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October 18, 2006

2007 Taiwan Studies Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, June 2007
From: “Madeline Y. Hsu, Ph.D.” _mhsu@sfsu.edu_ (

13th Annual Conference of North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA)

- Date: June 8-10, 2007
- Venue: University of Wisconsin -Madison, USA
- Submission Deadline: November 30, 2006
- Acceptance notification: January 20, 2007

2007 Main Theme
Taiwan in the Nexus of ‘Empires’

Theme Statement:
Since the birth of modern social sciences, nations or nation-states as implicit units or boundaries of analysis have dominated social inquiry. The use of such frameworks, however, often implies unexamined assumptions, such as that these societies have homogeneous and synchronic societal landscapes and autarkies. The theme “Taiwan in the Nexus of ‘Empires’” challenges scholars from all disciplines to look at Taiwan from a different perspective. Participants are invited to reflect on: a) how the presence of competing empires on the islands, both past and present, have shaped Taiwan’s social, political, economic, and cultural landscapes, and b) how these imperial influences, with their multiple forms and layers of governance and hegemony, have resulted in particular responses by the Taiwanese people, such as resistance, acceptance, transformation, and misplacement in everyday life or academic praxis. The term “empire” as used in this Call for Paper is broadly understood to possess the potential to include without limitations sovereign states, private and public entities, supra-national organizations, and ideology. Please note that methodological reflections or critiques of this empire approach as applied to Taiwan Studies are equally welcome.

2007 Other Major Themes
In addition to the above theme, NATSA strongly encourages submissions on one or more of the following interdisciplinary themes:

1. Political Corruption and Democratic Consolidation in Taiwan: issues of specific interest include political corruption, judicial corruption, democratic consolidation, constitutional reformation, the social responsibilities of academics and intellectuals, and the role of the media in shaping a mature democracy.

2. Justice and Peace in Taiwan: issues of specific interest include the phenomenon and consequences of increasing wealth disparity, the treatment of foreigners/foreign laborers, phenomenon and consequences of stereotypes about and/or prejudice against gender roles, sexual orientation, and ethnic minorities, the prospect of achieving full equality/equity for marginalized groups (such as the aforementioned ones), peace studies, the relationship between justice and the maintenance of peace, and the role of civil society (NPO/NGO) and religion in achieving and defeating aforementioned justice, equality/equity, and peace.

3. Reflection and Critique on Taiwan as an Information Society: issues of specific interest include the social consequences and environmental impact of technological innovation and practice, ethical issues in an information society, intellectual property, privacy, medical ethics, cyber-culture and new media, and generational differences.

Please note that those who wish to pursue topics in Taiwan Studies that are not listed above may do so, but they are required to organize their own panels and submit panel proposals together with individual paper abstracts. Conference contributors may be eligible for travel grants; details will be announced on the website in February 2007.

For details of the submission guideline and more information, please see the NATSA website at Enquiries may be made to the NATSA Secretary:
Madeline Y. Hsu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Asian American Studies
Book Review Editor, Journal of American Ethnic History
c/o Asian American Studies
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415)338-3493; _mhsu@sfsu.edu_ (

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