Friday, December 2, 2016

Course Offerings at GWU


Section 10; CRN: 56862
Prof. Kavita Daiya
Wednesdays: 4.10 pm-6 pm.

Focusing largely on Asia, this course explores 10 great contemporary works of global Anglophone fiction, graphic narratives, and theory that attempt to take the measure of our times.  The twentieth century was, as noted scholars like Zygmunt Bauman and Hannah Arendt have noted, an era of migration.  As more people have left their birthplace than at any other point in human history, whole cultures and communities have been reinvented by the movement of people across regional and national borders.  In complex ways, women and children have borne the brunt of these changes.  This course explores the literary representation of this brave new world in which the ceaseless movement of people-due to war or work, love or study, pleasure or dispossession-has altered conceptions of belonging, community, and agency. 

We study representations of migration through key postcolonial Anglophone literatures and graphic narratives primarily, though not exclusively, from Asia.  How gender, sexuality, religion, and race inhabit and inflect these stories about belonging will be central to our investigation. We will conclude with a discussion of two international films that speak to our interest in gender, diaspora, and migration. In the process, this course invites us to consider contemporary aesthetic explorations of the gendered experience of decolonization, migration, and globalization.  Texts we will read include:

Vishwajyoti Ghosh, ed., This Side, That Side: Restorying Partition
Marjane Satrapi, The Complete Persepolis
Zia Haider Rahman, In the Light of What We Know
Jhumpa Lahiri, Unaccustomed Earth
Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah
Michael Ondaatje, Anil’s Ghost
Nadine Gordimer, None to Accompany Me
Viet Thanh Ngyuen, The Sympathizer
Shyam Selvadurai, Funny Boy
Lisa Lowe, The Intimacy of Four Continents

Open to BA/MA students, and graduate students interested in international issues, gender studies, or Asia.  No pre-requisites. Meets Wednesdays 4-6 pm.

Section 10; CRN: 57596
Prof. Kavita Daiya
Wed: 12.45 pm - 3.15 pm.  Film screenings to be held Sundays 6-9 pm.

This course is a selective, historical introduction to the industry of popular Hindi film known as Bollywood, with a special focus on the changing relationship between gender and nationalism in modern South Asia.  Bollywood is today the world’s largest producer of films; since the fifties, its consumption beyond India, in places as far flung as Pakistan, Kenya, Nigeria, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Russia, UK, and North America, suggests that it is also the most widely consumed popular cinema in the world.  Bollywood cinema is based in Mumbai, India; yet, despite its name, the tradition of Bollywood cinema can be identified as having particular generic conventions and visual codes that are distinct from Hollywood.  Bollywood films are largely musicals; they are also well-known (and sometimes criticized) for their formulaic and “unrealistic” storylines, their simple moral codes (good vs. evil), and their typical heteronormative happy endings.

This course will introduce students to Bollywood through screenings of a range of films from the 1950s until today. We will place individual films within their larger political, social, and aesthetic contexts; simultaneously, we will develop a set of reading practices to explore the genre of melodrama, which often appears resistant to interpretation. Topics discussed will include gender, sexuality, nationalism, modernity, religion, family, globalization, diaspora, heroism, and villainy. There are no pre-requisites for the course. Films we will study include: Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Delhi-6, Rang de Basanti, Queen, Om Shanti Om, Deewar, Sholay, among others.

