Martial Law (1947–87) lies at the heart of narratives shaping Taiwanese identities, criss-crossing foundations of contemporary society. Experiences of Martial Law are relived through expressions of individual and collective memories, through arts and literature, language and politics, and everyday minutia. These stories emerge from historical prohibition, creating powerful connections with Taiwan’s living history and layering upon the present a multi-layered narrative of heroes, villains and victims.
How are such deeply ingrained, personal and political experiences told? Remembering Taiwan's Martial Law Conference 憶起戒嚴 examines the diversity of voices across lands and spaces, platforms and mediums, lines and cleavages that form the foundation of the story of modern Taiwan.
This is a virtual conference with two in-person components —
Film Screening: Detention 返校 and Keynote lecture: Memory and Resistance: The martial law period and Taiwan’s future in the era of Xi Jinping by Dr Mark Harrison.
Conference Keynote Speakers
Writing about sex and politics: From authoritarianism to democracy
Li, Ang 李昂, Taiwanese feminist writer
1970s-80s Taiwan: What led to the end of martial law?
Yao, Chia-wen 姚嘉文, Senior Adviser to President Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文
Rethinking Modernist and Realist Photography in 1970s Taiwan
Kuo, Li-Hsin 郭力昕, Dean, College of Communication, National Chengchi University, Taiwan
(online & in-person) Memory and Resistance: The martial law period and Taiwan’s future in the era of Xi Jinping
Mark Harrison, Senior Lecturer (Chinese Studies), University of Tasmania
Remembering Taiwan's Martial Law Conference 憶起戒嚴 is an initiative under the ANU Taiwan Studies Program 2018-21, a collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan).