Advanced Training Programs
The Advanced Training Program is a recent initiative of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, in which a small group of promising young Asian scholars in particular fields of the humanities and social sciences are selected and brought together either at Harvard or in Asia.
The Training Programs held in Cambridge involve close work with eminent scholars at Harvard and other major universities in the United States. The Training Program visiting scholars and fellows join academic activities organized by the academic community at large. The program aims to increase scholars’ knowledge of new work in their field and to foster collaborative work as a community. Recent training programs held at Harvard University include:
- Comparative Literature (2008-2010), led by Professor Stephen Owen in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
- Art History (2010-12), led by Professor Eugene Wang in the Department of History of Art and Architecture
- Tibetan Studies (2012-14), led by Professor Leonard van der Kuijp in the Department of South Asian Studies
The Harvard-Yenching Institute also co-sponsors training programs held in Asia. The programs seek to bring together students and scholars from different disciplines across Asia and beyond to create a new network conducive to collaborative research. As part of the programs, HYI and its co-sponsoring institutions organize a series of lectures (including several by Harvard faculty). Following the conclusion of each training program, a small number of outstanding trainees may be invited to come to the Institute for a one-year research stay during the next academic year.
The Institute’s most recent training programs in Asia include:
- January 2010 and 2011: Grassroots Society and Popular Culture (Co-sponsored with the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences, held in Beijing)
- June 2010 and 2013: Urban Studies Training Program (Co-sponsored with East China Normal University; the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences; and New York University, held in Shanghai)
- June 2011: Social Stratification and Mobility in China: Urban Migration and Growth of the Middle Class (Co- sponsored with the China Studies Center, University of Sydney; The Center for Modern China Studies, Nanjing University; and the Department of History, Nanjing University, held in Nanjing)
- January 2012: Civil Society and Grassroots Politics in New Democracies and Hybrid Regimes (Hungary, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia and China) (Co-sponsored with Korea University and the Korean Foundation for Advanced Studies, held in Seoul)
- January 2012: Historical Materials and Methods: the New Horizon for Research on 1950s China (Co-sponsored with Fudan University, held in Shanghai)
- June-July 2012: Social Science Approaches to Contemporary Chinese Everyday Life: Family, Education, Religion and Consumption (Co-sponsored with Nanjing University and the University of Sydney, held in Nanjing)
Photos and Information on Specific Programs:
2010 - Urban Studies Training Program
The Urban Studies Training Program was sponsored by the Harvard-Yenching Institute, East China Normal University, the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the New York University. It was held at East China Normal University from June 15-25, 2010. For more details, visit http://history.ecnu.edu.cn/kyxx/xshd/000599.html(Chinese language only).
2010-2011 - Grassroots Society and Popular Culture
Organized by HYI and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
HYI's second training program, co-organized with CASS, was launched in January 2010 with a focus on grassroots society as it relates to politics, economics, religion and culture. This program emphasizes comparative theories of societal change, structure and conflict and offers instruction in alternative methods of field work. The program brought together Chinese students and scholars from different social science disciplines and approaches to create a new network conducive to collaborative comparative research.
As part of the program, HYI and CASS organized a series of lectures by Professor Martin Whyte (Harvard, Sociology), Grzegorz Ekiert (Harvard, Government), Helen Siu (Yale, Anthropology), Lu Xueyi (Sociology, CASS), Zhang Xiaoshan (Economics, CASS), Zhang Jing (Sociology, PKU), Zhao Shukai (Political Science, Rural Development Center), Zhang Letian (Sociology, Fudan) and Zhou Yi (Sociology, Fudan), which took place January 9-18 in Beijing.
Participants in the Grassroots Training Program with (front row,
from left): Dr. Yu, Prof. Zhang, Prof. Siu, Prof. Perry, Dr. Yu and Dr. Li
2008-2010 - Comparative and World Literature Training Program
The first two years of HYI's training program focused on Comparative Literature, led by Professor Stephen Owen in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.
2008-09 Comparative & World Literature Training Program Scholars with Professor