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震惊!多伦多大学东亚系即将解散!!

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最近,从多伦多大学传出一个令人震惊的坏消息,该校文理学院院长 Meric Gerler 决定解散该校东亚系,教职员工分别编入其他相关学系。这简直太匪夷所思了!谁能想到,一个国际知名的老牌大学竟然如此短视,出此下策,要毁掉一个好不容易建立起来的东亚系!

多伦多大学始健于1827年,是北美最古老的大学之一,也是世界上最重要的研究型大学之一。东亚研究系的前身是安大略省皇家博物馆 (Royal Ontario Museum) 的远东部 (Far Eastern Department),该博物馆1968年以前一直隶属多伦多大学。曾在中国河南省任加拿大中华圣公会主教的怀履光 (William C.White) 1934年回到多伦多后成为博物馆远东收藏部 (Far Eastern Collection) 的负责人,并在多伦多大学开设了中国艺术与考古的课程。1968年,多伦多大学评议会授权成立中国研究学院 (School of Chinese Studies),怀履光成为第一任院长。

多伦多大学汇集了一大批中国问题研究学者。该校东亚系经过半个世纪的长足发展,已经形成了比较完备的东亚研究和教学体系。该校的东亚图书馆藏书丰富,资料齐全,在北美名列前茅。随着东亚特别是中国的崛起,东亚系的课程越来越受到欢迎,注册的学生越来越多。按道理说,东亚研究,特别是中国研究应该得到进一步加强 才是,可是没有想到竟然要遭到如此削弱,这于情于理都说不通,谁都没有料到。

目前该系已经向全球学者发出呼吁,请求给与道义上的支持,敦促该校文理学院院长取消这个短视的决定。我在这里也呼吁大家,给予该事件以充分关注,如果可能,请以实际行动表示支持。谢谢!

呼吁信可以写给如下地址,同时用电子邮件发给东亚系主任, Prof. Tom Keirstead [email protected] Prof. Meric Gerler, DeanUniversity of TorontoFaculty of Arts  Science 100 St. George Street, Toronto ON CANADA M5S 3G3 [email protected]

下面是东亚系韩国研究专业的教授 7月12日发表在H-ASIA的一封呼吁信。遗憾的是,至今仍未见该系中国研究专业教授的任何表示。

July 12 2010 Alert:  Dismantling East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto **************************************** From: Frank Joseph Shulman <[email protected]> Dear Colleagues, This may well be of immediate interest to the community of scholars and students engaged in East Asian Studies throughout North America. Best wishes, Frank Joseph Shulman July 1, 2010 Frank Joseph Shulman Bibliographer, Editor and Consultant for Reference Publications in Asian Studies 9225 Limestone Place College Park, Maryland 20740-3943 (U.S.A.) E-mail: [email protected] ________________________________________ From: [email protected] [[email protected]] On Behalf Of Andre Schmid [[email protected]] Sent: Monday, July 12, 2010 9:39 AM To: kore[email protected] Subject: [KS] Request, re: Korean Studies in Toronto Dear colleagues, We are writing to you with some unfortunate news concerning institutional developments at the University of Toronto, developments which threaten the future of our Korean Studies program. Last week, it was announced that the Department of East Asian Studies, which provides the core for our graduate program in Korean Studies, is to be dismantled.  A small part of the department will be reallocated to a new School of Language and Literature while the rest of the faculty members will be dispersed among other disciplinary departments.  This momentous decision was made without prior notice or consultation, despite its overwhelming importance to many of us in Toronto.   At a time when the University of Toronto has been able to develop a vibrant and multi-faceted Korean Studies program, the home of that program – the Department of East Asian Studies – is about to be eliminated. This, of course, will have severe repercussions for our growing graduate studies programme. We are hoping to reverse this decision and in this struggle are seeking your support.  Many of us in the department – and especially in the Korean Studies programme – would appreciate if you assist us in expressing our opposition to this move by writing a letter to our Dean at the following address (with an electronic copy for our records to our current interim Chair, Prof. Tom Keirstead [email protected]<mailto: [email protected]>). Prof. Meric Gerler, Dean University of Toronto Faculty of Arts & Science 100 St. George Street Toronto, ON CANADA M5S 3G3 ([email protected]<mailto: [email protected]>) We would be most happy to answer any of your questions and would be very appreciate of your support. Sincerely, Juhn Ahn Kyoungnok Ko Janet Poole Andre Schmid Korean Studies Faculty members, Dept. of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

