Seeking students to engage in research exploring changes to Asian cultures as part of a broader research project examining the spread of syphilis and the chili pepper in South Asia.
The so-called "Columbian Exchange” that occurred in the immediate aftermath of European explorations of the Americas resulted in vast and rapid shifts in the material cultures of Asia. I am seeking to work with students interested in exploring with me changes to Asian cultures as part of a broader research project I am carrying out on the spread of syphilis and the chili pepper (capsicum) in South Asia. I am particularly interested in documenting how unfamiliar terms denoting these and other New World objects were semantically equated in lexicographic sources (dictionaries, word lists, vocabularies, glossaries, travelers’ phrasebooks, etc.) with other, more familiar, objects and terms. Interested applicants must be able to read academic prose in an Asian language. I will assist students in requesting sources through UB Libraries; identifying and documenting examples of New World objects in these works; securing funding to visit Asian Studies library collections; and preparing a presentation at a research conference or paper for publication in a journal. Students interested in this project will need to read some introductory works on the Columbian exchange and demonstrate proficiency with bibliography software (e.g., EndNote, Bookends, Zotero) before beginning this project.
The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration.
|Length of commitment||Depends on student interest|
|Level of collaboration||Depends on student interest|
|Benefits||Academic Credit, Volunteer, Work Study|
|Who is eligible||Students with advanced reading proficiency in one or more Asian languages (including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Chinese, Tibetan, Javanese, Japanese, etc.)|
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.