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Congratulations to Nalan Erbil Erkan

On August 27, 2018 Nalan Erbil Erkan (Ph.D., Asian Languages and Cultures) successfully defended her dissertation, "The Writer and the Nation-State: Language, Aesthetics, Ideology and Power in Turkish Literature (1927-2015),” (Vinay Dharwadker, Advisor).
Nalan will begin a position as a Faculty Associate in the Department of German, Nordic and Slavic at UW-Madison next semester.

Congratulations to Anthony Lovenheim Irwin

On August 23, 2018 Anthony Irwin (Ph.D., Asian Languages and Cultures) successfully defended his dissertation, "Building Buddhism in Chiang Rai, Thailand: Construction as Religion,” (Anne Hansen, Advisor).

Congratulations to Michael Naparstek

On August 16, 2018 Michael Naparstek (Ph.D. Chinese) successfully defended his dissertation, "Figuring on Salvation: The Demonic Savior Wang Lingguan and the Power of Presence in Daoist Ritual and Image at the Ming Court,” (Mark Meulenbeld, Advisor).
This semester Michael will be teaching in the Religious Studies Department at UW-Madison.

Congratulations to Masha Kobzeva

On August 3, 2018 Masha Kobzeva (Ph.D. Chinese) successfully defended her dissertation, “Compilation of the Jin shu and Emperor Taizong’s Self-Representation in Early Tang Historiographical Tradition,” (William Nienhauser, Advisor).
Masha will be teaching First Semester Chinese this semester at UW-Madison.

Congratulations to Jasmine Yu-Hsing Chen

On July 16, 2018 Jasmine Yu-Hsing Chen (Ph.D., Chinese) successfully defended her dissertation, “Questioning Homeland, Sensing Home: Performance and the Negotiation of Identity Construction in Cold War China and Taiwan,” (Rania Huntington, Advisor).
Upon graduation, Jasmine will be joining the faculty of the Utah State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Philosophy, and Communication Studies.

Congratulations to Milan Simic

On July 5, 2018 Milan Simic (PhD, Languages and Cultures of Asia), successfully defended his dissertation, "Linguistic Varieties of the Russian Altai," (Uli Schamiloglu, Advisor).
Milan is currently in Astana, Kazakhstan on a postdoc at Nazarbayev University.

Professor Nienhauser Directs workshop at Nankai University

Professor Bill Nienhauser directed a Workshop on the biography of Confucius as it appears in the Shiji (Grand Scribe's Records) for 35 graduate students and young faculty at Nankai University (Tianjin) from 18-29 June 2018. Besides practice in reading, translating and annotating the Shiji, many of the participants attended a mini-conference over the weekend of 22-23 June at which scholars from Hong Kong, Russia, Germany and the U.S. presented nearly completed translations for a forthcoming volume of the Grand Scribe's Records.