We would be most happy to answer any of your questions and would be very appreciate of your support.

Sincerely, Juhn Ahn Kyoungnok Ko Janet Poole Andre Schmid

Korean Studies Faculty members, Dept. of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

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  1. 评论 | 2010年7月14日 11:40

    塞翁失马, 焉知非福? 解散难道不是好消息吗? 让我们研究他们,了解他们,他们却不愿了解我们,甚至不知我们.知己知彼, 在一个丛林法则的世界, 难道对我们来说不是一个好事吗?

  2. 评论 | 2010年7月14日 11:55

    板砖,你恐怕想得太多了。在一个全球化高科技时代,什么东西能隐藏很深呢?东西方加强理解,消除误解很重要,这些只能通过研究和交流才可能达到。从某种程度上说,一个东亚系的一个中国研究教授职位可能比许多个孔子学院还要重要。韩国人在这方面就很聪明,捐助了好几个韩国研究教授职位。由于意识形态分歧,中国在这方面基本上无所作为,也难以作为。多大管理层相当保守,这个举动不乏歧视意味。

  3. 评论 | 2010年7月14日 12:27

    哦,原来是外国政府捐助的教授职位啊,验证了法登先生的说法,撤了好撤了好。

  4. 评论 | 2010年7月14日 14:41

    【多伦多在线】据世界日报消息,为削减开支,多伦多大学计画将比较文学中心关闭,与东亚系等五个系合并入新的语言文学学院。

    据环球邮报报导,多大艺术和科学院为减少日益增加、现在已经多达5500万元的债务,计画做出一些销减开支计画,其中一个计画是关闭比较文学中心,将东亚系、义大利语、德语、西班牙及葡萄牙语、斯洛伐克语五个系合并,组成新的语言文学学院。

    有东亚系教师担心该计画会影响东亚系的前途,担心是否由合并转变成最终关闭。

    有关合并改变计画将于今年秋季时由校方的工作小组研究和考量,最终必须得到多大监理会(Governing Council)的同意才能展开。

  5. 评论 | 2010年7月14日 17:14

    为免遭厄运,目前该系教授正分头行动,争取各方面支持,并制定了几套方案。如能保住不被解散最好,万不得已,第二方案是作为一个整体迁移到最近成立的 Asian Institute,免得将来被各个击破。

  6. 评论 | 2010年7月14日 23:30

    应该只是结构调整,未必是件坏事。

  7. 评论 | 2010年7月14日 23:49

    Simon ZZ,

    文理学院这次动作是一次校内重组,不会解雇人,尤其是教授。但是,据说有些教授已经开始动作,寻找更好的雇主了;东亚系的学生也扬言,将转往其他学校。所以,无论从哪个角度讲,这个动作都是对该校东亚研究的一大打击。

  8. 评论 | 2010年7月15日 06:08

    it’s deserved! Take look what they have done in the past 30 years you will get this conclusion.

  9. 评论 | 2010年7月16日 02:33

    关吧,都关了好。连加拿大也关了

  10. 评论 | 2010年7月17日 15:40

    下面是多大东亚系见习主任 Tom Keirstead 今天在 H-Asia 上发给全球东亚学者的呼吁信,把事情的来龙去脉和影响解释得很清楚。

    H-ASIA July 17 2010

    Closing of EAS Department at University of Toronto ************************************ From: Thomas Keirstead

    Dear Colleagues, You may have noted an announcement from the Koreanists at the University of Toronto, calling attention to plans to close the department of East Asian Studies here. Please forgive the potential duplication, but I’d like to stress that the prospect of “disestablishment” affects all of us who research and teach East Asia. We’ve prepared some information and a call for help.

