Humanities Research Center Current Research Projects

The Humanities Research Center proudly announces the current research projects being conducted by the HRC labs. We invite you stay in touch with updates on each of these projects by checking the news sections of our website and following our weekly newsletter.

ANTHROPOCENE XR LAB

PROJECT 1
Title: The Neganthropocene and Arts (Case studies in China)
Who: Prof. Jung Choi, Meixuan Wang, Yujia Zhai
Project summary: Inspired by the notion of Neganthropocene by a French Philosopher, Bernard Stiegler, the study explores innovative tactics by Chinese emerging artists that challenge the human-centered logic of understanding the world.

PROJECT 2
Title: DKU Augmented Reality (AR) Campus
Who: Prof. Xin Tong, Prof. Jung Choi, student researchers Qingyang He, Tony Ren, Weiran Li, and Ruiqi Chen
Project summary: In the research, we are creating an AR mobile app, DKU AR Campus, and investigating how augmented reality technology can support spatial digital co-creation and social interaction. We aim to understand multi-users’ social dynamics and examine their co-creation behaviors in an embodied AR context and derive design implications to shed light on future research. Continue reading “Humanities Research Center Current Research Projects”

Student Report: Third Space Lab Guest Speaker Series from Prof Anwei Feng and Prof Bob Adamson

Reported by Dongkun (Ludwig) Lyu

On May 5, 2022, Third Space Lab launched their Guest Speaker Series sharing a discussion focused on Language and culture in the form of an online forum. This forum was mainly composed of two sessions, the talk and Q & A. Two distinguished speakers, Prof. Anwei Feng and Prof. Bob Adamson from UNNC, discussed multi-lingual China realities, key policies and multi-lingual education models based on two of their edited volumes on this topic.

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Third Space Lab Presents: Multilingual China – Realities, Key Policies, and Multilingual Education Models

Date/Time: May 5, 2022, 8pm China time
Speakers: Prof Anwei Feng and Prof Bob Adamson

Location: https://duke.zoom.us/j/92279898363

RSVP by May 4th: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0CJ5OtdrAcWMUFU?Q_CHL=qr

Abstract:  While the national language is rigorously promoted in China, minority languages and Fangyan (dialects/topolects of Chinese) are still widely used all over the country. Despite apparent tensions, many scholars and policy makers argue that multilingualism benefits both societies as it is crucial for preservation of national language resources, and individuals for their cognitive, affective and economic needs. How multilingual is China? What are the key state policies and practical models found to be adopted to encourage or lessen multilingualism in schools and universities? In this talk, we, the editors of two volumes1&2 that focus on multilingual China, will present an account of the multilingual phenomena in China and address some key challenges facing policy makers and researchers in language education in general.

  1. Adamson B. and Feng, A.W. (eds.) (2022) Multilingual China: National, Minority, and Foreign Languages. London and New York: Routledge.
  2. Feng A.W. and Adamson B. (eds.) (2015) Trilingualism in education in China: Models and challenges. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

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Third Space Lab is Seeking Digital Media Assistants

DKU Humanities Research Center’s Third Space Lab is recruiting undergraduate Digital Media Assistants, one for print and one for video, to support Dr. Emma Chiocca & Dr. Stephanie Anderson on a multilingual book and video project on stories for children.

Applications due date has been extended to April 18, 2022. Please submit them to eugenie.chao@dukekunshan.edu
See applications under each position.

Position title: Digital Media Assistant (Print)
Position job description: DKU Humanities Research Center’s Third Space Lab is recruiting a Digital Media Assistant (print) to support Faculty on an interdisciplinary and multilingual project. This position requires expertise in formatting text and images, text editing, and assistance in managing the sharing and distribution of content via social media. The project involves creating an “anthology” of short stories for children in multiple languages. This role will use tools and technologies associated with editing text and images. This role will also require excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to provide the best possible experience for everyone involved in the project. This position can be done remotely.

Learn more about the position:  TSL Digital Media Assistants – Anthology – Job Description
TSL – Student Worker – Print – Application


Position title: Digital Media Assistant (Video)

Position job description: DKU Humanities Research Center’s Third Space Lab is recruiting a Digital Media Assistant (video) to support Faculty on an interdisciplinary and multilingual project. This position requires expertise in video recording and editing and assistance in managing the sharing and distribution of products via social media. This role will use tools and technologies associated with creating, editing, displaying and communicating digital media, ideally including film, audio, subtitles (English and Chinese) and images. This role will also require excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to provide the best possible experience for everyone involved in the project. Due to the nature of the recordings and interactions, the Digital Media Assistant will need to be located in Kunshan for at least the duration of the recording process (until the end of the Spring 2022 semester). The editing can be done remotely.

