Funding Opportunities

A primary focus of the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago (CIUC) is to support the study of issues in contemporary China. CIUC offers grants for activities such as research, travel, and conferences for faculty and students to support their China-related endeavors.

List of Conference Travel Grant grantees

2013-2014 academic year

Jun Hyung Chae, PhD candidate, History
Presented “De-privatization of a private charity group in the early PRC: the case of the World Red Swastika Society in Shanghai, 1949-1954” at the 2014 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Junyan Jiang, PhD candidate, Political Science
Presented “Public Reactions toward Political Purges: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in China”

Thomas Kelly, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented “Naming Brands: The Commercial Inscription in Late Ming China” at the 2014 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Daniel Knorr, PhD candidate, History
Presented “The Eye of the Storm: State and Society at War in mid-Nineteenth Century Jinan” at the Stanford-Berkeley Graduate Student Conference on Pre-modern Chinese Humanities.

Quincy Ngan, PhD candidate, Art History
Presented “Mineral Blue Pigment and Differentiation: The paintings of Qiu Ying” at the Second Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Yanbo Peng, MA candidate, Harris School of Public Policy
Presented “China’s Healthcare Reform: Privatization in Health Services?” at the 2014 HPAIR Harvard Conference.

Limin Teh, PhD candidate, History
Presented “Labor contractors, Migrant Workers, and Notions of Wage Labor in Japanese-controlled Fushun Coalmine, 1907-1945” at the North American Labor History Conference.

Geng Tian, PhD candidate, Sociology
Presented “The Imperial Projects of Civilianizing Borderlands” at the 109th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Jake Werner, PhD candidate, History
Presented “Administering Creative Destruction: The Campaign Form in Shanghai Factories, 1949­-1958” at the 2014 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.


2012-2013 academic year

Jun Hyung Chae, PhD candidate, History

Presented “Religion, State, and Local population: Rise and fall of a quasi-religion in North China, 1932-1948” at the Workshop on Religion, Secularity, and the Public Sphere in East and Southeast Asia (March 7 – 8, 2013, Singapore).

Eleanor S. Hyun, PhD candidate, Art History
Presented “Emperor’s Toys: Qianlong Curio Boxes” at the 2013 Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting.

Thomas Kelly, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented “’Judgments in Jest’: Comedy and the Courtroom in Classical Chinese Drama” at the 22nd Annual Columbia Conference on East Asia.

Seunghye Lee, PhD candidate, Art History
Presented “Articulating Embodiments: The Visual Interplay of Concealing and Revealing in an Eleventh Century Reliquary Pillar from Suzhou, China” at the 2013 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.     

Jie Shi, PhD candidate, Art History
Presented “From Happy Homes to Desolate Mountains: Displacing the Virtuous Paragons in Six Dynasties Tombs” at the 2013 Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting.

Stephanie Su, PhD candidate, Art History
Presented “The Moon Night: Visualizing the Musical Experience in 1930s China” at the 2013 Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting.

Chunchun Ting, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented “Reimagining the Lost Space of Childhood – Urban Destruction and Memory Discourse in Contemporary Hong Kong” at the 2013 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Jake Werner, PhD candidate, History
Presented “From liberal to national capitalism by way of the Communist Party: The logic of Shanghai's economic and cultural transformation, 1927-1957” at the 37th annual conference of the Social Science History Association.

Peng Xu, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented “The Singing Life of The Lute in Late Ming China” at the 2013 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Ling Zhang, PhD candidate, Cinema and Media Studies
Presented “Picturing Sound, Sounding Space: The Evocation and Mediation of Acoustic Experience in Early 1930s Chinese Cinema” at the 2013 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.


2011-2012 academic year

Sun-ah Choi, PhD candidate, Art History
Presented “From Myth to Orthodox Icon? The Medieval Chinese Reception of the Buddha Statue at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India” at the Myths and Orthodoxies in East Asian Art conference at Princeton University.

Stacie Hanneman, PhD candidate, History
Presented “Policing Commerce in China: new forms of knowledge and new problems of commercial administration” at the “Colonial Circulations: Colonialism in comparative perspective” conference held at the University of Bristol.

