McGill profs Lüthi and Fong win prestigious Guggenheim Fellowships

By McGill Reporter Staff

McGill professors Lorenz M. Lüthi and Grace Fong are among the 2011 recipients of prestigious fellowships awarded recently by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The fellowships are awarded to a diverse group of scholars, artists and scientists and are made on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. This year’s 180 successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.

History and Classical Studies Professor Lorenz Lüthi questions conventional views of the end of the Cold War.

“For the last several months I’ve been in Berlin working on my research. I’d been feeling a bit anxious about how I would be able to continue and finish my book, but then last week I received an email from the Guggenheim Foundation notifying me of their decision and all my apprehensions instantly dissipated – and I left for day’s work in one of the East German archives with a new spring in my step,” Lüthi said. “The fellowship ensures that I will finish my large interpretative book on the second half of the Cold War.”

Professor Grace Fong of the Department of East Asian Studies has spent more than a decade recovering the rich repertory of long-lost and neglected writings by Chinese women of late dynastic China and bringing them to the attention of the scholarly world and general public.

“I feel extremely honoured to receive this prestigious fellowship in recognition of my research on the literary accomplishments and historical significance of these remarkable women,” Fong said. “It will enable me to complete my project on how the life histories of Chinese women are constructed in their own words and in the words of others that frame their writings.”

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