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Taiwan-born scholar honored with British Academy fellowship

2018/07/27 11:29:29

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang

Taipei, July 27 (CNA) Wen-chin Ouyang (歐陽文津), a professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at University of London, has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy, becoming the first Taiwan-born scholar to be honored with the title.

"A record 76 academics have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy today, in recognition of their achievements in the humanities and social sciences," the prestigious academy said in a news release dated July 20.

Ouyang's achievements span research in Arabic literature, comparative literature, world literature, and the Silk Road, according to the SOAS.

She is the author of Literary Criticism in Medieval Arabic-Islamic Culture: The Making of a Tradition (1997), Poetics of Love in the Arabic Novel (2012), and Politics of Nostalgia in the Arabic Novel (2013). Currently, Ouyang is editor-in-chief of Middle Eastern Literatures and a member of the editorial board of Bulletin of SOAS, the school said.

Upon learning of the honor, Ouyang, 57, said, "I am thrilled! I look forward to working even more closely with the British Academy," according to the SOAS.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Libya, Ouyang completed a bachelor's degree in Arabic at Tripoli University and a doctorate in Middle Eastern Studies at Columbia University in New York, the SOAS website says.

She taught Arabic language, literature and culture at Columbia University, University of Chicago and University of Virginia before moving to London, according to the website.

The British Academy, founded in 1902, elects outstanding United Kingdom-based scholars as fellows each year, with the goal of inspiring, recognizing and supporting excellence and high achievement in the humanities and social sciences throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)