Michael Chang Named 2010-11 Fenwick Fellow

Posted: May 20, 2010 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: May 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm

This information was provided by University Libraries

Michael G. Chang, associate professor in the Department of History and Art History, is the Fenwick Fellow for the 2010-11 academic year, University Librarian John Zenelis announced.

Chang’s project, titled “Network Formation at the Imperial Court and the Making of Qing Rule in 18th-Century China, 1680-1820” sets out to provide a better understanding of China’s pre-modern state during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) with particular focus on the Qing court as an arena of political interaction and social network formation.

Chang plans to immerse himself in five recently published archives collections composed of some 114 volumes in order to analyze and reconstruct the interpersonal interactions and actual practices that constituted the historical processes of the Qing state.

Chang expects that the completion of this research will provide the basis for future publications and presentations, particularly an article on the political significance of ritual and ceremonial activities held in the central and southern lake districts during the Kangxi reign.

Additionally, he hopes that his work will open the door to funding through research grants that would be used to delve into subject-related archives located in Beijing and Taipei.

Chang plans to enhance and strengthen the Fenwick Library’s holdings of Chinese language scholarship and materials with the acquisition of extensive and newly available Qing period documents.

The Fenwick Fellowship is awarded annually to a Mason tenured or tenure-track faculty member to pursue a research project that uses and enhances the University Libraries’ resources while advancing knowledge in his or her field.

The fellowship is recommended by a six-member selection committee comprising three instructional faculty members and three librarians. The award provides the recipient with a research office in Fenwick Library and $5,000 to support the research project.

In the spring of the following academic year, the libraries sponsor a public lecture in which the fellow presents the results of his or her work.

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