Grants & Scholarships

ACAH2018 Grant & Scholarship Recipients

Our warmest congratulations go to Pin-Pin Debbie Chan and Mahbubeh Moqadam, who have been selected by the conference Organising Committee to receive grants and scholarships to present their research at The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities 2018.

IAFOR’s grants and scholarships programme provides financial support to PhD students and early career academics, with the aim of helping them pursue research excellence and achieve their academic goals through interdisciplinary study and interaction. Awards are based on the appropriateness of the educational opportunity in relation to the applicant’s field of study, financial need, and contributions to their community and to IAFOR’s mission of interdisciplinarity. Scholarships are awarded based on availability of funds from IAFOR and vary with each conference.

The Organising Committee of the relevant IAFOR conference awards scholarships to eligible applicants who have submitted exceptional abstracts that have passed the blind peer review process and have been accepted for presentation at the conference.

Pin-Pin Debbie ChanMahbubeh Moqadam

Stuart D. B. Picken Grant & Scholarship Recipient

Debbie Chan is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her thesis explores a new discourse of masculinity in the visual and literary culture of Japan during the 1920s and 1930s – the Modern Boy (modan bōi), commonly shortened as the mobo. By interrogating the ideological tensions and socio-historical forces underpinning the mobo discourse, she looks at the way gender construction was linked in complex ways to Japan’s project of nation-building and international positioning in the early twentieth century.

The Modern Boy As a "Zero" Construct: Ambivalent Representations of Modern Masculinity in Early Twentieth-Century Japan
Pin-Pin Debbie Chan, University of Western Australia, Australia

This paper interrogates the Modern Boy (mobo) in the 1920s and 1930s Japan as a discourse of modern masculinity underpinned by transnational flows between differing cultures of reference. As a result of these transnational encounters, the mobo was often ambivalently constructed in visual and literary discourses of the time. On the one hand, the visibility of the “body” of the mobo in terms of his fashionable Western attire and engagement in new Western social practices made him a powerful sign of a desirable modern masculinity according to a Western culture of reference. The circulation of the mobo’s image as a beautiful commodified male in popular mass culture also points to a renegotiation of masculinity according to a new gender-blurring beauty aesthetic in early twentieth-century Japan. On the other hand, the mobo was often constructed as an undesirable form of masculinity – a “zero” type masculinity, as he was described by critics of the time. The parodic and emasculated “zero” mobo therefore functioned as a masculine “Other” to establish hegemonic masculine ideals. In the context of Japanese nation-building during the early twentieth century, such representations need to be interrogated as ideological strategies that constructed normative gender identity in Japanese society but also consolidated gendered national identity amidst great transnational cultural flows. As an ambivalent discourse of modern masculinity inflected by transnational flows, the mobo discourse contributes to an understanding of how gender construction was linked in complex ways to Japan’s project of nation-building and international positioning in the early twentieth-century.

IAFOR Scholarship Recipient

Mahbubeh Moqadam is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at Middle East Technical University, Turkey and is a PhD candidate in Gender studies at Ankara University, Turkey. She was previously an assistant of Prof. Afsaneh Najmabadi at Harvard University, the US in a historical project about Iranian women. Born in Tehran, Iran, Mahbubeh Moqadam was educated at Tehran University, Iran and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. Mahbubeh Moqadam attended Allameh Tabataba'i University, Iran gaining her Master degree in Women Studies and Family before embarking on various research studies related to gender issues both in Iran and Turkey. She is currently working on her PhD thesis which is about women's rights movements in Iran and Turkey.

The Possibility of Solidarity Listening to Young Women in Iran and Turkey
Mahbubeh Moqadam, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

It is a long time that women in the Middle East are struggling to create their own space in the “modern society”; however, up until now, the picture of them, almost always, has been reproducing the same portrait displaying their independent identity neither in an evolutionary style nor a revolutionary way. Especially during last decades, although feminist-activists’ efforts have changed a variety of situations for women, the mentioned stereotypical picture has been repeating in a large-scale by Media; an image showing the women usually under the veil in different shapes but all are the same in one characteristic: being passive. Studying sociology in Turkey as an international student from Iran, I have recognised that “we” as young female scholars do not know almost anything about each other. Coming across this reality beside my theoretical background, which is based on Postcolonial theories, motivated me to do this research. For doing this research, I have met young female scholars in two capitals: Ankara and Tehran and I have had deep conversations with them. Benefiting from discourse analysis and theories of Postcolonial Studies, I have tried to answer this question: why do we know each other?