Jackson Lee, PhD candidate, Linguistics
Presented “The representation of contour tones in Cantonese” at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.

Yen-chun Lin, PhD candidate, Sociology
Presented “From Recycling to Complaint-Filing: Determinants and Mechanisms of Individual Environmental Action in China” at the 2011 American Sociological Association Annual Conference.

Zhiying Ma, PhD candidate, Comparative Human Development and Anthropology
Presented “When Love Meets Drugs: Pharmaceuticalizing Ambivalence in Post-Socialist China” at the Society for Applied Anthropology and Society for Medical Anthropology Joint Conference.

Chunchun Ting, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented “Envisioning a New Hong Kong Subject: Political Activism and Artistic Intervention” at the 2012 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Jake Werner, PhD candidate, History
Presented “From the critique of capital to the administration of capital: Marxism’s curious path in China” at the International Workshop on Marxisms in East Asia

Peng Xu, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented “When the Lover was the Singer: Problems of Acoustics and the Aesthetic Bifurcation in the Late-Ming Vocal History” at the 2012 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Yang Zhang, PhD candidate, Sociology
Presented “Insurgent Ecology and the Rise of Taiping Rebellion, 1846-1853” at the 1st Chinese Political Sociology Workshop on Social Movements.

Chengguan Zhao, PhD candidate, Anthropology
Presented “Sentimental Objects: a cultural analysis of some romantic things and spaces in Tianjin, China” at the Objects of Affection conference hosted by Princeton University.


2010-2011 academic year

Paul Copp, Assistant Professor, Department of Est Asian Languages and Civilizations (EALC)
Presented "Talisman-Seals, Ritual Manuals, and Manuscript Culture in Late Medieval Dunhuang" at the International Association of Buddhist Studies' conference.

Paola Iovene, Assistant Professor, EALC
Presented "Why I divorced my Robot Wife: Humans, Machines, and Callous Hands in Kehuan Xiaoshuo, 1978-1987" at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Matthew Kapstein, Numata Visiting Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and the History of Religions, Divinity School
Presented "Buddhism and the Medieval Religions of China, Tibet and Japan" at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Kattherine R. Tsiang, Associate Director, Center for the Arts of East Asia
Presented "Imaging the Divine in Chinese Art: Beyond Icons" at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Judith Zeitlin, Professor, EALC
Presented "‘Mega’ versus ‘Mini’: Two Recent Trends in Chinese Opera Stage Productions" at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Perry Ernest Caldwell IV,  PhD candidate, EALC
Presented "Conceptualizing Written Law in Early China: Philosophical Debates over the Nature of Law and the Influence of Writing" at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Stephanie Clarey, MA student, MAPSS
Presented "Qing Zhen Noodles in Qing Zhen Spaces: Crafting Authentic Food in the Noodle Shops of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region" at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Anup Grewal, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented "Close-Ups of Reality: Revealing Social Space and Proletarian Women's Experience in 1930s Chinese Reportage" at the 2010 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference.

Kwok Wai Hui, PhD candidate, History
Presented "From Modern Opera to Model Opera: The Red Lantern and the Politics of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution" at the 4th Symposium on Beijing Opera organized by the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (中国戏曲学院).

Eleanor  S. Hyun, PhD candidate, Art History
Presented "Borders, Migration and Transnational Flow: Asian in Motion" at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Yuhang Li, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented "Oneself as a Female Deity: Representations of Cixi Posing as Guanyin" at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.

Chun Chun Ting, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented "The Besieged City of Sadness: The Search for Identity in Post-Handover Hong Kong" at the 2010 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference.

Jake Werner, PhD candidate, History
Presented "Shanghai’s movie theaters in the cultural transformation of the 1950s" at the "Industries of Chinese-Language Cinema: History, Reality, and Methodology" conference organized by Shanghai University.

Peng Xu, PhD candidate, EALC
Presented "Staging Cinematic Moments: A Case Study of the Longing Scene in the Kunqu Production Women in Love (Lianxiang ban, 2010)" at the 2010 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference.