[Postponed] Call for Papers: Remembering Taiwan's Martial Law Conference 憶起戒嚴

Thursday, 12 December 2019

Remembering Taiwan's Martial Law Conference


Canberra, Australia

30-31 July 2020

Martial Law — 1947-1987 — lies at the heart of narratives shaping identities of the Taiwanese, 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 rush forth from historical prohibition, creating powerful connections with Taiwan’s living history and layering upon the present an immersion of heroes, villains and victims.

How are such deeply ingrained, personal and political experiences told? This is a conference on the plurality manifest in remembering Martial Law. It aims to examine 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, music
• Arts and literature
• Translational and diasporic identity
• Transnational politics
• Intergenerational memory and history
• Religion and social life

Panel submissions are invited.

The conference offers two nights of accommodation for participants affiliated with Australian universities and three nights of accommodation for participants from universities outside of Australia.


Abstract Due: 6 March 2020 (submit here)
Notification of acceptance: 21 March 2020
Conference Date: 30-31 July 2020


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

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