may, 2020

01may10:00 am4:00 pmUnpacking Taiwan: Exploring Taiwanese studies, culture and identityOpen Conference on Taiwanese Studies 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Flinders University Victoria Square (Level 1, Room 1)Audience:General Public,Researchers,Staff,Students,Teachers

Event Details

In “East Asian Cultural Industries” (2014), Dal and Otmazgin assert that over the last 20 years the cultural industries of the region have gone through a “revolutionary translation”, as “several East Asian countries have developed their own cultural industries and exported their cultural products, including films, pop music and animation.” These days, hotspots are found throughout the Asian region beyond Japan, which is the leading country in the creative sectors. Taiwan’s importance tends to be marginalised by scholars of East Asia. Even when a prominent book on Taiwanese culture, Kikuchi’s edited collection Refracted Modernity (2007) was published, she noted that not all authors were Taiwan experts.

The purpose of this open conference to academics, students and the public is to raise the awareness of Taiwanese studies in Australia, and to create a network for future prospects. Taiwan’s modest status is reflected in the lack of scholarly attention to its distinct history, culture and identity. Amongst the studies of East Asia, Taiwanese studies is typically integrated into Chinese studies. This may sound negative with respect to the recognition of Taiwanese studies, but at the same time this suggests that Chinese studies scholars are potential researchers of Taiwanese studies. Today’s Taiwanese social foundation is built upon traditional Chinese culture in a manner similar to the ways in which Anglo-Australian culture has its historical roots in the UK. In Taiwan, the official language is Mandarin, and people carry Chinese names. Beyond China, there are other countries that have significantly influenced Taiwan. Japan has left noteworthy footprints as it introduced modern culture and infrastructure to Taiwan during its 50 years of colonisation. Furthermore, contemporary South Korean cultural commodities such as pop music, fashion, and films are impacting Taiwanese youth, by direct importation and adaptation of nuance. Within the region’s geo-cultural and political map, Taiwan is well-connected to its neighbouring countries.With the support of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Taiwanese Consulate) in Melbourne, Flinders University will host this Taiwanese Studies conference that will seek ways to increase Taiwan related research awareness that are currently overshadowed by Taiwan’s neighbouring countries.


Conference Schedule

10:00-10:10 Opening/Introduction

10:10-10:55 Representations of Japanese colonisation in Wei Te-Sheng’s Taiwanese films                                                                                                                Dr Tets Kimura (Research Associate in Creative Arts, Flinders University)

11:00-11:45 The US and cross-strait sovereignty conflict: The subnational dimension
Dr Czeslaw Tubilewicz (Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Adelaide)

11:50-12:20 Taiwan as China’s Overseas Chinese Affairs Competitor: The New Southbound Policy
Ms Yun Seh Lee (PhD Candidate in Asian Studies, University of Adelaide)

12:20-1:45 Lunch break

1:45-2:30 Diasporic reflections on the works of Chang Chao-Tang and Deng Nan-Guang as constructs of Taiwanese artistic identity
Dr Kevin Alexander Su (Program Manager, Design & Architecture – UTS Insearch, University of Technology Sydney)

2:35-3:20 International co-production and transnational auteurism in 21st Century East Asian cinema: A case study in two parts
Dr Nicholas Godfrey (Lecturer in Screen and Media, Flinders University)

3:25-3:55 Taiwan Studies as a self-reflexive practice: Tracing ruptures in culture, memory and spatiality
Dr Mark Harrison (Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies, University of Tasmania)


Venue: Room 1, Level 1, Flinders University at Victoria Square
182 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000





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(Friday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Flinders University Victoria Square (Level 1, Room 1)

182 Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia