Call for Papers: RE: Taiwan as Practice, Method, and Theory

The NATSA 2017 conference, titled “RE: Taiwan as Practice, Method, and Theory” endeavors to critically retrace the epistemological position and geopolitical contour of Taiwan studies by highlighting the multiply-intersected field in terms of practice, method, and theory. As seen in the header line of most email replies, the prefix “RE:”— regarding the matter of—can mean the recognition of the status quo, a response to a previous message, or simply a repeated speech-act to carry on a conversation. Evoking the image of a communication feedback loop between self and others, the prefix points to a series of fundamental questions confronted by Taiwan studies in North America today: Who are talking to whom regarding what? Who or what are included in, or excluded from, our conversations and agenda-setting? How do “we”—observers, researchers, or action takers with regard to both Taiwan and North America—articulate our own situated experiences and identify our own intersected positionality in relation to what we do?

To capture a more self-reflexive position of thinking and doing Taiwan studies in and through North America, the conference invites papers that critically revisit and reimagine Taiwan as (I) a practical case for comparison, contrast, or as an exception; (II) a methodological critique of knowledge production; (III) a contact zone where diverse attempts of theorizing and agenda-setting clash or converge.

More information, please visit: natsa_cfp_2017


Some Important Date of RE: Taiwan as Practice, Method, and Theory
Conference Date: May 25 – May 27, 2017
Location: Stanford University

Abstract submission due: December 31, 2016
Notification of acceptance: February 15, 2017
Travel grant application due: March 15
Notification of travel grant result: March 30
Early bird registration due: April 15, 2017
Regular registration due: May 1, 2017
Full paper due: May 1, 2017
Call For Paper Website:
Submission Rules:

Spencer Chen,
NATSA 2017 Co-Program Director,

Lawrence Yang,
NATSA 2017 Co-Program Director,

Sandy Tseng,
NATSA Secretary,