The Current Status and Development of the Studies of Taiwan History

  • 03/01/2021 at 3:30 pm 03/01/2021 at 5:15 pm
  • Virtual - Zoom (Map)

Please join us for a lecture on the studies of Taiwan History by Professor Hsueh-chi Hsu 許雪姬 教授, Director of Institute of Taiwan History at Academia Sinica of Taiwan on March 1st at 3:30-5:15 pm Pacific Time.

Meeting ID: 918 8299 8525

Prof. Hsu will discuss the trends and changes in the study of Taiwan history, the roles of Institute of Taiwan History of Academia Sinica, the development of local gazetteers, village history, and local studies in Taiwan, and the study of Taiwan’s indigenous people. The lecture will be in Chinese with English subtitles.

This event is hosted by the University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program; questions may be directed to

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University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program

Asian Studies Development Program 28th National Conference

  • 03/04/2021 03/06/2021

The Asian Studies Development Program National Conference is an interdisciplinary conference that fosters a broad conversation among participants, which includes teachers, learners, scholars, and administrators. In a welcoming and inclusive environment, the Conference works towards a better understanding of how Asian studies as an academic field continues to evolve across interdependent spheres of investigation and analysis.

The conference theme of “Knowing Practices Intersecting” invites reflection on how ways of knowing develop, intersect, and evolve. These include the practices of embodied knowledge in, for example, traditional healing and martial arts, calligraphy, and meditation, but also scientific and historiographical methods, emotional and aesthetic ways of knowing, the interaction of education and neuroscience, and the creation of intelligent technology innovation hubs in Korea and China. We encourage both scholarly and pedagogical approaches in examining the diversity of Asian cultures and societies, as well as the diversity of perspectives on Asia, especially those that adopt interdisciplinary lenses. Since its inception the Asian Studies Development Program has worked to forge and highlight intersections between Asian and Western traditions and proposals highlighting such intersections are especially welcomed.

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East-West Center, Asian Studies Development Program

“Rethinking World Literature: China as Method”

  • 03/05/2021 at 12:00 pm 03/05/2021 at 1:30 pm
  • University of Virginia (Map)

A talk/workshop series sponsored by the Asian Cosmopolitanisms Lab (IHGC) at the University of Virginia

Friday March 5, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Rivi Handler-Spitz, Associate Professor, Macalester College

“From the Early Modern to Graphic Scholarship: Reflections on Methodology”

In this workshop, comparative literature scholar, translator, editor, and cartoonist Rivi Handler-Spitz raises questions about what constitutes a valid context for interpreting literature from long ago and far away. Drawing on her experiences interpreting the writings of the sixteenth century Chinese provocateur Li Zhi (1527-1602) in a range of contexts – as his translator, in the culturally and nationally bound context of Ming dynasty Chinese intellectual history, in the inter-regional and inter-cultural context of the early modern period, and now in the “post-critical” context of her graphic scholarship — Handler-Spitz explores the benefits and drawbacks these several methods afford and asks what new interpretative possibilities the visual medium of graphic scholarship opens up.

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Jack W. Chen

Inequality, Labor, and Migration in East Asia Through the Prism of Global Pandemic Virtual Workshop

  • 03/18/2021 03/19/2021

Long-standing demographic changes will have serious implications for the nature of work, spatial mobility, and the overall distribution of resources in the countries of East Asia. Has the Coronavirus pandemic seriously affected any of the aforementioned areas and, if so, how? Join us for an inter- and cross-disciplinary workshop that explores the ongoing pandemic and its implications for inequality, labor, and migration in China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Korean peninsula, and Taiwan. We will hold two different workshops: Thursday evening (EST) on March 18th, 2021 and Friday afternoon (EST) on March 19th, 2021. Each workshop will begin with introductory remarks before moving to several short (approx. 20 minutes) presentations around the theme and will then conclude with several affinity group breakout rooms to further facilitate in-depth conversations. Participants from all disciplinary backgrounds and career stages are welcome, and we especially encourage advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and fixed-term researchers to both present and participate.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the participant application (which includes your name, contact email, disciplinary training, title, professional affiliations (if any), a selection of research interest keywords, and a brief description of your current research interests that are applicable to the workshop theme) in the Qualtrics survey listed below by 11:59pm EST on Friday December 4th, 2020. Please refer any questions to

