University of California at Los Angeles "Taiwan Studies Lectureship"2017/7/1~2020/6/30
  • Project Description

    The UCLA Taiwan Studies Lectureship (TSL) is housed in the UCLA Asia Pacific Center (APC) and overseen by the Dean of Humanities, Professor David Schaberg, and the Director of the APC, Professor Min Zhou. Since its inception in 2014, the program has succeeded in expanding the study of Taiwan and its role in the scholarship of the Chinese classical foundation and its modern manifestations in Taiwan, Taiwan in East Asian and global contexts, and cultural transformations in Taiwan and Taiwanese diaspora on campus. The program organizes annual conferences and guest lectures by visiting scholars from Taiwan; offers fellowships for UCLA graduate students and faculty to conduct research in Taiwan, and supports the acquisition of Taiwan publications and databases in the UCLA Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library, which was designated as a Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies by the National Central Library in 2017. 

  • Outcome Feature Description

    Building on the foundation UCLA has established since 2014, UCLA’s Taiwan Studies Program has steadily expanded and now includes two institutional linkages with universities in Taiwan -- National Taiwan Normal University and National Chengchi University. In addition, the UCLA Library and the Institute of History and Philology of Academia Sinica signed a MOU for academic exchange program which includes access to the database and document.

    The UCLA TSL has brought dozens of distinguished scholars from Taiwan and the US to present public lectures, participate in conferences, and engage in graduate reading seminars on their latest research. Visiting scholars who come to UCLA for short-term residencies contribute to the academic life of campus through public lectures and participation in conferences and reading seminars in collaboration with faculty and students at UCLA. From its launch, the TSL has offered programs that investigate the classical foundation and its modern manifestations, as with our conferences on “Rehistoricizing Kunqu: China’s Classical Opera” (January 2016, organized by Prof. Andrea Goldman) and “Zuozhuan in the Context of Warring States Texts” (May 2017, organized by Dean David Schaberg), which highlighted Taiwanese scholarship in the continued study and transmission of traditional Chinese culture. Our programs also consider Taiwan in East Asian and global contexts, and cultural transformations in Taiwan and Taiwanese diaspora with a focus on cultures in flux. Two conferences, “Musha 1930: History, Memory, Culture (October 2017, organized by Prof. Michael Berry), and “Indigenous Knowledge, Taiwan: Comparative and Relational Perspectives” (May 2018, organized by Prof. Shu-mei Shih in conjunction with the UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Initiative), focused on Taiwan’s indigenous peoples and cultures in transnational perspectives. The TSL organized two Taiwan Studies conferences in 2019. The first one was “Sinophone Studies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Critical Reflections,” organized by Prof. Shu-mei Shih. The second workshop was “The Rise of Neo-Familism in Contemporary China: Ethnographic Accounts of Changing Family Life in the 21st Century,” which was organized by Prof. Yunxiang Yan.

    Since its inception, the TSL has funded 25 graduate student and 8 faculty awards to support research in Taiwan, including but not limited to the areas of literature, art history, history, indigenous studies, anthropology, performing arts, education and sociology. UCLA graduate students who met visiting scholars during the past few years of TSL activities have benefited from finding mentors in Taiwan through the program. TSL conferences have expanded conversations with such fields as postcolonial studies, settler colonial studies, immigration studies, ethnic studies, queer studies, and area studies, as well as graduate student roundtables. UCLA saw significant growth in the institutional commitment and visibility of Taiwan studies on its campus in 2018-19. The UCLA TSL received major gifts from the J. Yang and Family Foundation to support scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students from Taiwan, in addition to supporting Taiwan studies at UCLA. The TSL activities promote greater visibility and stronger ties between scholars in Taiwan and UCLA faculty and graduate students, and helped foster a community on campus with shared interests in the study of Taiwan.

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