CEAPS News & Announcement

CEAPS News & Announcement

  • Early Career Grants for China Scholars
    8/17/2017

    Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies

    Amount:  Varies by program

    Deadline:  November 8, 2017 – 8 pm CST 

    Guidelines: RFP

    A program of the Henry Luce Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, the Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies seeks to maintain the vitality of China studies in the United States through fellowships and grants for scholars early in their careers.

    The program offers three competitions:

    1) Pre-Dissertation Summer Travel Grants for Research in China are designed to enable doctoral candidates to spend three to four months in 2018 gaining familiarity with work under way in archives and field sites in China and to establish formal and informal relations with Chinese institutions and colleagues in preparation for subsequent full-time research in China. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program at a university in the U.S. Grants will provide $5,000 for costs associated with travel to and a stay in China (air and ground transportation, visas, and living expenses).

    2) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for scholars preparing their PhD dissertation research for publication or who are embarking on a new research project. Funding will support work based on the applicant's research in China and aimed at producing a scholarly text in English. Applicants must hold a PhD from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a PhD from any institution. The PhD degree must be completed by November 8, 2017, and conferred by May 31, 2018. An applicant who is not a U.S. citizen must have an affiliation with a university or college in the U.S.  whose degree was conferred no more than eight years before the application deadline. A working knowledge of Chinese is required. Fellowships provide up to $50,000 for a maximum of one academic year and a minimum of one semester. Stipends may be used for travel, living expenses, and research costs.

    3) Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants of up to $15,000 provide opportunities for scholars of different disciplines to share in-depth investigation of texts that are essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events in contemporary or historical times. Applications in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences are welcome. Awards may be used to support travel and lodging costs of participants, acquisition of materials, communications, and local arrangements. Workshops must bring together scholars who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work together. Each member of the organizing team must hold a PhD from an institution in the U.S. or be a U.S. citizen with a PhD from any institution.

    You can contact the U of I Office of Foundation Relations for:

    1. Illinois researchers who have experience with this foundation
    2. Background information about this foundation
    3. Guidance through the campus processes
    4. Proposal development and/or review

  • Fall 2017 Course Highlight: MUS 418 East Asian Music
    8/17/2017

    Fall 2017
    MUS 418 Section A
    Tuesday/Thursday, 1:00 -2:20 pm

    Instructor: Priscilla Tse

    This course focuses on music in East Asia. By exploring historical and ethnographic works by scholars in ethnomusicology, history, anthropology, and communication, this course examines various traditional and contemporary genres of music and theater. Through case studies, we will examine major topics—including nationalism, modernity, ethnicity, gender, colonialism, and globalization—of modern East Asia. This course aims to enhance students’ cross-cultural understanding, interdisciplinary approach on performance, and critical thinking on the concepts of “East Asia” and “performance.”

  • National Gallery of Art Fellowship Opportunities (September and October deadlines)
    8/17/2017

    National Gallery of Art Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Fellowship Opportunities

    The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts announces its programs for senior fellowships, visiting senior fellowships, and A.W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowships. Fellowships are for full-time research, and scholars are expected to reside in Washington and to participate in the activities of the Center throughout the fellowship period.

    Senior Fellowship Program, 2018-2019

    One Paul Mellon Fellowship and four to six Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Samuel H. Kress, and William C. Seitz Senior Fellowships are awarded each academic year. Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period. Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellowships support research on European art before the early nineteenth century. The William C. Seitz Senior Fellowship primarily supports research on modern and contemporary art. Senior fellowship applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of forms.

    Visiting Senior Fellowships, 2018-2019

    Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowships support research in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of any geographic area and of any period. Visiting senior fellowship applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of visual forms.

    A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, 2018–2020

    The postdoctoral fellowship fellowship program is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. One fellowship will be awarded biennially for two consecutive academic years to a postdoctoral fellow studying the history, theory, or criticism of the visual arts of any period or culture. The A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to reside in Washington. During the first year the fellow undertakes independent research and writing. The fellow also designs and directs an intensive weeklong seminar for the seven predoctoral fellows at CASVA, focusing on a topic related to the applicant's field of interest and with a special emphasis on methodological issues. In the second academic year, while continuing research and writing in residence, the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow teaches one course (advanced undergraduate or graduate) by arrangement at a neighboring university. The fellow will also direct an intensive weeklong seminar for the seven predoctoral fellows in residence, which can be a repeat or revision of the one designed and directed in the first academic year.

  • Call for Papers: Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, January 10-11, 2018 (Deadline: October 15, 2017)
    7/14/2017

    Second Annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference Engaging 'China': Perspectives from the Margins

    Graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for the second annual University of Oxford China Humanities Graduate Conference, which takes the theme of ‘engagement’ in the Chinese context as its point of departure. We welcome papers that work with modern and pre-modern subject material and from all humanistic disciplines, including but not limited to history, literary and cultural studies, art, film and media studies, philosophy, human geography, anthropology, musicology and religion.

    ​This conference asks applicants to critically assess through the lens of 'engagement' how the idea of 'China' as a geographical, cultural and national signifier is created. How is China engaging with neighbours close and far away? How does it attract the world and communities within? How do communities within and without engage with China? How does engagement inform the ways in which ‘China’ is conceived? Through this conference, we wish to highlight the ways, both past and present, in which ‘engagement’ is central to understanding ‘China’.

    Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

    1. Circulation of philosophical and religious texts, ideas, and institutions
    2. ‘China’ in cultural products, including literature, film, visual art, theatre, music, etc.
    3. Cultural production of minorities within China and the Chinese diaspora
    4. Subcultures in China
    5. Exchanges of material culture
    6. Linguistic exchange
    7. Trade and the tributary system
    8. Diplomacy, war, and peace
    9. Tourism and migration to, from, and within China
    10. Cross-border dimensions of environmental and health issues
    11. Co-operation and conflict in science and technology
    12. Methods and attitudes of scholarship in and about China

    The conference will be held predominantly in English but we accept a limited number of submissions written in both English and Chinese and presented in Mandarin.

    We plan to produce a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal out of the best conference papers. Successful applicants who wish to be considered for publication are encouraged to submit a full paper at the time of the conference.

    ​Please submit a 250–300-word abstract and 150-word biography to oxfordchinagradconference@gmail.com by October 15th 2017, 17:00 (GMT).

    ​Organising committee - Yeo Min Hui, Frances O'Morchoe, Stefano Gandolfo

  • Google's AlphaGo Challenges East Asian Intelligence, Again
    5/25/2017Anya Badaldavood writer Anya Badaldavood by Anya Badaldavood published by Anya Badaldavood

    Go is an ancient Chinese board game extremely popular in China, Japan, and Korea. It is the most complex of all board games, the last line of defense of human mind against artificial intelligence. After the 4 to 1 Google DeepMind's AlphaGo defeat of the top South Korea Go player Lee Sedol last year, AlphaGo now takes on World No. 1 19-year-old Chinese phenom Ke Jie at the Future of Go Summit, 23-27 May 2017.

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