2010 Scholarships for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Chinese Studies


2010 Scholarships for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Chinese Studies:

Candidates in the humanities or social sciences with an approved dissertation prospectus, enrolled at a university in the United States or Canada.  The basic award is $5,000.00.  There is a $10,000.00 special award given in memory of the founder Mr. Chi-Chung Yu, to the top winner.

Send a completed application form, curriculum vitae, official transcript of graduate course work, reprints of publications (if any), and a project description in English and Chinese.

DEADLINE for applications:  June 30, 2010.


China Times Cultural Foundation

P.O. Box 521234

Flushing, NY  11352

Tel: 718-460-4900

Fax: 718-479-4900

E-mail: ctcfmail@yahoo.com

Matt Saba Wins 2010 Margaret B. Sevcenko Prize

Polychrome lusterware bowl. Iraq, ca. 9th century. Collection of Harvey Plotnick, Chicago, IL.

Current student Matt Saba won the 2010 Margaret B. Sevcenko Prize for his paper, “Abbasid Lusterware and the Aesthetics of ‘ajab.” The prize is granted annually by the Historians of Islamic Art Association for the best paper in Islamic art by a young scholar, defined as graduate school through three years past the PhD. Congratulations, Matt!

Short-Term Research Fellowships from the New York Public Library

The Rose Main Reading Room, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

A current student just let us know about these fellowships available from the New York Public Library for “scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research.”

‘Playing with Pictures’

It’s possible you already read about this via the department’s Facebook page. (Yes, we have a Facebook page. Become a fan!) Either way, this warrants repeating.

Current student Miranda Hofelt and department alum Liz Siegel helped put together “Playing with Pictures,” an exhibition now at MoMA, that received a positive review in Friday’s New York Times. Miranda worked on the show while she was a Rhoades Intern at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Read the full article here.

Guest Post: From Coursework to Dissertation Work

Ian Bourland, a current ABD, has agreed to share his experiences making the transition from coursework to dissertation work and from Hyde Park to New York (+ various stops along the way). Thanks, Ian, for this thoughtful report!

Other students: feel free to share your own experiences or questions in the comments.

I was always amazed when I looked at the list of current grad students in our department.  The sheer number of people on that list compared to the number of people with whom I regularly interacted at CWAC was, for me, a disconnect.  Where did all these people go?  Were they jettisoned into the ether?  Holed up in some sawdust floor tenement, buried under a pile of second-hand Bakhtin books?

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Moving Daze

Some photos of the move, in preparation for our new floor:


Hall/Portable Power Grids:




Holiday Potluck


We had our department Holiday Potluck last Thursday. Above, a a sample of some of the food students, faculty, and staff prepared for the party. Christine’s mom made the potato pancakes in the lower right. They were so delicious. Can we offer her a position of some kind?

Really, though, all the food was fantastic, as usual. I thought again about how last Spring a faculty member asked me who catered Marty’s thank-you garden party: our graduate students!

Thanks to everyone who brought food and brought themselves to the party. It was just lovely! Hope your finals are going well and that you all have a super break.

See you (and the new floor) in the new year!

By the way, I took a lot of pictures, but none really turned out. Do you have pictures to share? Please send!

Tile Two


A follow up from our last tile-related post. Though most people on the blog preferred the darker tile, we ended up requesting a third option. We felt like the dark tile would be very striking in the hallways, but worried it would be too heavy and crowding in the furniture-full offices throughout the building. And we worried the light tile was too yellow. Pictured above you can see the tile we ended up choosing. We think it’s a good compromise between the two prior options.

Get ready. Come the new year, the first floor will have a whole new look. (Upstairs is coming this summer). Makeover 2010!

New Tile!

We are so pleased to announce that CWAC is getting a new floor. Here’s why (a particularly stunning example of our current floor):


And now we need your opinion. A or B? Vote in the comments!


Fieldwork, in Pictures

Irene Backus, who is in Italy doing research, gave me permission to raid her Facebook page  for photos. These are just two of her charming images from La Biennale di Venezia.