York history Professor Joan Judge awarded prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

History Professor Joan Judge from York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) is among 184 artists, writers, scholars and scientists in Canada and the United States awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Professor Judge was recognized for her work in East Asian Studies.

“I am delighted to see Professor Judge recognized for her exceptional scholarship and research,” said LA&PS Dean J.J. McMurtry. “A gifted researcher and teacher, Professor Judge is an outstanding and deserving recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship."

Joan Judge

Joan Judge

Recipients are appointed based on a record of achievement in a diversity of fields. Successful candidates were approved by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

“I am thrilled to announce this new group of Guggenheim Fellows, especially since this has been a devastating year in so many ways,” said Edward Hirsch, president of the Foundation. “A Guggenheim Fellowship has always been meaningful, but this year we know it will be a lifeline for many of the new Fellows at a time of great hardship, a survival tool as well as a creative one. The work supported by the Fellowship will help us understand more deeply what we are enduring individually and collectively, and it is an honor for the Foundation to help them do what they were meant to do.”

Judge is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and a cultural historian of modern Chinese print and knowledge. Her research has focused on the materiality of ideas, and on the interpenetration of Chinese and Western epistemologies of nation, gender and the body from the turn of the 20th century. Her current book-length research project, “China’s Mundane Revolution: Cheap Print, Vernacular Knowledge, and Common Reading in the Long Republic, 1894-1955,” asserts the historical value of intellectual detritus. A descent into an increasingly lowly register of texts, it asks what crude print editions, their seemingly random assemblages of knowledge, and their inquiring readers can teach us about the vagaries – and failures – of China’s iconic 20th century revolutions.

About the Guggenheim Fellowship

Since its establishment in 1925, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has granted nearly $400 million in fellowships to over 18,000 individuals, among whom are more than 125 Nobel laureates, members of all the national academies, winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Fields Medal, Turing Award, Bancroft Prize, National Book Award, and other internationally recognized honors.

For more information on the 2021 Fellows, please visit the foundation’s website at www.gf.org.

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