News from the Faculty of Oriental Studies 2009-2010

Shortlist for the ICAS Book Prize

Hilde De Weerdt's book, "Competition over Content: Negotiating Standards for the Civil Service Examinations in Imperial China (1127-1279)", was shortlisted for the the ICAS Book Prize (1 of 4 titles in the Asian Humanities published in 2007-2008) last May.

Oxford at Princeton 2009-10

Three members of the Faculty of Oriental Studies have been elected members of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton for the 2009-2010 academic year. They are John Baines, Judith Pfeiffer, and Christopher Minkowski.

Of the forty-four members elected to the School this year, only eight are academics from the United Kingdom. Of those, only the three members of the Oriental Studies Faculty are from Oxford.

Professor Baines will work on the self-presentation of the ancient Egyptian on monuments and in their manipulation of the wider environment.

Dr Pfeiffer will work on a monograph about the Ilkhanid physician, statesman and intellectual Rashid al-Din (d. 1318).

Professor Minkowski will be completing a monograph on the history of Sanskrit intellectuals in early modern Banaras.

Both Baines and Minkowski have won support for their projects in the most recent competition of the AHRC Research Leave scheme.  Pfeiffer’s project is supported by the Institute for Advanced Study.  She has also won support for a related project on 13th to 14th century Tabriz in the latest competition of the John Fell OUP Research Fund.

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