ZKZ Award

Call for Nomination for the Zhu Kezhen Awards 2019

The International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine (ISHEASTM) would like to solicit nominations for the Zhu Kezhen Awards. The Zhu Kezhen Award and the Zhu Kezhen Junior Award were both established in 2002 through the generosity of the Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The Zhu Kezhen Award consists of a cash prize of US$1,000. It is the highest honor awarded by the ISHEASTM for a published journal article of original scholarship in the history of science, technology and medicine in East Asia. The two Zhu Kezhen junior awards, consisting of a certificate and a cash prize of US$500. are awarded for articles written by junior scholars in the history of science, technology, and medicine in East Asia. All three prizes are awarded once every four years at the plenary conference of the ISHEASTM. The next ISHEASTM conference will take place in Jeonju, Republic of Korea, August 19-23, 2019.

The Zhu Kezhen Award Committee, appointed by the Board of the ISHEASTM, will determine the articles to be considered for the awards by reviewing lists of recently published essays and soliciting nominations from members of the ISHEASTM. Members may nominate their own essays. Articles in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese published less than four years prior to the deadline for nomination will be considered. Essays in other Asian languages will be considered if they are accompanied by an English translation. 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. Nominations, accompanied by a copy of the nominated essay, should be submitted to the Zhu Kezhen Award Committee. To ensure fair evaluation, it is advised that all essays in East Asian languages should be accompanied by an English translation. Furthermore, all submissions must be accompanied by an abstract in English, approximately 200 words long.

The deadline for acceptance of nominations is June 15, 2019. All nominations should be sent electronically to the Chair of the Zhu Kezhen Award Committee, Prof. Christopher Cullen (

Please forward this message (or post the attached pdf version of it) to all interested scholars and relevant lists. There is such excellent scholarship in our field, we expect a robust selection for the award.

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Marta Hanson

President ISHEASTM


Winners of the past ZKZ awards 

2015 (14th ISCHSEA, Paris, France)


Junior Awards:

Lee Jung, “Invention without Science: Korean Edisons and the Changing Understanding of Technology in Colonial Korea,”Technology and culture, 2013, 54(4): 782-814.

Chu Longfei, “The Dissemination of Tycho’s Theory of the Moon in China,” China Journal for the History of Science and Technology, 2013, 34: 330-346.

Michael Stanley-Baker, “Palpable Access to the Divine: Daoist Medieval Massage, Visualisation and Internal Sensation,”Asian Medicine, 2012, 7: 101-127.

2011 (13th ISCHSEA, Hefei, China)


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)


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)


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.