"Locating Taiwan: Space, Culture and Society" The 15th Annual North American Taiwan Studies Conference

Fri, June 5, 2009

In the past two decades, Taiwan has experienced major transformations in the remapping of space. This year's conference is defined under the rubric of "Locating Taiwan: Space, Culture and Society." While our attention is focused on Taiwan's physical localities, we also encourage scholars to explore the evolving definition of space. In particular, global capital flows interface and destabilize familiar territorial demarcations and as a consequence, "interstitial spaces" emerge to accommodate new social groupings, the bloggers and Otaku for instance.

The operation of Taipei and Kaoshiung's Rapid Transit Systems and the High Speed Rail has integrated more people into the metropolis and fosters different lifestyles. The direct weekend flights between Taiwan and China not only attract Chinese tourists but also allow Mainland-based Taiwanese entrepreneurs to reconnect to their homes with greater convenience. Apart from the implementation of transportation infrastructure, digital communication technology also constructs a virtual geography. How do these new communities enable political empowerment and/or aggravate economic inequality? To what extent are these new spatial identities embedded in or uprooted from the physical environment and what are the impacts? We especially encourage historical reflections on the relationship of space and culture.

Location: The College of Liberal Arts Building, Bats Hall and Mez Hall at the University of Texas at Austin

Organizer: North American Taiwan Studies Association

Co-Sponsors: Center for East Asian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin

For more information visit the NATSA conference website

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