Thesis Invitation Letter from the Bulletin The Fieldwork of Chinese Studies
Dear Professor :
In the past 100 years, China has experienced a massive social transformation, and also has been engaged in learning from the West. In this process, Chinese culture has been overlooked and fallen into the mere material in Western research circle. In order to reestablish the high position of Chinese culture in the Chinese research circle, luckily, Chinese studies have emerged and flourished. However, Chinese studies have a strong tradition in analyzing and reviewing literature, and do not have advantages in tapping into the reality and society. Therefore, we propose creating a research subject-The Fieldwork of Chinese Studies.
The Fieldwork of Chinese Studies, briefly speaking, is the studies of the living and traceable traditional Chinese culture by virtue of doing fieldwork, which includes many disciplines such as ethnology, anthropology, folklore, linguistics, archaeology, and so on. In this subject, the traditional Chinese culture refers to the traditional culture of each ethnic group and is a fusion of the traditional cultures of China's fifty-six nationalities. The advocate of The Fieldwork Chinese Studies is an academic paradigm shift not only a conversion of academic names. The purposes of the studies are to identify, to confirm, to present, and to develop traditional Chinese cultures, rather than to verify or falsify any Western research frame or system. This is a grand academic vision, which cannot be realized in the near future, but is to be accomplished with endeavors from one or even several generations. We hope that more scholars can join in this task. To this end, we have decided to establish and edit the academic collection——The Fieldwork of Chinese Studies, published by the Minzu Press, two volumes per year. Of this bulletin, Professor Zhao Jie is the director of the academic committee and Professor Tan Biyou is the chief editor. It mainly publishes theses on the studies and reviews of Chinese traditional culture using fieldwork methods, field academic newsletters, and how the fieldwork of Chinese studies is carried in the Belt & Road region. Through the bulletin, we can first advocate our academic ideas and enrich research theories and methods; second, we can gather the wisdom and strength to achieve the above academic goal; third, we can establish a third pillar of Chinese cultural studies- the fieldwork of Chinese studies(works on the ground), with Chinese literature studies (works in the literature) and Archaeology (works under the ground) as the first two pillars. With these three pillars, Chinese cultures can be well studied.
In view of your outstanding achievements in the fieldwork research, we sincerely invite you to send a thesis to The Fieldwork of Chinese Studies! After the publication of the bulletin, we will give the author some remuneration and two copies of that volume. Submission requirements: (1) The thesis must be an original unpublished one, and the author should take all the responsibilities for the thesis; (2) Please indicate the author's name, address, education degree, title, research interests, city, postal code, phone number, email, project information, etc.; (3) The thesis takes the form of footnotes; (4) The theses invited by the chief editor-in-chief are no longer subject to the anonymous review and will be used directly with possible suggestions from editors; (5) Submission email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Theses can also be sent to my WeChat. Contact number: 15378490517.
Institute of Manchu Studies, Northeastern University, China
Center for Ethnology and Anthropology, Hunan Normal University
Northern Language Research Institute, Northern University for Nationalities
The Fieldwork of Chinese Studies chief editor: Tan Biyou