CSAS Newsletter May 10

Thank you so much for joining us this semester! We appreciate all of your support. We made it the end of the semester and hope you enjoy the summer break. Our newsletter will return in the fall. 

Many congratulations to all of our students past and present on their many successes this year.

Still looking for courses for summer or fall? You can find course offerings in South Asian Studies and by CSAS affiliate faculty in this newsletter.

See you in the Fall!!

From CSAS,
Anna Stirr, Director
Mari Martinez, Coordinator


The Library of Congress Asian Division – South Asian Digital Collection (SADC)

The Library of Congress Asian Division has launched the South Asian Digital Collection (SADC), which is also the topic of the latest post on LC’s 4 Corners of the Worldblog. This new collection framework wraps around some 900 books, rare books, a few manuscripts, and a couple of serials that have been digitized over the last 10-15 years as part of routine and project-based digitization efforts. All items are open access. With this new framework, SADC will enhance the discoverability of the Library’s South Asian digital holdings and create the foundation for more South Asian digital projects in the future. At launch, SADC includes digitized print and textual material, although it may grow to cross-reference South Asian items from LC’s Prints and Photographs Division (search catalog here) and Geography and Map Division (browse online maps here). Below are a few highlights of the collection at launch: 

Watch Symposium Livestream Recordings on our Youtube Channel!

Student News

SPAS Graduate Conference 2024 – Paper Prize Winners!

Congratulations to our paper prize winners from the Center for South Asian Studies! These awards came with a cash prize for students, we wish them all the best!

  • Carissa Chew – Best Paper on South Asia at the SPAS Graduate Conference 2024. Paper title: “The origins of “half-caste” as a racialized and sexualized category in East India Company India,” presented on Friday, 5 April, 2024.
  • Corwynn Madrone – Honorable Mention in the competition for the Best Paper on South Asia at the SPAS Graduate Conference 2024. Paper Title: “Intersectional Identity & Otherness in the Newar Buddhist Deity Bungadya,” presented on Friday, 5 April, 2024.

CONGRATULATIONS To our CSAS Spring 2024 Graduates!

If you were a student involved with CSAS during your time at UH, we want to know what you’re doing now! Please email us at csas@hawaiil.edu to be featured in our spotlight! 



Summer 2024
Registration Going on Now
All Students May 12

Fall 2024
Registration for continuing students going on now!
Incoming Classified Students begins July 10
Non-degree seeking students begins August 12
Last day to register is September 3

Summer and Fall Course offering on South Asian Studies and by South Asian Studies Faculty!


  • ANTH 301 – Culture and Health (Jan Brunson)
  • ANTH 315 – Sex and Gender (Jan Brunson)
  • ASAN 466 – Transpacific Youth Pop Culture (Jade Lum)
  • BSU 315 – Global Management and Organizational Behavior (Dharm Bhavuk)
  • CL/REL 211 – Understanding Ancient Religions (A R Candens)
  • GEO 102 – World Regional Geography (Pallavi Gupta)
  • HIST 354 – Intro to Islamic History (A. Karim Khan)
  • REL 150 – Intro to the World’s Major Religions (Jonathan Pettit)
  • REL/WGSS – 149 Intro to the World’s Goddesses (A R Canden)


