2019 OAH/AHRAC China Residencies Program

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:15pm
Organization of American Historians

OAH/AHRAC China Residencies Program

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2018.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Ford Foundation, the Organization of American Historians and the American History Research Association of China (AHRAC) are pleased to announce the fifth year of the exchange program between the two organizations. This program allows three U.S. historians to each teach a one-week seminar in residence at a Chinese university and three Chinese historians of the United States to attend the OAH Annual Meeting and spend a week in residence at a U.S. university.

The OAH International Committee and AHRAC will select three U.S. scholars from among the OAH applicants to lead the seminars in China. Each seminar will be located at a different university, with participants drawn from that university and throughout China. Most seminar participants will be graduate students or junior faculty members, but U.S. scholars also will have the opportunity to discuss their work with faculty members at the sponsoring institution. The OAH International Committee can offer practical advice about teaching and traveling in China to those selected and put them in contact with previous seminar leaders.

Expenses for airfare, lodging, and meals will be paid or reimbursed, and seminar leaders will receive an honorarium. Recipients are encouraged to travel in China before or after the seminar at their own expense.

Details on the application process are posted following the individual seminar listings below. All materials are due by midnight PST on October 1, 2018. Applicants must be members of the OAH.

Please contact Charlotte Brooks ([email protected]) with any questions about the program or application process.

2019 Host Universities

Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou

Fujian Normal University (FNU) is located in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province on the southeast coast of China. FNU was created in 1951 from two American missionary colleges, the Hwa Nan Women’s College and Fukien Christian University. FNU is a “provincial high-level university for prioritized construction” and jointly supported by the Ministry of Education and Fujian Province.

The Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) and the College of Sociology and History (CSH) at Fujian Normal University will jointly host the 2019 Summer Seminar on U.S. History Studies. Currently, there are 11 full-time scholars studying U.S. history at IRIS and CSH, which offer master's, doctoral, and post-doctoral programs in the subject. Professor Li Xiaobing of the University of Central Oklahoma and Professor Paul Harvey of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs also teach at IRIS and CSH as the chair professor and guest professor, respectively.

FNU will host a week-long seminar in June or July of 2019 on the history of early U.S. diplomacy, a field of great interest to Chinese scholars and one in which the university has acquired significant research resources. About 30 participants, including professors and students, will be chosen from across China and invited to the seminar. They will be interested in hearing about current research focuses and trends in the field of early U.S. diplomacy through a series of lectures focusing on one or two major themes.

Nankai University, Tianjin

Nankai University is located in Tianjin, one of China’s most international and developed cities. The Institute of American History and Culture of Nankai University, the alma mater of the late premier Zhou En-lai, has its origin in the American History Research Section established in 1964 as the first of its kind in China. Since then, Nankai University has been very important in China’s field of American history research. Since 1980 over 50 scholars from the United States and other countries have visited the Institute.

Presently there are 8 faculty members at the Institute, 4 professors and 4 associate professors. Their teaching and research cover various areas of American history, with an emphasis on diplomatic history, environmental history, race relations, political institutions, and early American history. There are more than 20 master's degree candidates and 10 doctoral candidates in American history at the College of History.

Nankai will host a week-long seminar in June or July of 2019 on American environmental and/or medical history. The field is one of great interest to U.S. history scholars at the university and in China as a whole, especially the study of the relationship between the American environment and modernization. The summer seminar leader should aim to introduce the latest research on American environmental and medical history to Chinese students and scholars.

Southwest University, Chongqing

Located in Chongqing, the only provincial-level city in west China, Southwest University is one of the fastest-developing Chinese universities and one of the country’s largest, with over 40,000 undergraduates, around 10,000 graduates, and more than 2,000 international students. American history teaching and research at Southwest University dates to the late 1970s. After 40 years of development, SWU now has a Center for American Studies, a PhD program in American history, and an MA program in American history, with over 15 graduate students doing research on American history.

Southwest University will host a week-long seminar in April or May of 2019 on Sectionalism, the American South, and the History of U.S. Foreign Policy. This topic reflects the research interests of SWU’s American history teaching and research team and its graduate students. SWU has a National Research Fund Project on How the U.S. South shaped American Foreign Policy (1865–2000), and another National Research Fund Project on the Transformation of the U.S. South. The subject will likely attract and benefit younger scholars and students from other Chinese universities. Southwest University is interested in inviting an established American professor with a solid teaching and research foundation in these fields to lead the seminar.

How to Apply

Applicants must be members of the OAH, have a PhD, and be scholars of American history. Applicants from previous competitions are welcome to apply again. Award winners are expected to attend the 2019 OAH Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, so that they can meet with visiting Chinese scholars and graduate students, U.S. scholars who have previously taught seminars in this program, and members of the OAH International Committee’s China Exchange subcommittee. Please note that the dates of the residencies are not negotiable.

Applications must include the items below.

Please send all materials (in one PDF, with your name and the residency for which you are applying in the subject line) by midnight PST on October 1, 2018 to: [email protected]
[If you are applying for more than one residency, please submit a separate application for each.]

■ A brief (3-5 page) curriculum vitae that focuses on scholarly accomplishments/ publications and teaching experience;

■ A brief (1-2 page) statement describing your interest in this program and your scholarly qualifications for leading the seminar; be sure to indicate which residency you are applying for;

■ A brief (1-2 page) statement or brief syllabus outlining the structure and key questions or themes of the proposed seminar;

■ Names and contact information for two references who can discuss your teaching and scholarship.

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2018.