Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award: Tianjiao Qi

Tianjiao Qi, a doctoral student at Renmin University of China who is pursuing research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is the 2018 recipient of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award enables international archivists who are training or studying in the United States or Canada to augment their experience by traveling to the SAA Annual Meeting. 

Qi has been participating in a research group with Anne Gilliland at UCLA since September 2017. Widely published, Qi’s research interests center on Chinese rural archives, digital archiving and archival management, and issues related to community memory. Qi was the student assistant for the Chinese team for InterPARES and executed the first International Digital Memory Forum in 2015. The awards committee was impressed with Qi’s clear focus on the role of archives in local cultural memory—both historic and contemporary.

Attendance at the Joint Annual Meeting will connect Qi with other students and scholars and will provide opportunities to learn more about the practice of community archives in other countries. Qi wrote: “I want to participate in international academic conferences to learn archival science, archival education, and archival practice in the context of globalization.”