Congratulations to PhD Candidate Hsin-Yuan Peng, awarded Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2020

June 25, 2020

Hsin-Yuan Peng 
Comparative Literature & Film and Media Studies, Meteorology by Cinematic Means: Aesthetics and Epistemology of Weather Images

Hsin-Yuan Peng’s research focuses on the use of moving image technologies by Japanese meteorologists Abe Masanao, Nakaya Ukichirō, and their European colleagues. She argues that scientific visualization of weather is a complex act of construction rather than passive documentation. By analyzing meteorological filmmaking it is possible to imagine a genealogy of cinema from the perspective of weather sciences, and also to appreciate these scientists’ extraordinary sensibilities to the atmosphere at different historical moments.

Hsin-Yuan Peng said, “I feel very honored to receive this award, which has given me a sense of certainty to continue my research in spite of the chaos caused by the pandemic. It is also encouraging to know that difficult, interdisciplinary work can receive recognition.“