Learn more about the position:  TSL Digital Media Assistants – Anthology – Job Description
TSL – Student Worker – Video – Application

 

Third Space Lab Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk

You can now watch the recording of this past event here:
https://duke.zoom.us/rec/play/7G9YVyyt_iojabvvB78GZf-hUJ5LU142wFr4wXDEIhwW0vhMrJBxkmm7Zlcx_16k2dwGBfkFWfH_SVmf.mPTtP7643Jjm0lHk

You are cordially invited to attend the TSL Brown Bag LunchResearch Talk by Dr. Sun Yachao and Dr. Ge Lan on Translingual studies on writing: Its research trends and pedagogical implications.

Date/Time: Friday, March 25, 2022, Noon-1 pm (China Time)
Speakers: Dr. Sun Yachao and Dr. Ge Lan
Location: Zoom link will be sent to remote participants. 

Bring your own lunch and enjoy the talk! Snacks and bubble tea provided—please be sure to RSVP. 

Please RSVP by 5 pm China Standard Time Thursday March 24 :  https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0CJ5OtdrAcWMUFU

 

Presenters

Yachao Sun is an assistant professor in the Language and Culture Center at Duke Kunshan University. His research interests include multilingual writing, translingual studies, multimodal composition, and corpus linguistics. His work can be found in TESOL Quarterly, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, English for Specific Purposes, and System, among others.

Ge Lan is an assistant professor in the department of English at the City University of Hong Kong. His research interests include corpus linguistics, natural language processing, second language writing, and English for academic purposes. He has published in Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, and English for Specific Purposes, and so on.

 

Abstract:

Translingual theories have been proposed and implemented to respond to the increasing linguacultural diversity in today’s classrooms. However, the ‘trans-’ concepts have elicited some concerns and the findings of ‘trans-’ pedagogies vary from facilitating to undermining teaching and learning. This presentation will introduce the research trends and pedagogical implications of translingual studies on writing by analyzing peer-reviewed journal articles published from 2011 to 2021, during which ‘trans-’ studies on writing experienced rapid development in its conceptualization and implementation.

ABOUT THE EVENT

The TSL brown bag lunch research talk is open to all members of the DKU community and beyond who are interested in engaging in a conversation about research projects, either a published work or a work-in-progress, broadly related to languages, cultures and intercultural communication. If you are interested in participating either as a speaker or as audience, please fill out this survey: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bj9cfFmbMBwF80Z or contact Dr. Zhang Xin (xz261@duke.edu).

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Student Report: Third Space Lab’s Guest Speaker Series 

Dr. Chad Hoggan: The Varieties of Transformative Experience

By Hantian Zhang
Class of 2025

On December 3rd, 2021, Dr. Chad Hoggan was invited as the speaker to Third Space Lab’s “Guest Speakers Series” to speak about “The Varieties of Transformative Experience.” As an Associate Professor of Adult & Lifelong Education at North Carolina State University and the Co-editor of the Journal of Transformative Education, Dr. Hoggan does research on significant learning experiences in adulthood.

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Season Finale! Third Space Lab Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk: Laura Davies

You are cordially invited to attend the TSL Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk season finale by Laura Davies on Intercultural engagement at Duke Kunshan University: an evaluation of first year student experience and perception in times of restricted mobility at 3:30 pm on Friday Dec. 10th, 2021 (China Standard Time).

Location: CC 1095
Zoom link will be sent to remote participants. Snacks and bubble tea provided—please be sure to RSVP.

Please RSVP by 5 pm China Standard Time Thursday Dec. 9th :
https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_emtkQQxi79lt4Fg

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Third Space Lab Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk: ZHANG Minghao (Rainie)

November 19, 2021
Noon-1pm (China Time)

You are cordially invited to attend the TSL Brown Bag Lunch Research Talk by ZHANG Minghao (Rainie) on The Fallacy of Fossilized Language Learners: An updated understanding of fossilization and a longitudinal case study of an advanced adult learner of Mandarin at noon on Friday Nov. 19th, 2021 (China Standard Time).

Location: CC 1095. Zoom link will be sent to remote participants. Bring your own lunch and enjoy the talk! Snacks and bubble tea provided—please be sure to RSVP.

Please RSVP by 5 pm China Standard Time Thursday Nov. 18th :
https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6s2OZQ5IN0RcXRA

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Dec. 3 – Third Space Lab – Guest Speaker Series – Chad Hoggan – The Varieties of Transformative Experience

Dear all,

You are cordially invited to the guest lecture of the Third Space Lab by Associate Professor Chad Hoggan (North Carolina State University) on The Varieties of Transformative Experience.
We hope you will join us!
Please RSVP here:    https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8dd5jVDSDcoGd1Q

Date: December 3rd, 2021

Time:  10 pm (China time) / 9 am (EST) / 3 pm (Berlin time)

Zoom Meeting ID:      248 487 9248

Presentation Description:

This presentation traces the history of transformative learning theory within the discipline of adult education. It presents a new metatheory of transformation based on the vast scholarship that has arisen around transformative learning. Included in this metatheory are definitions and criteria to distinguish transformative learning from other types of learning, a typology of transformational outcomes, key components of the transformation process, conceptual tools by which to analyze different types of transformation, and implications for practice.

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