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UCLA Taiwan Studies Lectureship

UCLA Taiwan Studies Lectureship

The UCLA Taiwan Studies Lectureship (TSL) was established in September 2014 by the Asia Pacific Center and the Division of Humanities with funding from the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, represented by the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles. This program takes an expansive vision of Taiwan Studies that connects the study of contemporary Taiwan both to the classical tradition in which it is rooted and to the broader Asian region. The TSL transcends a narrow conception of classical studies (jingxue 經學) to more comprehensively address the ways in which numerous aspects of contemporary cultural, social, and political life in Taiwan relate to traditions with deep historical roots. Courses and public events funded by the TSL combine the recognized expertise of UCLA faculty in numerous departments on various aspects of Taiwan with the key contributions of visiting Taiwanese scholars who will contribute to the development of curriculum and interdisciplinary research.

The three-year initial phase of the TSL funds exchanges involving scholars from Taiwanese institutions and UCLA:

1. Visiting scholars from Taiwan: UCLA will invite several Taiwanese scholars each academic year for short-term visits as well as longer residencies during which they will teach courses, give public lectures or participate in conferences, and contribute to curriculum development.

2. UCLA Graduate Student Research Fellowships: The UCLA Asia Pacific Center administers a Taiwan Studies Graduate Research Fellowship competition for graduate students to fund their pre-dissertation or dissertation-level research in Taiwan during a summer or academic year.

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Classical Ideals and Historical Realities: Approaches to Chinese Pasts and Present
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Taiwan Studies Lecture by Allen Chun, Academia Sinica

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