Four Fellows Take Up New Positions

DECEMBER 19, 2019

Despite a difficult job market, the Society of Fellows in the Humanities continues to boast a successful job placement record. Following Yu Zhang‘s departure last year, to take up a tenure-track position in Chinese Literature at Poly U, this year we saw a record four post-doctoral fellows accept as many positions.

Monica Lee Steinberg is now Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Hong Kong. In this role, she is continuing to research and write in the area of art, pseudonymity, and law.​

Since September 1st, 2019, Nathanel Amar has been a researcher and the director of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC), Taipei office. Located in the Academia Sinica, CEFC Taipei was created in 1994 to promote French and Taiwanese academic cooperation and organize seminars and conferences on a wide range of subjects.

On 1 January 2020, John Gabriel will join the Musicology/Ethnomusicology faculty at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the rank of Lecturer. The Conservatorium is Australia’s oldest and largest school of music, and the University of Melbourne is regularly ranked Australia’s top research university. This is a full-time, tenure-track equivalent position.

Also starting in January 2020, Robert Kramm begins his appointment as Freigeist-Fellow and principal investigator of the research group “Radical Utopian Communities: Global Histories from the Margins, 1900-1950” at the Department of History, LMU Munich. The research is funded by the VolkswagenStiftung with over EUR 860,000 as part of their Freigeist-Fellowships, a highly competitive program for early-career scholars designed to facilitate the implementation of extraordinary research projects.

Two Fellows Accept New Roles

OCTOBER 16, 2019

Dr. John Gabriel has accepted a new position as Lecturer in Musicology (permanent, tenure-track equivalent) at University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, commencing from January 2020.

Dr. Robert Kramm receives over EUR 860,000 from the VolkswagenStiftung for his project “Radical Utopian Communities” as part of the Freigeist-Fellowship program. The project will be affiliated with the Department of History and the Munich Center for Global History at LMU Munich starting January 2020.

Four New Fellows Joining the Society &
Two Moving to New Positions

September 4, 2019

Welcome back from the summer break! Here’s an update of our people –

Four new Fellows has joint us this Fall: Dr. Yunfei BaiDr. Timothy GitzenDr. Areti Theofilopoulou and Dr. Nicholas Y.H. Wong. Click to here read their profiles. Let’s welcome them on board!


Meanwhile, two of us had moved on to other positions: Dr. Monica Steinberg is an Assistant Professor in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (American Studies) of HKU; while Dr. Nathanel Amar has been appointed as the Director of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China in Taipei, Taiwan.


Also, there will be a series of events and lectures to come this Fall, stay tuned! Looking forward to seeing you!

Monica Steinberg receives
the 15th Annual Frost Essay Award


June 4, 2019


Congratulations! Dr. Monica Steinberg has been awarded for the Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Award for her article “Naming: Heteronymy and the Imaginary Artists of George Herms”, selected by the editorial board of American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s peer-reviewed journal.

The full press release is available at:

The article “Naming: Heteronymy and the Imaginary Artists of George Herms” is available at:

Activity Notes (1st Semester, 2018/19)


December 13, 2018

Dr. John Gabriel

This semester, John gave presentations on the German musical imaginary of China in the 1920s at the annual conference of the German Studies Association, on the role of jazz in the Communist propaganda music of Hanns Eisler at the conference “Machines in the Musical Imagination” at the University of Ottawa, on radio opera in Weimar Republic Germany at the annual conference of the American Musicological Society, and on German/American cultural exchange at the symposium "Mediating Music/Sound" at HKU. He also had an article on Ideologies of Late Style in the Reception of Elliott Carter’s Music come out in the journal Elephant and Castle: Laboratorio dell’imaginario.


Dr. Beth Harper

Since arriving in Hong Kong Beth has traveled to present at three different conferences. She presented a paper entitled “Christian Mysticism, Platonism and the Zhuangzi: first contacts and collisions” at the Contemporary Philosophy in East Asia Conference at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. 9-11 August 2018. She returned to Taipei to present at Taipei Tech's biennial literature conference on "Literary Fantasy and its Discontents", 21-23 November, finally she traveled to Vienna, Austria to present at paper from her book project entitled "Bad Mothers in Early Modern Tragedy" at an interdisciplinary conference on the topic of Evil Women, 1-2 December.


Dr. Harriet Hulme

Harriet recently presented her work at the Borders Inside and Out Symposium at CUHK, giving a paper focused upon the theme of hospitality in the work of Mohsin Hamid. Next semester, she will participate in several conferences: in February, she will present on the ethics of re-narration at the Uses and Abuses of Storytelling Conference in Finland; in March, she travels to Tokyo to present her work at the Asian Conference on Arts and Humanities 2019; and in July she will give a paper at the Society of French Studies Annual Conference in the UK.