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The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society at Temple University was founded in September, 2004. As a national center for scholarly research, educational training, and mutual understanding, the Center sponsors a range of programs on Vietnam's rich heritage of philosophy and culture including conferences, colloquia, classes, a research library, and courses in the Vietnamese language. The Center also coordinates scholarly and educational visits. The Center is currently participating in a multi-year faculty seminar program involving the Departments of Philosophy at Temple University and at the Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy in Hanoi. The programs have taken place in Hanoi, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

As part of this project, Temple and the Ho Chi Minh Academy are cooperating on an on-line handbook of philosophical terms from East and West, with entries in both Vietnamese and English. This project is being supported by the Ford Foundation. English-Vietnamese Handbook on Philosophy and Political Economy

  ▶ The Center welcomes new Staff and new Fellows!

Call for Proposals for Research Awards
from the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society

Deadline: September 10, 2014

Please address all questions and send the requested material (proposal, CV, budget, and letter of reference) as email attachments to Prof. Kimberly Goyette at

With the generous funds from the Luce Foundation, we are able to offer research awards of up to $10,000 to Vietnamese scholars who would like to travel to the United States to further their research agendas. Funds could be used to go to libraries, access archives in the United States, attend seminars or meetings, work with U.S. scholars on joint projects, or for other research-related purposes. Funds are not intended to be used for language training or for degree attainment. Research can be proposed for anytime during the 2014-2015 academic year. We welcome applications from all provinces in Vietnam. For the coming academic year we hope to be able to fund two scholars.

We require a proposal from applicants of no more than five pages, which describes the research that will be conducted in the U.S., and how this fits in to the applicant's larger research agenda. Applicants should specifically address how doing research in the U.S. will further their research agenda. We ask that the applicant include a current CV and one letter of reference from someone familiar with his or her work. Applicants should also include a proposed budget. Applicants should be able to offer proof of a high level of proficiency in spoken English. These funds are available for scholars of all levels, from advanced graduate students to experienced professors.

Those scholars to whom we award research money will be asked to share their research with the Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. This is not a requirement of the grant, however. Researchers are expected to be able to do their research independently and will not be affiliated with Temple University.

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Talks, Lectures, Events

A Workshop at Temple University
sponsored by
the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society
with the support of the Luce Foundation
May 21-22, 2014

Women and Development in Vietnam

This workshop will feature reports on the research of three Vietnamese women who have received small research grants from Temple University's Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society. The Center was founded in 2004 to encourage scholarly collaboration and exchange between Vietnam and the US.

Each of these presentations will form the core of one panel. We have invited U.S.-based experts on Vietnam and women's issues to chair these three panels and to act as discussants. We would like to encourage other US-based researchers to join our discussions, so if you or a student you know has been working on a topic in one of these subject areas, we would be happy to consider your papers for inclusion in this workshop.

If you would like to submit an abstract of approximately 500 words, we can accept them up until March 31, 2014. The basic framework for the workshop is below.
May 21, 2014

10:00 am–10:30 am — Greetings & Welcome

10:30 am–12:30 pm — Panel 1 – Women and Work
This panel includes a paper by Dr. Trương Thị Thuý Hằng of the National Institute of Educational Management in Hanoi, on "Women Who Abandon their Land to Move to the City". The panel chair and discussant will be Ann Marie Leshkowich, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the College of Holy Cross in Massachusetts and the author of many works on gender and economic transformation in Vietnam. This panel will also be joined by Professor Yana Rodgers of the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers. She will present research on "Land Reform and Welfare in Vietnam: Why Gender of the Land-Rights Holder Matters".

1:00 pm–2:15 pm — Lunch at the Diamond Club (basement of Mitten Hall)

2:30 pm–4:30 pm — Panel 2 – Women at the Margins
Lê Dân Dung, Ph.D. candidate at Vrije University in Amsterdam will present her research on Hmong women in Sapa. A second paper will be presented by Ilene Crawford, Professor of English and Women's Studies, Director, Liberal Studies Program, Southern Connecticut State University. Her topic is "Failing to Make the Grade: The National Foreign Language Project 2020's Impact on Female English Teachers in Vietnam's Southern Provinces". The panel chair and discussant will be Pamela McElwee, Assistant Professor of Human Ecology in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. Prof. McElwee has written extensively on gender and minority issues in Vietnam.

5:30 pm — Reception at the home of Drs. Phillip Alperson & Mary Hawkesworth

May 22, 2014

9:30 am–11:30 am — Panel 3 – Women and Leadership
Dr. Hiền Thu Lương and Châu Mỹ Linh will present a report on creating a Center For Women in Politics and Public Administration in Hanoi. The panel chair and discussant will be Mary Hawkesworth, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.

11:30 am–12:30 pm — Ending Comments & boxed lunch

We have also invited experts on women in Vietnam to present comments and their critique at the final session of the workshop, to stimulate discussion among participants about the future of research on issues linked to Women and Development in Vietnam. These are Jean Munro, Senior Technical Specialist at UNDP Hanoi, who directs a project on the Empowerment of Women in the Public Sector. Joining her will be Dr. Kristy Kelly, Director of the Global and International Education Program at Drexel University's School of Education. Dr Kelly is also affiliated with Columbia University, and she frequently consults on gender and development issues in Vietnam. We will also be joined by Tú Packard, Fellow of the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society and Senior Economist at Moody's Analytics, who has consulted on projects in Vietnam for the World Bank, UNDP, and UNRISDI.

We look forward to hearing from anyone interested in joining this workshop, either as a participant or as an observer.

Please reply to Prof. Kimberley Goyette or Prof. Sophie Quinn-Judge.

Thanks for your interest!

