The Sydney China Distinguished Fellows are hosted by the Department of Chinese Studies.
The Sydney China Distinguished Fellowship, established through the generous support of Hong Kong-based alumni Mr James Lee, recognises senior scholars specialising in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, culture or translation studies. Meet with the 2020 Sydney China Distinguished Fellows here.
The Sydney China Fellows, hosted by the China Studies Centre, are early and mid-career scholars who specialise in any field, historical or contemporary, related broadly to China or the Chinese world. Our Fellows are:
Dr. Anita Wong is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), where she is currently Director of Clinical Education for the speech-language therapist undergraduate training program. She has practiced as a speech-language pathologist in the US and Canada, and published extensively on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Her work has led to our understanding of the manifestations of DLD in Chinese speaking preschool children and the implications of DLD on reading development. Dr. Wong is developing a research program on grammar intervention with her doctoral students, and collaborating with colleagues at HKU, the University of Arizona and the University of Sydney, on language intervention in cultural and linguistically diverse contexts.
Fellowship period: 18 May - 26 June 2020
Dr. Mia Yinxing Liu is assistant professor in Visual Studies at California College of the Arts in San Francisco (2018-present). Liu holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University (2013-14) and Bates College (2014-16), where she joined the faculty as assistant professor in Asian Studies (2016-18). Her first book, Literati Lenses: Wenren Landscape in Chinese Cinema of the Mao Era (University of Hawaii Press, July 2019) critically explores how literati landscape aesthetics function in feature films of the Mao era. More recently, she researches photographic media and optical devices in China, especially the dynamics of inter-media practiecs in modern visual culture, which challenge the conventional boundaries of visual media, disciplines, and discursive fields.
Fellowship period: 18 May - 29 June 2020
Dr. Florian Schneider (PhD, Sheffield University) is Senior University Lecturer in the Politics of Modern China at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. He is managing editor of the academic journal Asiascape: Digital Asia, director of the Leiden Asia Centre, and the author of China’s Digital Nationalism (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press 2018) as well as of Visual Political Communication in Popular Chinese Television Series (Leiden & Boston: Brill 2013, recipient of the 2014 EastAsiaNet book prize). In 2017, he was awarded the Leiden University teaching prize for his innovative work as an educator. His research interests include questions of governance, political communication, and digital media in China, as well as international relations in the East-Asian region.
Fellowship period: 1 June - 13 July 2020
Man Zhang is a PhD research in Chinese modern history at the University of Freiburg and also a research fellow on the ERC-funded project “The Maoist Legacy: Party Dictatorship, Transitional Justice and the Politics of Truth.” Her research focuses on social, political, and cultural history in the People’s Republic of China. Her dissertation, “Searching and Punishing “Perpetrators” of the Cultural Revolution: Transitional Justice in the Post-Mao Era”, explores the state’s process of labeling and coping with perpetrators in the Cultural Revolution and highlights the challenge for the Chinese Communist Party to maintain its legitimacy when dealing with past injustices. Her recent publications include “From Denial to Apology: Narrative Strategies of a ‘Perpetrator’ after the Cultural Revolution”, in Victims, Perpetrators, and the Role of Law in Maoist China - A Case-Study Approach (DeGruyter, 2018).
Fellowship period: 20 July - 28 August 2020
Dr. Romain Dittgen holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow (Life in the City Research Grant) jointly hosted by the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS) and the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning (SA&CP) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He has a longstanding interest in studying forms of Chinese capital in different African settings and is currently working on a co-authored book (with Dr. Gerald Chungu), entitled (Un)writing Chinese space – Conversations about the urban in Johannesburg and in Lusaka.
Fellowship period: late August to September 2020 (to be confirmed)
Professor Heike Holbig (Goethe University Frankfurt)
Professor Wendy Larson (University of Oregon)
Dr Jinghong Zhang (Southern University of Science and Technology)
Dr Dan Chen (University of Richmond)
Dr Ying Qian (Columbia University)
Dr David G. Atwill (Pennsylvania State University)
Dr Corey Byrnes (Northwestern University)
Dr Hao Chen (Renmin University)