Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies is pleased to announce the 2015-16 competition for the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chinese Studies. Well-designed projects from any academic discipline, at any stage, from initial research to revision for publication, are welcome. To apply, please visit the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship guidelines.
As everyone knows, china is delicate by nature, and must be handled with care. It turns out that the same is true with China, as the “Unpacking China” international workshop showed in April. This symposium, co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center together with the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation, brought together twenty-four scholars, including eight Harvard PhD students, for two days of discussions over questions pertaining to the discursive constructions of “China” in history, geography, and literature. Read more about China "Unpacked" With Care
With assistance from the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Devin Fitzgerald spent the summer of 2014 in Beijing pursuing archival research for his dissertation, “News and the Making of Early Modern China.” His project relies on a number of collections, including the Number One Historical Archives and the National Library, to uncover scattered traces of a society overwhelmed by contradictory reports during the Ming-Qing transition.Read more about Pursuing Archival Research in Beijing
July was a big month for Fairbank faculty member Wai-yee Li, Professor of Chinese Literature in EALC. The Harvard University Asia Center Press published her newest (and biggest!) book, Women and National Trauma in Late Imperial Chinese Literature. In a study spanning various genres, Professor Li delves into the politics of culture – and the culture of politics – in the tumultuous seventeenth century. Read more about Wai-yee Li: Twin Peaks
After last fall’s successful launch of Harvard’s massive open online course (MOOC) on China, ChinaX, what’s next? With approximately 50,000 participants and active discussion forums, ChinaX will be expanding its breadth to meet increasing interest. We got a preview from one of the course’s instructors and Fairbank Center faculty member, Peter Bol, Vice Provost for Advances in Learning and the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Read more about New Developments on ChinaX