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● Bryant University, USA

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● Center for Research on Ancient Chinese History Peking University, China

A flourishing spring of scholarly development began after the fall of the “Gang of Four” in October of 1976. In January of 1978, Professor Deng Guang-ming and his colleagues set forth the idea of an organization to research the Tang and Song era (618-1279). After three years of deliberations, five professors (Deng Guang-ming, Zhou Yi-liang, Tian Yu-qing, Su Bai, and Wang Yong-xing) jointly proposed establishing an organizational structure and working regulations for a center for research on the middle period of Chinese history. The then Assistant Premier of the State Council Yao Yi-lin and the Minister of Education Jiang Nan-xiang sent handwritten letters expressing enthusiastic support. In October of 1982, the Ministry of Education formally authorized the establishment of Peking University’s Center for Research on the Middle Period of Chinese History as a research institute with rank equivalent to a department. The first director was Professor Deng Guang-ming; the second was Professor He Fang-chuan; the third was Professor Wang Tian-you; the forth was Professor Zhang Xi-qing; and the present Director is Professor Yan Bu-ke and Deputy Director is Associate Professor Ruo Xing. In December of 1999, the name was changed to the Research Center for Ancient Chinese History. In October of 2000, the Ministry of Education designated it as a National Higher Education Key Research Unit for the Humanities. In February of 2001, the Research Center’s academic category of ancient Chinese history was again declared by the Ministry of Education to be a key national discipline. Presently the Center has 13 fulltime researchers, including 10 professors, 2 associate professors and 1 lecturer ; there are also 8 affiliated researchers.

● China National Silk Museum

China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou was opened first in Feb 1992 and will be reopened in Sept 2016, and now becomes one of the first state-level museums in China, where you’ll find 9,0000 square meters of displays, divided into several galleries, in a typical southern Chinese garden of 40,000 square meters. The first Silk Road Gallery will give you a journey to the Chinese silk historically and the Silk Road geometrically. Both the earliest preserved silks from Qianshanyang site, Huzhou (c.2200BCE) and the earliest pattern loom model from Laoguanshan, Chengdu (c.100BCE) are on display. More silk textiles from the Silk Road, not only polychrome woven silks from northwest of China, mainly from the 3rd to 10th centuries, but also painted and embroidered silks from Europe, mostly from the 18th to 19th centuries, will attract your eyes. For more information on how the silk is made, you can move into the Sericulture and Weaving Galleries, titled as Sericulture and Silk Craftsmanship of China, the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage, for the whole process from mulberry planting, silkworm raising, silk releasing from cocoon, dyeing, weaving and embroidery. If you are lucky enough, you can probably visit the Textile Conservation Gallery where the silk treasures from all the country are being treated, repaired and installed or packed, since this museum owns the highest technology of textile conservation in China, and runs a lot of international joint projects with many world famous museums and institutions, such the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, etc. Lastly, the Fashion Gallery is the only one gallery in China focusing the contemporary costumes. There are several sections, one Chinese fashion of the 20th century, one Western fashion for 400 years, and one temporary special exhibition, A World of Silks, of all the silks from the world. So the China National Silk Museum is a specialized museum, focusing on the collection and exhibition of silk, textile, costume and fashion, not only Chinese, but also abroad. It is a research museum, doing laboratory research and conservation work, not only museum collection but also new findings from archaeological field. It is a living museum, weaving on traditional looms, dyeing with natural materials and creating silk products with new design. It is an international museum which has sent a silk exhibition traveling around the world and established an association for studies of Silk Road textiles, including around 30 institutes from 15 countries. To rest your feet, you can go to the Brocade Café located in the central area of the museum. It features drinks, books, souvenirs and silk products such as clothing, decorations, and home silk-making gear. For shopping, you can also visit the Jingluntang World Silk Boutique located in the basement of fashion gallery for high-quality designer silk products, and Sibo silk shop for local silk products located in the basement of the Silk Road gallery.