  • ART 400C – Special Topics: Life of the Buddha (Paul Lavy)
  • ART 791 – Seminar in South and Southeast Asian Art History (Paul Lavy)
  • ASAN 150 – Intro Asia Research & Writing (Anne McCarrey)
  • ASAS 202 – Intro to Asian Studies: South & Southeast Asia (Ben Moseley)
  • ASAN 303/DNCE 301/IP303 – Bollywood Dance, Music, & Film (Sai Bhatawadekar)
  • ASAN 305 – Careers Pathways in Asian Studies (Cathryn Clayton)
  • ASAN 310 Studying Asia Culturally (Anna Stirr)
  • ASAN 654 – South Asia Now (Anna Stirr)
  • ASAN 689 – International Relations in Asia
  • ENG 463 Studies in Film – Postcolonial Narrative Cinema (S Shankar)
  • GEO 102 – World Regional Geography (Pallavi Gupta)
  • HNDI 101, 201, 301 – (Sai Bhatawadekar)
  • HIST 354 – Intro to Islamic History (A. Karim Khan)
  • IP 374 – Classical Hindu Mythology (Jesse Knutson)
  • REL 149 – Intro to the World’s Goddesses (Amanda Canden)
  • REL 150 – Intro to the World’s Major Religions (multiple sections w/ multiple instructors)
  • REL 207 – Understanding Buddhism (M Mohr)
  • REL 209  – Understanding Islam (C Y Karam)
  • REL 308 – Religion, Politics, and Society (Ramdas Lamb)
  • REL 475 – Seminar on Buddhism (Tibetan Buddhism) (K L Tsomo)
  • REL 495 – Seminar in Religion: Classical Tibetan (G Kinkley)
  • REL 602 – Study of Religion in Practice (Ramdas Lamb)
  • SNSK 101 – Intro to Sanskrit (Jesse Knutson)
  • SNSK 685 – Advanced Readings in Sanskrit (Jesse Knutson)
  • SOC 218 – Intro to Social Problems (Nandita Sharma)
  • SOC 609 – Seminar on Qualitative Research (Nandita Sharma)
  • PLAN 310 – Introduction to Planning (Priyam Das)
  • PLAN 600 – Public Policy and Planning Theory (Ashok Das)
  • PLAN 604 – Qualitative Methods Planning (Priyam Das) 
  • WGSS 151 – Intro to Women’s Studies (Monisha Das Gupta)
  • WGSS 418 – Gender and Work (Monisha Das Gupta)


In order by upcoming deadlines.

International Social Science Collaboration and Development Grants

AASSREC is now accepting applications from social scientists for funding to support collaborative social science research activities in the Asia Pacific region. 
For more information visit: https://aassrec.org/development-grants/
Deadline: May 24, 2024

APA Legacy Scholarship

The Heritage Series’ APA Legacy PSA scholarship aims to allow young Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APAs) to create fun and fascinating videos 60-90 seconds in length and disseminate them on social media platforms.
The vignettes must convey what being an APA means to you and why it’s important to recognize and celebrate your cultural heritage. Videos can center around the customs or traditions you practice, the types of foods you eat, or what you do with your family and friends.
For more information visit: https://www.heritageseries.us/apa-legacy-scholarship
DEADLINE: May 31, 2024
To Apply: https://airtable.com/appPy7AM9tl04uJH8/pagROa1oGllsSCGfB/form

Paid Digital Oral History Archivist (DOHA) Apprenticeship 

The 1947 Partition Archive (https://www.1947partitionarchive.org/) is pleased to partner with the National Endowment for the Humanities, in offering part-time paid advanced internships for undergraduate students (juniors and seniors – but sophomores can apply), and full-time one-year-long apprenticeships for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, beginning FALL of 2024. 

Apprenticeship Term: JUNE 1, 2024 TO MAY 31, 2025
DEADLINE: On a rolling basis, apply before May 31, 2024.
APPLY HERE: https://www.indeed.com/job/digital-oral-history-archivist-doha-apprenticeship-d500084141d256a0


Internship Term: AUGUST 15, 2024 to MARCH 15, 2025
DEADLINE: MAY 31, 2024
APPLY HERE: https://www.1947partitionarchive.org/DOHA

2024 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship (OVPRS) is pleased to announce that registration for the 2024 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program is now open. 

SURE is a FREE nine-week program for undergraduate students interested in or already conducting mentored research and creative work at UHM during the summer. The program provides participants with a cohort of undergraduate peers and nine weeks of programming, including professional development modules, and culminates in the SURE Symposium, a presentation venue for participating students.

SURE 2024 starts on June 5 and ends with the SURE Symposium on August 2. 

2024-2025 SAAH Scholarship

The Society of Asian Art of Hawai’i, Inc. promotes the pursuit of higher education by awarding scholarship grants to deserving Hawai’i college or university students studying Asia-related art courses at Hawai’i institutions of higher learning. The Scholarship Program is funded from contributions from individuals and organizations as well as fundraising activities conducted by the Society. For 2024-2025 the Society expects to award anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 to each qualified applicant.  