Participant Application:

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Tristan Ivory

“Writing the Supernatural into History” Graduate and ECR Online Symposium

  • 04/01/2021 04/30/2021

Call for Abstracts
Theme: Writing the Supernatural into History in Pre-Modern East Asia
Deadline: 31 December 2020

This one-day symposium invites abstracts for 20-minute presentations, or for panels of up to three presenters, on the supernatural in relation to history and/or historiography. The hope is to bring together graduate students and early career researchers at any stage of their research for an exchange of ideas on this topic within the context of pre-modern East Asia.

Please see the attached call for abstracts for more details. The conference will take place in April 2021, with more details sent out in January 2021.

Tham Chui-Jun
On behalf of The Graduate Association of East Asian Studies
An informal group of UK-based postgraduate students studying East Asia


Tham Chui-Jun (GAEAS)

Book Talk: The Great Exodus from China, with Dominic Yang

  • 04/07/2021 at 3:30 pm 04/07/2021 at 5:00 pm
  • Virtual (Map)

On April 7, 2021, the UW Taiwan Studies Program will host Professor Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang for a book talk on his recently published work, The Great Exodus from China: Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Modern Taiwan.

This book examines one of the least understood migrations in modern East Asia – the human exodus from China to Taiwan when Chiang Kai-shek’s regime collapsed in 1949. Peeling back layers of Cold War ideological constructs, he tells a very different story from the conventional Chinese civil war historiography that focuses on debating the reasons for Communist success and Nationalist failure. Yang lays bare the traumatic aftermath of the Chinese Communist Revolution for the hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who were forcibly displaced from their homes across the sea. Underscoring the displaced population’s trauma of living in exile and their poignant ‘homecomings’ four decades later, he presents a multi-event trajectory of repeated traumatization with recurring searches for home, belonging, and identity. This thought-provoking study challenges established notions of trauma, memory, diaspora, and reconciliation.

Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang (楊孟軒) is an Assistant Professor of East Asian History in the Department of History at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program

Reading Material: New Approaches to Textual Media in China

  • 04/16/2021 04/18/2021

Call for Papers

Reading Material: New Approaches to Textual Media in China
An Interdisciplinary Workshop for Junior Scholars in China Studies
Co-hosted by the Center for Chinese Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Dates: April 16-18, 2021

Keynote Speaker: Cynthia Brokaw, Brown University
Roundtable Chair: Haun Saussy, University of Chicago

Application deadline:
January 15, 2021

Click here for a PDF of the Call for Papers, which contains a complete description of the workshop.


Christopher Elford and Xiaoyu Xia

1st ALTERSEA Videoconference: From Social Regulation to Social Movements—Alter-political Engagements Across Southeast Asia.

  • 07/07/2021 at 9:00 am 07/09/2021 at 6:00 pm
  • Virtual format (Map)

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the international conference ALTERSEA in its digital format. Through cross-disciplinary approaches, the contributors will dialogue on social movements and social activism, as well as less visible initiatives, marginal or infra-political forms of protest and resistance and what we could consider as social systems of political regulation. Presentations that highlight issues related to the COVID-19 crisis are welcome, though we also encourage contributions that do not exclusively address this topic, as well as presentations with theoretical approaches.

The format consists of 15-minute pre-recorded presentations (videos or animated power points, that should be sent to us in MP4 format, 500Mb max.). The video presentations will be posted on our Youtube channel so that all speakers and external audiences can view them. Each panel discussion will last 90 minutes and will take place on ZOOM (live streaming) on Wednesday July 7th, Thursday July 8th, & Friday July 9th 2021. A full detailed program will be shared with all speakers and the public on our website by June 1st 2021.

Please find all the relevant details at :

We are looking forward to exchanging views and ideas with you!

