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29 September 2008

East Timor Graduate Summer School Australian National University

Asia Pacific Week 2009 and East Timor Graduate Summer School

PLEASE NOTE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 3 October 2008

Asia Pacific Week

Asia-Pacific Week is a conference and summer school that brings together hundreds of PhD candidates from Australia and overseas to workshop projects, benefit from master classes and form networks committed to understanding the world's most dynamic region.Since its inception in 2004, Asia-Pacific Week has become a signature event for postgraduates in Australia and for scholars of the region. In 2008, 200 doctoral candidates took part, along with three dozen senior scholars.Asia Pacific Week is a container for a number of “Graduate Summer Schools” focusing on different areas of the Asia-Pacific region (the Pacific Islands, China, Japan, Indonesia, South Asia, Mainland Southeast Asia and East Timor).

During a week of activities, graduate students have a chance to present their research interests, meet other students and academics, participate in a wide range of training activities, be introduced to the rich holdings on Asia and the Pacific at the ANU Library and the National Library of Australia and participate in a stimulating program of events including cross-area workshops, keynote speeches, seminars and master classes, film screenings, cultural performances and social events.

More information at http://rspas.anu.edu.au/asiapacificweek/index.php

East Timor Graduate Summer School

The East Timor Studies Graduate Summer School and conference is a week of workshops and research activities designed to bring together young scholars who are working on East Timor. The Summer School is held at the campus of The Australian National University in Canberra, and is open to participants from within and outside Australia.

The program is still provisional at this stage. If you wish to take part you should let the program convenor know as soon as possible. The program will showcase the work of young East Timor scholars in a formal setting and will include seminars, roundtable discussions, guest lectures as well as library visits and cultural events. The program also aims to provide students with an opportunity to use the rich resources held at the ANU library and the National Library of Australia. The East Timor Studies Graduate Summer School is open to postgraduate students currently enrolled in any tertiary institution inside or outside Australia who have not already attended a previous Asia Pacific Week. Recently completed post-doctoral students and Honours students may also be considered. Several provisional themes for guest lectures have been proposed, and participants will be expected to make presentations on their own research interests.

Provisional discussion topics for guest lectures are:

agricultural development
justice / legal system
language
oil and gas reserves
education
economy
cultural heritage

Roundtable discussions on the following topics may be held: Future directions for East Timor research Challenges for fieldwork in East Timor

ANU Asia Pacific Week
The Summer School will take place as part of the University's Asia Pacific Week. This is designed to provide a forum for building networks among postgraduate scholars through exchange of knowledge and experiences around the study of the Asia Pacific region.

The 2008 East Timor Summer School is to be held in conjunction with summer schools in China Studies, Indonesian Studies, Japan Studies, and South Asia Studies. The Asia-Pacific week will feature special events such as keynote speeches, films, performances and exhibitions. Participants in the East Timor sessions will interact with participants from other summer schools in combined social functions and there will also be an opportunity for discipline-based groups from across the range of Asian Studies to meet.

Applications
The cost of accommodation (single room plus three meals per day) is provided for participants. Participants in Asia-Pacific Week 2009 will be accommodated at John XXIII on the ANU campus.

Participants are strongly encouraged to seek funding for travel expenses from their own institutions. There may be some contribution towards domestic travel costs for participants presenting their research.

Applicants are required to complete the online application form. Applications close on 3 October 2008. Applicants will be advised about the success of their applications in early November.

Contact details
For further information contact the East Timor program convenor: Dr Andrew McWilliam Department of Anthropology Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies The Australian National University Canberra ACT 0200 AUSTRALIA Email: andrew.mcwilliam@anu.edu.au

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