March 12, 2015 -- The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF) are pleased to announce a collaborative program to create an annual summer institute for young scholars on the general topic of “Chinese Studies and Global Humanities.” The collaboration, funded with a $105,000 grant from the CCKF and $45,000 from the CHCI, will support one summer institute each year for three years beginning in 2016. The summer institutes will invite established scholars from different regions as speakers to share their insights and experiences with participating junior scholars. “In facilitating creative interplay between Chinese Studies and Global Humanities, the CCKF and CHCI hope that the summer institutes will create new interdisciplinary and globalized research and contribute significantly to the development of both Chinese Studies and Global Humanities,” said Srinivas Aravamudan, President of CHCI.
The host organization and the precise topic of the institute will vary each year. CHCI member organizations will propose institutes according to guidelines to be developed by the CHCI; the selection of each year’s host will be made by the CHCI International Advisory Board about a year in advance of each institute.
The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange is a non-profit organization established in 1989 in honor of the late President of Taiwan (the Republic of China), Chiang Ching-kuo. The mission of the foundation is to support and promote the understanding of Chinese culture and society overseas so as to strengthen the bonds between foreign and local scholarly communities in Taiwan. The CCKF is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, and it also maintains a regional office in the US and supports research centers in Hong Kong, Europe, and the U.S. “One of the goals of this program is to demonstrate what scholarship in the Chinese humanities can do to illuminate questions that are of general global humanistic concern,” says Professor Hsiung Ping-chen, Director of the Research Institute for the Humanities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and also a member of CHCI’s International Advisory Board. “The summer institutes will also show how approaches to the humanities in other parts of the world can be of use to interpret and influence the humanities in China.”
Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) is an international network of humanities centers and institutes, mostly within institutions of higher education around the world. Currently the CHCI has a membership of 208 organizations: 67% in North America, 16% in Europe, 14% in Asia and the Pacific Rim (including China, Macao, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and Australia), with several institutes in Africa and Israel. The CHCI’s major programs are an annual meeting of the membership, which focuses on a different theme of shared interest each year (the theme of the 2015 annual meeting, to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in June, is Humanities by the Numbers); collaborations with other scholarly organizations that encourage postdoctoral residencies in CHCI-member organizations; and four international collaborative research projects, funded by a total of $2.55 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, involving 19 member organizations globally.
The CHCI is a key international organization for the discussion of issues germane to innovative interdisciplinary activity, digital scholarship, and public humanities in an international context. “With the establishment of this important partnership with the CCKF,” said President Aravamudan, “the CHCI embarks on a new phase of engagement with Asia that has great significance for the organization and all of its members. We look forward to successful implementation of the program and to a partnership that will grow in strength in the future.”
[Update: The first Call for Proposals was released on March 17, 2015, with a deadline of July 1, 2015.]