Dr. Anna Katharina Grasskamp is an exceptional young researcher demonstrating considerable accomplishments in a very short space of time and already having a record of achievements impressive by anyone’s standards.
Dr. Grasskamp has produced a monograph, a co-edited volume and 13 published articles and book chapters. Her work has appeared in English, Chinese, German and Japanese.
Dr. Grasskamp’s research is not only prolific, it is of very high quality and has been well received by scholars internationally even before her recent publication of the monograph Objects in Frames: Displaying Foreign Collectibles in Early Modern China and Europe.
In addition to research on art, artefacts and global networks of cultural knowledge transfer, Dr. Grasskamp has developed a second field of expertise on the artistic uses and socio-cultural meanings attributed to maritime material culture. She was awarded a General Research Fund to investigate the roles that Southern Chinese pearls, shells and corals play in creative practices and local heritage.
During her time at the Academy of Visual Arts, Dr. Grasskamp has also received international research fellowship grants from the Munich Centre for Global History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, the State Museums Berlin, the Herzog August Research Library and the International Institute for Asia Studies at Leiden University.
Before coming to Hong Kong Dr. Grasskamp’s research had been supported through a full-time PhD position grant by the Hulsewé-Wazniewski Foundation for the advancement of teaching and research in the archaeology, art and material culture of China at Leiden University, a post-doctoral position at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University and visiting fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, the National Taiwan University and the University of California Santa Barbara.
As a recognised expert in her field, Dr. Grasskamp has served as peer reviewer at the invitation of international publishers and on the editorial boards of an international peer-reviewed journal and an international peer-reviewed book series.
Displaying her outstanding linguistic versatility, Dr. Grasskamp has given lectures and conference presentations in English, German, Dutch and Mandarin Chinese on more than 30 occasions in Asia, Europe and the United States, for instance at Princeton University, the University of Cambridge and Academia Sinica.
As well as her research, Dr. Grasskamp makes an excellent contribution to teaching, inspiring her students to be more aware historically and culturally and to conduct their research with imagination and rigour.
There is no doubt that Dr. Grasskamp has a very bright career in academia ahead of her and the Selection Committee deems her thoroughly deserving of the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance as Young Researcher.