Call for Applications

Trans-Pacific Chinese Historical Research Council Winter Institute, Academia Sinica

Date: January 3-12, 2013
Location: Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
Sponsors: Academia Sinia, Taiwan, and Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

The mission of the Trans-Pacific Chinese Historical Research Council is to further bi-lingual collaboration and communication in research and learning on subjects related to Ming-Qing, Modern, and contemporary Chinese societies by developing and supporting historical, interdisciplinary and comparative projects.

The Trans-Pacific Chinese Historical Research Council's Winter Institute offers advanced students training and experience working in archival collections. Students from UC Berkeley and other institutions are invited to take part in an intensive 10-day seminar-style workshop that will take place at the Academia Sinica in Taipei.

The Winter Institute of 2013 is jointly sponsored by the Institutes of Ethnography and Taiwan Studies. The theme of this year's program will be Taiwanese Han religions and society in a historical perspective. Students with research interests related to Taiwanese temple practice are encouraged to apply. The program will offer seminars on a variety of topics, including: "A Summary of Taiwanese Religion," "A Theoretical Analysis of Folk Beliefs on Incense Burning," and "Developing Religions." Students will also be introduced to relevant archival and bibliographical collections held at the Academia Sinica. Seminars will be supplemented with site visits to temples and the observation of popular practices in Tainan and Taichung. Field trips to Taipei's important archival and bibliographical collections and museums will also be arranged.

Discussions will be led by Academia Sinica anthropologists and historians of Taiwan and will be conducted principally in Chinese. Faculty members from Berkeley will be present to help facilitate the discussions. It is imperative that graduate students have the necessary language training to engage in serious academic discourse in Chinese. Those with the equivalent of intermediate Classical Chinese and advanced Modern Chinese are invited to apply.

Room and board will be provided for Berkeley students and round-trip airfare is covered by UC Berkeley.

To apply, students should submit by email a C.V. and a one page summary of their current research, which includes a discussion of how the Winter Institute will benefit their work, to Charlotte Cowden at Questions about the program and application procedures can be addressed to Charlotte by email or phone, at 510-643-5256.

Applications are due at 5 p.m. on October 15, 2012.

Download the announcement here.