Inviting Applications for Open-Access Publishing

The James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation invites applications for support for open-access publishing. We are interested in proposals that support the mission of the Foundation to promote research in Ming studies and adjacent geographical regions and time periods. Open-access applications may include new titles, already-published books, and especially books that have previously received subvention awards from the Foundation. Important books in Ming studies that could reach a wider audience through open-access publishing would be strong candidates.

We will consider requests for making both past publications and new titles open access. For previously published books, please apply using the Project Award guidelines. We also encourage you to consider open access for new titles submitted for the Subvention Award. Please include costs associated with open access in the budget. While awards for open-access publishing might fall within the range of the Foundation’s typical publication subvention awards ($3,500 to $7,500), an award may exceed these amounts if the publisher can demonstrate that such a sum would be necessary for making the publication open access. Deadlines are March 1 and September 1.

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Fall 2020 Awards

The Board of Directors of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is delighted to announce that it has awarded publication subventions to Columbia University Press and the University of Michigan Press during its fall 2020 application cycle. 

The awards will support the publication of The Religious Ethic and Mercantile Spirit in Early Modern China by Ying-shih Yü and The Culture of Language in Ming China by Nathan Vedal, (both Columbia University Press), as well as the print edition and open-access publication of Writing Pirates: Vernacular Fiction and Oceans in Seventeenth Century China by Yuanfei Wang (University of Michigan Press).

The next application deadline is March 1. Award applications for subventions (including the open-access publication of new or previously published works) and projects that make possible the sharing of Ming scholarship during the Covid-19 pandemic are strongly encouraged.

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New Board Members

The Geiss Hsu Foundation is pleased to welcome Zoe S. Kwok to the Board of Directors. Her three-year term will begin in spring 2021. A specialist in Chinese Art, Kwok is Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, and earned a PhD from Princeton University. Other recent additions to the board are Kathlene Baldanza, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University, and Yijun Wang, Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at New York University, who became members in fall 2019 and spring 2020, respectively. 

Spring 2020 Awards

The Board of Directors of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is delighted to announce the recipients of their spring 2020 awards, made in support of publications and projects that confirm the Foundation’s mission.

In the category of publication subventions:

Columbia University Press, In Remembrance of the Saints: The Rise and Fall of an Inner Asian Sufi Dynasty by Muhammad Sadiq Kashghari, translated by David Brophy

University of Washington Press, The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons: A Seventeenth-Century Novel, translated by Kristin Ingrid Fryklund with an introduction by Mark Edward Lewis and Brigitte Baptandier, and notes by Brigitte Baptandier

University of Washington Press, The Objectionable Li Zhi: Fiction, Criticism, and Dissent in Late Ming China, edited by Rivi Handler-Spitz, Pauline Lee, and Haun Saussy

In the category of projects:

Dream of the Red Chamber: The Collaborative Study and Operatic Premiere of a Classic, Principal Investigator Ann Waltner (University of Minnesota), with Christine Marran (University of Minnesota), Mark Russsell Smith (University of Minnesota, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies) and Pearl Lam Bergad (Chinese Heritage Foundation)

Korea and Vietnam before the Twentieth Century: Comparisons and Connections, Principal Investigator Sixiang Wang (University of California, Los Angeles), with Kathlene Baldanza (Pennsylvania State University), Bradley Camp Davis (Eastern Connecticut State University), and John D. Phan (Columbia University)

Performing “Ghost Village” at the Symposium “Sensorium of the Early Modern Chinese Text,Principal Investigators Ariel Fox (University of Chicago), Paize Keulemans (Princeton University), and Suyoung Son (Cornell University)

Congratulations to the awardees!

The deadline for the next round of applications is September 1, 2020. 

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