics such as curriculum and materials development, teacher training and professionalization, research, and assessment will also be welcome.
The South Asia Center at Syracuse University is pleased to announce a call for papers for our Annual SU-Cornell South Asia Consortium Conference. This year the conference will be held at Syracuse on March 29-30, 2012 and the theme of the conference is “Food, Health, and Agriculture in South Asia: Contemporary Issues and Future Directions.”
If you would like to submit an abstract for consideration, please fill out the online form: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/FoodConferenceCFP/.
The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2012.
You can also find out more about the conference and register to attend on the website: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/southasiafoodconference/.
The Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i invites paper and panel proposals on aspects related to its 29th Annual Spring Symposium "Settling and Unsettling: The City in South Asia"
Conference Dates: April 18-20, 2012, in Honolulu, Hawai'i
In the next twenty years, the number of people living in cities in South Asia will be close to 40 percent of the region’s total population. Yet, the South Asian city presents a conundrum. Much of what can be imagined about the city remains unmapped. Perceptions of South Asian cities often oscillate between the urban-rural dichotomies. South Asian cities also continue to be framed within the parameters of urbanization. Stepping outside of technocratic approaches, and the view of the city as a site of intractable problems, this symposium aims to highlight the multifaceted energies and imaginaries that animate contemporary interpretation of cities. We invite participants from all disciplines to consider the different ways in which cities are settled while also unsettling the concept of the city in South Asian contexts. We welcome a variety of approaches. The paper or panel could cover topics and themes such as:
Deadline to submit proposals: January 15th, 2012. Please send 200-word abstracts for individual papers by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If proposing an entire panel, please also include a paragraph-length rationale and a proposed title for the panel.
For more information, please visit the Center for South Asian Studies website at: http://www.hawaii.edu/csas
DIASPORA AND DEVELOPMENT: SOUTH ASIAN DIASPORA ENGAGEMENT IN SOUTH ASIA
ORGANISER: INSTITUTE OF SOUTH ASIAN STUDIES (ISAS) & NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
25 – 26 SEPTEMBER 2012
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
Submission Deadline: Feb. 15, 2012
Call for Papers: South Asia by the Bay
South Asia by the Bay is a brand new initiative based in the San Francisco
Bay Area. It aims to establish an annual forum where graduate students
from across disciplines and institutions in North America, who work on
South Asia, can meet to discuss their work with each other, and with South
Asia affiliated faculty from the organizing institutions (Stanford University,
University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University
of California, Santa Cruz).
For panels: Feb 15, 2012
The Teach for Pakistan Fellowship
The Teach For Pakistan Fellowship is a two-year, full-time paid position during which Fellows are placed as teachers in under-resourced schools in Karachi and Lahore. During the second year of the Fellowship, Fellows will be responsible for developing and implementing a business plan for a small school or community development project. As our Fellows become leaders over the two years of the Fellowship, they also make a tangible and direct difference in the lives of dozens of their pupils. This year, our Fellows are impacting an average of fifty students each, improving the quality of their education and inspiring them to reach their full potential.If you want to learn more about us Teach For Pakistan, please visit our website and check out our promotional video.
South Asia Postdoctoral Fellow at Rice University
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Qualifications: Ph.D. in a humanities or social sciences discipline or department with a specialization in South Asia and a demonstrated teaching and research interest in transnational circulations (e.g. the movement of people, products, ideas, images, technologies, etc. within and/or beyond Asia) and/or comparative studies.
Application: Overseas applicants may submit their application electronically to email@example.com. All other applicants are requested to mail three letters of reference, one hard copy of a writing sample (no more than 25 pages) and three hard copies of a cover letter, a current resume, a project proposal outlining what will be accomplished during your term at Rice, a course proposal, and a list of any additional references with contact information to: