Brown University – Transpacific Taiwan: An International Symposium

Time: 14 Nov. 2016(Monday) 10am – 4:30pm

Place: Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

This symposium turns to Taiwan as a case for understanding the political, social, and cultural dynamics of the Transpacific as a historical space. For most of its modern history since 1600, Taiwan has been a transoceanic crossroads for people and commodities, and most importantly, it has been a proving ground for ideas—of political identity, of technological innovation, of social movements, and cultural hybridity.

This event intends to generate a discussion built upon Taiwan’s deep-rooted historical engagements in both Eastern and Western colonial and imperial strategies and subjectivities to not only reconceptualize new Pacific histories but to assert a transpacific method, contained within the case of Taiwan.

10:00-12:30 Taiwan and the Pacific

  • Moderator: Evelyn Hu-DeHart (History and American Studies, Brown)
  • Presenter: “Does the Pacific Include Taiwan?” Matt Matsuda (History, Rutgers)
  • Presenter: “An Island and Five Empires,” Tonio Andrade (History, Emory)
  • Commentators: Robert Lee (American Studies, Brown); Chas Freeman (Watson, Brown)

1:30-4:30 Global Indigeneity

  • Moderator: Caroline Frank (American Studies, Brown)
  • Presenter: “Island Encounters: Taiwan and America”Iping Liang (English, National Taiwan Normal University)
  • Presenter: Returning to the Source: Transpacific Representations”Yuanchao Tung (Anthropology, National Taiwan University)
  • Commentators: Emma Teng (Asian Studies, MIT); Mariaelena Huambachano (Ethnic Studies, Brown)

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