A pre-AAS workshop, sponsored by the Vietnam Studies Group:

Vietnamese Identities

At the Weigley Room, Gladfelter Hall, 1115 Polett Walk
9:00 am - 5:30 pm, Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Conference Program
Conference Abstracts

  • 9:00 AM – Welcoming remarks
    from Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society and Vietnam Studies Group.
  • 9:15 AM – Panel 1: History and National Identity
    Indigenous Democracy in Vietnamese Ancient Culture, Hải Hồng Nguyễn, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia.
    The historiography about Nguyễn Huệ and the Tây Sơn period and the condition of "disrupted modernity" of the modern Vietnamese nation, Nguyễn Quốc Vinh, Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations.
    The Past Doesn't Pass: Memory and Identity in Commemorating the War Dead, Hoa T. Nguyễn, Trent University.
    "Because we are all compatriots": People's Diplomacy and the Vietnamese in France during the Vietnam War, Nguyễn Nguyệt, American University.
  • 11:00 AM – Coffee and Tea Break
  • 11:30 AM – Panel 2: Social and Cultural Identities
    American Consumer Culture and its Impact on Identity in the Republic of Vietnam in 1965, Helen Phó, University of Texas at Austin
    The Mixture of Film Styles and Questions of Identity in Contemporary Vietnamese Cinema, Quí-Hà Hoàng Nguyễn, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
    Religious Place and Threads of Memory Through Time: The Dialogic Construction(s) of Chăm Identity at Po Klaung Garai, Dave Paulson, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, Temple University
    Engaging with Vietnam: Meditations on Chăm-Vietnamese historical relations and developing the Intellectual Middle Ground, William Noseworthy, Ph.D. candidate in History, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  • 12:50 PM – Break for Lunch
  • 2:00 PM – Discussion Panel 2
  • 2:40 PM – Musical Interlude
    Musical Interlude: Creativity and Traditional Music in Post-socialist Vietnam, Alexander M. Cannon, Assistant Professor of Music History/Ethnomusicology, Western Michigan University.
  • 3:00 PM – Panel 3: Nôm Identities
    Collective Visualization of the 三國 Three Kingdoms in Vietnam, Nam Nguyễn, Vietnam National University.
    An excerpt from a Nôm 從 tuồng drama 張屠肉傳 Trương đồ nhục truyện "The tale of Trương the butcher", by Nguyễn Tô Lan (Viện Nghiên cứu Hán Nôm, Hanoi and Harvard Yenching Institute) & Ngô Thanh Nhàn (Nôm Studies, Temple University), click here for the excerpt text.
    A revisit to 三千字解音 Tam Thiên Tự Giải Âm 1831: The first popular Nôm literacy textbook, Lê Mai Phương (independent, Nôm Studies) & Ngô Thanh Nhàn (Nôm Studies, Temple University).
  • 4:15 PM – Coffee and Tea Break
  • 4:30 PM – Discussion of Panel 3
  • 5:00 PM – Closing Remarks and Final Discussion

Séminaires de Master "Histoire de l'Asie Circulation des idées et des savoirs, réseaux transnationaux et acteurs" (Claire Trân Thi Liên) et "Les relations internationales contemporaines" (Sophie Coeuré)

Rue Albert Einstein, Paris 13e Métro ligne 14 - RER C Arrêt Bibliothèque François Mitterrand

Three Lectures
by Professor Sophia Quinn-Judge

at Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7

  • Women in the early Vietnamese communist movement: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Her Unexamined Legacy 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges, Room 127, Friday, March 7, 2014
  • Histoire du communisme viêtnamien: sources et méthodes, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Bâtiment Sophie Germain, Room 1019, Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  • International Influences on the Vietnamese Communist Movement: from Moscow and Paris to Shanghai and Singapore, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Bâtiment Olympe de Gouges, Room 204, Friday, March 14, 2014.

Research at the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture and Society:

From Nôm to the NLF

At the 8th annual Global Temple Conference!:
Global Movement: Migration, Urbanization & Cultural Dynamics,
Howard Gittis Student Center, Room 217C,
10:00 - 10:50 AM, Wednesday, November 20, 2013
See Schedule at a glance & Program.

To be display: 13 Nôm calligraphy rolls depicting "The Tale of Trương the Butcher"

Our session will mainly be devoted to the research on Nôm manuscripts by Dr. Lan and Dr. Nhàn. Dr. Lan will discuss a Vietnamese Nôm translation for theater of the classic "Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Dr. Nhàn will discuss his joint research on "The First popular ideographic literacy course in Vietnam," a book using Vietnamese Nôm ideograms to define Hán (Chinese) characters. Finally Dr. Quinn-Judge will discuss current research on wartime Vietnamese leadership politics, focusing on those leaders who came after Ho Chi Minh.
  1. Hanoi's Long 1963: The End of the Dream of Peace? by Sophia Quinn-Judge, History
  2. A Translation in Vietnamese Nôm for Theater of 三國志演義 "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," by Dr. Nguyễn Tô Lan, Harvard-Yenching Institute, (Hover here for the Abstract), and
  3. An introduction to 三千字解音 Tam Thiên Tự Giải Âm 1831: The first popular ideographic literacy course in Vietnam, by Lê Mai Phương & Ngô Thanh Nhàn, Nôm Studies. (Hover here for the Abstract).

Connection Vietnam — December 2011 – January 2012

Planning for Academic Exchanges

By Prof. Kimberly Goyette & Prof. Sophia Quinn-Judge
The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society

Meeting professors and students from the Sociology Department,
Tôn Đức Thắng University, for a question and answer session.

Map of Hanoi 1490
known as 昇竜 Thăng Long during the reign of 洪德 Hồng Đức

from Hoàng Thành Thăng Long [Imperial Citadel],
Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences: Institute of Archaeology.
Hanoi: Culture - Information Publishing House, 2006. Page 197.


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