Hur-Li Lee: Scholar Research Grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
Dr. Hur-Li Lee has been awarded a Scholar Research Grant from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange to research traditional Chinese knowledge organization
The $27,120 grant will support Dr. Lee as she works on a book tentatively titled Intellectual Activism of the Seven Epitomes. Compiled two millennia ago, the Seven Epitomes (Qilue) is the first classified library catalog documented in Chinese history, and established the model of traditional Chinese bibliography. Lee’s book will adopt an innovative analytical framework built on an expanded theory of social epistemology in library and information studies and argue that the catalog’s intelligent design, as well as the cataloger’s activism, provides a classicist blueprint to guide government and formal education.
The book represents the next step in Lee’s long-term research on the Seven Epitomes, which began in 2006 when she received a Fulbright Scholar Research Award to study Chinese bibliography at Peking University in China. Her research interests include classification theory, traditional Chinese bibliography and knowledge organization, the role of classification in scholarship, and social and cultural aspects of information services.
The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly provides support for research grants on Chinese studies in the humanities and social sciences at overseas institutions. The foundation’s principal goals are to foster the overseas study of Chinese culture and society, to support international scholarly exchange, to promote widespread attention to and understanding of Taiwan, and to promote academic dialogue on global issues. It was founded in 1989 and named after Chiang Ching-kuo, leader of the Republic of China from 1972 to 1988.