Workshop: Association for Asian Studies-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series, San Diego

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AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series

2013: Family, Gender, and Generation

Open for applications, next deadline is January 4th 2013. Apply Now

San Diego, March 18-21, 2013

The Association for Asian Studies and the Social Science Research Council are pleased to announce the second jointly organized AAS/SSRC Dissertation Workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the AAS annual conference in San Diego in March, 2013. The workshop will be organized and led by David Szanton, and follow the same basic model used in previous AAS workshops.

Everywhere in Asia family relations, gender definitions and roles, and previously relatively stable inter-generational continuities are being contested and reconfigured in homes, schools, work places, national politics, and literary and cultural productions. Global forces such as urbanization, migration, expanded educational and employment opportunities as well as old and new media and information technologies are all challenging and expanding the boundaries of what is acceptably male and female, as well as previously tight relations between children and parents. While closely inter-related phenomena, there are also important variations by country, rural and urban locations, class, and within the various religious traditions of Asia. Stereotypic or "traditional" images of gender roles and generational hierarchies are being challenged and redefined with growing consequences for marriage, family, sexuality, property rights, community, and national politics.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students, regardless of citizenship, in the humanities and social sciences who are (1) developing dissertation proposals or are in early phases of research or dissertation writing; and who are (2) also dealing with the kinds of issues mentioned above in the context of contemporary or historic Asian states and societies. The workshop will be limited to 12 students, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials in a variety of time periods, and in various regions of Asia. It also will include a small multidisciplinary and multi-area faculty with similar concerns.

The workshop will be scheduled for the days immediately preceding the 2013 AAS annual conference in San Diego. It will cover two and one-half days of intense discussion beginning the evening of Monday, March 18, and running through noon of Thursday, March 21.

Pending receipt of outside foundation funding, participants also will be invited back for a post-fieldwork workshop. The second workshop will be held 24 months later, after many or most participants have completed a significant amount of fieldwork or archival research and are at varying stages in the writing process. This follow-up workshop is intended to help participants shape and articulate the key focus of their dissertations as they begin writing.

The organizers will be able to provide financial support for participants including three night’s accommodations, meals and travel funds.It is hoped that participants also will attend the AAS annual meeting immediately following the workshop.

Eligiblity and Application

Applicants need not have advanced to candidacy but must have at least drafted a dissertation research proposal. Applications are also welcome from doctoral students in the early phases of writing their dissertations. A narrative description of the dissertation topic (ten double-spaced typed pages), short application form, and curriculum vitae will be required for submission. Applications must be submitted by January 4, 2013.

Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and a concern to include a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, intellectual traditions, and regions of Asia. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for the workshop by late January.

For further information about the workshop structure or eligibility, please contact David Szanton szanton(at) Questions concerning administrative matters or the application process should be directed to Nicole Restrick restrick(at)

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