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Advisory Committee: Five-member consultatory committee of scholars and one industry representative. AC Members: T.H. Barrett (SOAS), Robert Buswell (UCLA), Phyllis Granoff (Yale), Victor Mair (Pennsylvania), Atsuo Nakayama (Bandai Namco)

Cluster: One of the fifteen thematic research groups housed under the three Research Programs.

Cluster Leaders: Scholars leading each research cluster.  Yinggang Sun (Zhejiang) and Jinhua Chen (UBC) for Cluster 1.1:“From Oral to Digital;” Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple v) for Cluster 1.2:“Religion & Technology;” Susan Andrews (Mount Alison University) for Cluster 1.3: “Market & Merit;” Lori Meeks (USC) for Cluster 1.4: “Enriched Reading Practices;” Jiang Wu (Arizona University) for Cluster 1.5: “Extended ‘Textual Communities’;” Jinhua Jia (Macau University) for Cluster 2.1: “Authenticity and Authority;” George Keyworth (Saskatchewan University) for Cluster 2.2: “‘Secondary’ Producers, ‘Primary’ Roles;” Barend ter Haar for (Oxford University) for Cluster 2.3: “Continuous Revelations;” Ming Chen (Peking University) for Cluster 2.4: “The Power of Language & Script;” Limei Chi (Tsurumi University) for Cluster 2.5: “From the Canonical to the Post-Canonical;” Imre Galambos (Cambridge University) forCluster 3.1: “Dunhuang ‘Transformation Tableaux’;” Kai Sheng (Tsinghua University) for Cluster 3.2: “Image Inscriptions across East Asia;” James Robson (Harvard University) for Cluster 3.3: “Texts in Statues;” Christoph Anderl (Ghent University) for Cluster 3.4: “Text Used as Image;” Paul Copp (Chicago University) for Cluster 3.5: “Cliff-Texts as Images”

CO: Communications Officer. Responsible for coordinating with collaborators and partner institutions and communicating with related projects in the field.

CSC (Central Steering Committee): Six-member committee responsible for decision-making in consultation with Executive Committee, Advisory Committee. Bhiksu Huimin (DILA), Vincent Goossaert (EPHE), Ann Heirman (Ghent), Bruce Rusk (UBC), Stephen Teiser (Princeton), and Michelle Wang (Georgetown)

Executive Committee: Three-member committee responsible for decisions related to administration of SSHRC project. James Benn (McMaster), Jinhua Chen (UBC), Christina Laffin (UBC).

FC (Fieldwork Committee): Oversees field trips in coordination with hosting or collaborating institutions. FC members: George Keyworth (Saskatchewan), Vincent Goosseart (EPHE) Members: Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple), Jinhua Jia (Hong Kong Poly U), Bruce Rusk (UBC), Barend ter Haar (Hamburg)

Fieldtrips, field visits: research trips taken to collect data and undertake training.

GIS: Geographic(al) Information System. System designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present all types of spatial or geographical data.

In-kind contribution: Defined by SSHRC as “goods or services contributed to support a specific research project or research-related activity.”

KC: Knowledge Mobilization Committee. KMC Members: Christina Laffin (UBC), Ann Heirman (Ghent), Jinhua Chen (UBC), Susan Andrews (Mount Allison).

Knowledge mobilization [from SSHRC]: The reciprocal and complementary flow and uptake of research knowledge between researchers, knowledge brokers and knowledge users—both within and beyond academia—in such a way that may benefit users and create positive impacts within Canada and/or internationally, and, ultimately, has the potential to enhance the profile, reach and impact of social sciences and humanities research. Knowledge mobilization initiatives must address at least one of the following, as appropriate, depending on research area and project objectives, context, and target audience:

Within academia:

  • informs, advances and/or improves:
    • research agendas;
    • theory; and/or
    • methods.

Beyond academia:

  • informs:
    • public debate;
    • policies; and/or
    • practice;
  • enhances/improves services; and/or
  • informs the decisions and/or processes of people in business, government, the media, practitioner communities and civil society.

Mitacs: Canadian funding source for industry link and international networking. “A national, not-for-profit research and training organization dedicated to advancing collaborations between industry, academia and government in Canada, and to fostering international research networks between Canadian universities and the world.” Acronym originally referred to “Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex System” but the program has expanded beyond these parameters.

Program Manager: UBC-based head administrator for the SSHRC project, Vicky Baker.

RC (Research Committee): Seven-member set of coordinators representing the three research pillars. RC members: Susan Andrews (Mount Allison), James Benn (McMaster), Jinhua Chen (UBC), Vincent Goossaert (EPHE), Youn-mi Kim (Ewha Womans University), Ross King (UBC), Stephen Teiser (Princeton)

Research Programs: The three pillars of this SSHRC project. Medium vs. Message; Canon-making & Breaking; Text vs. Image.

SSHRC: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Canadian research funding agency for post-secondary research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Part of the federal “tri-council” funding agencies along with NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) and CIHR (Canadian Institutes for Health Research).