Making Careers in Asian Studies

Mon, Oct 7, 2019, 12:00 pm
Restricted to Students, Faculty, Staff, and Postdocs only
Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China

Graduate students in humanities and social sciences are invited to meet with each other and with Lynn White, an emeritus professor in the WWS, Politics, and East Asian Studies Program.

This will be an informal discussion to brainstorm solutions to these questions:

  • What are the best ways to prepare for general exams so that you can stay in your departmental field and in Asian studies over the long term?
  • What are tips for writing theses good enough to sustain careers?
  • For publishing well?
  • For managing academic fads?
  • For landing job talks – and then jobs?  
  • For making theoretical and empirical contributions that will justify tenure? 

Lynn has led two similar sessions at U.C. Berkeley’s Center for Chinese Studies.  His work is not the topic of the meeting, but he has published books that are explicitly or implicitly comparative, such as *Rural Roots of Reform before China's Conservative Change*, *Unstately Power*, *Policies of Chaos*, *Political Booms: Local Money and Power in Taiwan, East China, Thailand, and the Philippines,* *Democratization in Hong Kong - and in China?*,  and *Philippine Politics,* as well as articles in varied journals such as JAS and APSR.  Practically all of Lynn’s former PhD students are now tenured, staying in their fields. 

An RSVP is optional but helpful.  Please respond to by September 30th, 2019 so that we can plan. If you don’t RSVP you can still attend. Please send any statement you may have already written about your work to, preferably by September 26th.  Students from all social studies and humanities departments (Politics, History, Sociology, Anthropology, EAS, others) are very welcome.

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