[URBANTH-L]FELLOWSHIPS: Asia Research Insitute - Nat Univ Singapore

Angela Jancius acjancius at ysu.edu
Fri Jan 28 14:07:49 EST 2005

Fellowships: Asia Research Insitute - Nat Univ Singapore


Applications are invited for (Senior) Visiting Fellowships, (Senior)
Research Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Asia Research
Institute (ARI). The positions are intended for outstanding active
researchers from both the Asian region and the world, to bring to completion
an important program of research in the social sciences and humanities.
Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. "Asia" as a research field is
defined loosely in terms of the region in which Singapore is positioned. Up
to three months of a 12-month fellowship can be spent conducting fieldwork
in the Asian region. A majority of the positions will be allocated to the
Institute's current areas of research focus, as listed below. However some
will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area. Applicants should
mention which category they are applying in or if none, write "open
 category". Terms and conditions (Senior) Visiting Fellowships have a
normative tenure of one year, though shorter periods may be negotiated. A
competitive remuneration and benefits package, depending on seniority, will
be provided, with (except in exceptional cases) a ceiling of $10,000 a
month. (Senior) Research Fellowships are intended for areas of particular
interest to the Institute, and for scholars with at least three years of
post-doctoral experience and a significant research profile. Appointments
are for two years, with the possibility of extension for a further two. The
salary ranges are $42,000 to $95,000 per annum (Research Fellow) and $84,000
to $175,000 per annum (Senior Research Fellow). Postdoctoral Fellowships
Candidates must have fulfilled all requirements of the PhD within the last 4
years. The research may be in any field in the humanities and social
sciences, extending into legal, commercial and environmental concerns. The
salary package is $3,500 per month, with a one-time relocation allowance of
$2000, and support for fieldwork and conference attendance.

Areas of research focus
1) The changing family (Prof Gavin Jones) focuses on changing family forms,
roles and structures in Asian societies, as other institutions take over
some family functions, low fertility, delayed marriage and longevity
transform family composition, and labour market realities and changing
gender relations affect internal family dynamics.
2) Migration (A/Prof Brenda Yeoh) explores the issues arising from increased
levels of human mobility in the region, both within and across national
borders. Mobility of high-level professional and managerial personnel,
labour migration, both documented and undocumented, and human trafficking
all raise theoretical and methodological questions and major policy issues,
as does the role of migration in urban change.
3) Religion and Globalisation (Prof Bryan Turner) explores the changing
patterns of religious practice, belief and identity in recent times,
particularly in Southeast Asia, China and South Asia. The title implies a
particular interest in transnational and diasporic interactions, the
engagement with modern technologies and values, and new global or 'glocal'
forms of identity.
4) Cultural Studies in Asia (Prof Chua Beng Huat) consciously challenges
disciplinary boundaries to address new topics, issues and concerns thrown up
by the rapid globalization of contemporary cultures. ARI is interested in
new understandings of the everyday life cultural practices of contemporary
Asia, as in adaptations of older patterns in literature, and the performing
and graphic arts, in rapidly changing contemporary conditions.
5) Southeast Asia China interactions (Prof Anthony Reid) explores both
historical and contemporary themes that are bringing East and Southeast Asia
closer together, and is interested in any mix of the political, economic,
cultural or social.
6) Southeast Asian Archeology (A/Prof John Miksic) focuses on a problems
connected with early historic sites of Southeast Asia. Major topics include:
early trade; urbanization; maritime archaeology; intercommunication between
sites; and ceramics as indicators of spheres of cultural and economic

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) is a university-level institute formed in
July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of the National University of
Singapore (NUS). The mission of the Institute is to provide a world-class
focus and resource for research on the Asian region, located at one of its
communication hubs. ARI engages the social sciences broadly defined, and
especially interdisciplinary frontiers between and beyond disciplines.
Through frequent provision of short-term research appointments it seeks to
be a place of encounters between the region and the world. Within NUS it
works particularly with the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Business,
Law and Design, to support research, conferences, lectures, and graduate
study at the highest level. Interested applicants are invited to
email/facsimile/mail their curriculum vitae (including details of referees
and email), a synopsis of the research project, at least one sample of their
published work, and ensure that 2 or 3 referees submit directly to us a
report on their academic standing and comment on their research project by
28 February 2005. Address for applications and references: The Institute
Manager Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore AS7, Level
4, 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570 Fax: (65) 6779 1428 Email:
joinari at nus.edu.sg

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