Dr. Brigid Elisabeth Vance

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Hartmannstr. 14
91052 Erlangen

Home Institution: History Department, Lawrence University

IKGF Visiting Fellow April 2018 – August 2018

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Dreaming in Chinese: Explanation, Exorcism, and Divination in the Late Ming

Curriculum Vitae


2012PhD History, Princeton University
2005MA East Asian Studies, Stanford University
2000BA Psychology, Carleton College


since 2015Assistant Professor, History Department, Lawrence University
2012-2015Assistant Professor, History Program, Colorado State University-Pueblo

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

2015Taiwan Fellowship Program, Taipei
2014-2015Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) Productivity Grant, Colorado State University-Pueblo
2011-2012Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) Graduate Writing Fellowship
2010-2011Academia Sinica Fellowship for Doctoral Candidates in the Humanities and Social Sciences (declined)
2009-2010Fulbright-IIE, Research Scholar at the Institute for Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
2009Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant, National Central Library, Taipei, Taiwan
2003-2004Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

Other Scientific Activities

since 2018Society for Ming Studies, President
2015-2017Society for Ming Studies, Board Member
since 2014Gender Equality in Asian Studies, co-organizer; affiliate group, Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

Selected Publications


2017 "Deciphering Dreams: How Glyphomancy Worked in Late Ming Dream Encyclopedic Divination", in: The Chinese Historical Review 24/1, pp. 5-20.
2014 "Exorcising Dreams and Nightmares in Late Ming China", in: Psychiatry and Chinese History, ed. by Howard Chiang, London: Pickering and Chatto Publishers, pp. 17-36.