Yours sincerely,
Gabriel Facal, Gloria Truly Estrelita & Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux

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Gabriel Facal, Gloria Truly Estrelita & Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux

The 12th International Conference on Hanzi Shufa Calligraphy Education

  • 07/16/2021 at 8:00 am 07/17/2021 at 10:00 pm
  • Zoom (US Based; EST) (Map)

The 12th International Conference on Hanzi Shufa (Chinese Calligraphy) Education will be held via Zoom, July 16th -17th, 2021 (US EST). Sponsored and organized by American Society of Shufa Calligraphy Education, this conference explores the theories and practices of Chinese calligraphy education from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives against the background of globalization, digitization and internetization.

Featuring the overarching theme of “calligraphy without borders: a global approach and vision of hanzi shufa calligraphy education,” this conference aims to further promote crosscultural innovation and dissemination of hanzi shufa education and hanzi shufa art in pursuit of “win-win collaborations” in the era of globalization. Topics of the conference are:

1. Between the virtual and the real: hanzi shufa education and technological innovation in the era of digitalization and internetization.
2. Global classrooms; global endeavors: current situation and vision of hanzi shufa education overseas: opportunities, challenges, and strategies.
3. Calligraphy without borders: theory, practice and effectiveness of the globalized education and dissemination of hanzi shufa: teacher training, resource building, and disciplinary development.
4. Common ground with differences: aesthetic comparison and integration of hanzi shufa and Western art.
5. The brush vs. the bug: hanzi shufa education and emotional health amid the pandemic.

Conference format consists of keynote lecture, panel presentation, and Chinese calligraphy work exhibition. You are encouraged to participate in the conference by attending its events, presenting research, and/or exhibiting calligraphy work. Conference papers or Chinese calligraphy works are to be submitted, along with conference registration, to Inquiries concerning conference matters are to be sent to Deadline for registration and submissions: May 15th, 2021. Detailed information about online registration and submission is available at

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Daan Pan

Social Justice and Morality: International and Interdisciplinary Conference

  • 01/05/2022 at 9:30 am 01/07/2022 at 1:30 pm
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University Campus Street, New Delhi New Delhi, India (Map)

Call for papers
International and Interdisciplinary conference
Topic: Social Justice and Morality
Dates: January 5-7, 2022
Place: Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Due date for abstract (150 words): July 31, 2021
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Subtopics: Social Justice as a Moral Imperative, Principles of Social Justice, Rights and Justice Ethics, A Global View of Ethics and Social Justice, Role of Moral Principles, Deontic Justice, Distributive Justice, Justice and Fair Trials, Environmental and Economic Justice, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Social Justice and Moral Imagination, Social Justice and Human Rights, Equality, Gender and Race, Feminism and Ethics of Care, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Poverty and Social Justice, Immigration Ethics, Ethics and Politics, Social Justice and Amnesty, Justice in a Pandemic, Social Justice, Popular Sovereignty and Disinformation, Mass-Media Campaigns, Morality in Worldwide Crisis, Child Labor, Human Trafficking, etc.

Advisory Board Members: Distinguished Academicians, Vice-Chancellor and Principal from the countries listed below.
Gordon Haist (USA), J. Fritzman (USA),Randy Groves (USA), George Leaman (USA), Andrew Ward (UK), Yolanda Espina (Portugal), Panos Eliopoulos (Greece) Isaac Nevo (Israel), He Chuan (China) Ming Shao (China), Susan Wu (Taiwan), Rizwanur Rahman (India), Dibyendu Talapatra (India), Debkumar Mukherjee (India). Conference Directors: Chandana Chakrabarti and Kisor Chakrbari (USA)

The conference will have plenary sessions and also round table discussions on topics below:

Plenary sessions will include scholars from:
Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, History, Criminal Studies, Law, and Philosophy.

1. Round Table discussion:
Social Justice and Morality as Represented in Media
Distinguished international and local Journalists will be engaged in an interactive dialogue
2. International Summit of Poets and Artists:
How different literary works talk about Social Justice
3. Social Justice and Morality as Portrayed in Film:
Distinguished Hollywood and Bollywood movie directors will be invited
4. How distinguished corporate world and personnel deal with issues related to Social Justice morality

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Chandana Chakrabarti (336) 417-1153