EALAC Visiting Scholars

Takashi Sakikawa


Tang Center For Early China Visiting Scholar

September 2016-June 2017

Takashi Sakikawa, 崎川隆, is Associate Professor of the Institute of Chinese Classics and Paleography, Jilin University, Changchun, China. His recent research interests include the origin and development of Chinese characters, literacy in early China, engravers and the engraving process of oracle bone inscriptions, materiality and three-dimensional features of the oracle bones, casting technique and the duplication process of bronze inscriptions, and authentication and source criticism of bronze inscriptions. His publications include A Typological Study on the Bin-group Oracle Bone Inscriptions (in Chinese, Shanghai, 2011), and various journal articles. Takashi Sakikawa received his BA and MA degrees from Keio University (2001), and his Ph.D. from Jilin University (2009).

Email: ts3054@columbia.edu

Xiaoxue Zhu


Tang Center For Early China Visiting Scholar

December 2016-December 2017

Xiaoxue Zhu, born in Liaoning Province, China, received her doctorate in 2011 from Jilin University. Her research direction is in paleography and historical literature. Since 2011, she has worked as a lecturer in the College of Humanities, Huaqiao University, China. She has published a number of papers and one book. The book, A General Study of the Baoshan Bamboo Slips, won the 17th East China Regional Excellent Book Award (2014), the 2011-2013 Annual Excellent Publication (Book) Award in Fujian Province, and the 11th Social Science Outstanding Achievement Award of Fujian Province (2016). Her areas of specialization and research interests include paleography, characters and writing on bamboo and silk, Chinese historical documents, legal system of Chu in the Warring States period, and historical figures in unearthed documents from the pre-Qin period

Email: ahuahuahu@163.com



About Visiting Scholars at EALAC

Certain persons who are not entitled to appointments as officers of instruction or research but who wish to use the facilities of the University to pursue their own research may be named visiting scholar. This status is conferred by the Associate Provost and Director of the International Students and Scholars Office, on behalf of the Provost, on the recommendation of the dean, director, or department chair in whose academic discipline the proposed visiting scholar has an interest.

The title of visiting scholar is generally reserved for persons in one of the following categories:

  • Scholars from American universities and colleges outside the New York metropolitan area who are on leave from their home institutions and who are not teaching at the University or participating in a research project sponsored by it
  • Graduate students from other American universities and colleges
  • Members of research laboratories or institutions; staff and students of foreign academies and universities
  • Officials and former officials of government or non-government organizations, such as the United Nations, and their affiliates
  • Practicing professional and creative artists
  • Such other persons as will contribute to the intellectual activity of the University, as approved by the Associate Provost on the request of the school, department, institute, or center

Visiting Scholars FAQs

  • Library Borrowing Privileges – Visiting Scholars may register with the Library Information Office for Reading Privileges without charge. The fee for Borrowing Privileges is $30 per month. The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures does NOT pay for borrowing privileges for Visiting Scholars.
  • Visa Information – The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures works with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) to secure J-1 visitors for eligible scholars. Information on how to obtain your J-1 Visa can be found here.

Applying to Become a Visiting Scholar

To apply for visiting scholar status in EALAC you must have the following:

  1. Letter of support from faculty member who is willing to be your sponsor
  2. Cover letter describing the activities you wish to engage in while at Columbia and the exact time span and visa requirements and how you will contribute to the academic community
  3. CV in English

Send these three documents to the Academic Coordinator. Due to the large number of applications, only a limited number can be admitted. Preference will be given to scholars who are on sabbatical, are already teaching full-time at an institution of higher learning, or have received post-doctoral fellowships.

The application must be made at least three months in advance of the starting date.