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Guangchen Chen Book Publication and Grant

Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture Guangchen Chen was awarded a grant from the Esherick-Ye Family Foundation. The grant will support Dr. Chen's research in mainland China and Taiwan for his book project "Thing Lost, Thing Regained: Antiquarian Collecting and Chinese Modernity."

Dr. Chen's translation of David Damrosch's How to Read World Literature with wife Allison Qin was recently published by Peking University Press. The new edition of this highly popular guide addresses the unique challenges and joys faced when approaching the literature of other cultures and eras. David Damrosch, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University and a leading authority in the field, draws on years of teaching experience to provide readers with ways of thinking creatively and systematically about key issues, such as reading across time and cultures, reading works in translation, emerging global perspectives, postcolonialism, orality and literacy, and more.


Emory and Georgia Tech Partner to Address Russia's Invasion of Ukraine

Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology organized "Russia and Ukraine: The Origins of the Crisis", a two-part series of discussions featuring experts in the history and politics of the region.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022: The first event featured Professor of History at Yale University and author of ten books on Russian and Ukrainian history, Dr. Timothy Snyder. The link to the Zoom recording of the lecture is here.

Monday, March 14, 2022: The second event was a conversation with Pulitzer Prize winning author and staff writer for The AtlanticAnne Applebaum and Professor at the University of Victoria, Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk. A link to the Zoom recording of the discussion is here. The event was summarized in an article for the Emory University News Center here.

Emory Teams with Nanjing University for International Symposium

On March 14 & 15, 2022 we hosted the first Nanjing-Emory University International Symposium on topics in literature, culture, and language research and practice. This inaugural event provided an opportunity to share new research and pedagogical activities, showcase collaborative projects, discover new intersections between our diverse disciplines and institutions, and establish a venue for continued collaboration.

The symposium brought together fourteen scholars, who gave paper presentations on topics ranging from narrative and translation studies, textual scholarship and material culture, to linguistics and pedagogy, and a discussion of a pioneering collaborative project, the Nanjing-Emory English Language Program. The symposium began with opening remarks by Emory’s Vice Provost for the Global Strategies and Initiatives Philip Wainwright, Nanjing University’s Vice President Zhenlin Wang, and the REALC Department chair Juliette Apkarian. Zhao Wenshu, Dean of the Institute for International Students at Nanjing University gave concluding remarks.

The symposium prominently showcased the exciting research of our REALC faculties Hsu-Te Cheng and Yichun Xu. Several other REALC faculties served as panel chairs and moderators, including Guangchen ChenHong Li, and Maria Franca Sibau, who was also one of the conference organizers.

The event was generously sponsored by the office of Global Strategies and Initiatives at Emory University, the REALC Department, and Nanjing University. GSI provided superb technical support for the Webinar, and Nanjing University offered professional simultaneous translation service during the event.    

This event was a great success, with a record number of nearly 400 registrants from the US, China, and several other countries around the world.

Warmest congratulations to all participants, presenters, panel chairs, organizers, translators, and technical staff who made this event possible!

The James B. Palais Prize of the Association for Asian Studies

Dr. Hwisang Cho was awarded an Honorable Mention for the James B. Palais Prize in Korean Studies for his book, The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea (University of Washington Press, 2020)! 

About the prize:
The James B. Palais Prize of the Association for Asian Studies was initiated by the Palais Prize committee headed by AAS President Robert Buswell in 2008-09. The Palais Prize is given annually to an outstanding scholar of Korean studies from any discipline or country specialization to recognize distinguished scholarly work on Korea.

  • Jia-Chen Fu was awarded an NEH Collaborative Research Grant that will support the planning and holding of a conference, “Chinese Foodways in the Modern World (19th C to Present).
  • Hwisang Cho’s new book, The Power of the Brush: Epistolary Practices in Chosŏn Korea(University of Washington Press, 2020), is now available.
  • Hong Li was featured in a Vice news article about the importance of food in familial communication during the pandemic.

  • Julia Bullock co-organized a conference at Emory titled “Le Duxieme Sexe Seventy Years On: Reading Beauvoir around the World”
  • Bumyong Choi was awarded this year’s ECLC Excellence in Language Teaching Award.
  • Julia Bullock presented her paper, “Beauvoir in Japan: Japanese Women and The Second Sex at a symposium in Japan titled “The Philosopher and the Princess: Freedom, Love, and Democracy in Cold War Japan.”
  • Jia-Chen Fu received an AAS First Book Subvention award for her 2018 publication The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China”.