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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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Marc L. Moskowitz
Marc L. Moskowitz  |  Abstract
This project examines the board game Weiqi and constructions of masculinity in Beijing, China. It explores three overlapping themes. The first is constructions of masculinity through playing the game; this focus represents a significant paradigm shift for Chinese gender studies, which tends to focus on sexuality or physical prowess as a means of examining masculinity. Second, the project explores the ways in which Weiqi players evoke the historical associations of the game as an elite and gentlemanly past time. Third, it examines the ways in which Weiqi becomes an emblem of national pride as China has slowly reclaimed supremacy of the game in East Asia.

Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of South Carolina  -  Weiqi Nation: Chinese Masculinities and Constructions of a Nostalgic Modernity

Wen Xing
Wen Xing  |  Abstract
This project develops an innovative Chinese paleographic approach. Different from the traditional approach that is subjective and not transparent, this novel approach features three aspects: transparent transcription, contextual reconstruction, and holistic interpretation. Providing transparency of transcribing process, a transparent transcription traces the original form of an archaic graph and directly transcribes it rather than simply gives its interpretative modern form. Contextual reconstruction and holistic interpretation pay particular attention to the context-specific information of the excavated texts, from the formats of the original materials, textual design layouts, to related tomb information, etc. Procedures and working principles will be established and demonstrated.

Associate Professor, Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures, Dartmouth College  -  Transparent transcription, Contextual Reconstruction, and Holistic Interpretation: An Innovative Approach to the Study of Excavated Chinese Texts

Dan Shao
Dan Shao  |  Abstract
Bloodline has been conceptualized as a biogenetic substance, used for nationalistic or racist rhetoric, and codified in laws in human societies past and present. When using the bloodline principle to define one’s nationality, questions arise concerning how powerful bloodline could be in defining national identity and political allegiance when national borders are shifting. This project provides a humanistic perspective to the studies on legal borders. Through archive-based and cross-disciplinary research, the project examines the cultural idioms and the social implications of the making and implementation of the first Chinese nationality law, and discusses the paradoxes that arise from transplanting nationality law to China during the years of regime changes.

Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  -  Chinese by Definition: Bloodline, Nationality Law, and State Succession, 1909-1997