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June 14, 2022

Tung receives fourth award to support sabbatical project

Submitted by Karin Westman

Shirley Tung

Shirley Tung, associate professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received a fourth prestigious award to support her research during her sabbatical leave in the fall.

Tung has been accepted by the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing Visiting Scholarship Scheme at Wolfson College, Oxford University and will have the title of Oxford Centre for Life-Writing visiting scholar for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The one-year residency will assist Tung as she completes her book project, "Creating Cosmopolitanisms: Eighteenth-Century Women Travel Writers and the Reimagination of Identity."

The Oxford Centre for Life-Writing is a leading international center for life-writing research that supports activities relating to all aspects of life-writing in its many forms, from biography and autobiography to letters and memoirs to bio-fiction, blogs and social media such as Tweets and Instagram stories.

As a visiting scholar, Tung will participate in cross-disciplinary programming of speaker events, workshops and conferences.

"It's wonderful to see Shirley Tung's project on 18th-century women writers garner additional accolades," said Karin Westman, department head of English. "In her role as a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, she will be able to engage in archival research and emerging cultural conversations about identity and how we tell a life story." 

This recent award follows Tung's three previously announced fellowships: the 2022 Bodleian-British Society Eighteenth-Century Studies Visiting Fellowship, a 2023 Clark Short-Term Fellowship at the UCLA William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, and a 2023 New York Public Library Short-Term research Fellowship.

More information about Tung's work is available on Tung's faculty page and an earlier K-State Today announcement.