Dr Ros Holmes awarded 2018 BACS Early Career Researcher Prize

Dr Ros HolmesCongratulations to Christ Church Junior Research Fellow Dr Ros Holmes, who has been awarded the 2018 BACS Early Career Researcher Prize for her essay ‘Bad Citizens and Symbolic Subjects: Wang Jin, Zhou Tiehai and the Art of (In)Civility’. 

The British Association for Chinese Studies (BACS) Early Career Researcher Prize, which is kindly supported by the Universities’ China Committee in London, was established in 2016 to stimulate new research in arts, humanities and social sciences on traditional and modern China and to recognise excellence in the field of Chinese Studies.

Dr. Holmes was chosen as the recipient of the prize for her essay exploring the relationship between contemporary art and visual representations of civility in postsocialist China. Offering a close visual analysis of two works of art, the essay considers the vexed and contested parameters of civility as artists sought to navigate the fraught terrain between ideology and market reforms, consumer citizenship and the exigencies of globalisation. The BACS committee ‘greatly enjoyed the essay and were impressed at the scholarly sophistication and depth of research supporting its argument.’ Once published, they stated that they could easily see the essay appearing on a reading list for a module in contemporary Chinese art.

Dr. Holmes received the prize at this year’s BACS annual conference, which was held at King’s College, London from the 12th-14thSeptember. The winning essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies (JBACS). The recipient was also presented with a cash prize of £250, funding for travel costs to the BACS conference, and will be featured on the BACS website and in the BACS Bulletin. The essay that received the award is an excerpt from the book that Dr. Holmes is currently writing, The Art of Incivility: Rudeness and Representation in Postsocialist China.

Ros holds a BA in Chinese and History of Art/Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and an M.St and DPhil in History of Art from the University of Oxford. Since 2014 she has been a Junior Research Fellow in History of Art at Christ Church. Her research focuses on the art of 20th century and contemporary China, with a particular interest in online visual culture. She has delivered public talks on the art of contemporary China at the Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Modern and in 2019 she will co-curate the exhibition ‘Chinternet Ugly’ at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) in Manchester.