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Seminar Celebrates Luce-ACLS China Studies Fellows

7/27/2016

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The Fellows’ Seminar in China Studies took place in Glen Cove, NY, June 15-17, 2016.  Sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation and organized by the American Council of Learned Societies, the event celebrated postdoctoral fellows of the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies. Eleven fellows and five senior scholars gathered to discuss the fellowship projects, which ranged over a wide historical span and over many fields (from archaeology to social history), topics (from the Matsutake mushroom trade to gossip in seventeenth-century literature), and geographies (from Taiwan to Xinjiang).

In his opening remarks, Andrzej W. Tymowski, ACLS director of International Programs, urged participants to reflect on the conditions for research in China today, a special concern of the Henry Luce Foundation.  A fascinating discussion unfolded, with fellows and mentors describing with satisfaction the increased ease of access to archival sources made possible by digitization.  However, they also noted persistent problems in access to sources in China not available online: contacts with local Chinese scholars and negotiation of official permissions, they noted, are time-consuming and not always successful.

For details on the 2016-17 China studies competitions, please see www.acls.org/programs/china-studies/, where you will also find links to information on the 2016 awardees and their projects.

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