Required books include: 
Tejaswini Ganti, Bollywood: A guidebook to popular Hindi cinema
Madhava Prasad, Ideology of the Hindi Film: A Historical Construction
Coursepack (available at bookstore) 

Monday, November 21, 2016

69th Japan America Student Conference

Seeking Delegates for Japan America Student Conference

When: August 3-5(Orientation), August 6-28(Conference)
Sites: Tokyo, Kyoto, Ehime, Mie
Students of all majors and disciplines encouraged to apply.
Deadline to apply: December 31, 2016

About the Program

Looking for a fun, fruitful summer of growth and accomplishment? The 69th Japan­ America Student Conference (JASC) taking place in Japan this August is still accepting applicants! Together with 71 other delegates from Japan and the U.S., you will travel to four sites throughout Japan. Throughout the month-­long conference, you will be able to:

● Delve into critical contemporary issues through roundtable discussions, forums, lectures, and field trips
● Strengthen your professional and leadership skills on a global scale
● Build your professional network through Receptions featuring prominent individuals from business, government, and academia
● Join the ranks of established alumni such as Henry Kissinger, a previous prime minister of Japan, and leaders in prominent companies like Delta Airlines, Oracle, Rakuten, and more!  
● Forge life­long friendships with other student leaders from both countries

The Conference

Roundtables & Renowned Speakers:

Delegates from Japan and the U.S. are divided into seven Roundtable groups, each of which focuses on a specific theme that relates to the developments of both Japan and the U.S. in a global context.Throughout the conference, delegates will engage in debate and discussion to strive for the ultimate goal of mutual understanding. Alongside RT discussions are various panels across the four sites where renowned speakers who are experts in their respective fields will discuss relevant contemporary topics facing both countries.

Roundtable Topics
  • Approaching the City from a Multidimensional Perspective
  • Governance and Diplomacy in an International Context: Terrorism in the 21st Century
  • Health: Roles and Responsibilities within Society
  • Media, Morality, and the Governance of the Press
  • Modern Ideologies: Analyzing the Actions of Individuals and Communities
  • Reexamining Minorities and Realizing Ideal Society
  • Understanding Cultural Significance and Identity

Further Details

DatesAugust 3-5 (American Orientation), August 6-28 (69th JASC), 2017 
*Note: Applicants must be able to attend the full duration of the Orientation and Conference

Sites: Tokyo, Kyoto, Ehime, Mie
Theme: Self and Society: Sharing Perspectives and Inspiring Action
The conference will be conducted in English.

Participation Fee: $3,500, all-inclusive (Flights to and from Japan, lodging, ground transportation, food, and programs during the conference are covered. Delegates are responsible for getting themselves to the Orientation site and back home)

For more information, please visit our website. 

Apply before our final deadline December 31, 2016 for a chance to become a part of our long legacy! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Spring 2017 Internship Opportunity

Spring Intern, Asia Society Policy Institute

Desired Start Date: Rolling
Approximate Hours Per Week: 24
Duration: Minimum of 12 Weeks

About the Program:
The Washington, D.C. office of the Asia Society Policy Institute is seeking exceptional interns with a demonstrated interest in social, political, and economic developments in Asia. The selected interns will directly support the Asia Society Policy Institute’s senior leadership with their research agendas and programming in Washington, D.C.  Ideal candidates will have strong research/writing skills and experience with office/event support.  We are currently seeking interns in the following areas:

  1. Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific – The selected candidate will assist the Director for Asian Security and the security team to support research initiatives on Asian security strategy and regional architecture reform.   This position requires a candidate who is comfortable with significant independent responsibility in coordinating with high-level current and former officials.  The selected candidate will also provide writing and research support for the Director of Asian Security in drafting op-eds and research articles on a wide range of security and defense issues.

  1. Economics and Trade in the Asia-Pacific– The selected candidate assist the ASPI Vice President to support a high-level initiative on the Asian trade agenda. The candidate should possess a strong economic background with knowledge on current trade agreements and initiatives in the region. This position will also entail conducting independent research on emerging Asian economic trends, and drafting talking points and speeches for the Vice President.

  1. Gender Issues in the Asia-Pacific – The selected candidate will assist the ASPI Vice President and affiliated staff to support programming on women and gender policies in Asia.  This position will entail conducting independent research on emerging women’s policy issues for the Vice President, as well as coordinating logistics on a series of speaking events gender thought leaders. Candidates should be familiar with barriers women face in the workplace, economies and societies more generally.

