Meet the Asia-Pacific Digital Fellows

The Gale Asia Pacific Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowship is an opportunity for researchers to spend three months in Oxford, carrying out research into any topic or field of study, using the Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Bodleian Libraries. The posts are funded in collaboration with Gale, a Cengage Company, and visiting fellows can make use of the Gale Primary Sources Programme, as well as the numerous resources of the Bodleian Libraries.  

The fellowship was launched in 2020, and the first awards were made. In 2022 we will be welcoming three researchers to the libraries, working on exciting and varied research areas from across the humanities. Below you can find out a bit about their research, and their plans for their time in Oxford. Look out for an event featuring their work and a chance to meet the Fellows in late May 2022.

Meet the fellows

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Mark Byron 

Professor Mark Byron is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Sydney, Australia. His current research is focused on three strands: a module of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project, which will see him digitising Beckett’s novel Watt; a book manuscript on Modernism and the Middle Ages; and a book manuscript on the role of grasslands in modern literature. Mark’s Gale Asia Pacific Fellowship will see him work on a digitised edition of Watt, using Gale.


Tuo Chen, recipient of the 2020 Gale Asia-Pacific Digital Humanities Fellowship, in the Yale Library

Tuo Chen 

Dr Tuo Chen is a research Assistant Professor of History, from NanKai University, Tianjin, China. His research focuses on the cultural exchange between China and Europe since the 16th Century, and he has recently begun working on research using Chinese Christian books during the 19th and 20th centuries; these books are significant material carriers of thought and culture. Tuo plans to make use of the extensive collections of these books in the Bodleian Libraries and use digital humanities techniques to analyse the editing, printing, circulation and reading of Chinese Christian books in East Asia. 


Hsuan Ying Tu, newly arrived Gale Asia-Pacific Digital Humanities Fellow

Hsuan-Ying Tu 

Dr Hsuan-Ying Tu is an Assistant Professor in Early Modern History and a Researcher of the Centre for Digital Humanities at Renmin University of China. Her research interests are in Elizabethan political history, particularly focusing on how the circulation of information and intelligence shaped the multiple allocation of power in regime. While in Oxford she plans to make use of extensive late sixteenth-century Bodleian holdings and Gale State Papers Online to unravel complex papers left by Elizabethan spymasters.