The 18th Annual North American Taiwan Studies Conference

Dates: June 8-9, 2012
Location: Maurer School of Law, Indiana University-Bloomington

NATSA is an academic organization run mainly by overseas Taiwanese graduate students, with the help of a significant number of international students who are interested in and committed to Taiwan Studies. Their main mission is to organize the annual conference to address issues facing the Taiwanese society from all sorts of disciplines. The NATSA annual conferences are the largest academic events on Taiwan Studies in North America. They not only provide scholars and students of Taiwan Studies with a regular forum to meet and exchange intellectual ideas, but also allow researchers on East-Asia and beyond to receive dynamic feedback and broaden their academic horizons.

The importance of this venue has only increased due to the increasing marginalization of Taiwan Studies in American academia. Most East Asian departments only offer programs on Chinese, Japanese or Korean Studies, leaving discussions concerning Taiwan included within other forums. We believe that Taiwan is not just an area to be studied, but also a way to expand the current understandings of human societies and enable a more complex reflection on changing global conditions. In particular, as a in-between region that receives and channels cultural and economic influences from China, Japan, the United States, and other East and Southeast Asian countries, studies on Taiwan may broaden the perspectives of researchers in these countries by offering new ways to look at how they perceive and interact with one another.

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