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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: August 1, 2013

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

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 2013-2014 academic year. We welcome applications from all provinces in Vietnam.

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. 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 have very good English-speaking ability. These funds are available for 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. First, we may ask that they participate in a seminar with other fellows and scholars from the Center to develop and discuss their work. In addition, they might present their work to a larger audience at a lecture sponsored by the Center.

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

Deadline: October 1, 2013

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

With generous funding from the Luce Foundation, we are able to offer research awards of up to $10,000 to U.S.-based scholars who would like to travel to Vietnam to further their research agendas. Funds could be used to do fieldwork, go to libraries, access archives, attend seminars or meetings, work with Vietnamese 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 2013-2014 academic year. Up to two awards will be given out for the coming academic year.

We require a proposal from applicants of no more than five pages, which describes the research that will be conducted in Vietnam, and how this fits in to the applicant's larger 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 who have some proficiency in Vietnamese will be given priority. These funds are available for scholars of any rank, 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, sometime after they return. First, we may ask that they participate in a seminar with other fellows and scholars from the Center to develop and discuss their work. In addition, they might present their work to a larger audience at a lecture sponsored by the Center.

 
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P.O. Box 827651
Philadelphia, PA 19182-7651
 

Courses in Vietnamese Language, History, and Culture
 
Two levels of Vietnamese language instruction will be offered since the Spring 2007 term by Temple's Center for Critical Languages (see box).
 

Course Schedule for Fall 2011

At Main Campus:
1001 Vietnamese Elements I (4 credit)
Instructor: Ánh Nguyệt Phan
Department of Critical Languages
Tues Thurs 1:30 - 3:10

2001 Second Year Vietnamese I (4 credit)
Instructor: Ánh Nguyệt Phan
Department of Critical Languages
Tues Thurs 11:00 - 12:20

History 2217 Vietnam War (3 credit)
Instructor: Prof. Nguyen Thi Dieu
Tues Thurs 2:00 - 3:30
Cross-listed as Asian Studies 2217

Course Schedule for Spring 2012

1002 Vietnamese Elements II (4 credit)
Instructor: Ánh Nguyệt Phan
Department of Critical Languages
Tues Thurs 1:30 - 3:10

2002 Second Year Vietnamese II (4 credit)
Instructor: Ánh Nguyệt Phan
Department of Critical Languages
Tues Thurs 11:00 - 12:20

History 3556 Vietnam 1945-1992 (3 credit)
Instructor: Prof. Sophie Quinn-Judge
Mons Weds Fris 9:00 - 9:50
Cross-listed as Asian Studies 3556

 
Talks, Lectures, Events
 
Announcement and Call for Papers:

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.
Panel 1 – Women and Work
This panel includes a paper by Dr. Truong Thi Thuy Hang 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."
Panel 2 – Women at the Margins
Le Dan Dung, Ph.D. candidate at Vrije University in Amsterdam will present her research on Hmong women in Sapa. 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.
Panel 3 – Women and Leadership
Dr. Hien Thu Luong 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.
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 Tu 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.


Talk — See Lecture Series, Political Science Department

Structural Violence and State Building in East Asia


By Dr. Tuong Vu, Princeton University/University of Oregon

Sponsors: Department of Political Science, Institute for Public Affairs,
and The Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society

Date/Location: Monday, February 20, 12:00–2:30 p.m.
Women's Studies Lounge, Room 821 Anderson Hall

(A light lunch will be served at 12:00 pm, Talk begins at 12:45 pm.)

   Abstract: Modern states in East Asia were formed out of traditional and colonial empires about 200 years after their European counterparts and 100 years after Latin American states. While modern East Asian states are much younger, cohesive and effective states are the norm in East Asia just as fragile and ineffective states are in Latin America. What explains East Asia's more advanced level of state development despite its later entrance into modernity? Based on four cases (China, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam), this paper argues that war, capital and elite support for financing state building are not central to the postcolonial growth of cohesive states in East Asia. Rather, structural violence, which is violence motivated by ideologies and executed systematically with the goal of establishing long-term ideological and political hegemony, was the primary cause of cohesive states in the East Asian context.

Bio: Tuong Vu is Visiting Research Fellow, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Princeton University, and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon. His book, Paths to Development in Asia: South Korea, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia (Cambridge, 2010) was selected by Asia Society as a 2011 Bernard Schwartz Award Honorable Mention. See Dr. Tuong Vu full page.


Documentary film (click on title below to see the preview)

Between Rivers:
Images of Vietnamese Philadelphians

By Paul Brian Osorio and Jayasinhji Jhala, Ph.D.

The research and film work was made possible
with support from the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society.

Contributions from Sophie Quinn-Judge, Ph.D., Kimberly Ann Goyette, Ph.D., Ngô Thanh Nhàn.

This film reveals contemporary Vietnamese culture in the city of Philadelphia through fleeting glances and artistic expressions. Unlike many conventional documentary films, it does not provide a overriding narrative or linear story, instead, it offers viewers a unique and informative window to Vietnamese food, art, culture, and community in a cinematic style employing both Cinéma vérité and Direct Cinema or "passive" camerawork. First engaging in extensive research and ethnography, the filmmakers then set out to document the prevalent features of Vietnamese culture that have been brought to this western city and show how they are thriving not only among Vietnamese immigrants, but also with native Philadelphians. Offering portraits of people engaging in a friendly and candid manner, the film shows that some of the most ordinary interactions can be culturally informative, inspirational, and enlightening.

