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Apr 17, 2017
2017 Center for South Asian Studies Symposium Program

Check it out! 2017 CSAS Symposium Program

From April 19 to 21, join the UH Center for South Asian Studies for its annual symposium which allows for close engagement and enriching conversations amongst the participants, through the keynote addresses, panels, films, and events.

The symposium will host diverse speakers on topics ranging from local community development to migration to higher education to multicultural imagination and much more! It promises to be an interdisciplinary, active, and engaging event, a ‘community building’ in its own right.



Jan 27, 2017
Call for Papers- The Center for South Asian Studies invites paper for its 34th Annual Spring Symposium

South Asian Studies: Pedagogy and Community Building

Conference Dates:  19th – 21st April, 2017

Deadline for abstracts – February 15, 2017

Notification of acceptance – February 20, 2017

This conference aims to self-reflexively understand the connections between academia and community building. As scholars and pedagogues, we cultivate critical thinking in ourselves and our students as our central learning objective. We recognize that it is indeed one crucial part of our role in the world, but that an equally critical approach to action and community engagement is imperative to our collective life. How do we bridge critical thinking with critical caring and critical action? How do our scholarly pursuits and teaching practices in South Asian Studies extend to community building? How do we and our pedagogy foster communities of compassion and kindness, of resilience and resistance, of creativity and performing arts, political and social activism, heritage and diversity, identity and empowerment, linguistic revitalization, health and healing, environment and sustainability, and of many other aspects. In that process, how do we understand our own identities as academics, scholars, teachers, artists, activists, community leaders, and peacebuilders? Conversely, how do communities, whether inclusive or exclusionary, employ certain pedagogical approaches to accomplish their set goals? How do state, non-governmental, religious, or other institutions, play roles in expanding or drawing boundaries around communities? How have the intersections of pedagogy and community played out historically, geographically, ideologically, economically, cross-culturally etc.? What have been the challenges and rewards, complexities and clarities, frustrations and joys?

For our Spring Symposium 2017 we invite abstracts for papers or creative presentations that address these and related themes with regard to South Asia. We invite proposals that problematize the central terms: pedagogy, community, peace, critical caring, and action, etc. We invite papers from scholars from all disciplines, performing and other artists, directors, filmmakers, and activists with critical reflections on their personal narratives of community engagement.

Papers/creative presentations may address, but not limit to, the following themes:

— Classroom as community and pedagogical approaches as community building tools

— Art, creativity, and community building – art, theater, music, dance, film. Creating thriving diverse spaces in the community

— Linguistic communities and revitalization

— Heritage learners and cross-cultural identities

— Critical Thinking and Critical Caring

— Critical thinking as student learning objective, community building as institutional learning objective

— Exclusionary communities / communalism

— Dialogue across differences

— Self-identity as pedagogues, artists, activists

— Building empathy, compassion, joy.

— Conflict Resolution, peace building, overcoming direct and indirect violence

— Health and healing

— Community responses to disaster and trauma

— Hurdles and challenges in community building

— Law and definitions of community

— Grassroots initiatives, community initiatives

— Collaboration between community organizations and academic institutions

— Social media and virtual communities


Please send 300-word abstracts to and

Hope to see you in Hawaii and engage in meaningful action.


Deadline for abstracts – February 15, 2017

Notification of acceptance – February 20, 2017



Jan 6, 2017
International Journal of Social Science and Business (IJSSB) – Call for Paper

International Journal of Social Science and Business (IJSSB) is an international peer-reviewed journal which accepts research articles, review papers, case studies, etc. in all fields of Social Science and Business. The core objective of IJSSB is to publish new knowledge and theories for the benefit of society from academics, researchers, professionals to industry practitioners. It also provides a venue for PhD scholars to submit on-going research and developments in these areas.


IJSSB publishes original papers, review papers, conceptual framework, analytical and simulation models, case studies, empirical research, technical notes, and book reviews. Special Issues devoted to important topics in business and social science will occasionally be published.


The journal is published both in print and online versions. The journal publishes research papers in the fields of:


Business and Humanities:  business, Humanities, Religious Studies, Public Administration, Psychology, Philosophy, hotel and tourism, development studies, population studies, international relations, Political Science, History, entrepreneurship development and so on. 


Accounting and marketing: economics, banking, accounting, commerce, human resources management, international business, finance, marketing, law, journalism and mass communication, corporate governance, cross-cultural studies, linguistics and so on. 


Management and Social science: management, human resource management, strategic management, e-business, services, information technology production & operations management, financial management and managerial economics, Social Science, Sociology, Social Welfare, Anthropology, Education, Women Studies and so on. 


Date of Publishing: IJSSB is inviting papers for Vol. 1 No. 4 which is scheduled to be published on December 30, 2016.


Acceptance Notification: Within 7-10 days from the date of manuscript submission


Submission deadline: December 23, 2016.


For more information, visit the official website of the journal:

CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA): Summer Internship Program

CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA) is looking for students for their summer internship program. The CAUSE Leadership Academy (CLA) was founded in 1991 in order to develop a pipeline of leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. CLA teaches students the importance of civic engagement and political participation as it prepares its participants to be leaders at the forefront of the democratic process.

Duration: June 19, 2017 – August 18, 2017 (9 weeks)

Time Commitment:  Must be able to commit full time for 40 hours per week. Additional hours to work on a group project will also be required. The number of additional hours will depend on collaborative group efforts.

Stipend: A stipend of $1,500 will be provided upon satisfactory completion of the program and will serve as reimbursement for expenses accrued throughout the program’s duration.

Housing: Accepted interns are required to secure their own housing in Southern California for the duration of their internship. Interns are highly encouraged to seek housing opportunities together.

