Deepening Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
Seminars in Asia
funded by the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
With renewed funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ASIANetwork will provide faculty from member institutions the opportunity to apply to participate in a faculty enhancement program to facilitate the study of a country in Asia which lies outside their primary range of expertise. The ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP) will offer seminars over the upcoming four-year period for Asian and non-Asian specialists at sites in India, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia. Although faculty members may apply to more than one seminar, they may participate, if chosen, in only one. Only faculty at institutions which have been members of ASIANetwork in the year before application is made are eligible for consideration. In order to apply for an ANFEP award, the applicant’s home institution must have been an institutional member of ASIANetwork for at least the year preceding the application. Should one become a recipient of an ANFEP award, the faculty member’s institution must, at a minimum, continue to maintain its membership in ASIANetwork through the year following the award period. Applications from all disciplinary interests are invited. Non-Asian specialists may apply for any country not a part of their current teaching focus. Asian specialists may apply for countries not in their primary area of expertise. For example, China specialists may seek to initiate or enhance their understanding of India.
The ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program (ANFEP) study-travel seminar will consist of structured workshops directed by a country expert held at three different times over a one-year period: prior to departure, in-country, and after returning to the United States. During these workshops, faculty will discuss their scholarly and pedagogical goals and gains for presenting the country of focus within the liberal arts and on their home campuses.
Outcomes of these seminars will include new Asia material for existing courses, the development of new courses on Asia, and reenergized careers for both Asian and non-Asian faculty. Additional Asia courses and the more broadly Asia-focused research agendas of the participating faculty will help sustain and deepen the study of Asia on their liberal arts campuses. Beyond impacting their own institutions, returning faculty will comprise a cohort of newly-trained scholar-teachers with interests and enhanced knowledge about India, Thailand, Japan and Indonesia that will allow them to act as resources to ASIANetwork institutions through the ASIANetwork Consultancy Program.
- Summer 2014-India; tentative dates June 10-July 1, 2014
- Summer 2015-Thailand
- Summer 2016-Japan
- Summer 2017-Indonesia
Ronnie Littlejohn, Belmont University
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 in an ever more interdependent