This film proves very useful for those teaching and/or interested in the Vietnamese diaspora, cross cultural exchange, experimental documentary filmmaking, and Philadelphian society. It also opens up avenues for discussion of Eastern and Western cultural intersections, cultural preservation, and diaspora community development.


  October 12 2011
  12:00 Noon
  Council for Southeast Asia Studies at Yale University, Brown Bag Seminar

  "Le Duan and the Political Struggle for Peace in Vietnam"
  Sophie Quinn Judge
  Abstract >>

"The story of diplomatic efforts to avert conflict in Vietnam often ignores the complex politics of Vietnam, south and north. This talk will focus on Vietnamese attempts to neutralize the South, starting with the post-Geneva era, extending to the DRV [Democratic Republic of Vietnam] diplomacy of 1962 and finally, the interegnum of General Dương Văn Minh in 1963. Although Lê Duẩn is known as the major promoter of military struggle after 1954, new information from a Vietnamese study of the Resistance in the Western Mekong Delta shows Lê Duẩn as a skilfull political organizer in the months after the Geneva Accords divided Vietnam. He hoped to maintain communist influence in the south by ordering the infiltration of southern revolutionaries into the local government militias and armed forces of the religious sects after 1954. The Cao Đàis who took refuge in Phnom Penh in 1955, after Diệm's attack on their Tây Ninh base, joined a campaign organized by expatriate Vietnamese to call for a neutral South Vietnam. Their relations with the southern communists is one question this talk will explore. The NLF [National Liberation Front of South Vietnam] program of 1960 and a DRV diplomatic proposal, designed by Lê Duẩn in 1962, continued to advocate a neutral South Vietnam. The final point of this talk will examine the popularity of the neutral idea within South Vietnam and efforts by Gen. Minh to move from military to political competition."
 

Reception for the Hanoi National University of Education
10 May 2011, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor, CHAT Lounge

HNUE Delegation at Center
The Delegation from the Hanoi National University of Education
(Đại học Sư phạm Hà Nội):

  1. Mme, Dr. Nguyen Thi Tinh, Vice President, Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE)
  2. Asst. Prof., Dr. Le Dinh Trung, Head of Science & Technology Research, HNUE
  3. Mr. Vu Dinh Luu, Vice Director, HNUE Press (Publishing House)
  4. Mme. Do Thi Phan Thu, Staff, Office for Science & Technology Research
  5. Mr. Dao Anh Phuong, Staff, Office for Science & Technology Research
  6. Asst. Prof., Dr. Bui Van Nghi, Dean, School of Mathematics & Informatics
  7. Asst. Prof., Dr. Phung Ngoc Kiem, Head of Graduate Training Office
  8. Mme. Van Thi Xuan Thu, Head of Finance and Planning Office
  9. Mme. Le Thanh Chinh, Staff, Finance and Planning Office
  10. Mme. Nguyen Thi Loan, Director, State Treasure of Tu Liem, Hanoi


Highlighting Research from the Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society
This panel will highlight three research projects. The first (Goyette) concerns research on the growing
private sector in Vietnamese higher education and its effects on who has access to post-secondary
education. The second (Quinn-Judge) explores the ideas and careers of Vietnamese leaders who
advocated a peaceful, negotiated solution to a colonial war that grew into a civil war and one of the
bitterest conflicts of the Cold War. The third (Ngô Thanh Nhàn) describes a project which digitizes
and preserves the very important endangered documents in the Vietnamese ideographic
Nom script.

2010 Global Temple Conference
November 16, 2010 — Howard Grittis Student Center
South

Session 4: 09:40 AM - 10:50 AM
Room: 217D (2nd Floor)

Featuring:
— Prof. Kimberly A. Goyette (Department of Sociology),
"Stratification and the Growth of the Private Sector
in Higher Education in Vietnam"

— Prof. Sophia Quinn-Judge (Center's Vice Director)
"Looking for the Elusive Third Way"
— Dr. Ngô Thanh Nhàn,
"A British Library Endangered Archives Project: Digital
Preservation of an Ancient Hán Nôm archive in Vietnam"

(click here to view the full slide presentation, Acrobat pdf 24MB)

Following Global Temple Conference updates link here.


Center for the Study of Force & Diplomacy and
Center for Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture & Society

Remembering Vietnam:
The Last Memoir of War
in the Mekong Delta

Thursday November 11, 2010 - 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Gladfelter Hall, 9th Floor, Russell Weigley Room

Click here for full flyer.
Contact: rimmerma@temple.edu for further details.

Conference on Conflicting Claims on the South China Sea
25 March 2010 — Gladfelter Hall, 10th Floor

Conference Program 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM &
Reception Program 06:00 PM
and
Maps and Directions & Parking


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.

 


THE CENTER FOR VIETNAMESE PHILOSOPHY, CULTURE & SOCIETY TRUNG TÂM TRIẾT HỌC, VĂN HOÁ & XÃ HỘI VIỆT NAM
Gladfelter Hall, Room 1016 1115 Polett Walk Philadelphia, PA 19122 Contact: vietcent@temple.edu