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Senior Visiting Research Fellowships at the Asia Research Institute

National University of Singapore

Applications are invited for a 3 month (Senior) Visiting Research Fellowships at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), National University of Singapore to commence on 2 January 2007, 2 April 2007, 2 July 2007.

The positions are intended for outstanding active researchers on Asian topics, with a balance anticipated between senior and junior, the Asian region and the world. At least one published outcome is expected, and applicants who do not normally publish in English will be encouraged and assisted to do so. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. "Asia" as a research field is defined loosely in terms of the region in which Singapore is positioned.

The positions will be allocated to one of the ARI clusters, sketched below. Most of these represent the Institute's current areas of research focus, while the "open cluster" ensures openness to any innovative and promising project in the social sciences and humanities. Applicants should mention which category they are applying in, and which term.

Terms and conditions

(Senior) Visiting Fellowships: This 3 month fellowship comes with a competitive remuneration and benefits package, depending on seniority, in the range Sing$3,000 - $10,000 a month.

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 (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. This includes a particular project on Southeast Asian Archeology (A/Prof John Miksic) focussing on early historic sites of Southeast Asia--early trade; urbanization; maritime archaeology; intercommunication between sites; and ceramics.

6) The Open category provides an opportunity for outstanding research on Asia in any area. It will particularly welcome proposals to make an important body of innovative research available in English.

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) was established in July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of the National University of Singapore (NUS).
Anthony Reid became the founding Director a year later. 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 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and School of Design & Environment, to support research, conferences, lectures and graduate study at the highest level.

Interested applicants are invited to email/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 31 May 2006. It is anticipated that the following deadline will be in November 2006

Address for applications and references:

Human Resources
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore
AS7, Level 4, 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

Contact Info:
Ms Connie Teo
Asia Research Institute
National University of Singapore
5 Arts Link, AS7, L4
The Shaw Foundation Building
Singapore 117570
Tel: 65 6516 6285
Fax: 65 6779 1428


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