Asian Studies

The University of Alabama

Honors Week Lecture

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2016 Honors Week Lecture and Awards Reception in Asian Studies

will be April 6 at 3:00 in Ferguson Center 3111

Dr. Jo Weaver in Anthropology will present the lecture

‘”I Have Sugar”: The Social Aspects of Diabetes Management Among Urban North Indian Women.’

Join us for the lecture and celebration of the achievements of our students. including the 2016 Asian Studies Outstanding Student Award and the Asian Studies Research Award. The event flyer provides additional details.

Interested in a Year in Asia

The Fulbright Program provides opportunities for successful applicants to study outside the United States, including various programs in Asia. If you might be interested, the Global Cafe event at UA will include people at UA and Stillman who participated in the program in previous years, talking about the application process and their experiences in the program. You can also meet Campus Fulbright Advisors who will guide you through the application process. The event is Tuesday March 1 from 5-7 in the Global Cafe in Capitol Hall (on the Bryce property, next to the historic building). For more information, consult the flyer.

Research Award

If you have completed a project that deals substantially with some aspect of Asia, you should submit your research or creative project for the 2016 Asian Studies Research Award. Open to any University of Alabama undergraduate, the award honors the best project, as selected by a faculty committee.

Submit the paper or project by January 29, 2016, to All submissions must include a cover page with name, CWID, email address, and a 3-4 sentence summary of the paper or project. For creative projects that are not in a paper format, students should submit a 1-2 page description of the project and its academic basis along with appropriate documentation (e.g., photos, video, audio files). The Research Award and the Asian Studies Outstanding Student Award will both be presented in an event around Honors Week in April.

Spring 2016 Registration

It will soon be time to register for Spring 2016. Check out the list of courses being offered at UA that count towards your Asian Studies minor. If you are not a minor yet, come talk to us about what being a minor provides.

Japan’s Popular Culture

On Sept. 24, UA will host Dr. Jolyon Thomas, who researches popular culture in Japan, including anime. At 7:00 pm in Smith 205, he will present a lecture that investigates the interplay between animated music videos, figurines, and other merchandise with the vitality of temples commonly identified as Buddhist. In addition to his evening lecture, he will have a conversation with students interested in the study of Asia at 2:00 (Anderson Room, Ferguson Center 3rd floor). His visit to campus is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies and its Day Lecture series.

Lotus Photographs Presentation

Dr. Prakash Joglekar, a physician in Pune, India, will visit UA to present his artwork, including photographs of varieties of the Lotus from around the world (over 180 varieties), paired with verses from the literature of India written by kings, poets and saints of India and its translation  from 2nd century AD- 16th century. This Photographic Presentation of Lotus in Indian Culture and Literature will be Sept. 22, 4:00-5:00pm in Gorgas 205 and is sponsored by the University Libraries and New College

Yoga Lecture

Dr. Vasundahra Doraswamy will present “The Culture of Yoga,” a lecture on yoga and meditation Wed., Aug 26, at 3:00 in Rodgers Library Lobby at UA. Her research has emphasized the connection between yoga and bharatnatyam (often identified as classical Indian dance). In India, she teaches both bharatnatyam and yoga. This lecture is sponsored by University Libraries. For more information, see the event flyer.

Welcome to UA Fall 2015

The new semester begins in less than a week. The Asian Studies Program will have a booth at the Week of Welcome event at Coleman Coliseum on Sunday and at Get On Board Day. Come by and check out what is happening and maybe even win a t-shirt! Stay tuned to the website, Facebook, and Twitter for announcements about events, new faculty, courses, and other Asia-related news.

New Chinese History Course

A new course for the coming fall semester that addresses the shifts from imperial dynasties of China to a dissident member of the Communist bloc and now a regional superpower. Take HY 404 Modern Chinese History Since 1600 (MWF 1:00-1:50) with Professor Di Luo, a new faculty member in history. See the full course description and the updated course list for Fall 2015.

Course List

Fall registration starts soon, so be certain to check the updated course list for Asian Studies. It details the variety of language, history, religious studies, literature, and art history courses that count towards the Asian Studies minor in Fall 2015.