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Recent Posts

Conversations on South Asia with Shenila Khoja-Moolji



How do politics and emotion intersect? How might our understandings of sovereignty change if we account for feelings and emotions? How is gender mobilized in assertions of sovereignty? 

Making the Pakistani state and Pakistan-based Taliban her objects of study, Shenila Khoja-Moolji (Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Bowdoin College) contemplates these questions by paying particular attention to state and non-state cultural productions that shape national publics. 

MJHW (Online Meeting) on Japanese-Hungarian Bilateral Relations - Thursday, May 12th

Please join us for the next meeting of the Modern Japan History Workshop on Thursday, May 12th at 19:00 JST.  Our presenters this month will be Gergely Tóth (independent scholar), who will present his work on Japanese-Hungarian bilateral relations (details below).

This month’s session will be held online through Zoom, and can be accessed using the following sign-in information:

[UPDATED] Call for Papers> ‘Thus Have I Heard’, Peking University & University of British Columbia, November 25-27, 2022

Please note that this CFP has updated dates.

‘Thus Have I Heard’: Patterns and Logics in Buddhist Narrative Literature

November 25-27, 2022

International Conference


This conference is hosted by the Research Center for Buddhist Texts and Art at Peking University and by the Glorisun Global Network for Buddhist Studies @PekingU, @University of British Columbia. The conference will take place at Peking University on November 25-27, 2022.

Position, Short-Term Fellowships (2023-2024), ICAS:MP, Max Weber STiftung India Branch Office

For details, see https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=63335

ICAS:MP, Max Weber Stiftung India Branch Office

ICAS:MP advertises multiple Short-Term Fellowships for the academic year July 2023 – June 2024
Closing date: 30.09.2022

Position, One Research Position in the History of Religion in China, Academia Sinica

For details, see https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=63333

Academia Sinica, The Institute of History and Philology
Invites Applications for One Research Position in the History of Religion in China

1. Rank: Assistant Research Fellow, Associate Research Fellow or Research Fellow
(positions roughly correspond to assistant professor, associate professor and professor at a university in the United States)
1 position is available

CfP: Online Workshop | Transnational Studies of 19th-Century Japanese and British Science / Proposals due 15 August

Call For Papers

Online Workshop on ‘Transnational Studies of 19th-Century Japanese and British Science,’

October 14-15 2022, Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies International at Durham University

We seek proposals for scholarly presentations in the form of ten-minute ‘lightning talks,’ that explore the complex cultural connections between Japanese and British science in the 19th century.


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Recent Reviews

Geoffrey C. Gunn
Sophie Quinn-Judge

Quinn-Judge on Gunn, 'Ho Chi Minh in Hong Kong'

Geoffrey C. Gunn. Ho Chi Minh in Hong Kong. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021. 300 pp. $99.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-108-83325-7.

Reviewed by Sophie Quinn-Judge (Temple University) Published on H-Asia (May, 2022) Commissioned by Bradley C. Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University)

Printable Version: https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showpdf.php?id=57486

Scott C. Levi
Christopher Atwood

Atwood on Levi, 'The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th-Century Central Asia'

Scott C. Levi. The Bukharan Crisis: A Connected History of 18th-Century Central Asia. Central Eurasia in Context Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020. Illustrations, maps. xiv + 208 pp. $30.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8229-4597-0.

Reviewed by Christopher Atwood (University of Pennsylvania) Published on H-Asia (April, 2022) Commissioned by Bradley C. Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University)

Ian Matthew Miller
Kathlene Baldanza

Baldanza on Miller, 'Fir and Empire: The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China'

Ian Matthew Miller. Fir and Empire: The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2020. 296 pp. $40.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-295-74734-7.

Reviewed by Kathlene Baldanza (Pennsylvania State University) Published on H-Asia (April, 2022) Commissioned by Bradley C. Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University)

Recent Threads


A new open access special issue on plastics in Asia has been published in The Copenhagen Journal of Asian Studies. In this special issue, the authors look at four ethnographically rich cases of plastics as they are incorporated into Asian societies. The areas they cover are geographically diverse. Some are rural, such as the northern herding communities in Mongolia and the Cham dancers of Sikkim. Others are in small urban areas, such as the Himalayan circumambulatory routes, or larger cities, such as Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar or the megacities of Chengdu and Mumbai.

Member Book, Jason Protass, "The Poetry Demon: Song-Dynasty Monks on Verse and the Way"

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to share that my book, The Poetry Demon: Song Dynasty Monks on Verse and the Way (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2021), is now available in an affordable paperback edition from the UHP website: