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American Research in the Humanities in China Fellows

The Committee on Scholarly Communications with China (CSCC) Program awards grants to U.S. scholars for research in China for periods of 4-12 months. Funding for the program was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The CSCC, jointly sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Social Science Research Council, was established in 1966 to promote contacts between individual American scholars and private scholarly groups and their counterparts in China.

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Michael C. Brose
Michael C. Brose  |  Abstract
This research project investigates the roles of Uyghur elites in Ming and later-imperial China after the Mongols lost power. Research for this project will use official (local gazetteers) and private (epitaphs, essays, etc.) writings produced during the Ming and Qing eras that document activities of Uyghurs in three separate areas of late-imperial China, Nanjing (Jinling) and surrounding counties (esp. Liyang), Jiangxi (Nanchang and Ji’an city), and Yunnan (KKunming and Yao’an city). Affiliations with scholars in Nanjing, Shanghai, Kunming and other sites will be used to gain admission to provincial archives and libraries, and as consultants in my research project. This project will also be based on prior research on Ming and Qing national gazetteers, etc., done before ht research in China is begun. Sources have been identified that should provide date on Uyghur career, residence, and local affiliations in these select locations during Ming.

Associate Professor, History, University of Wyoming  -  Uyghurs in Ming China
Yunnan University

Zaixin Hong
Zaixin Hong  |  Abstract
This project will investigate a little-studied yet important relationship between guohua (Chinese national-style painting) and an emerging global market for it by studying a half-century-long dynamic dialogue between Huang Binhong (1865-1955), a leading guohua master, and art dealers, collectors, artists and art historians in the West. This two-way interchange benefited Huang’s own development and contributed to the art, scholarship and marketing of Chinese art of his time. He combined his aesthetic innovations with a striking out in new directions into networking in Western art marketing and scholarship. Considering both the greatness of his paintings, which have skyrocketed in price recently, and of his leading role in revitalizing the Chinese art tradition, the book will add a Chinese perspective to the current interest in the West in art marketing and collecting, but also should contribute to the awareness of Western approaches for art historians.

Associate Professor, Art, University of Puget Sound  -  Chinese Painting in a Global Market: Huang Binhong and the Opening Up of Art Traditions in Modern China
China National Academy of Fine Arts

Bonnie Cheng
Bonnie Cheng  |  Abstract
My project examines the tradition of figurines, murals, and architecture in tombs of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (3rd-6th c. CE), a pivotal yet understudied era in Chinese history. I consider tombs as sites of cultural negotiation, through which non-Chinese (Turkic) rulers appropriated and actively altered burial practices to mediate pressing ethnic concerns and to legitimate their authority in territory traditionally ruled by the Chinese. Reconfigurations of tomb furnishings transformed the grave from a space of the imagined afterlife to one focused on commemorating this life. My contextualized approach breaks down political and artistic boundaries prevalent in existing studies to present the first interpretive art historical study of early medieval tombs.

Assistant Professor, Art History and East Asian Studies, Oberlin College  -  Animating Dead Space: Medieval Chinese Tombs and the Negotiation of Cultural Traditions
Central Academy of Fine Arts