Asian Studies Faculty Professional Development Mini-Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2016-2017 mini-grant recipients.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Avi Brisman, Associate Professor of Justice Studies.
PROJECT: To co-organize a conference panel entitled “Climate Injustice(s), Water Issues, and Southern Criminology” and to present “Climate Apartheid and Environmental Refugees” at the Crime and Justice in Asia and the Global South on July 10-13, 2017 in Cairns, Australia.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Jeongwoo Kim, Assistant Professor of Government.
PROJECT: Presented “Facing the Challenge: The 2014 Reform of Rule 2a-7 and Participation in LGIP” at the Annual Conference of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management on October 6-8, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Lily Li, Adjunct Professor of Humanities.
PROJECT: To present “In Search of the Female Self: Guo Xiaolu’s Novel A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers” at the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies on March 16-19, 2017 in Toronto, Canada; and to present “Allegory, Gender, and Sexuality in Guo Xiaolu’s Transnational Films” at the Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association on July 6-9, 2017 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Abraham Velez, Professor of Philosophy and Religion.
PROJECT: Attended the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion on November 17-21, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Activities included presiding over a panel on Buddhism, attending a number of panels on Asian religions, participating in the Annual Board Meeting of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, and presenting the Frederick J. Streng Award for Excellence in Buddhist-Christian Studies.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Neil H. Wright, Professor of Humanities.
PROJECT: To present “An Allegory of Terror: Salman Rushdie’s Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Days” at the Annual Conference of the American Comparative Literature Association on July 6-9, 2017 in Utrecht, the Netherlands; and to serve as chair and discussant for a panel entitled “Past and Present: Asian Writers Writing Abroad” at the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies on March 16-19, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Qian Xiao, Assistant Professor of Management.
PROJECT: To present “A Value Chain Analysis Approach to Designing a Regional Medical Cluster: A Case Study in China” at the Eastern Academy of Management Conference on May 11-13, 2017in Baltimore, Maryland.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Bangteng Xu, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics.
PROJECT: To co-organize a conference and to present “Schur Rings and a New Class of Association Schemes Whose Thin Residues Are Thin” at the International Workshop on Finite Groups, Table Algebras, and Their Generalizations on May 21-24, 2017 in Wuhan, China.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Mina Yazdani, Assistant Professor of History.
PROJECT: Presented “A Convenient Scapegoat: Baha’is amidst the People, the Clerics, and the Government” at the 11th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Iranian Studies on August 2-5, 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Kwan Yi, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction.
PROJECT: To present “Making Invisible College Visible: Comparing ASIS&T and CAIS Annual Conferences as Two Scientific Communities” at the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) / L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (ACSI) 2017 Conference on May 31 – June 2, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Weiling Zhuang, Associate Professor of Marketing.
PROJECT: To present “Does Customer Co-Creation Really Produce Value?” at the Annual Conference of the Academy of Marketing Science on May 24-26, 2017 on Coronado Island, California.

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Congratulations to our 2015-2016 mini-grant recipients.

RECIPIENT: Dr. David Blaylock, Associate Professor of History.
PROJECT: To present “A Head for Business? Early Business Education in Meiji Japan” at the 64th Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs on October 16-18, 2015 in St. Louis, MO.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Kerem Ozan Kalkan, Assistant Professor of Government.
PROJECT: To present “The Spatial Interpretation of the Recent Turkish Elections” at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association on April 7-10, 2016 in Chicago, IL.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Jason Koontz, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Percussion Studies.
PROJECT: To engage with Indian students in Chennai, India on March 12-20, 2016 by providing music based lecture-demonstrations and giving several concert performances open to the general public, as part of the EKU Percussion Global Rhythms – South India Tour.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Paula Kopacz, Foundation Professor of English.
PROJECT: To participate in the China Studies Institute (CSI) Zhi-Xing China Academic Impact Fellowships Program, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), on June 5-24, 2016 in China (tentative cities include Shanghai, Xi’an, and Beijing).

RECIPIENT: Dr. Lily Li, Adjunct Professor of Humanities.
PROJECT: To present “A New Reading of Ha Jin’s Novel Waiting: Domestic Life as Allegory of Migration” at the Annual Meeting of the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (on the theme “Asian Civilizations and Communities: Frontiers – Borders – Landscapes”) on October 9-10, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT.

RECIPIENT: Dr. C. Michael Rich, Assistant Professor of Japanese and Chinese.
PROJECT: To present “The Convergence of Philosophy and Religion in the Fiction of Mori Ogai (1862-1922)” at the 55th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS) on January 15-17, 2016 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Jennifer Spock, Professor of History.
PROJECT: To participate in the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization and the pre-institute workshop, The Increasingly Comprehensive World of Academic Internationalization: The Essential Context, on May 22-25, 2016 in Bloomington, Indiana.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Abraham Velez, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion.
PROJECT: To present two papers—“Are Buddhist Supremacist Claims Really Buddhist?” and “Discipleship and the Possibility of Buddhist-Christian Belonging”—at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion on November 21-24, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Qian Xiao, Assistant Professor of Management.
PROJECT: To present “Comparative Analysis of Chinese Firms’ International Investment Strategies: Four Theoretical Lens” at the Annual Meeting of theEastern Academy of Management Conference on May 4-7, 2016 in New Haven, CT.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Mina Yazdani, Assistant Professor of History.
PROJECT: To present “Shi‘i Nationalism in the Twentieth Century Iran,” in the panel, “Shi‘i (Trans)nationalism in Comparative Perspective,” at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting on November 21-24, 2015 in Denver, CO.

RECIPIENT: Dr. Weiling Zhuang, Assistant Professor of Marketing.
PROJECT: To participate in the Academy of Marketing Science Annual Conference on May 18-21, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

For more information about our mini-grant program, please contact Dr. Minh Nguyen, Director of Asian Studies, at minh.nguyen@eku.edu.

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