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CIW Conference

Culture and Political Change in Contemporary Taiwan

9:30am - 7:15pm
19 May 2018 -20 May 2018
Seminar Room A, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU

The official end of Martial Law in 1987 marked a significant moment in Taiwan’s process of democratization and the consequent period of rapid change. Now, thirty years later, the 2016 transition in government from the KMT to the DPP, can also be understood as signifying a transformation in social, political and cultural relationships. In the wake of sustained protests against the KMT over issues such as democratic process, economic development and political sovereignty, the Tsai Ing-wen led DPP achieved an unprecedented electoral margin to take office. Whilst Tsai became President, this result also reflected the emergence of alternative sites of power. Facilitated by new technologies and approaches to political practice, these forces remain active today; continuing to influence both the legislative agenda and quotidian life. In doing so, they have helped to bring about an official and grass-roots negotiation of concepts such as trauma, democracy and justice, within the context of Taiwan’s history.

As such, Taiwan has entered a period whereby the very meaning and identity of the island are being renegotiated. Through this forum, we aim to provide a timely opportunity for the examination of these aspects and how they may best be studied.

Draft schedule

Saturday 19 May

9:30-10:00am Welcome Remarks

10:00-11:00am Session One: Class and Labour Politics
Ho Ming-sho, ‘A Generation’s Turn in Taiwan’s Class Politics: Reflections on the Recent Labor Law Reforms’

11:00-11:30pm Morning Tea

11:30-1:00pm Session Two: Contentious Politics in Taiwan’s Democracy
Brian Hioe, TBC
Rowena Ebsworth, TBC

1:00-2:00pm Lunch (partipants only)

2:00-3:30pm Session Three: The Dynamics of Political Marginalisation
Elissa Taburo, ‘Rescaling Futures: Planning, Horizons and the Politics of Urban Relocation in Taiwan’
Graeme Read, TBC

3:30-4:00pm Afternoon Tea

4:00-5:00pm Session Four: Gender Rights and Civil Society
Jennifer Lu, TBC

6:00-7:15pm Keynote Lecture

Freddy Tshiong-tso Lim, 'Metal Politics: From Stage to Congress' (RSVP essential)

Sunday 20 May

9:30-10:30am Session Five: The Changing Meaning of the Martial Law Period
Mark Harrison, ‘From Taiwan Storyland to the Defiers: Representing the Martial Law Period’

10:30-11:00am Morning Tea

11:00-12:30pm Session Six: Civic Engagement and Nationalism
Ian Rowan, ‘Civic Nationalism in the Contested State: Taiwan and the Future of Democratic Politics’
Shiau Ching Wong, ‘Hacking, Forking and Modding Practices of Civic Engagement: g0v and the Civic Technology Movement in Taiwan’

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