News & Highlights

An Undergraduate’s Adventures in Taiwan by Ralph Hunt

An Undergraduate’s Adventures in Taiwan

November 4, 2014

By: Ralph Hunt, 2014 Jeffrey Gu Memorial Grant Recipient

During this past spring semester I studied abroad in Taipei, Taiwan through the CIEE Taipei: Intensive Language and Culture program. I was based at National Chengchi University in southern Taipei. I had placed into an advanced Chinese class, so I spent my afternoons studying Taiwanese news reports and articles with classmates who came from South Korea, France, Italy, Holland, the United States, and Peru.  But it was when class was over that the real fun began.

Market Regulation in Qing China by Maura Dykstra

Market Regulation in Qing China

November 4, 2014

How were markets governed in Qing China? They are often imagined as the height of early modern inefficiency, where sectors that the state did not itself control were partitioned between monopolistic guilds. Because its laws on trade were undeveloped and its merchant groups insufficiently formalized, China struggled to compete with modern Western states and corporations.

Digital Approaches to Late Imperial Chinese Literature by Paul Vierthaler

Digital Approaches to Late Imperial Chinese Literature

November 4, 2014

In this talk “Digital Approaches to Late Imperial Chinese Literature: Exploring Quasi-historical Texts,” Paul Vierthaler discusses using statistical methods adopted from stylometric analysis to clarify the complicated stylistic relationships among late Ming and early Qing novels on historical events, drama on historical events, and yeshi 野 史 (unofficial histories), which he collectively calls “quasi-history.” After introducing quasi-histories, he discusses some of the intricacies of using stylometry to …

2015-16 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship Announced

2015-16 An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship Announced

September 23, 2014

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.

China "Unpacked" With Care

China "Unpacked" With Care

September 17, 2014

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.
 

Pursuing Archival Research in Beijing by Devin Fitzgerald

Pursuing Archival Research in Beijing

September 17, 2014

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.

New Developments on ChinaX

New Developments on ChinaX

September 16, 2014

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.