CFP: UCLA/USC and Illinois/Indiana National Dissertation Workshop on Early Modern East Asia

June 3-4, 2016
University of California, Los Angeles

Deadline: March 20, 2016

The University of California, Los Angeles/University of Southern California National Resource Center Consortium (UCLA/USC NRC) in cooperation with the Illinois/Indiana East Asia National Resource Center Consortium (IL/IN East Asia NRC) is pleased to announce the second Joint Consortium National Dissertation Workshop in the field of Early Modern East Asian Studies. The workshop will be held June 3-4, 2016 on the campus of UCLA. Doctoral students in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts whose dissertation projects concern early modern topics broadly conceived are invited to apply. Areas of interest include history, literature, visual arts, performing arts, and philosophy of Imperial China, Tokugawa Japan, and Joseon Korea.

The workshop is designed to enable students just beginning work on their dissertations, as well as those farther along, to present and engage in intensive discussions of their work in broader East Asian and multidisciplinary contexts. The overall goal is to expand intellectual frameworks and research plans during the dissertation development and writing process.  On Day 1, participants will give 15-20 minute presentations of their projects in a panel format. On Day 2, participants and faculty mentors will engage in an intensive review of individual projects from the field of East Asian studies.

Faculty mentors for the 2016 workshop will be John Duncan, Professor of Korean Civilization, History, and Thought at UCLA; Satoko Shimazaki, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at USC; and Kai-wing Chow, Professor of History, East Asian Languages & Cultures, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program and must have begun to draft a dissertation research proposal, although they need not have advanced to candidacy. Those in the early phases of writing are also encouraged to apply.

Participants are required to fund their own travel to UCLA, as well as some meals.  Remaining costs of the workshop, including materials, some meals, and two nights’ lodging will be covered by the Joint Consortium.
Application Deadline: March 20, 2016
Application materials consist of three items:
  1. a current CV
  2. a 4-6-page double-spaced preliminary dissertation proposal (including a description of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied)
  3. a letter of support from a faculty member (either uploaded as part of the online application or e-mailed directly by the faculty member to Elizabeth Leicester at

Online Application (click here)


Published: Thursday, February 04, 2016