The Awards Ceremony for the 10th Scholarly Monograph Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences was held on December 9 on the first floor of the Tsai Yuan-Pei Memorial Hall (Faculty Club), Academia Sinica. This year, five books were selected for the award: two in Mandarin and three in English, covering topics such as history, art, and English literature. It was our great pleasure to recognize this year’s award winners, whose thought-provoking books explored a vast range of ideas and challenged preexisting theoretical frameworks.
The Scholarly Monograph Award was established to encourage monograph publication in the humanities and social sciences that allows scholars to share their findings with the public and enrich society. Honoring the finest examples of scholarship, the Award recognizes books that demonstrate outstanding research and ground-breaking insights. Through the years, award-winning books have received high recognition from scholars in Taiwan and abroad.
During the ceremony, each awardee was given a medal and a prize of NT$600,000, with all five awardees making brief presentations about their prize-winning books. The ceremony was hosted by Academia Sinica Vice-President Chin-shing Huang.
The five awardees and their award-winning books are as follows:
1. Li, Hsiao-T'i
Retired Research Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica
Monograph: Opera, Society and Politics in Modern China. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2019.
2. Wu, Lin-Chun
Professor, Department of History, National Taiwan Normal University
3. Hong, Li-Xing
Associate Professor, Bachelor's Program in Educational Leadership and Technology Development, Fu Jen Catholic University
4. Chen, Chung-Jen
Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Taiwan University
Monograph: Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination. New York: Routledge, 2020.
5. Liao, Pei-Chen
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National Cheng Kung University
Monograph: Post-9/11 Historical Fiction and Alternate History Fiction: Transnational and Multidirectional Memory. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.