ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP)
Deepening Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
Seminars in Asia
Funded by the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Religion in National and International Affairs
in China and India
June 9-30, 2018
Dr. Glenn Shive, Executive Director, Hong Kong America Center, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. David Palmer, Head, Department of Sociology, Hong Kong University
Dr. George Thadathil, Rector of Sonada College in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the 2018 seminar devoted to the topic of “Religion in National and International Affairs in China and India” is part of the ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP), Deepening Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts. The goal of the 2018 seminar is to facilitate the study of religion and public life in China and India by American scholar-teachers who seek to broaden their fields of expertise and deepen their knowledge of these Asian societies and cultures. The directors seek to enable ASIANetwork faculty, working as individuals and as a team, to create new research pathways and teaching materials, including designs for course components that will enrich instruction in these subjects in liberal arts colleges in America. They also wish to promote inter-institutional linkages wherever possible to expand exchanges of students and scholars with these regions.
The itinerary will begin with a full week in Hong Kong, drawing on the academic resources of several universities in the Hong Kong America Center/Fulbright consortium. The second week will move onto China’s mainland with three days in the booming city of Shenzhen. At the mid-point, we will fly to Kolkata, India and then travel into the northeast of India. The contrasts between China and India with regard to religion and modern society are very striking. We will spend a week in northeast India, including Darjeeling, Sikkim and Guwahati in Assam state. The four religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity are all critical to the ethnic and social structure of this mountainous region on the southern tier of the Himalaya peaks.
The major text and jumping-off point for our work will be Chinese Religious Life (CRL), edited by D. Palmer, G. Shive and P. Wickeri, published by Oxford University Press in 2011, and funded by a generous grant to the Hong Kong America Center from the Henry Luce Foundation. A new, extensive, bilingual website of teaching materials, produced at Hong Kong University and based on the CRL, will augment this book as our curriculum framework for the China portion of the program. See https://religiouslife.hku.hk.
Application for ANFEP 2018 “Religion in National and International Affairs”
The seminar directors will work with the Director of ANFEP and the Chair of the AN Board to select faculty participants from applicants drawn from ASIANetwork member institutions. Selection of participants will be made on the basis of their training, teaching assignments, statement of purpose, plan for how participation in the ANFEP seminar will be implemented to enrich their teaching and strengthen their institution’s Asian Studies curriculum. Among other decision factors will be the academic discipline of the applicant, whether candidates are non-Asianists or Asianists, and previous experience, if any, the applicant has had in China and India. Decisions will be made without any discrimination based on race, color, national origin, gender, age or disability. Junior faculty and Assistant Professors are encouraged to apply.
Each applicant must submit the documents shown below electronically and provide references with link addresses for uploading their letters no later than December 8, 2017.
- a completed electronic application with the signed release and waiver;
- a cover letter;
- a resumé (cv);
- a 3-4 page statement of purpose explaining why the applicant wishes to participate in the program, including a discussion of the academic, research, and teaching experiences which have prepared him/her for this faculty development program;
- a plan for incorporating the lessons of this experience into existing or new courses;
- two signed letters of recommendation (in pdf form); one must be from the applicant’s Dean or Department Chair and the other should be from someone who can evaluate the applicant’s experiences as a teacher-scholar. Applicants request reference letters, inform the recommenders about their preference to waive or not the review of the letter, and instruct their references to send their letters to ANFEP@ASIANetwork.org no later than December 8, 2017 with the subject heading as follows: “Reference for (Applicant Name) from (Referee Name).”
- a signed letter (in pdf form) on institutional letterhead from the appropriate administrative officer committing the applicant’s institution to pay a $1,000 participation fee and the expenses for sending the participant to the pre-travel ASIANetwork conference for orientation to the field seminar.
Important Dates for the 2018 Religion in National and International Affairs Seminar
- Date of Program: June 9-30, 2018
- Application deadline: December 8, 2017
- Notification of selected participants by: January 12, 2018
- Letters of commitment from selected participants will be required by: January 26, 2018
Contact: ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program Director
Ronnie Littlejohn, Belmont University 615-460-6494; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation granting mission is to strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities, rather than be a source for narrowly defined projects. As such, they develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invest sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results.
ASIANetwork, a consortium of approximately 150 North American colleges, strives to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education to help prepare succeeding generations of undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies play prominent roles.