    Thank you, Tom Keirstead Interim Chair, Interim Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

    Background

    On Wednesday, June 23, Prof. Meric Gertler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto, announced to the chairs of the Departments of East Asian Studies, German, Italian, Slavic, and Spanish & Portuguese, that their departments would be dissolved and consolidated into a new School of Languages and Literatures (SLL). The following Monday, the Centre for Comparative Literature was added to the programs to be closed and relocated.

    These closures and the formation of the new School are among the recommendations contained in an academic plan for the Faculty of Arts and Science meant to cover the next five years. The formulation of the academic plan began last fall, when the Dean’s office called upon all units in the Faculty to submit their own plans for the five-year period. Context for these plans was supplied by a document issued by the Dean in October. A nine-member Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) headed by the Dean and composed of members of the Dean’s office and representatives of the faculty was struck to evaluate the units’submissions. This committee met, without further input or consultation,throughout the Winter and Spring, finally delivering its recommendations on July 14, as the Faculty of Arts & Science Academic Plan, 2010-2015 . Crucial details, however, are available only in the ndividual responses sent to departments by the SPC in late June; these have not been made public.

    What is EAS?

    We are a department of about 15 members, whose specialties cover East Asian literature, history, thought, and religion. Home to nearly 1000 majors,minors, and specialists, EAS operates one of the largest undergraduate programs in the Faculty. We enjoy robust enrollments in all of our courses, and, with some two-thirds of our majors or East Asian heritage, especially serve the large Asian community in Toronto and throughout Canada.

    What the Academic Plan Means

    1. The Department of East Asian Studies will be dissolved. Members of the department who are not specialists in languages and literature will be reassigned to other units. The University of Toronto will lose its only unit dedicated to teaching and researching the great humanistic traditions of East Asia, and the university will become the only major research institution in North America that does not have an autonomous department of East Asian Studies. The U of T will have an institutional profile in this important field more appropriate for a small liberal arts college, not a world leader in research in the humanities.

    1. Existing students will have difficulty finding courses to meet graduation requirements, and future students who might want to study East Asian languages and cultures in an integrated program will not be able to do so. They will have to cobble together a program of study from the occasional offerings of a number of departments.

    1. Donors will not be able to invest in the development of a program in East Asian humanities. With East Asianists scattered across a number of departments, there will be no institutional focus tied to a strong teaching program. Already, major donors have expressed strong reservations, calling the proposed school a “setback” in our efforts to nurture a new generation of East Asian experts.

    1. The proposed school imposes an artificial and Eurocentric division on the study of East Asian humanities. Literature in the East Asian context encompasses history and philosophy and religion, as well as the imaginative texts commonly labeled ‘literature’ in the West. Divorcing the study of East Asian languages and literature from the study of East Asian history,religion, philosophy, and other arts, the Dean’s plans will harm the study of all aspects of the humanities.

    What you can do to help

    1. Support out students. EAS students have formed a facebook group and posted information about their efforts: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=140492929295640 or http://saveeastasianstudies.wordpress.com . They have also set up an online petition that anyone who shares our concerns about the future of East Asian Studies can sign: http://www.petitiononline.com/saveeas/petition.html.

    1. Write a letter to our dean. We would be very grateful for expressions of support from our colleagues in the field of East Asian Studies as we protest the dean’s decision on the future of our department. If you feel inclined to support us, please send letters, preferably on institutional letterhead, to:

    Prof. Meric Gertler Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science University of Toronto 100 St. George Street Toronto, ON CANADA

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