In addition to a substantive research agenda, all ASPI policy interns will learn about ASPI public programming and other logistical/office functions, and, at times, will have access to a policy mentor to develop an independent research project over the course of the summer.

Education and prior experience most suited for this internship:
Familiarity with Asia policy issues through previous academic study and/or internship experience; must have the ability to work independently; strong research, writing, and editing skills; excellent attention to detail; ability to meet tight deadlines; proficiency with Microsoft Office, and Social Media; flexibility with handling diverse tasks; U.S. government experience not required, but highly desirable.

Internships are unpaid positions. Candidates should be available to commit to a minimum of 12 weeks, and at least 24 hours per week. Full-time commitments are generally preferred.

How to apply:
E-mail: 1) a cover letter, indicating your interest and the days and hours you are available to intern; 2) a resume; and 3) a writing sample (3–5 double-spaced pages; abstracts are accepted) in Word or PDF format with the subject line "ASPI Internship DC –[Semester] 2017 (ex. ASPI Internship DC– Spring 2017)." to

Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, as positions are available.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are only able to contact those candidates selected for an interview. No phone calls, please. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Volunteers for Diwali Reception

The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) is looking for volunteers for the DC government’s 2ndDiwali Reception to celebrate the Hindu Diwali Festival. The program will feature opening remarks from Mayor Bowser, MOAPIA Director David Do, GW representative, Indian cultural performances, a lamp lighting ceremony, and networking opportunity.

The event is open to the public. An RSVP is required:

Light refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers are needed for set up (3:30 to 6pm), registration (6 – 6:50 pm), food serving, and clean-up (7 – 9 pm)

What: 2016 Diwali Reception
WhenWednesday, November 96:30-8:30 pm
Where: George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW Suite 602 Lindner Commons
(near Foggy Bottom and Farragut North/West Station )

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Jo Panero via email at or via phone at 202-727-3756.


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Spring 2017 Internship Opportunity

Spring 2017 Intern, Asia Program
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) 
Preferred starting date: January 11, 2017 
Preferred time commitment: At least 25-35 hours per week, Monday–Friday between 9 AM to 5 PM
Washington, D.C.

The Asia Program addresses the implications of Asia’s rise for the West—in particular, how Asia’s resurgence will impact the foreign policy, economic, and domestic challenges and choices facing the transatlantic allies—through a combination of convening, writing, strategic grants, study tours, fellowships, partnerships with other GMF programs, and partnerships with other institutions. The intern will benefit from exposure to GMF’s network, its high level events and interactions with various policy actors. Since the internship takes place in Washington, interns are often able to attend various related events on behalf of GMF staff.

The Asia Program autumn internship is unpaid, but offers an ideal opportunity to acquire substantive professional experience for those interested in a career in public policy or international affairs. 


  • Providing administrative and research support for the Asia program on issues pertaining to U.S. and European Asia policy
  • Assisting in the coordination of our mid-scale convening activities, as well as small scale Washington based events
  • Helping maintain the program's database of contacts

  • Excellent analytical, writing skills and previous research experience
  • Fluency in English is required; Additional European or an Asian language is a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Comfortable multi-tasking, and working independently and as part of a team
  • Should be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in International Relations, International Development, Regional Studies, Economics  or Security Studies.
  • Previous experience in a think tank, foundation, NGO, government body, media outlet, or similar organization preferred
  • Strong interest in Asian security issues; a background in South Asian, East Asian or transatlantic security issues

Application Process
To apply: 

GMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Spring 2017 Internship

South Asia Program Intern

Stimson Center
Deadline: October 14th, 5pm EST
Approximate Hours Per Week: 20-30+
Duration: Spring Semester

About the Program: 

The South Asia Program at the Stimson Center offers fall, summer, and spring internships to highly motivated and talented undergraduate and graduate students. The vast majority of the intern's time would be spent working on issues related to security in India and Pakistan, including strategic stability, deterrence challenges, crisis management, and confidence-building and nuclear risk reduction measures, as well as on projects related to the global nonproliferation regime. Interns will assist with editing pieces for the program's online policy platform, South Asian Voices, featuring contributors from the subcontinent. Interns will also be responsible for attending and reporting on events in Washington related to program interest areas.

