ISHEASTM

ZKZ Award

Call for Nomination for the Zhu Kezhen Awards 2015

The International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (ISHEASTM) solicits nominations for the Zhu Kezhen Award and the Zhu Kezhen Junior Awards for 2015. These awards were established in 2002 through the generous donation from the Institute of the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. They are the highest honors awarded by the ISHEASTM to essays of original scholarship in the history of science, technology, and medicine in East Asia. The Zhu Kezhen Award consists of a medal and a cash prize of €1000.  The two Zhu Kezhen Junior Awards, consisting of a certificate and a cash prize of €500, are each awarded for an essay written by a junior scholar. All three prizes are awarded at the International Conferences of History of Sciences in East Asia (ICHSEA), the plenary conference of the ISHEASTM. The prizes were awarded in 2005, Munich, Germany, in 2008, Baltimore, the United States, and in 2011, in Hefei China.

ISHEASTM members and the scholars at large in the field of history of East Asian science, technology, and medicine can submit nominations to the Zhu Kezhen Award Committee for consideration. The Zhu Kezhen Award Committee, appointed by the Board of the ISHEASTM will determine the essays to be awarded by reviewing the essays and their accompanying nominations. Members may self-nominate their own essays.  Essays in English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean published in print between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014 are eligible to be considered. Essays in other languages published during the same time period will be considered if they are accompanied by an English translation. Nominations should be in English and contain detailed descriptions of original findings and contributions to the field in the essays. For the Zhu Kezhen Junior Award, the author should be a graduate student or a scholar who received his/her doctoral degree less than five years prior to the deadline for nomination. Each nominator may nominate up to two essays, one for the Zhu Kezhen Award and one for the Zhu Kezhen Junior Award. Each essay may have only one nominator. The following points summarize the guidelines:

  1. Self-nomination is permitted.
  2. Essays published in print between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2014 are eligible.
  3. Publications in a language other than English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean should be accompanied by an English translation.
  4. Nomination should be in English and detail the original findings and merits of the essay.
  5. Each nominator may nominate up to two essays; each essay may have only one nominator.
  6. Only graduate students or junior scholars who received his/her doctoral degree after January 2010 are eligible to be considered for the Zhe Kezhen Junior Award.

About the Awards

To honor Mr. Zhu Kezhen’s achievement and Contribution to the fields of History of Sciences, the Zhu Kezhen Award and the Zhu Kezhen Junior Awards were established in 2002 through the generous donation from the Institute of the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. It was determined that these awards be awarded at the plenary conference, International Conference of History of  Science in East Asia (ICHSEA), of the International Society of History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (ISHEASTM). Currently, the conference takes place every four years.

The Zhu Kezhen Award is the highest honor awarded by the ISHEASTM for an essay of original scholarship in the history of science, technology, and medicine in East Asia. At the inception, the Zhu Kezhen Award consists of a medal and a cash prize of US$1000 and the two Zhu Kezhen Junior Awards, a certificate and a cash prize of US$500. Moreover, the Zhu Kezhen Junior Award,are awarded for an essay written by a junior scholar defined as a graduate student or a scholar who received his/her doctoral degree less than five years prior to the deadline for nomination. Currently, the award amounts have been adjusted to be €1,000 for the Zhu Kezhen Award and €500 for the Zhu Kezhen Junior Award.

ISHEASTM members and the scholars at large in the field of history of East Asian science, technology, and medicine can submit nominations to the Zhu Kezhen Award Committee for consideration. The Zhu Kezhen Award Committee, appointed by the Board of the ISHEASTM will determine the essays to be awarded by reviewing the nominations along with their nominated essays. Members may self-nominate their own essays.  Essays in English, Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, published four years prior to the deadline of submission are eligible. Essays in other languages published during the same time period will be considered if they are accompanied by an English translation. Nominations should be in English and contain detailed descriptions of original findings and contributions to the field in the essays. 

Winners of the past ZKZ awards 

2011 (13th ISCHSEA, Hefei China)

Award:

Li Cho-ying, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. “Contending Strategies, Collaboration among Local Specialists and Officials, and Hydrological Reform in the Late-Fifteenth-Century Lower Yangzi Delta,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society 4(2010): 229-253.

Junior Awards:

Sun Chengsheng, Institute of History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Science, China. “The Diffusion and Impact of Western Optical Knowledge in Late Ming and Early Qing: A Study of Sun Yunqiu’s Jingshi” (in Chinese), Ziran kexueshi yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences) 26-3 (2007): 363-376.

2008 (12th ICHSEA, Baltimore, USA)

Award:

Chang Che-chia, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. “The Myth of Rhubarb: The Strategic Rationale and Cultural Implications of China’s Prohibitions on the Export of Rhubarb to Britain and Russia in the Qing Period,” Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, 47 (March 2005): 43-100.

Junior Awards:

1. Carla Nappi, Montana State University. “On Yeti and Being Just: Carving the Borders of Humanity in Early Modern China,” in Anne Vallely and Aaron Gross, eds. Animal Others and the Human Imagination, New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

2. Wu Yu-chuan, Wellcome Trust Center for the History of Medicine, University College London. “Disappearing Anger: The Psychological Experiment on Anger among Formosan Aborigines Conducted by Fujisawa Shigeru in Late Colonial Taiwan,”Xin shixue 18-2 (2007): 103-155.

2005 (11th ICHSEA, Munich, Germany)

Award:

Jen-der LEE, Academic Sinica. “Laughing Disorders’ and Medical Discourse of Joy in Early Imperial China” (in Chinese), The Bulletin of the Institute of History and Philology, 75.1 (2004): 99-148.

Junior Awards:

1. Sean Hsiang-lin Lei, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. “How Did Chinese Medicine Become Experiential? The Political Epistemology of Jingyan,” Positions: East Asian Cultures Critique, 10: 2 (2002): 333-364.

2. Jongtae Lim, Seoul National University. “Introduction of Western Science and Rationalization of Traditional Astrology: Reevaluating Yi Ik’s On the Field-allocation” (in Korean), Han’guk Sasangsahak 韓國思想史學 (The Study of Korean History of Thoughts), 21 (2003): 391-416.