The American Council of Learned Societies Announces the 2020 Fellows and Grantees of the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies

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Awards Totaling $695,000 Recognize Path-Breaking Studies on China

Even in the midst of dire global uncertainty, ACLS remains committed to humanistic scholarship that can help us better understand the human experiences of the past, present, and years to come.

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) proudly announces the 2020 fellows and grantees of the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies. The program is made possible by the generosity of the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Now in its eighth year, the program supports scholarship on China’s societies, histories, cultures, religions, economies, art, cinema, environment, and technologies, from earliest times to today.

To accommodate ongoing COVID-19-related restrictions, this year’s fellows and grantees will be permitted to adjust their planned periods of travel to China.

“Even in the midst of dire global uncertainty, ACLS remains committed to humanistic scholarship that can help us better understand the human experiences of the past, present, and years to come,” said ACLS President Joy Connolly. “We are pleased to support a panorama of scholarship on China and are working closely with new and current fellows in this program to ensure they have the resources needed to pursue and share these innovative research projects.”

The 2020 Luce/ACLS China Studies Program made awards in three categories, totaling $695,000, for a wide variety of research projects.

ACLS awarded Predissertation-Travel Grants of $5,000 each to 17 graduate students for preliminary investigation of research sites and archives in China and for securing necessary institutional affiliations as they prepare for full-time dissertation research. Projects include studies of contemporary Chinese art and architecture, explorations of historic and recent environmental issues, and an examination of the impact of online dating on contemporary Chinese society. See the full list of 2020 Luce/ACLS Predissertation-Travel Grantees and their projects here.

ACLS also awarded Early Career Fellowships to 11 outstanding pre-tenure scholars. Each fellow will receive a $50,000 stipend for research intended for publication. Projects include an examination of special education models as China begins to embrace disability inclusion today; an exploration of the recent history of penal reform and living conditions of incarcerated women in Shanghai and Tianjin, China; and a study of Chinese workplaces in Africa. Portions of three fellowships were supported by funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. See the full list of 2020 Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellows here.

Finally, this year ACLS awarded Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grants to four teams of multi- and inter-disciplinary scholars and graduate students. Each team will receive $15,000 for examination of texts that constitute essential points of entry to Chinese periods, traditions, communities, or events, in either contemporary or historical times. Projects include a workshop exploring writings by, for, and about Buddhist women in the Tibetan language and one assessing biji (notebooks) as a genre of writing and sources for scholars studying Song China (960-1279). See the full list of 2020 Luce/ACLS Collaborative Reading-Workshop Grantees and their projects here.

Learn more about the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies and the Henry Luce Foundation and its grantmaking.

About the American Council of Learned Societies
Formed in 1919, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 75 scholarly organizations. As the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good. As such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member organizations, ACLS employs its $140 million endowment and $35 million annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to advocate for the centrality of the humanities in the modern world.

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