This internship provides an excellent opportunity for individuals with a demonstrated interest in these topics to enhance their understanding of the issues and the South Asia policy community in Washington. The Stimson Center South Asia Program offers a uniquely substantive research-heavy experience. The intern will engage in life at Stimson, and gain from interacting with other staff, meeting fellow interns, and participating in Stimson's events. 

Internships are volunteer experience only. All internships are unpaid.


  • Reading and analyzing research documents
  • Assisting the Director, Deputy Director, and Associates with substantive research and writing projects
  • Editing analytical pieces related to security, politics, and economics of South Asia
  • Conducting original qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Providing social media support
  • Drafting an op-ed for an external publication
  • Organizing and taking notes in meetings
  • Tracking and reporting on developments in the field
  • Representing project staff at meetings and events at think tanks, NGOs, and on Capitol Hill
  • Minimal administrative support


  • Strong interest in South Asia or nuclear issues
  • Excellent analytical, research, and writing skills
  • Experience with design (Adobe Photoshop, MS PowerPoint, Piktochart or related), audio/video editing (Audacity, Garage Band, Adobe, or related), and geographic information systems (ArcGIS or related)
  • Familiarity with statistical programs (e.g. Stata, R, and Python), web scraping/web data extraction tools, and programming languages desired.
  • A record of academic excellence
  • Precise editing skills - attention to detail
  • The ability to work independently and show initiative
  • Full-time interns are preferred
  • South Asian language skills, especially Urdu and Hindi

Application Process: 

Deadline: October 14, 5 pm EST

Applicants must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. Preference may be given to those available 30+ hours per week. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing sample as a PDF by 5 pm EST on Friday, October 14. To apply, please visit:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Summer 2017 Volunteer Opportunity

Global Community Fellowship
Desired Start Date: July 1, 2017

Approximate Hours Per Week: 40
Duration: 13-15 months
Stipend: $200-1000/month
 Schools and NGOs in Japan, China, and throughout Southeast Asia
DEADLINE: November 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST
Program Dates: Summer of 2017 – Summer of 2018
The Global Community Fellowship is a 13-15 month program for young and established professionals. Fellows work at NGOs and schools across Asia to support community development and youth education programs. By working directly with communities, fellows get hands-on experience learning how organizations in Asia are using creative and innovative methods to address critical social challenges.

Education-focused posts: As a teaching fellow you'll advance student development using critical thinking, peace and conflict resolution, and cross-cultural communication curriculum. You'll also help students to access future education and professional opportunities.

NGO-focused Posts: As an NGO fellow, you'll support community development and international communication efforts by supporting NGOs to access resources, networks, and collaboration opportunities.


  • Each fellowship program requires different qualifications, which are listed on our website.

    Some desired qualifications include but are not limited to:
    -Interest or experience in teaching
    -Self-starter, able to proactively find ways to contribute to an organization
    -Ability to work independently and in a team

  • Vientiane, Lao People, Democratic Republic
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Karuizawa, Japan
  • Long Xuyen City, Tra Vinh, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, Viet Nam
  • Guangzhou and Hunan, China
  • Yangon, Mandalay, and Inle Lake, Myanmar
  • Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand
  • Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Application Process
DEADLINE: November 13, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST

Starting and experienced professionals with a BA or BS degree (must graduate June 2017). Although the fellowship is primarily aimed towards US citizens, we do accept applications from international residents who have a previous connection to VIA or a substantial US connection.

Please submit your application on our website:

Position Functions: Diplomacy, Education - Administration and Teaching, International Development, Teaching