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St Antony’s College, Asian Studies Centre, Taiwan Studies Programme Annual Conference

In Search of New Perspectives, Methods and Finer Factors of Identity Formation:
From East Asia to the World 4-5 September 2015
Day 1 (Friday) 1pm to 6pm Day 2 (Saturday) 9.30am to 6pm
Pavilion Seminar Room Gateway Building, St Antony’s College

Multiple, mercurial, flowing, strategic, transcultural and transnational, context-dependent and socially constructed—these are characteristics of contemporary identity observed by postmodernist theorists. Yet, a chronic debate is that these attributes can neither entirely fit into individuals’ perception of self-identity, nor thoroughly correspond with their sense of subjectivity when individuals take political actions or fulfil their particular roles in identity politics. More precisely, when the significant influence of social contexts—i.e., perceived history, social structure, the operation of state apparatus, etc., which mainly contribute the postmodernist characteristics of identity—has been widely recognised, how should we explain the heterogeneity of identity emerging in similar contexts? How should we account for the diversity of political action taken by individuals who are supposed to share the same identity?

This conference proposes to regard East Asia as a starting point to deal with this analytic dilemma (yet, the scope of this conference is not limited to this region). Whilst conventional factors—for instance, the recognition of one’s nation and ethnicity and the state’s effort of nation building—are assumedly either insufficient or too broad to explicitly depict the mechanism of how these identities are constructed or formed, the conference aims to explore the influence exercised by elements of other dimensions, such as culture, political ideology, social psychology, etc.

All are welcome. To view a Programme and register for this event please visit:
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Convenor: Feng-yi Chu Enquiries:

International Conference: ‘Gender and Intersectionality in Taiwan and Austria’

University of Vienna 22-24 October 2015

Panels include (1) Gender & Intersectionality in Taiwan and Austria – An Overview; (2) Historical Developments, (3) Gender, Labor and Nationality Issues, (4) Intersectionality in Migration & Marriage, (5) Culture, Ethnicity and Class, (6) Modernity: From Sexuality and Intersectionality Perspectives, and (7) Intersectionality in the Social Sciences.

For further information, please see the website:

The 2015 International Conference on Asia-Pacific Studies

12-14 November 2015
“Identity and Integration: Competing Dynamics in Asia-Pacific”
Keynote Speaker: Lowell Dittmer
(Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley)

Beginning in the 1990s, states, societies, and peoples in the Asia-Pacific have been brought under the influence of two competing strands of forces: the pushing force of integration, and the pulling force of identity. The competition of the two ideational forces has manifested in the region’s political evolution, economic development, and strategic configuration. On the one hand, the significant growth of cross-border movement of capital, individuals, merchandises, and ideas within the region has called for closer policy coordination and institutional cooperation among state governments, leading to the increasingly vocal demand for the establishment and effective operation of regional integration mechanisms in key issue-areas, such as trade and finance. In the meanwhile, however, the Asia-Pacific region has witnessed the popularization of countervailing demands for demarcation and distinction based upon national, racial, ethnic, and class identities. Two contrasting and competing courses of regional dynamics have juxtaposed each other, reflecting the inherent complexity of Asia-Pacific in almost every major dimension.

The 2015 International Conference on Asia-Pacific Studies decides to discuss the consequential dynamics of identity and integration in the region. Interested scholars are encouraged to submit research papers to the preparatory committee of the 2015 Conference. Comparative studies, such as those focusing on one issue in multiple countries, or one country with a number of issues, are especially encouraged.

Build upon solid foundations and positive feedbacks from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Conferences, the Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies at National Sun Yat-sen University, together with the Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, sincerely welcome scholars and specialists to share relevant work with us in this intellectually exciting event.

Important Dates
Deadline of full paper submission: October 16, 2015 (If your paper is not received by the deadline, your name will be removed from the conference agenda.)
Conference Location: National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Organizers: Institute of China and Asia-Pacific Studies, NSYSU; Department of Political Science, the University of the Philippines.
Co-organizers: NSYSU College of Social Science, NSYSU Center for Japanese Studies, NSYSU Sun Yat-sen Research Center for Social Sciences
Contact Person: Miss Penny Lin at
Tel: 07-5252000*5571