The British Association for Chinese Studies Early Career Researcher Prize, which is kindly supported by the Universities’ China Committee in London, was established in 2016 to:
- stimulate new research in arts, humanities and social sciences on traditional and modern China;
- recognise excellence in the field of Chinese Studies;
- promote early career researchers in the field.
The winner receives:
- publication of the winning paper in Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies (JBACS), subject to satisfactory revision according to judging panel recommendations;
- a cash prize of £250;
- reimbursement of travel costs to the 2017 annual BACS conference in Glasgow (7-9 September);
- mention on the BACS website and in the BACS Bulletin.
The submission date for the 2017 prize has now passed.
The inaugural (2016) British Association for Chinese Studies Early Career Researcher Prize was awarded to Dr Pamela Hunt for her paper ‘Drifting Through the Capital: “Floating” Migrants and Masculinity in Xu Zechen’s Fiction’. In the words of one of the anonymous referees:
This carefully researched article examines the dynamic links between movement and masculinity in Xu Zechen’s works ‘Running through Zhongguancun’ and ‘Xi xia’. It argues that travelling is closely associated with marginality and rebellion in Xu’s works and thus explores a ‘new, personal sense of moral agency’. The article is persuasive, and beautifully written. It helps to complicate and develop a more nuanced understanding of a very striking phenomenon.
Dr Hunt’s paper – ‘Drifting through the Capital: “Floating” Migrants and Masculinity in Xu Zechen’s Fiction’ – was published in the Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies Volume 6 (December 2016).