Memory, Agency and Posthumanity in Taiwanese Literature, Visual Culture and Performative Body

Workshop by Dr. Joyce C.H. Liu

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ALC Lounge
Royce Hall 243

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The workshop, “Memory, Agency and Posthumanity in Taiwanese Literature, Visual Culture and Performative Body” aims to focus on the way that the posthumanist turn in the humanities has challenged fundamental concerns within this field. It asks, within the context of Taiwan, how to embody human memories in the material world? And how can human agency be distinguished from the non-human agencies (or not)? Taiwan has witnessed the emergence and formation of a global nexus of technological production as well as environmental damages across China, Japan and Southeast Asian countries. As a geographical location, a discursive concept, and a heterogeneous community, Taiwan conjures a web of associations which constantly positions, or repositions, the potential identity in relation to its colonial past and the on-going political crises. This group examines different sites of memories by mediums including literature, cinema, photography, and performative art in Taiwan.

We invite Dr. Joyce C.H. Liu from National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan) as a guest discussant for this workshop to provide a deeper conversation about the post-human turn. Dr. Liu’s multi-disciplinary research approach to Contemporary Radical Politics, Aesthetics and Ethics, Taiwan Cultural Studies, Visual Culture and Inter-Art Studies and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies will provide visions and research insights to this transformation. By emphasizing the relationality of memory, agency and material histories from posthumanist perspectives, we encourage dialogues examining the legibility of corporeal experience, technologically-induced mobility, and traumatic historical traces that have not yet been recognized. We welcome all audiences who are interested in these issues and wish to join the discussion.

Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Asian Languages & Cultures, University of California Office of the President Multi-campus Research Programs and Initiative Funding, the UC Humanities Research Institute, and Northern American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA)