The Project Director is Jinhua Chen (UBC), who works closely with the Project Manager Vicky Baker and Communications Officer Carol Lee.
The Executive Committee (EC) is comprised of three members who are authorized to respond to emergencies swiftly and decisively. The EC works closely with the Project Manager and the Central Steering Committee.
EC Members: James Benn (McMaster), Jinhua Chen (UBC), Christina Laffin (UBC)
In addition to the three Executive Committee members, the Central Steering Committee (CSC) is composed of six representatives appointed to the committee on a rotating, biannual basis. The current representatives are:
1. Ann Heirman (Ghent), 2. Bruce Rusk (UBC), 3. Stephen Teiser (Princeton), and 4. Michelle Wang (Georgetown)
The CSC makes decisions on issues including those related to convening the congresses, appointing postdoctoral researchers and visiting professors, terminating under-performing partnerships or undertaking new ones, monitoring the teams’ overall progress in relation to the established milestones and timelines.
It also streamlines the lecture and conference series and ensures common standards of equity and inclusion across the project. The CSC ensures that the projects proceed as planned and that the well-being of all personnel is guaranteed.
The CSC functions as a hub for receiving and sorting all feedback from clusters leaders and participants. The CSC also liaises with the following committees:
The Advisory Committee (AC) advises the CSC on major decisions, as needed.
AC Members: T.H. Barrett (SOAS), Robert Buswell (UCLA), Phyllis Granoff (Yale), Victor Mair (Pennsylvania), Atsuo Nakayama (Bandai Namco)
The Fieldwork Committee is responsible for coordinating annual field visits in East Asia:
FC Members: Chair: George Keyworth (Saskatchewan) Members: Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple), Bruce Rusk (UBC), Barend ter Haar (Hamburg).
The Knowledge Mobilization Committee works to ensure the project’s research reaches a wider audience:
KMC Members: Christina Laffin (UBC), Ann Heirman (Ghent), Susan Andrews (Mount Allison).
The Research Committee ensures that field visits and other activities adhere to the framework of the project:
RC members: Susan Andrews (Mount Allison), James Benn (McMaster), Vincent Goossaert (EPHE), Youn-mi Kim (Ewha Womans University), Ross King (UBC), Bruce Rusk (UBC), Stephen Teiser (Princeton)