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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

2017_1_NG Noemi E. Godefroy will receive a D. Kim Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The title of her project is, “Exploiting the ‘Fish That Isn’t Fish’: The Making of the Herring Industry in Hokkaido (1840-1905).” The importance of herring fishing at Hokkaido has increased since the 18th century and it became crucial for Japanese foreign trade, local economy and interethnic relations. During the 19th century the herring industry expanded rapidly owing to the innovations of fishing technique, herring harvest, and labor management. She will analyze several archival materials at various fisheries, Hokkaido Agricultural University and Sapporo Agricultural College, and also re-examine the secondary source literature.

 

2017_2_JL Jung Lee will receive a D. Kim Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The title of her project is, “Practicalities in ‘Practical Studies’ in 19th Century Korea: Thinking Social and Technological Innovation through Papermaking.” Papermaking in Chosŏn Korea (1392-1897), the last dynasty of Korea, was the most significant and transforming industry that sustained the bureaucratic and knowledge-centered state. By analyzing the evolution of papermaking, focusing on changes in the 19th century, the project will explore how complex relationships between ideals like practicality, knowledge, skill, innovation, and the social structure created a successful industry. She aims to demonstrate that the seemingly clear yet vague concept of practicality is concretely rooted in a historical setting.

 

2017_3_LFL Ling-Fei Lin will receive a D. Kim Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The title of her project is, “Industrial Robots and East Asian Society, 1980s and 2010s.” By focusing on Japan in the 1980s and on Taiwan and China in the 2010s, she will compare and contrast how the actors expect from and thus act for the robotic, how the result may differ from the expectation, and how robots and society co-produce each other in their historical context. The study will contribute to the modern history of science and technology in East Asia by focusing on the changing epistemic, social, and power relations among robots, humans, and society. She will spend her postdoctoral year at Harvard University to continue her research as well as to finish her book project.

DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS

2017_4_KK Kyuri Kim will receive a D. Kim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The title of her project is, “The (Un) Making of a National Disease: The Driving Forces of Tuberculosis Management Policy and Its Discourses in South Korea, from 1945 to the Present.” Her dissertation will argue that tuberculosis control was more than just a matter of disease and public health, but an effort to promote and secure the national image. She will focus on the interplay of actors—both domestic and international—in order to demonstrate that the design and motivations behind tuberculosis control have been strongly influenced by the global context. The project intends to contribute to the understanding of international health policies and politicization of diseases in postcolonial nations.
2017_5_XM Xavier Ma will receive a D. Kim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The title of his project is, “Ground for Knowing: Minerals, Mining, and the Land of China (1860-1937).” His dissertation will explore the relationship between the scientific knowledge of minerals and its social and cultural implications. He will examine how research in mineralogy, geology, and mining technology in China served to project minerals into the domain of modern science, and to reconfigure the relationship between Chinese people and the land. By analyzing various materials, the dissertation will also demonstrate how this scientific knowledge was incorporated in literary works and shared within China and also globally.

TRAVELING AND RESEARCH GRANTS

2016_6_TK Tomomi Kinukawa will receive a D. Kim Foundation research/travel grant for the 2017-2018 academic year. She will travel to Japan in the summer of 2017 to conduct oral interviews and archival research for her book, “Invisible Healers: Decolonial Labor/Life and the Politics of Care among Korean Diaspora Communities in Post WWII Japan.” She will concentrate her research on trauma, mental health and elderly care among Korean diaspora communities in Japan.

 

2017_7_KL Kan Li will receive a D. Kim Foundation research/travel grant for the 2017-2018 academic year. She plans to visit three different archives at Taipei in the summer of 2017 for her dissertation, “From Canal City to Seaport: The Transportation System and Transformation of Tianjin, 1888-1937.” The project will analyze this monumental engineering project that brought the modern transportation system to Tianjin, the largest treaty port of North China from the late Qing to Republic Era. It also aims to provide a Chinese perspective of modernity.

 

2017_8_FSM Florin-Stefan Morar will receive a D. Kim foundation research/travel grant for the 2017-2018 academic year. His project, “Myriad Kingdoms: Translation and Circulation of Cartographic Knowledge between East Asia and Early Modern Europe,” focuses on a genre of cartographic works made through collaboration between European Jesuit savants and Chinese scholars and artisans. He is planning to attend the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 23 to July 29, 2017.

 

 

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