CCKF-CHCI Summer Institutes

A partner program supported by CHCI and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange 

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CHCI and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF) have partnered to support an annual summer institute for young scholars on the general topic of “Chinese Studies and Global Humanities.” 

Photograph: Athena Lam
The collaboration, funded with a $105,000 grant from the CCKF and $45,000 from the CHCI, supports one summer institute each year for three years beginning in 2016. The summer institutes 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 in 2015, then President of CHCI. “With the establishment of this important partnership with the CCKF, CHCI embarks on a new phase of engagement with Asia that has great significance for the organization and all of its members.”

Xi'An, China. Photograph: Wuchang Xian
The host organization and the precise topic of the institute vary each year. CHCI member organizations propose institutes according to guidelines established by CHCI; the selection of each year’s host is 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.”

Yamzho Yumco, Shanna, China. Photograph: Mèng Jiā
The first summer institute was awarded to the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota, on the theme of “Grasping Water: Rivers and Human Systems in China, Africa, and North America.”

The second summer institute was awarded to The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH), based at Cambridge University, on the theme of "China in a Global World War Two."

The third Call for Proposals was released on March 7, 2017, with a deadline of July 1, 2017.