Call for Papers: Remembering Taiwan's Martial Law Conference, 29-30 July 2021

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Remembering Taiwan's Martial Law Conference


Canberra, Australia

29-30 July 2021

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? This Conference 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. The Conference seeks a broad range of submissions engaging with experiences and histories of Martial Law, such as:

• Popular culture, media, cinema, and music
• Arts and literature
• Translational and diasporic identity
• Transnational politics
• Intergenerational memory and history
• Religion and social life

Panel submissions are invited.


Abstract Due: 26 February 2021 (submit here)
Notification of acceptance: 26 March 2021
Conference Date: 29-30 July 2021

Keynote Speakers

Mark Harrison, Senior Lecturer (Chinese Studies), University of Tasmania
"Memory and Resistance: The martial law period and Taiwan’s future in the era of Xi Jinping"

Li, Ang 李昂, Taiwanese feminist writer
"Writing about sex and politics: From authoritarian to democracy"

Yao, Chia-wen 姚嘉文, Senior Adviser to President Tsai Ing-wen 蔡英文
"Martial Law in Taiwan 1970-1980"

COVID-19 Update

The current intention is to run the Conference in hybrid format — in person and online. Should domestic and international travel restrictions ease, we encourage conference participants to attend the conference in person as it provides opportunities for networking and future collaboration. However, the final format of the Conference will depend on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accommodation will be provided for those who can travel to Canberra. Details to follow.

Best Conference PhD Paper Prize

The Conference encourages original and quality research on Taiwan studies undertaken by PhD students. Therefore, a cash prize of A$500 and an opportunity to publish on The China Story Project or other relevant platforms will be awarded for the best PhD paper presented at the ‘Remembering Taiwan’s Martial Law’ Conference.

On acceptance for the Conference, the full paper must be submitted to by 16 May 2021 with the e-mail subject ‘Taiwan’s Martial Law Conference PhD Paper Prize’.

• The paper must be single-authored.
• The student must be enrolled in a PhD program at the time of the Conference. A proof of student status will be required.
• Papers will be judged on their professional quality and original contributions to knowledge.
• Papers submitted for consideration should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words, excluding footnotes.

Image: The artwork features a wedding invitation with anti-communist slogan from the National Museum of Taiwan History Collection.

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