Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Transpacific Taiwan: An International Symposium

Monday, November 14, 2016

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Email: Caroline_Frank@brown.edu to RSVP

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)

“Does the Pacific Include Taiwan: Others have Preceded Us”

Matt Matsuda, (History, Rutgers University)

"An Island and Five Empires: Taiwan and the Pacific World during the Pre-modern Period.”

Tonio Andrade, (History, Emory University)

Commentators: Ambassador Charles Freeman (Watson Institute); Robert Lee (American Studies, Brown)

1:45-4:00PM Global Indigeneity

Moderator: Caroline Frank (American Studies, Brown)

“Island Encounter: Taiwan and the America”

Iping Liang, (American Literature, National Taiwan Normal University)

“Returning to the Source: Transpacific Representations of Indigenity”

Yuan Chao Tung, (Anthropology, National Taiwan University)

Commentators: Emma Teng (History, MIT); Marielena Huambachano (Ethnic Studies, Brown)

Email: Caroline_Frank@brown.edu to RSVP

Sponsored by the Taiwan Ministry of Education, the History Department, American Studies Department and the Office of Global Engagement.