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H-Net Job Guide Weekly Report: 23 January - 30 January

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The following jobs were posted to the H-Net Job Guide from 23 January 2023 to 30 January 2023. These job postings are included here based on the categories selected by the list editors for H-Announce.

Book Talk: "Fragile Cargo: The World War II Race to Save the Treasures of China's Forbidden City"

Book Talk: Fragile Cargo: The World War II Race to Save the Treasures of China's Forbidden City
This is a hybrid event. It will be held in-person (UC 402/403) and online. Registration required (see below).

You’re invited to join the University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies for our first event of the spring semester featuring author Adam Brookes speaking about his new book Fragile Cargo: China’s Wartime Race to Save the Treasures of the Forbidden City.

Symposium: "Prisoners of the Asia-Pacific War" (Feb 7-8)

We are pleased to announce the opening of our online symposium titled “Prisoners of the Asia-Pacific War: History, Memory, and Forgetting” to registered audience members. The symposium will be held across two days between 16:00-19:30 on Tuesday, February 7 and 9:00-17:00 on Wednesday, February 8, Japan time. This symposium brings together scholars researching the histories, memorialization and forgetting of prisoners and prison camps of the Asia Pacific War. See the schedule below.

(Online talk) Democracy, Civil Society, and Infrastructural Power: How Construction Workers in Beijing and Delhi fight against Precarity by Dr. Irene Pang

Univeristy of California, Davis East Asian Studies coridally invites you to this Zoom talk on comparative research on Chinese and Indian labor.

Time: 21 February 2023 (Tuesday) from 4:10 to 5:30 pm PST

Zoom link: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/9328529016

Feb 9th: Dr Mrinalini Venkateswaran (Royal Holloway) On Partition, Museums And Identity In Independent India

The Royal Asiatic Society invites you to join us at 6.30pm on Thursday February 9th for a talk by Dr Mrinalini Venkateswaran (Royal Holloway) entitled Partition, Museums and Identity in Independent India.


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Recent Reviews

Daniel Barish
Emily Mokros

Mokros on Barish, 'Learning to Rule: Court Education and the Remaking of the Qing State, 1861–1912'

Daniel Barish. Learning to Rule: Court Education and the Remaking of the Qing State, 1861–1912. Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute Series. New York: Columbia University Press, 2022. xiii + 257 pp.

Stan BH. Minh Tan-Tangbau
Francis R. Bradley

Bradley on Tan-Tangbau, 'Playing Jazz in Socialist Vietnam: Quyền Văn Minh and Jazz in Hà Nội'

Stan BH. Minh Tan-Tangbau. Playing Jazz in Socialist Vietnam: Quyền Văn Minh and Jazz in Hà Nội. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2021. 320 pp. $99.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4968-3633-5; $30.00 (paper), ISBN 978-1-4968-3634-2

Pratyay Nath
Divya Cherian

Cherian on Nath, 'Climate of Conquest: War, Environment, and Empire in Mughal North India'

Pratyay Nath. Climate of Conquest: War, Environment, and Empire in Mughal North India. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2019. xli + 325 pp. $50.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-19-949555-9.

Reviewed by Divya Cherian (Princeton University) Published on H-Asia (October, 2022) Commissioned by Sumit Guha (The University of Texas at Austin)

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Conference-Energy in Asia, February 23 and February 24 (in-person and online)

Energy in Asia

A Conference organized and sponsored by EnviroLab at Claremont McKenna College and the UCLA Center for Korean Studies and to be held at UCLA, February 23 and February 24 (all events in PST)

Main Conference Room (11360), Young Research Library (YRL), UCLA

Call for Applications: DFG Research Training Group GRK 2833 "East Asian Futures" (EAF)

The DFG Research Training Group GRK 2833 „East Asian Futures“ at Ruhr University Bochum and University of Duisburg-Essen,
Germany, solicits applications for its doctoral programme:

For doctoral researchers, seven DFG-funded positions (0.75 FTE) and six affiliated fellowships
For postdocs, one full DFG-funded position and three affiliated fellowships.

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2023. Start of the programme: 1 October 2023.


The following is an open call for academic articles to be submitted to the Sun Yat-sen Journal of Humanities (SYSJH), a leading journal of humanistic inquiry in Taiwan based at National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaoshiung. With a publishing history that stretches back to 1993, SYSJH is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed, bilingual publication listed in MLA International Biography, Emerging Sources Citation Index, and Taiwan Humanities Citation Index (THCI).