Bridging Cultures, Connecting Histories

on the History of Christianity in East Asia at the University of Oxford

The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco in collaboration with the China Centre at the University of Oxford held a four-day international workshop at Oxford from September 20-23, 2017.

Please note that the deadline for applications has now passed.
​Results will be announced in late May 2017.
Download a flyer about the workshop here .

Please note that all successful candidates will be expected to arrive on Tuesday, September 19 and depart no earlier than Sunday, September 24, 2017They are required to attend all workshop-related activities and sessions.

We are inviting post-doctoral level scholars and junior faculty members with their research focus on Christianity in East Asia who are currently preparing a book manuscript for publication to apply. This workshop is part of a four-year project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation in New York City. The project is entitled,
“Historical Legacies of Christianity in East Asia: Bridging a New Generation of Scholars and Scholarship” and is administered by the Ricci Institute.

The workshop has three primary components.

First, through a series of lectures and seminars by senior scholars at the University of Oxford, participants will have the opportunity to confer with specialists from around the world with regard to the interpretation of complex primary source materials, including manuscripts and early printed books from different historical periods composed in a variety of East Asian and Western languages (e.g. classical Chinese, classical Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, etc... ).

Another primary focus will be reflecting on research methodologies and historiographies, as they developed and were expressed through different scholarly rhetorical traditions. The training will be further enhanced by discussions with librarians and curators of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean special collections at the Bodleian Library.

Secondly, participants will have the opportunity to interact with a Senior Acquisitions Editor from Brill Academic Publishers in Leiden and with other scholars with regard to the entire editorial and publication process.

Thirdly, participants will be mentored by invited senior scholars who are well known internationally for their contributions to the study of Christianity in East Asia. These scholars will critique and discuss the participants' draft manuscripts in view of their preparation for publication. This will take place in an open forum together with fellow participants.


Applicants for the workshop must have been awarded their doctoral degrees by September 1, 2017. Post-doctoral candidates must have completed their doctoral degrees within the past five years and have been involved actively in teaching and/or research (as a post-doctoral fellow, an independent scholar, or a junior faculty member).


(1) a most recent Curriculum Vitae;

(2) a 8~10 page double-spaced statement in English that summarizes the manuscript. the candidate is currently preparing to submit for publication. The theme of the manuscript should be related to some aspect of the history of Christianity in East Asia, including China, Japan,Korea, and Vietnam. This statement should include a synopsis of the manuscript, a detailed description of the research methodology employed, plans for additional research and writing to complete the project (if any), and a proposed timeline for the submission of the manuscript to a publisher;

(3) two up-to-date letters of recommendation.


The Ricci Institute will cover the following expenses for all successful applicants:

(1) Transportation: return economy airfare from your country of residence as well as local public transportation to and from Oxford (e.g. coach service from London Heathrow or central London/train service from London Paddington); Note: car rentals are not covered.

(2) Lodging in Oxford from September 19-24, 2017, including most meals during the workshop (Note: lodging will be pre-arranged by the organizers at an Oxford College).

All authorized expenses will be paid as a reimbursement on presentation of official receipts, in compliance with the travel policies of the University of San Francisco and the terms stipulated by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Incidental expenses of a personal nature (e.g. travel insurance, phone/data purchase, etc.) are not reimbursable.

Medical Insurance

Please note that all participants are responsible to arrange their own valid m
edical insurance for the duration of their stay in the United Kingdom.


If you are required to apply for a visa to enter the United Kingdom, please contact the
local UK Consulate for more information on the documentation you will be expected
to provide. To support your visa application, the Ricci Institute will be able to issue successful applicants with an official invitation to participate in the workshop. Please note that it takes at least three months to receive a U.K. visa before travel.
For more information see


All required documents should be in English, and submitted by email no later than
April 21, 2017 
to [email protected] with the subject line: “2017 Oxford Workshop Application.

Letters of recommendation must be received by the same deadline directly from the recommenders electronically to the above email address. The preferred formats for the letters are PDF or MS-WORD.

Application results will be announced by May 31, 2017.

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