NCAS to host Chinese-Australian Studies Visiting Fellows

Shanghai Pudong SkylineThe National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) will host the inaugural Chinese-Australian Studies Visiting Fellowships recipients during October. Three Chinese scholars of Australian Studies will be taking up these fellowships with NCAS as part of the Australia-China Council funded project, China-Australia Research Network (CARN).

The 2013 Fellows are Dr Hong Chen from East China Normal University, Dr Qinghong Yin from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Guijuan He from Xihua University.

CARN’s Visiting Chinese-Australian Studies Fellowships enable Chinese scholars working in the broad field of Australian Studies to undertake a three-week research visit to Monash University, Caulfield, to work with Australian researchers and to access Australian research collections.

NCAS Director Dr Tony Moore said the CARN initiative had the potential to bring significant benefits both for the National Centre for Australian Studies and Monash University more generally. “There are few formal fora for consolidation of contacts for Chinese scholars with Australian academics interested in cogent fields, or Australian scholars working on topics related to China – CARN presents an opportunity for the NCAS and Faculty of Arts to take a leading role in forging collaborations with Chinese researchers in Australia-related projects.”

While at Monash, Dr Hong Chen who will conduct research for a comparative study of the image of Australia in Chinese school textbooks and the image of China in Australian school textbooks; Dr. Qinghong Yin will conduct research towards a comparative study of theories, modalities and laws relating to minority art collection, exhibition and cultural identity between China and Australia; and Guijuan He will explore the contributions of key Australian figures to the field of ecological feminist theology.

This is an edited extract from Monash News & Events:

As part of their Fellowship the Visiting Fellows will present on their research with other Australian scholars at a Symposium to be held at and in conjunction with the Chinese Australian Museum in Melbourne, and assisted by NCAS, the Faculty of Arts and the Whitlam Institute, University of Western Sydney. The event will take place on Wednesday 16 October from 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm.