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訊息:AAS Dissertation Workshop: The Politics of Environment (by 肉圓邑)



AAS Dissertation Workshop, Chicago, March 29–April 1, 2009

“The Politics of Environment ”


We are pleased to announce plans for an eighth consecutive AAS Dissertation Workshop, which will be held in conjunction with the annual meeting in Chicago next spring. The workshop will again be organized and led by David Szanton, and follow the model used in previous workshops.

All across Asia, the politics of the environment has become a subject of research, debate, and activism. Social scientists, natural scientists, historians, philosophers, novelists, film makers, government agencies, NGOs, local communities, etc., are in various ways addressing issues of access to, depletion of, and control over land, forests, water, waterways, dams, and maritime resources. Many are focusing on the conflicts between “traditional” rights of indigenous populations as they engage with new forms of state regulation, the creation of national parks and nature preserves, as well as commercial, residential, and touristic development. Others are concerned with questions of environmental justice in the face of increasingly stratified and neo-liberal states, and the ecological and human costs of so-called modernization. Still others are exploring the forms, meanings, and possibilities of community based resource management, sustainable development, and green governance. Understandings of “the commons” as well as historically gendered access to and utilization of land in the context of population growth, industrialization, and urbanization are now deeply contested issues.

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students 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 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 following the 2009 AAS annual meeting in Chicago. It will cover two and one-half days of intense discussion beginning the evening of Sunday, March 29, and running through the afternoon of Wednesday, April 1.

The AAS will be able to provide limited financial support for participants including three night’s accommodations, meals and “need-based” travel funds up to a maximum of $300. Students needing additional funds to attend the workshop are encouraged to approach their home institutions for support. It is hoped that participants also will attend the AAS annual meeting immediately prior to the workshop.

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. Applications consist of two items only:

(1) Two copies of a current Curriculum Vitae; and

(2) Two copies of the dissertation proposal, or if the research and writing is well under way, a statement of the specific issues being addressed, the intellectual approach, and the materials being studied. Neither the proposal nor statement should exceed 10 double-spaced pages in length. Application materials (hard copy only, no email) must reach the Dissertation Workshop Program, AAS, 1021 East Huron St, Ann Arbor MI, 48104, no later than JANUARY 7, 2009 (extended from the original deadline of December 9, 2008).

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 early January.

For further information or eligibility, please contact Michael Paschal, or David Szanton,

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  1. 12/27/2008 2:11 上午

    While at Columbia University he was working on a dissertation on the life and work of W. Modernization


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