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Economic Cluster Mapping for Taiwan (Workshop) — Janet Tan

26th May 2015 – 15:10-17:00 + reception

General Building of Colleges, 6th Floor, GIS Lab Rm. 270610

National Chengchi University

時間:2015 年 5月26日 15:10-17:00 + reception following 會後備有茶點招待

地點:國立政治大學綜合院館,GIS教室 270610


This workshop introduces cluster mapping methodologies and cases offered by the Harvard Business School by Professor Michael Porter who started competition research. In the 1980s he continued to perfect his strategy for competitiveness and sustainability research methodologies. The latest release was in September 2014 for United States cluster mapping after 20 years of methodological development.

GIS Tombs Mapping Workshop

Epigraphs Carved into the Land: Maps of Funerary Practices as

Traces of Collective Mental Representations on Taiwan and Penghu

深刻土地的墓誌銘: 以台灣與澎湖的墳墓地圖繪製作為心理表徵的追蹤

Oliver Streiter, National University of Kaohsiung


General Building of Colleges, 6th Floor, GIS Lab Rm. 270610


15th May 2015 – 9:10-11:00 am + reception

National Chengchi University


演講者 ~ Prof. Oliver Streiter (國立高雄大學)

時間:2015 年 5月15日 上午 9:10-11:00 + reception following 會後備有茶點招待


For 8 years we are digitizing tombs on Taiwan and Penghu: 1,000 days of fieldwork, 200,000 photos, 600

graveyards, 50.000 tombs. And while the data collection grows and the equipment, the techniques and the data

schemes are getting more and more sophisticated, we still struggle with elementary questions: What is it that we

digitize, and why do we all this and how can data be best represented? Are tombs part of the history or part of the

stories of these islands? Can these histories and stories be distinguished and what is the scientific interest in this


A tentative answer we come up with in this talk is that tombs represent stories that have been developed in historic

contexts. The relevance of these stories lies in their psychosocial nature: Inscribed in the landscape, they form

mental representations in those who populate these landscapes.


Lured into a new positivism, which seems justifiable through a new, digital, empiricism, we adopt a critical,

Popperian approach: Trying to find fold lines in these histories, in space and time, or patterns in the development of

these stories that do not correspond to the historic truth claimed by these stories, the problem of representing

tombs on maps becomes purposeful and tractable and allows to identify the agents behind the stories and their

Open to all university staff, faculty, students, friends and sponsors

of the Asia-Pacific SpatioTemporal Institute facilitating the

Top University Project in Digital Humanities

Contact: David Blundell (卜 道), / mobile 0937-910-751

Call For Papers: 2015 TUSA‐UC Berkeley Doctoral Workshop on Asian Studies

Workshop Dates: January 12‐17, 2015
Location: National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan

The Top University Strategic Alliance (TUSA,  頂尖大學策略聯盟) and the University of California, Berkeley will hold a joint doctoral workshop on Asian Studies in 2015. The workshop is accepting applications for participation in a week long, intensive,
dissertation writing workshop for doctoral students, doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows in the Social Sciences and the Humanities in Taiwan. Projects should be related to one of the following regions: East Asia, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, China, or the Asia Pacific.

Eligibility and Application Guidelines

Applicants must be doctoral candidates with at least one chapter of their dissertation completed and ready for credible presentation and constructive feedback. While applicants may be on the job market, historians should note the potential scheduling conflict with the AHA annual meeting. The project of applicants should concern one of the following regions: East Asia, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, China, or the Asia Pacific.

Required Application Materials
(1) An application form that includes the applicant’s name, department, email address, phone number, dissertation title (as shown in appendix) and major professor.
(2) Curriculum Vitae.
(3) A one page proposal, single spaced, that clearly addresses the state of the dissertation.
(4) A letter of support from one’s major professor is optional but will help in the event that there are more applicants than spaces in the workshop.
Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file in the order listed above.

Please register for participation through the workshop’s website:, and upload all required application materials before November 15, 2014.  Questions about the workshop may be addressed to Wahn I‐Liang (萬尹亮) at the Center for China Studies, National Chengchi University, by email (  or by phone (02‐29393091  ext. 62816).

2015 Doctoral Workshop on Asian Studies

SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School

The University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) has just released details of this year’s SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School sessions, to be held June 19-21, 2012.

I have just returned from a short visit to SOAS, and can personally vouch for the wonderful environment (watch out for stray foxes), their beautiful campus (right in the heart of London), and the samosas in the SOAS pub.

