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  1. North American Taiwan Studies Annual Conference

    20th Anniversary

    June 20-21, 2014

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    110+ participants

    Main theme: The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward.

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  2. Hello Scholars!

    Be part of NATSA 20th anniversary.

    Main theme: The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward.

    In honor of the 20th anniversary of the North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA), we invite paper proposals from scholars in the humanities and social sciences for our June 20-21 anniversary conference to be held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sponsored by Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History and Institute of Sociology and by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s East Asian Legal Studies Center and Center for East Asian Studies, the theme for our 2014 conference will be “The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward.” We are calling for papers on the main theme or any of our seven sub-themes from a broad range of social science and humanities disciplines. We are especially excited to offer a new Publication Peer-Review Option to participating junior scholars who may be interested in honing their original articles on Taiwan for publication.

    In German, “zeitgeist” means something along the lines of time’s ghost or spirit. By using “zeitgeists” in the plural form for this year’s conference theme, however, we suggest that these feelings are particular not only to different historical ages, but also to different people within the same period.

    In this way, while zeitgeists may parallel Raymond Williams’ “structure of feelings” concept, we also aim to push beyond it by paying attention to people’s agency and the interactive relationships among different “zeitgeists” under the same “age.” Time, in this sense, is infused with the social and tied directly to the very people, their political and economic decisions, and their works of art and literature that we study. Zeitgeists are time infused with the social, the philosophical, and the political.

    We therefore call for papers that pay attention to the multiple, complex ties between people and their actions on the one hand, and time or times on the other. Though time is often thought of as the disciplinary turf of History or Archaeology, here we solicit new ways of addressing time from a wide variety of disciplines and from across disciplinary boundaries as well. Submissions might incorporate questions of time into, for instance, the policy choices that government and civil society face in the context of Taiwan’s democratic transition, its demographic changes, its shifting international identity and foreign policy, its increasing role in addressing global issues, and its adjustments to changes in trade and security relations in its neighborhood. More broadly, we welcome papers dealing with time both synchronically and diachronically, with Taiwan by itself or in comparison to other places in East Asia, Southeast Asia, or elsewhere at similar times.

    Read more about Main Theme

    Read more about Suggested Sub-themes

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    Deadlines and Dates at a Glance

    January 10, 2014:
    Individual Paper and Panel Proposal Submissions Due

    January 10, 2014:
    Polished Drafts Due (only for our Publication Peer Review Option)

    March 7, 2014:
    Notification of Acceptances

    May 11, 2014:
    Submission Deadline for Full, Final Conference Draft of All Papers

    June 20-21, 2014:
    20th Anniversary Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison!

    There are four different types of submission this year - Individual Paper Submission, Publication Peer-Review Option, Panel Submission and Poster Presentation Submission.

    Submit your abstract now!
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The official statement of NATSA regarding the Sunflower student movement in Taiwan

North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) would like to express our deep concern for the ongoing situation in Taiwan regarding the signing of the Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement (CSSTA). NATSA was founded in 1994, a time when Taiwan was experiencing strong and vibrant social movements. Over the years, many participants in NATSA have committed themselves to exploring the proper role of Taiwan in the globalized economy. As previous globalization studies have shown, free trade agreements such as the CSSTA often have significant impact on the social fabric of the society. In some situations, these agreements may even lead to political conflicts and social turmoil.

We therefore hold the view that in a democratic society like Taiwan, an issue as significant as the signing of the CSSTA should be seen as a legitimate subject for both civic and political debate. We welcome Taiwanese citizens to be involved in the socio-political deliberation. We also encourage our friends worldwide to attend to the development of the situation and continue to support Taiwan's democracy. Furthermore, we urge political leaders of Taiwan to handle the situation with utmost amount of political tolerance and exercise government power with self-constraint. In particular, we call for constraint of disproportionate use of police power and for peaceful resolution of the issue with democratic dialogue. Along these lines, we are heartened to see that the student's demand to improve the current mechanisms of congressional supervision over cross-strait negotiations is now becoming the focal point of the dialogue, and we support the collective effort of all parties involved to legalize such mechanisms to enhance the democratic legitimacy of these negotiations. We believe that the best public policies are often those made with the input of the people, and we sincerely hope that the dynamic event in Taiwan will only put Taiwan's nascent democracy to a more robust and sustainable path in the future.


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