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Call for Papers: NATSA 2020 "Keywording Taiwan" at UC Irvine

Call for Papers: NATSA 2020 "Keywording Taiwan" at UC Irvine

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Keywording Taiwan
26th annual conference of the
North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA)
May 22-24, 2020
University of California-Irvine

Important dates
Submission deadline: December 15, 2019
Notification of first-round acceptance: February 21, 2020
Notification of final-round acceptance: March 8, 2020
Travel grant application deadline: March 24, 2020
Notification of travel grant results: March 29, 2020
Early-bird registration deadline: March 31, 2020
Full paper (4000-6000 words, excluding references) deadline: April 7, 2020
Regular registration deadline: April 10, 2020
Conference: May 22-24, 2020

Conference Theme: Keywording Taiwan
The 26th NATSA annual conference – Keywording Taiwan – aims to identify core issues, historical turning points, critical populations, and fundamental theoretical arguments on Taiwan amongst transregional and interdisciplinary scholarship. As both a geopolitical margin of imperial orders and an economic hub between competing powers, Taiwan has witnessed diverse dynamism and key transitions on various levels. During the past quarter-century, Taiwan studies has contested heterogeneous historical experiences and generate productive dialogues across various disciplines and issues.

The act of “keywording Taiwan” challenges scholars to synthesize decades of literature and, from there, offer cutting-edge research to answer fundamental questions in studying Taiwan: how do keywords inform one’s positionality within a certain discipline? How does a keyword serve as a conceptual paradigm that articulates certain spatiality and temporality? How do keywords privilege some and leave others behind? For instance, the posthumanism has offered a different approach to studying Taiwan. Yet, it does not promote binarism, but focuses on its relationship with Taiwan’s unique environment and human ecology. Keywording is therefore not a fixed concept, but a restless confrontation from within. Recognizing the limited applicability of existing dominant theoretical, epistemological, and methodological frameworks, keywording is an attempt to deconstruct, recontextualize and create frameworks to examine recurring issues for Taiwan studies.

We also hope to identify the under-studied keywords in Taiwan studies and interrogate both the contingency and the limitation of such exclusion. We encourage discussions to approach keywords not only based on its literality but also emphasizing the practicality of “keys”: how can the keys enable or dis-enable one’s access to a certain route, space or regime?

This year’s theme is an attempt to facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship and invite new dialogues to the current framework of Taiwan studies. By structuring the discussion around keywords across disciplinary boundaries, we welcome panel submissions that examine a key issue from different and yet interconnected theoretical lenses or methodological approaches. The uniqueness of each field shall not be erased, but rather be critically reflected upon. Furthermore, we aim to center discussions on concepts of lingering historical importance and heated debates of our contemporary time. We also aim to cross boundaries by examining the occurrence of both local significance and transnational relevance.

Lastly, it should be noted that a “keyword” can be defined inclusively and expansively, including words, phrases, symbols, and events not typically found in standard dictionaries. We encourage participants to define your world(s) using keywords. We welcome critical reflections on the conceptual presuppositions, historical contingencies, and theoretical grounds of Taiwan studies--perspective shifts that enable the field to meet with other marginal epistemologies.

For a complete list of sub-themes, please see attached file below.

Review criteria
Your proposal will be reviewed by two external reviewers based on the four criteria below:

  • Theoretical clarity (1-5 points)
  • Proposal structure & flow (1-5 points)
  • Feasibility and contribution to the literature (1-5 points)
  • Relevance to our conference theme "Keywording Taiwan" and subthemes (1-5 points)


Submission link for individual papers: https://tinyurl.com/natsa20indiv

  • Submit a 300- to 400-word abstract with up to six keywords, and include one potential discussant for your study (optional).

Submission link for panels: https://tinyurl.com/natsa20panel

  • A panel consists of 3-4 papers. You need to combine the individual abstracts (each abstract should be 300-400 words) and provide an overarching abstract (500-600 words) into one single PDF document. You need to provide up to six keywords and up to three potential discussants for your panel.

This year, NATSA provides an online forum for individuals to seek co-panelists; see here for more details.

Any questions about this call should be directed to NATSA 2019-20 Program Directors (natsa.pd@na-tsa.org).

Call for Artists
The 26th NATSA annual conference, in addition to the conference paper call, is also seeking proposals for art pieces that showcase one’s experiences as a Taiwanese American, as a Taiwanese in North America, or experiences with Taiwan. Selected artist(s) will be offered honoraria of $600 and invited to do a 15-minute performance/showcase of the art piece during the conference. The project aims at exploring “Taiwan” and “Taiwanese experiences in North America” through the lens of arts. By bringing this project into the conference, NATSA looks forward to providing a platform for non-scholarly approaches to studying Taiwan creatively. For more information, please see the call here: https://tinyurl.com/natsa20cfa or contact NATSA 2019-20 Program Directors (natsa.pd@na-tsa.org).

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Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2019