Bridging Cultures, Connecting Histories
The first of the four ​​​​​Luce International Workshops took place at the
University of Oxford China Centre  from September 20-23, 2017.

The purpose of the workshop was to provide intensive training and mentoring for Post-Doc. Researchers and Junior Faculty, who are preparing a manuscript for publication.

The Workshop consisted of three distinct parts:

(1) seminars/lectures led by distinguished Oxford Faculty members, including:
Dr. Robert L. Chard (Classical Chinese), Dr. James B. Lewis (Korean History), and Prof. Barend J. ter Haar  (Chinese Religions).

(2) presentations of their completed (dissertation) research by participants, followed by comments and critique by invited Senior Scholars. These included the following mentors:
Prof. Anthony E. Clark (Whitworth University, Spokane, WA) and Prof. Zhuo Xinping (Institute of World Religions, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing), Prof. Barend ter Haar (University of Oxford), Dr. James B. Lewis (University of Oxford), and Dr. M. Antoni J. Ucerler , S.J. (University of San Francisco).

(3) introduction to the primary sources in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean studies available in the Bodleian Library by expert Curators and Librarians, including: David Helliwell (Chinese collections) and Izumi K. Tytler (Japanese collections).

As the organizers from the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco are launching a new series of academic monographs with Brill Academic Publishers in the Netherlands entitled Studies in the History of Christianity in East Asia , there was also a keynote lecture by Senior Acquisitions Editor in Asian Studies at Brill, Dr. Albert Hoffstädt . This presentation, followed by discussion, provided a unique opportunity for understanding the inner workings of a major academic publishing house and how to turn one's dissertation or research project into a publishable book.

The University of Oxford is one of the premier academic centers for the study of East Asia, and boasts one of the world's oldest and most extensive collections of primary and second resources for such research at its numerous libaries, centered on the holdings of the Bodleian Library.

All participants were housed at St. Anne's College, one of the constituent colleges of the University. Seminars and lectures were  held at the China Centre at St. Hugh's College nearby.

For the final list of this year's workshop participants, click here .
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