Taiwan Since Martial Law
Book talk by David Blundell, National Chengchi University
Monday, December 03, 2012
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
About the speaker
David Blundell (UCLA anthropology doctorate) based in Taiwan has contributed a number of publications including Austronesian Taiwan: Linguistics, History, Ethnology, Prehistory (Berkeley, Revised Edition 2009), and his latest edited work Taiwan Since Martial Law: Society, Culture, Politics, Economy (Berkeley & National Taiwan University Press 2012). Ethnographic documentation from the insider’s point of view best describes his research methods. Prof Blundell collaborates with UC Berkeley, for languages and cultures mapping with the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI, see www.ecai.org). Course offerings include anthropology of belief systems, sociolinguistics, multilingual education, international development studies, ethnographic film and visual anthropology – also featuring the Cultural and Ethnic Structure of Taiwan and Asia-Pacific Social and Cultural History at National Chengchi University, Taipei.
About the book
Taiwan Since Martial Law: Society, Culture, Politics, Economy (UC Berkeley and NTU Press, 2012) is a publication that epitomizes the reinvigoration of cultural pluralism that characterizes the dynamic processes of democratized Taiwan. Editor David Blundell will speak on the Taiwan cultures participating in democratization, small and large. What are the recent societal and political events that have produced the contemporary status or views of the island and its people? Democratic Taiwan has experienced peaceful transfers of power and become a mature political entity, or is this an experiment in public consciousness and civil stability? Such questions are viewed through a range of academic disciplines in nineteen chapters bringing to the table diverse international perspectives highlighting Taiwan’s social and cultural diversity and the complexities of its politics and economy.