The 12th Annual North American Taiwan Studies Conference

Location: University of California at Santa Cruz

Date: July 03-05, 2006

Organizer: North American Taiwan Studies Association

Co-Organizer: Department of History, University of California at Santa Cruz

Sponsor: Taiwan Research Fund

Supporter: National Youth Commission

Taiwan Studies

is encountering several critical intersections in the tension between theory and praxis, in the dialogue between different disciplines, and in the international contestation that is resituating its academic position. Taiwan Studies was once the surrogate of “China Studies” during the heights of the Cold War, and was subject to the new political framework of the “America-China” relationship following rapprochement in the 1970s . Since the late 1980s, the island's extraordinary political, social, and economic transformations have led to a fresh Taiwan-centered focus for research, and have attracted unprecedented attention from the world's intellectuals. Through the effort of a first generation of Taiwan scholars, the founding of NATSA in 1994 marked the increasing attention from Western academi a .

In the 12 th annual meeting of NATSA , we call for a reconsideration of multiple boundaries existent in the field of Taiwan Studies: First, the margins between academia and activism, second, t he borders between disciplines, and third, the boundaries among Taiwan Studies and studying Taiwan . 1) Facing the current political environment in Taiwan , how can we bridge theory and practice, and how can further social praxis be staged? W hat is the politics, the critical project, of Taiwan Studies, both local and global , and what agenda does it provide to confront the challenges of diverse practical needs ? 2 ) Facing the emerging phenomena in Taiwan society , how can new discipline s and interdisciplinary approaches contribute to our understanding of Taiwan and Taiwan Studies ? I n what disciplines and areas of research has Taiwan become a significant focus ? Does Taiwan Studies have transformative potential and visionaries in their respective fields ? 3) W hat is the significance of Taiwan Studies i n t he new globalized world order? How can Taiwan Studies contribute to progressive politics in Taiwan , yet be open to discussion of global concerns ?

NATSA 2006 provides a forum for dialogue between disciplines, between theories and practices, as well as for harnessing new directions for future Taiwan Studies. For the 2006 conference, we particularly welcome papers and panels responding to the three issues above. In addition to this theme, submissions are encouraged regarding any topic of interest within the Taiwan Studies rubric (please see the Submission Guideline for the broad list of included fields) .