  1. Society of Asian Art of Hawai’i Scholarship Fund
  2. Susan Burghardt Scholarship Fund

The SAAH Scholarship Committee will determine the amounts based on the availability of funds. Note: to assure that applicants actually enroll in the courses they have selected, half of the scholarship amount will be given in September 2024, and the remaining half will be given in January 2025, after the fall transcript for 2024 completed courses and the spring 2025 course registration form have been submitted electronically to the email listed on the application form.
For more information and application to apply visit: https://www.saahhawaii.org/scholarship-application
Questions? Contact: saahscholarship@gmail.com
Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

Call for Papers!

2024 Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies. We welcome proposals from all disciplines related to the broad theme of Bridging Horizons: Local, Regional, and Global Developments in Asia. We invite proposals for Individual Papers, Organized Panels, Organized Roundtables, and Organized Workshops, from college and university faculty, K-12 schoolteachers, graduate students, independent scholars, and undergraduate students (when part of an organized panel that is chaired by a faculty mentor).
Deadline: July 1, 2024 
More infohttps://tinyurl.com/2d4sfvwb

Transform Your Dissertation into a Book  Workshop

This workshop is sponsored by the American Institute of Indian Studies with the American Institute of Pakistan Studies, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, and American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies. Part  of the Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, this workshop aims to help a select number of recent PhDs to re-vision their doctoral dissertations as books.
For more information visit: https://www.indiastudies.org/book-prize/dissertation-to-book-workshop/
Workshop: October 29-30, 2024
Application Deadline: July 31, 2024


[In Person]

The Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC)

The Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) is the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders. The South Pacific Commission (now The Pacific Community – SPC) launched this dynamic showcase of arts and culture in 1972 to halt the erosion of traditional practices through ongoing cultural exchange. The 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture, will convene in Hawaiʻi, 6–16 June 2024. “Ho‘oulu Lāhui: Regenerating Oceania” will serve as the theme of FestPAC Hawaiʻi 2024, honoring the traditions that FestPAC exists to perpetuate with an eye toward the future.
For more information visit: https://www.festpachawaii.org/
WHEN: June 6 – June 14, 2024
For schedule and locations of events visit:https://www.festpachawaii.org/schedule
To register visit:https://event.festpachawaii.org/


Positions open until filled unless otherwise noted.

United States Naval War College – Strategy & Policy Policy

U.S. Naval War College seeks a professor of strategy and policy.  Expertise in North, East, Central, and/or South Asia is particularly desirable, but not required. 
For more information: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=67128
Deadline: May 10, 2024

The Center for Global Asia at NYU – Center for Global Asia Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Center for Global Asia at NYU Shanghai is pleased to announce the availability of two research positions for the study of intra-Asian interactions, starting fall 2024.
For more information: https://apply.interfolio.com/143845
Deadline: May 15, 2024

Brown University: DOF: Comparative Literature

The Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University invites applications for an International Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship in Indian Ocean Studies. We seek a scholar with expertise in Indian Ocean literatures, including but not limited to the textual traditions of South Asia, Southeast Asia, or East Africa. The historical period and field of specialization are open, and we encourage applications from candidates whose work is comparative in nature. The position is a two-year term, beginning July 1, 2024.
For more information visit: https://apply.interfolio.com/137329

University of Pittsburgh – Full Time Faculty Professor,  History

The Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for the Amundson Professorship of British History, to begin in Fall Term 2025. Applicants should have outstanding research records and be acknowledged leaders in British history broadly defined. This may include the British Isles, the British Empire, the Commonwealth, connections with or within the Indian Ocean, the Atlantic, Africa, Asia, continental Europe, or beyond. Appointment will be at the associate or full professor level.
For more information: https://tinyurl.com/mupy5vk7
Deadline: July 11, 2024

Marymount Manhattan College – History and International Studies

Marymount Manhattan College seeks applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and International Studies to begin Fall 2024 pending final budget approval. For more information visit: https://www.mmm.edu/offices/human-resources/faculty-positions.php
Deadline: August 1, 2024

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