Funding Success! School of Culture, History and Language.

12th June 2019

Congratulations to the five CHL researchers who were awarded internal funding from this year’s Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) and round one of the CAP Asia Pacific Innovative Program (APIP)

China in the World grant

The 2019 inaugural Australian Centre on China in the World grant saw 27 strong applications, of which two CHL researchers were among the eleven fortunate recipients to be granted a portion of the generous $180,000.00 funding pool.
The CIW grants aim to support ANU researchers working on innovative, collaborative and multi-disciplinary activities which enhance the study of China at ANU. Associate Professor Jane Golley, Director of CIW, said that the outcome reflects the diversity of projects funded under the scheme and attests to the breadth and depth of China-related activities at ANU.

Dr Tom Cliff for the project Funny Money and Political Authority in China

The CIW grant will fund a publication workshop to bring together leading and up-and-coming Sinologists from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to focus on the problem of “funny money,” and its effect on political authority in contemporary China. To find out more about the fascinating and intriguing concept of “Funny Money” please read this

Dr Michael Schimmelpfennig for the project D_igital Text Analysis in Traditional Chinese Studies: Exploring Possibilities of the Computational Analysis of Multilayered Texts._

Distinguished international experts in the combined fields of Chinese studies and Digital Humanities, among them Christian Wittern (Kyoto), Donald Sturgeon (Harvard), and Paul Vierthaler (Leiden), will hold seminars to introduce scholars and students at ANU and beyond to the state of the art of computerized textual analysis in Chinese Studies. Additionally, they will conduct sessions to explore the possibilities of the computational analysis of multilayered texts. Finally, the workshop will provide a forum for students, ECRs and researchers to present their own current or future DH projects in the form of posters and discuss them with the experts. Participants of the forum will be competitively selected to receive eight mini-grants to support their participation. For more information about this innovative research and upcoming workshop, please read this here

The China in the World funding round will be held annually. For more information, please click here

Asia-Pacific Innovation Program (APIP) grant

The Asia-Pacific Innovation Program (APIP) is an internal funding opportunity designed to support research that is innovative; has potential to lead to further funding; supports Early Career Researchers (ECRs); has potential to develop new networks outside of CAP and the ANU; and displays CAP research achievements. This year 12 recipients, out of 18, were chosen to share $102,150.00 worth of funding, including the following four from CHL:

Dr Gerda Hendrike Schokkin for the project Building the infrastructure for an electronic reference grammar of Idi.

This project aims to build a digital platform to create an electronic reference grammar (e-grammar) of Idi, an under-documented language spoken in Western Province, Papua New Guinea. It will build the foundations for the first-ever publicly available descriptive e-grammar and set a new standard for producing language descriptions, bringing about a much-needed change in the way grammars are written. This project will be a vital testing ground to establish best practices in this new methodological approach, and will continue ANU's proud tradition of being at the forefront of writing grammars of undocumented languages.

Dr Meera Ashar for the project The ‘Wonders’ that Basham Saw.

This project undertakes an interdisciplinary investigation of the archive of AL Basham. It seeks to examine how a particular understanding of the Subcontinent was constructed with the help of visual and historical material. What did Basham see? What was he unable to see? The proposed workshop brings together global scholarship of modern and premodern history, of historiography, of art history and curatorship and of data mapping and visualisation. It will critically examine, with the help of Basham’s visual archive, Orientalist, colonial and nationalist constructions of the Subcontinent and highlight their implications for the (self-) representation of contemporary South Asia.

Dr Fengyuan Ji for the project_ To See Is to Believe: Political Messaging and the Chinese Linguistic Landscape_.

The main purpose of this project is to understand the masses of new political slogans and posters that have become an important part of the linguistic landscape in China's public spaces since Xi Jinping took power in 2012. The project will document the characteristics of this new linguistic landscape through photographic fieldwork in China's provinces and autonomous regions; it will analyse it using a theoretical framework that combines insights drawn from Foucault, Critical Discourse Analysis, perspectives from political science, and empirical research on language and thought. It will place it in its historical context, explaining how language and official policy have marched in lock-step ever since the Communist Party's victory in 1949. The project will result in refereed publications that assist our understanding of the ways in which Xi and the Chinese Communist Party promote their policies, burnish their image, identify themselves with China's past and future, and consolidate their rule.

Dr Tom Cliff for the project Funny Money and Political Authority in China

Dr Cliff will use his APIP funding to supplement his China in the World grant (details above), to enable three international scholars to participate in the Funny Money workshop. For further information on his APIP and CIW research funding activities, please click here

The Asia-Pacific Innovation Program (APIP) grant has four schemes and holds two rounds annually. Scheme 1 is open all year and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The upcoming round 2 for schemes 2-4 will open 2nd September and close 23 September, 2019. For further information, please click here

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