Anna Yu Wang Named 2024 Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellow in China Studies

Fellowships Support Outstanding Emerging Scholars and Their Research on China, Its Histories, Societies, and Cultures

The Music Department at Princeton is proud to announce that Anna Yu Wang has been awarded a 2024 Luce/ACLS Early Career Fellowship in China Studies. Part of the redesigned Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies, the fellowships award recent PhDs without tenure up to $45,000 to carry out research and writing towards a scholarly product.

Yu Wang has been recognized as one of eight exceptional emerging scholars to receive a long-term fellowship for research on China’s societies, histories, cultures, geopolitics, art, and global impact. Yu Wang’s project presents a new approach to understanding the epistemic conditions of listening across ideological divides. It assembles novel music analytical, historical, and ethnographic insights from multiple field sites to reveal the conceptual metaphors and musical schemata that undergird Taiwanese opera and Huangmei opera listening practices. Moreover, the project unpacks place-based ideological contexts underlying these metaphors—including yin-yang and Daoist-inflected ideals of changeability, unfathomability, and categorical capaciousness—and in turn both reveals and unsettles the epistemic and political commitments of dominant academic listening practices.

“ACLS and the Henry Luce Foundation have partnered to advance the understanding of China for 40 years,” said Deena Ragavan, ACLS Director of International Programs. “We are excited to continue our re-envisioned Program in China Studies, which prioritizes supporting a wide diversity of scholars, institutions, and research topics and improving public understanding of Chinese cultures, histories, and societies. ACLS is proud to support the outstanding 2024 Early Career Fellows and Travel Grantees, whose research will help provide a critical, nuanced understanding of China’s past and present.”

This program is made possible by a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and is administered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. Additional long-term fellowships are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

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