Michael Bourdaghs, Robert S. Ingersoll Professor in EALC, has been awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship to support work on his new book project, “From Postwar to Cold War: Japanese Culture in the Age of Three Worlds.” Previous scholarship on Cold War Japan has focused largely on the U.S.-Japan relationship, but this new book argues that a full understanding of cultural production from the period requires us to also look at how Japanese artists and thinkers actively participated in the Socialist bloc and in the so-called Third World of the nonaligned Bandung Movement. The book had its origins in a course Bourdaghs regularly teaches in EALC, “Japanese Cultures of the Cold War: Literature, Film, Music.” With this year’s award, Bourdaghs joins a long list of EALC faculty who been named Guggenheim Fellows, including Norma Field (1988), Donald Harper (2008), Tetsuo Najita (1981), Haun Saussy (2014), Anthony Yu (1976), and Judith Zeitlin (2011).
Kenneth Pomeranz, University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College, is one of this year's recipients of the prestigious Dan David Prize. The Dan David Foundation of Tel Aviv University awards three $1 million prizes, which "recognize and encourage innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms." For more information go here.
Susan Su will be traveling to Qinghai Province, China in 2019-2020, with a Fulbright U.S. Student fellowship to conduct research on contemporary literature and television as part of a dissertation project on the role of Tibetan language in contemporary media in Amdo Tibetan regions.
Aliz Horvath runs "Humanista: The Podcast," which explores what we can learn from the humanities from diverse perspectives. Her most recent episode invited EALC Associate Professor Hoyt Long to discuss the "hot topic" of digital humanities, under the title "Intertwinements". Previous episodes included a discussion on "belonging" with Michael O'Toole (UChicago PhD in Ethnomusicology) through the case of Kurdish migrant musicians in Berlin, as well as a conversation in Hungarian (with English translation) on "dichotomies" in approaching Japan from an academic and non-academic perspective with Judit Vihar (Professor of Japanese literature at Károli University in Budapest and President of the Hungary-Japan Friendship Society). The default language is English, but the podcast can switch to other languages as well, if the guests so request. Aliz does the recordings "on the road", wherever she travels. The podcast can be accessed here. humanistathepodcast.com
Emily Yoon is receiving acclaim for her first book of poetry, A Cruelty Special to Our Species, which focuses on the experiences of Korean women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Army during WWII. For more information go here.
Brian White received a Fulbright IIE fellowship to do research at Keio University in Tokyo
Alex Murphy was awarded a Fulbright-IIE U.S. Student Grant for research in Japan during the 2018-2019 year. Through an affiliation with the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, Alex will pursue archival materials related to Alex’s dissertation project, "The Era of the Voice: Performance, Technology, and Politics in Japan , 1918-1942."
Yuanxie Shi coauthored a book chapter with Kendall, Laurel, Curator at the American Museum of Natural History. "Who Miniaturises China? Treaty Port Souvenirs from Ningbo." In Life in Treaty Port China and Japan, edited by Donna Brunero and Stephanie Villalta Puig, 217-245. USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9789811073670
David Lebovitz will do research work in China and Hong Kong for the 2018=10 academic year under a Fulbright Hays award.
Both Naixi Feng and Boqun Zhou were awarded Mellon Humanities Dissertation Fellowships for 2018-19.
Sabine Schulz received a 2017-18 Nippon Foundation Fellowship to study in Yokohama, Japan.
Philomena Mazza-Hilway will do dissertation and archival work in Osaka, Japan during the 2018-19 year under a Toyota Dissertation Fellowship.
Kyle Peters published an article in Philosophy East-West. 68.2, April, 2018, titled “Artistic Production and the Making of the Artist: Applying Nishida Kitarō to Discussions of Authorship.” Kyle also presented a paper at the International Association for Japanese Philosophy, in March, 2018, titled “On the Importance of Thinking in Smaller Scales: On the Exclusion of Nakai Masakazu and the Rethinking of the Kyoto School as a Small Collective (shūdan).”
News of our Undergrads, Alumni, and more.
Recent EALC College graduate Samuel Baureis has been accepted into the highly competitive 2019-2020 Yenching Scholars program at Peking University: "While at the Yenching Academy at Peking University, I plan to continue my study of the philosophical significance of relationships in the Confucian context, specifically friendship, and the consequences such relationships have on ethical and political structures within a comparative philosophical framework. I have chosen to focus on friendship in particular because, out of the five primary relationships in Confucian philosophy, it has received the least attention in contemporary scholarly work. I believe that a philosophical look at the importance of friendship provides a productive jumping-off point for a larger comparative dialogue between Western and Confucian philosophies. In engaging in this topic, I hope to expand the sphere of cross-cultural knowledge held between Eastern and Western countries and enable effective and meaningful dialogue on pressing political and international issues."
Alumnus George Sipos will start an exciting new job in March 2019. To read full article click link https://blogs.umsl.edu/news/2018/11/26/george-sipos/amp/