Fwd: 2021 NorITS Taiwan Festival at UCLan - Literature Strand

The Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific is happy to announce the 2021 Taiwan Festival – Literature Strand run by the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies (NorITS) in partnership with Centre of Migration, Diaspora and Exile (MIDEX) is taking place on the 18th – 19th March 2021.

The 2021 Taiwan Festival - Literature Strand will host talks and interviews from contemporary Taiwan authors, Shawna Yang Ryan and Wu Ming-yi and academics, Dr Gwennaël Gaffric, Dr Ti-han Chang, Dr Lara Momesso and Prof Niki Alsford showcasing a range of Taiwan Literature covering topics of climate change and migrants.

To access the Taiwan Festival, Please register your place on Eventbrite:

The current day plan is as follows:

Day 1 March 18, 2021 (Thurs)


Location: TEAMS

  • Opening Remarks by Director of ISAP

14:30- 16:30

Location: TEAMS

  • Authors’ Perspectives: Taiwanese Literary Writing- History, Memory and Migration

  • Shawna Yang Ryan, “Green Island: Speaking Back to History”

  • Wu Ming-yi, “Historical Experiences and/or Experiences of History: On Migration History and Memory of The Stolen Bicycle”

  • Conversation with Contemporary Taiwanese Writers (Ti-han Chang and Gwennaël Gaffric)

  • Q&A session

Day 2 March 19, 2021 (Fri)


Location: TEAMS

  • Public Lecture I: Migration, Environment and Taiwanese Literature

  • Gwennaël Gaffric, University of Lyon 3, “Migrants of Yesterday and Migrants of tomorrow: Wu Ming-yi’s Postcolonial and Climate Fiction”

  • Q&A session


Location: TEAMS

  • Round Table discussion: Understanding Taiwanese Identity through the Lens of Literature, Migration and Memory.

Interlocuters (in alphabetic order)

  • Niki ALSFORD, University of Central Lancashire

  • Ti-han CHANG, University of Central Lancashire

  • Gwennaël GAFFRIC, University of Lyon 3

  • Lara MOMESSO, University of Central Lancashire

  • Shawna YANG RYAN, University of Hawai’i at Maona

  • Ming-yi WU, University of Dong Hwa

  • Q&A session


Location: TEAMS

  • Concluding Remarks


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