2015 OAH-JAAS Japan Residencies Program

OAH-JAAS Japan Residencies Program

In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the summer of 2015 (pending funding). During their residencies, the American historians give lectures and seminars in English in their specialty. They also meet individually and in groups with Japanese scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students studying American history and culture, and participate in the collegial life of their host institutions. The purpose of this exchange program is to facilitate scholarly dialogue and contribute to the expansion of scholarly networks among students and professors of American history in both countries. We are pleased to announce the nineteenth year of the competition.

Round-trip airfare to Japan, housing, and modest daily expenses are covered by the award (note: if the host university is unable to provide housing, award recipients are expected to use the daily stipend to pay hotel expenses). Award winners are also encouraged to explore Japan before or after their two-week residency at their own expense.

Host institutions for 2015

Waseda University

Waseda University is one of the leading private institutions in Japan. Established in 1882 by Shigenobu OKUMA, the 8th and 17th Prime Minister of Japan, the university has developed into thirteen undergraduate schools and twenty-three graduate schools today with the current enrollment of approximately 55,000. Waseda’s main campus is located in Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku, on the west side of the Tokyo Metropolitan area, among the most exciting international cities in the world. With this locational advantage, Waseda has attracted not just overseas students but also international scholars who are seeking lively culture and intellectual ventures off campus

June 1, 2015 – June 14, 2015

Looking for a specialist in Asian American History, preferably with a special interest in transcultural/transnational/transpacific movements.

Kobe University

Kobe University was established in 1949, but the academic origins of Kobe University trace back to the establishment of Kobe Higher Commercial School in 1902, which was renamed as Kobe University of Commerce, and Kobe University of Economics. Kobe University comprises 14 graduate schools and 11 undergraduate faculties. The university holds a total of about 16,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. The institution welcomes overseas students, which accounted for a total of 1,108 students, as of 2011. It also has 3,300 staff members, including professors, associate professors and administrative officials. Located beside the foothills of Mount Rokkō, the university provides a view of the city and port of Kobe, providing an environment for the pursuit of academic studies, especially social science areas. Kobe University is one of the oldest and largest national universities in Japan. It is consistently one of the highest ranking national universities in Japan that is not one of Japan’s National Seven Universities.

Either July 20, 2015 – August 3, 2015 or July 21, 2015 – August 4, 2015

Hoping for a specialist in the areas such as the history of the US-Japan relations, the social and cultural histories of the 20th century United States, and the US diplomatic history with Western Europe or East Asia.

How to Apply

Applicants must be members of the OAH, have a PhD, and be scholars of American history. Applicants from previous competitions are welcome to apply again. Award winners are expected to attend the 2015 OAH Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, so that they can meet with visiting Japanese scholars and graduate students and with members of the OAH/JAAS Japan Historians’ Collaborative Committee before their trips to Japan.

Applications must include the items below. Please send all materials (in Microsoft Word format) toprizes@oah.org, and indicate “2015 Japan Residencies Program” in the subject line. The deadline for application is October 31, 2014. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation that your application has been received within three (3) days of sending, please contact the OAH Committee Coordinator atkhamm@oah.org/812-855-9650.

  • A two-page curriculum vitae emphasizing teaching experience and publications. Also include the names and contact information of three references.
  • The institution(s) for which you would like to be considered.
  • A personal statement, no longer than two pages, describing your interest in this program and the issues that your own scholarship and teaching have addressed. Please devote one or two paragraphs to why you understand this residency to be central to your development as a scholar in the world community. You may include comments on any previous collaboration or work with non-US academics or students. If you wish, you may comment on your particular interest in Japan.

Committee Coordinator

Organization of American Historians
112 North Bryan Avenue
Bloomington IN 47408-4141
812-855-7311
812-855-0696
Email: http://www.oah.org/about/contact/
Visit the website at http://www.oah.org/programs/residencies/japan/

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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