Applications are due on January 31, 2017.

LankaCorps Fellows Program 2017: Call For Applicants

The Asia Foundation has opened recruiting for its sixth cohort of LankaCorps Fellows. LankaCorps is a unique program for young professionals of Sri Lankan heritage living outside the country to engage in social, cultural, and economic development activities in Sri Lanka. Each year, The Asia Foundation selects an outstanding group of individuals to live and work for six months (July to December 2017) in Sri Lanka as LankaCorps Fellows, allowing them to “explore their roots while giving back.” The fellowship provides roundtrip international airfare; in-country expenses, including a monthly stipend; and health insurance coverage.The Asia Foundation has opened recruiting for its sixth cohort of LankaCorps Fellows.

Deadline for applications is February 1, 2017.

For additional information on program, criteria, and the application process, please visit


Jagdish P. Sharma Memorial Scholarship announce a call for applications to support graduate students with an academic focus on South Asia. Now in its seventh year, the annual scholarship will award each recipient up to $5000 – half delivered at the opening of each semester.

This year there is $15,000 available for the upcoming academic year, 2017-18. To date, a total of $65,000 has been awarded to sixteen graduate students.

Eligible for the scholarship are graduate students enrolled in a program in the College of Arts & Sciences at UHM and pursuing studies of or about the South Asia region and its people. The criteria to be used to award the scholarship include the following:
1) Statement of commitment to South Asian studies;
2) Letter of recommendation from an academic faculty member; and
3) Academic merit as determined by the selection committee upon review of application materials.

It is also required that recipients send a letter of appreciation to the Sharma family and submit a write-up in the spring semester detailing academic achievements while on the scholarship.

One can find more information and apply electronically for the scholarship – administered by the Department of History – through the UH STAR system. If prospective applicants have questions or wish to submit an application directly, they can contact the scholarship administrator (information below).

The deadline, common to all fellowships in the STAR database, is February 17, 2017.

For more about Dr. Jagdish Sharma and this scholarship, please see the following article:

Dec 15, 2016
10th Annual Bollywood Film Festival (January 7-22, 2017) ​at the Honolulu Museum of Art

The festival turns 10! To celebrate, they have a month of fun programs, such as dancing with Aaja Nachle. And, of course, they screen the past year’s best Bollywood films featuring supernovas such as Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Ajay Devgan, as well as rising stars like Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra. Kick off the New Year on a high note! Opening-night reception: Saturday, Jan 7 at 6pm

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Opening-night reception: Saturday, Jan 7 at 6pm

The festival kicks off with a celebration to rival an Indian wedding! Dance and sing with classic Bollywood tracks and live performances by Aaja Nachle. Enjoy dishes from India Café with wine, beer, and soda available for purchase. Dear Zindagi screens at 7:30pm. 

Regular screenings: $10 | $8 museum members
Opening-night reception: $35 | $30 museum members 

Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Jan 15, 11am–3pm
Kids can celebrate India through art activities, music, and dance his month!

Please click here for the entire list of films and schedule for the film festival.

Sponsored by Indru and Gulab Watumull & the J. Watumull Fund.

Oct 30, 2016
Job Opportunity – Assistant Professor of South Asian History

The Department of History in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in South Asian history. A PhD is required at the time of appointment, on August 1, 2017. The application deadline is December 15, 2016.

In addition to demonstrating a compelling and promising research profile, the historian selected for this position is expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate departmental courses, including those in the General Education curriculum, and to engage actively in efforts to enhance South Asian studies at USC.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed, and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available here.

Short-term Post-doctoral Grants for research in India

AIIS is pleased to announce the 2016 competition for short-term post-doctoral grants to be awarded in 2017-2018. The winter short-term competition of the American Institute of Indian Studies is open only to faculty members (including full year visiting appointments) and persons holding the Ph.D. who are receiving a salary on a regular basis from a member institution of the American Institute of Indian Studies.  It is one of the special perks of membership in the Institute.

Awards in rupees are contingent upon the extent of funding received by the Institute.  Short-term grant award periods range from 1 to 4 months and include maintenance stipend, research allowance, and international travel.  No dependent support or travel is possible under the short-term grants.  Awards are designed for support of research projects and will not be granted to applicants seeking travel funds for conference participation.

The deadline for applications is December 31.  Applicants use the regular application located on the website : 

Applications must be filled out in full to satisfy Selection Committee requirements. Application materials and recommendation letters must be submitted using the applications portal; paper applications are no longer accepted. A check or money order for $25.00, made payable to the American Institute of Indian Studies must be sent to AIIS to cover the processing fee.

Funds received by the Institute for support of its programs are granted by various agencies and are subject to unanticipated reductions.  All fellowship recipients must have received their certificate of affiliation with an Indian institution prior to commencing their fellowship. AIIS will obtain these certificates for fellows. We plan to notify all applicants about the Selection Committee’s decisions in the spring.  Fellowship funds will be available to complete the project during a 19-month period from June 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018.

Fellowships Available in Washington, D.C. in 2017

This fellowship supports scholars and analysts who wish to undertake research and writing on topics of relevance to contemporary US-Asia policy; in particular, proposals regarding key challenges in U.S.-Asia relations and possible responses and approaches to addressing those challenges.

The fellowship finances residencies for a period of three months in Washington, D.C. at the East-West Center in Washington. Residencies may begin as early as March 2017 and extend through September 2017.

Fellows will complete articles or a monograph and must give a seminar on their research topic. The fellowship includes a monthly stipend, round trip economy airfare to Washington, D.C., and reimbursement of any applicable visa fees.

The deadline for applications is January 2, 2017.

For detailed information and how to apply, please click here to visit  Visiting Fellowships web page.

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