● Fashion • Art Design Institute of Donghua University, China

Fashion • Art Design Institute of Donghua University has the highest level of fashion discipline in China and enjoys high international fame. It started enrolling fashion major undergraduates in 1984. After 25 years’ effort (until the end of 2009), it has grown from a fashion department into an institute with its distinctive feature. The Institute has established an education system of three levels: bachelor, master, and doctor. Currently, it has nearly 2500 undergraduates, 500 postgraduate students and over 50 Ph.D. candidates. The goal and positioning of the Institute is “to train young professionals in fashion industry and art design fields with international perspective, innovative spirit, well-grounded academic theories and market expertise.” Ever since its establishment, the Institute has worked hard to realize the idea of “focusing on the overall development of students”. Generations after generations of excellent students have graduated from the Institute and have become the backbone of society and pride of Donghua!

● ICOMOS International Conservation Center, Xi'an, China (IICC-X)

The ICOMOS International Conservation Center-Xi'an (IICC-X) is an international research, training and cooperation center, established as an initiative of ICOMOS China. Its purpose is to support international and regional cooperation for the conservation of monuments, sites and their settings in Asia and the Pacific. IICC-X is located in the picturesque Historic and Cultural Park of Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. It is officially founded on October 20th, 2006, following the adoption of Xi'an Declaration: on Conservation of the Settings of Heritage Structures, Sites and Areas, which was presented on the 15th General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) held in Xi'an in October, 2005.

● Institute for the History of Natural Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The predecessor of the Institute for History of Natural Sciences (IHNS) was the Research Department on the History of Natural Sciences at CAS, which was established in January 1957 on the initiative of the Vice-president of CAS, Prof.ZHU Kezhen. The Department was expanded to become a research institute in 1975, forming a multidisciplinary and comprehensive national institute specialized in the study of the history of science and technology (S&T). The current Director is ZHANG Baichun. As a comprehensive research institute combining the sciences and humanities, the IHNS focuses on the study of the history, nature, and routes and models of the development of science and technology. It is committed to understanding the complex interactions that exist between science, technology, society and culture, revealing trends in S&T, proposing influential strategic advice, and disseminating scientific ideas, so as to make unique contributions to building the national knowledge base and advisory structure. It pursues the highest levels of excellence in the study of history of Chinese S&T, as well as in related research fields, making it a distinctive, high-level and internationally influential institute, as well as a core center for nurturing talent in the history of S&T. The research structure of the IHNS has been institutionalized as three departments and several research centers as follows: Department of History of Science and Technology in Pre-Modern China; Department Two: Department of History of Science and Technology in Modern China; Department of History of Science and Technology in the West; Center for Scientific Studies on Cultural Heritage, CAS; Center for the Study on the Development Strategies of Individual Disciplines,Academic Divisions of CAS; Center for the History of CAS; Center for Science and Culture;Center for Comparative Studies of the Development of Science and Technology in China and other Countries. For over 50 years, the IHNS has been conducting in-depth monographic research on various research fields, including the history of mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, geography, geology, biology, medicine and technology in pre-modern China, as well as history of the transmission of S&T between China and other countries, and has also conducted some groundbreaking research on the history of S&T in modern China. Over 400 books have been written, edited and published, and more than 5,000 articles published. Around 50 books have won national book awards, the CAS Natural Science Award and provincial-level and ministry-level S&T achievement awards. The 28-volume Series on History of Science and Technology in Pre-Modern China compiled by the IHNS is one of the most prominent outcomes in this field, completed by generations of Chinese historians, among which two volumes, written by IHNS staff, won the highest honor in the field of historical studies in China, the Guo Moruo Chinese History Award. After the Cultural Revolution, the IHNS has carried out extensive international academic exchanges and cooperation, and has sponsored and organized many international conferences, symposia, forums, workshops and seminars. Since the 1990s, the IHNS has also established exchange and cooperation relationships with institutions in more than 20 countries around the globe, including MPIWG, RAS-IHST, CNRS, TU Berlin, Tübingen University, Needham Research Institute, EFEO, and so on. A number of scholars from the IHNS play increasingly important roles in the international academic community of the history of S&T. In 2005, the IHNS successfully held the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in Beijing. Now, in 2013, the Institute has a staff of 116, of whom more than 80 are researchers. In addition, there are more than 60 postgraduate students. It is a key organization for nurturing postgraduate students in the field of history of S&T and such related fields as philosophy of science in China. Thus far, 274 students have been awarded Masters or Doctoral degrees, including several foreign students and a few Chinese students co-supervised with foreign institutions.

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