IAFOR Academic Grants and Scholarships

About IAFOR's Grants and Scholarships

IAFOR is dedicated to helping young scholars achieve their research and academic goals, while also encouraging them to apply the principles of interdisciplinary study to their work.

IAFOR offers travel and accommodation grants and full or partial scholarships covering conference registration fees to select PhD students and early career academics who might not otherwise have the financial resources to be able to attend our academic conferences.

Who can receive an IAFOR grant or scholarship?

Awards are based on the appropriateness of the educational opportunity in relation to the applicant’s field of study, financial need, and contributions to their community and to IAFOR’s mission of interdisciplinarity. Scholarships will be awarded based on availability of funds from IAFOR and will vary with each conference.

How are recipients of an IAFOR grant or scholarship selected?

The Organising Committee of The Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities will award scholarships to eligible applicants who have submitted exceptional abstracts that have passed the blind peer review process and been accepted for presentation at the conference.

How can I apply for an IAFOR grant or scholarship?

If you are eligible for an IAFOR grant or scholarship and would like to be considered, please submit your abstract via the Call for Papers page and select the checkbox for the relevant award during the submission process. Abstracts must be submitted by the initial submission deadline of November 10, 2017 in order to be considered for funding. Applicants will be notified of results within three to four weeks of the initial submission deadline.


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IAFOR Scholarships

Full and partial conference scholarships are available to cover registration fees for PhD students and early career academics to present at IAFOR conferences. Priority will be given to attendees whose work crosses borders of nation, culture and discipline.

Eligibility:

  • Students currently enrolled in a PhD or Master’s degree programme
  • Early career academics (academics who have completed a postgraduate degree programme within the last five years)

Conditions:

Abstracts submitted after the initial submission deadline of November 10, 2017 will not be considered for the scholarship. If you are awarded a grant or scholarship it is understood that you will attend the applicable IAFOR conference. If you are unable to attend the conference, your grant or scholarship will be forfeited.


The Reverend Professor Stuart D. B. Picken (1942-2016)Order of

The Reverend Professor Stuart D. B. Picken (IAFOR), Professor Arthur Stockwin, OBE (The University of Oxford) and Professor Jun Arima (University of Tokyo) discuss Japanese security at The European Conference on Economics, Politics and Law 2014.

The Stuart D. B. Picken Grant and Scholarship

The Stuart D. B. Picken Grant and Scholarship is awarded to PhD students and early career academics who are in need of funding to complete their research, and whose work demonstrates academic excellence. Priority will be given to attendees whose work is interdisciplinary in nature. Recipients receive a grant of up to 500 USD towards airfare and accommodation, as well as a scholarship to cover full conference registration fees for the IAFOR conference at which their work will be showcased.

Eligibility:

  • Students currently enrolled in a PhD or Master’s degree programme
  • Early career academics (academics who have completed a postgraduate degree programme within the last five years)

Conditions:

Abstracts submitted after the initial submission deadline of November 10, 2017 will not be considered for the scholarship. If you are awarded a grant or scholarship it is understood that you will attend the applicable IAFOR conference. If you are unable to attend the conference, your grant or scholarship will be forfeited.

About the Stuart D. B. Picken Memorial Fund
About Stuart D. B. Picken (1942–2016)

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IAFOR–Institution Scholarships

IAFOR also partners with specific institutions or courses to offer scholarships that cover conference registration fees. These scholarships are only available to students who meet the criteria detailed below.

IAFOR–OSIPP Scholarship

This scholarship covers registration fees for Master’s students at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, to attend any IAFOR conference held in Japan. Available to all Master’s students at OSIPP.

IAFOR–Barcelona University Scholarship

This scholarship covers registration fees for two PhD students at the University of Barcelona to attend and present at The IAFOR International Conference on Global Studies and The IAFOR International Conference on the City in Barcelona, Spain.


Available Discounts

IAFOR is pleased to offer an exclusive 30% discount on registration for ACAH to current students and staff members of its Global Partner organisations, whose support contributes to making IAFOR conferences a truly rewarding experience. Students and staff members of conference Event Partners are eligible for a 20% discount.

In addition, IAFOR offers a 10% discount to participants who have attended an IAFOR conference in the past, as well as a 50% discount for participants wishing to present a second paper at the same conference. We currently offer Early Bird and Advance Registration rates for presenters and an Early Bird rate for audience members.

If you are eligible for one of these offers, please contact acah@iafor.org.

Learn more about ACAH registration rates.