“Modern Sinophone Australia” is an innovative research project designed to map the cultural productions of Chinese-speaking populations in modern Australia. It aims to shed light on a large and poorly documented body of Chinese-language resources produced in Australia and beyond that bear witness to the cultural life and presence of Chinese-speaking Australians in modern times. In doing so, it will highlight their implications for our understanding of modern Australian cultural identity as a whole.

“Modern Sinophone Australia” is one of thirteen projects supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in 2022, which makes fellowships available to PhD students who can contribute to the project. The Modern Sinophone Australia team is seeking researchers interested in doctoral research in this area who can be supported by these scholarships.

The team is led by early-career scholar and Chinese studies expert Dr. Josh Stenberg (School of Languages ​​and Cultures) and includes Associate Professor of Modernist Texts Mark Byron (English) and Dr. Sophie Loy-Wilson (history), a historian of Sino-Australian history. communities.

About the project

The project aims to connect existing research strengths in Transatlantic Modernism and Sinophone Studies (Chinese-language texts, not necessarily from the PRC) with scholarly resources, literary texts and aesthetic traditions as yet unrealized in Australia.

For twenty years, the “new studies of modernism” have sought to broaden the horizons of scholarly work to include regions outside of North America and Western Europe, just as Chinese-speaking studies have sought to examine not only mainland China, but literary production outside its borders, and Australian historians have worked hard to liberate the nation from the monocultural, monolingual mode. Chinese-language cultural production in Australia has received limited attention of any kind and has not been examined either through the lens of modernism or with the theoretical resources introduced by Sinophone.

Each member of our team engages in research that explores these questions either directly or implicitly. The team has the linguistic abilities to work with a variety of materials and the expertise to deal with a variety of literary and cultural forms as well as historical texts. Thanks to this background, we are able to host exciting research projects working in our fields, enriching the fields of Modernism Studies, Chinese Studies and Australian History, and helping to position the University of Sydney as a place where such projects can flourish. .

Opportunities for PhD students

PhD students who join the project through the Postdoctoral Research Fellowships will benefit from the supervision of the qualified and experienced project team “Modern Sinophone Australia”.

The team has a strong track record of providing timely and high quality supervisions together and separately. The disciplines of History and English, together with the School of Languages ​​and Cultures, excel in and strongly support cross-national research incorporating new and diverse views of Australian culture. So there is optimal structural support for such a project. This focus will give the University of Sydney a unique profile in Australia, our immediate region and globally, aligning with the university’s strategic goals to develop partnerships that enable our research to make a difference, locally and globally, and to promote understanding across institutions. barriers.

The team’s existing collaborative links with institutions and scholars across Australia, East Asia and the Chinese-speaking world provide significant opportunities to mentor the next generation of scholars and provide opportunities for exchange, project collaboration and research funding in several national programs. Our team spans three disciplines and three schools of FASS, providing a foundation for further expansion in response to desirable project proposals that deepen or extend current project parameters. The team has significant supervisory experience in the priority areas of the project proposal and combine to form a single source of guidance and mentorship for the next generation of researchers in our three areas.