Topics include:
Environmental Politics, Taiwanese in China, Judicial Politics,
Marriage Migration, Fieldwork, Publishing in Taiwan Studies
Key Lecturers:
Charles Chen (SOAS)
Isabelle Cheng (Portsmouth),
Monique Chu (SOAS)
Dafydd Fell (SOAS)
Simona Grano (Zurich University)
Hu Yi-ju (Judge: Taichung District Court)
Lara Momesso (SOAS)
Lin Ping (Chungcheng University)

Key Topics:
1.      Memories of a Future Homes: Teenagers from Taiwanese Schools in China (Lin Ping)
2.      ” Fieldwork: Long-term Relationship with People in the Field (Lin Ping)
3.      Nuclear energy in Taiwan and the Fourth Nuclear Power Station issue” (Simona Grano)
4.      “Environmental governance in Taiwan” (Simona Grano)
5.      Judicial independence and party politics in Taiwan (Hu Yi-ju)
6.      Taiwan’s Green Party (Dafydd Fell)
7.      Nuclear Referendum Issue (Charles Chen, Dafydd Fell, Simona Grano)
8.      Roundtable on Publishing in Taiwan Studies (Dafydd Fell)
9.      Issues in Researching marriage migration in Taiwan (Isabelle Cheng and Lara Momesso)

Research Training Seminar in Taiwan Studies:

This course is designed for students planning or currently conducting research projects in the field of Taiwan Studies. Students should prepare a short (max: 20-minute) presentation of their research project and will receive feedback from the seminar organizers.
Students wishing to give presentations should email Monique Chu ( and include an abstract on their proposed research topic.

To register, contact Monique Chu (

Updated details here:

Updated Seventh SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School Program-June 19-21

Taiwan Book Fest, April 21

A friend-of-a-friend (well, more of a drinkin’ buddy-of-a-drinkin’ buddy) is the organizer of the Taiwan Book Fest, which is taking place this year on Sunday, April 21, 2013, from 12:00 to 6:00pm.

I highly recommend it as a great place to pick up some reading material at a low cost, as well as to recoup your investment on some old books that may be cluttering up your shelves, and which aren’t germane to you thesis or dissertation (I’m still gonna try and find a way to incorporate the Flashman series into mine, however.)

The location is the 2nd floor of Building 2M, Huashan Culture Park, Taipei. It’s a short walk from Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT station, and right across from the Alleycat’s pizzeria. (which, too, is highly recommended!)

Here is a link to their website.

Bai Win Art event

Bai Win Antiques & Art Gallery is playing around with new ways of looking at antiques and contemporary art with an event in which nine artists were invited to select an antique trunk to paint, and exhibit it along with their artwork,  bringing a unique interpretation and transformation of these vintage trunks into a contemporary piece of art.

Here are the details:

Grand Opening & Cocktail Reception
Friday, November 16, 2012
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (stop by anytime)

The artists involved are:

Yang, Tze-Yun          Wang, Yi-Fang           Tseng, Yu-Wen

Lu, Yu-Ting               Chen, Ying-Ru            Jerry Stone

Patrick Lee                 Roma Mehta               Patrice Delmotte

Plus Potter David Pipkin

RSVP with Faye, Echo or Nicole at  Tel: (02) 2874-5525 or Email:


Here’s the address:
1/F, No.2, Lane 405, Chung Shan N. Road., Sec. 6, Taipei
They are also selling the trunks, with proceeds going to Animals Taiwan.

On a bicycle built for, er, one.

The school’s R&D department is hosting a bicycle trip around the island. In fact, students and faculty from nine universities from around Taiwan are taking part in this pedal-powered circumnavigation.

The event takes place from November 10th to the 18th. Yes, you read that right: 9 days on a bike.

Cycling is a very popular pastime in Taiwan these days, and it’s a great way to take in some of the island’s awesome vistas, and to visit some of its charming small towns.

If nine days of sitting on a small piece of moulded plastic doesn’t appeal to you, there is a short morning ride on the 10th that you might find more enjoyable, and more amenable to walking normally afterward.

Anyone who is interested, please contact Janet ASAP, or email me and I will pass your name on to her. She needs to provide a list to the vice-dean of the R&D office, Dr. Yang, by next Tuesday, and arrange a bus to the starting line.

They have also offered us 20 free spots for a banquet dinner on November 11 at 6 pm hosted by the mayor of Taichung. The dinner includes a performance. Not by the mayor.


Of course, it seems to me the R&D department should be working on some way to attach an engine to these velocipedes. Perhaps we could call it a “motor-cycle.” Or something.

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