One special event will be held in the middle of the year. From June 15 to 18, NTNU will host the joint annual academic conference of the Comparative Literature Association of the Republic of China, and the American Comparative Literature Association. Founded in 1973, CLAROC is the oldest academic literature association in Taiwan. The ACLA was founded in 1960, and its current President is distinguished NTNU alumna Prof. Shu-mei Shih (史書美), Department of English class of 1982. The ACLA often holds its annual conference in locations around the world; this is the first time it will be held in Taiwan. Though the number of ACLA events held in-person will be limited due to the pandemic, there will be a broad range of online events to take part in.
Welcoming remarks by Prof. Shu-mei Shih, President of ACLA
Welcome to Dual Conferences at NTNU
主題論壇 Keynote Roundtable
地點：國立臺灣師範大學誠大樓八樓國際會議室 主持人： 中華民國比較文學學會理事長梁孫傑教授 國立臺灣師範大學歐洲文化與觀光研究所教授 演講人： 廖朝陽教授 國立臺灣大學外國語文學系名譽教授 與談人： 黃涵榆 國立臺灣師範大學英語學系教授 楊乃女 國立高雄師範大學英語學系教授 吳建亨 國立清華大學外國語文學系助理教授 林宛瑄 台灣人文學社理事長 題目： 速度拼圖：多和田葉子的災難觀 簡介：由史提格萊的後期著述策略可見，災難帶來的速度集成，涉及速度失衡以及思維應對上的多線情境對位集成，必須考慮多重速度線如何互相影響。山折哲雄提到兩種面對災難的「戰略」：一是聖經方舟故事的犧牲部分求存活，一是法華經火宅喻的普救整體。簡言之，前者可以代表西方理性觀，後者則是日本無常觀的體現。多和田葉子的後311小說含有火宅思維，但也納入方舟的生死並置。本演講以〈獻燈使〉勾勒班雅民「思維碎片」的集成如何有利於突破人的認知限制，在異世界之間設立更「嚴飾細妙」的速度調節。
Speed Shambles Moderator: Prof. Tze-Lan Sang, Michigan State University Discussants: 1. Dina Al-Kassim, Secretariat, University of British Columbia 2. Walt Hunter, Finance Committee Chair, Clemson University 3. Ranjana Khanna, Second Vice-President, Duke University 4. E.K. Tan, Conference Committee Chair, Stony Brook University 5. Rei Terada, Vice-President, University of California, Irvine Join in the online meeting Webex link： https://ntnu.webex.com/ntnu/j.php?MTID=mbda1013d6eb0fe1ca8b226885677df6a
專題論壇 Plenary Roundtable
地點：國立臺灣師範大學誠大樓八樓國際會議室 題目：臺灣比較文學的現狀與未來 簡介：全球化時代的資訊與物流速度是一項優點，也是疫情與假資訊迅速擴散的路徑，在此「速度災難」的新時代，比較文學及其使命如何演變？臺灣的比較文學研究又如何反映及因應這些演變？本專題論壇邀集國內比較文學學者，包含資深學者與新秀學者，研究領域橫跨生命政治、批判理論、後殖民研究、敘事理論、後人類研究、新物質主義、性別研究等等，一同討論臺灣比較文學的現狀與未來。 主持人： 單德興（中央研究院歐美研究所特聘研究員） 與談人： 林建光(國立中興大學外國語文學系副教授) 林建廷(國立中央大學英美文學系副教授) 邱彥彬(國立政治大學英國語文學系副教授) 曾瑞華 (國立臺東大學英美文學系副教授) 黃士元(文藻外語大學德國語文學系副教授) 許景順(銘傳大學應用英語系助理教授) 戴宇呈(國立臺灣師範大學英語學系助理教授)
Opening and Blessing Ceremony
Moderator: Shu-mei Shih, President, American Comparative Literature Association Blessings: Tibusungu'e Vayayana (Tsou), Associate Professor of Geography, National Taiwan Normal University Sawtoy Saytay (Amis), Musician, Taiwan Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca) Professor of Gender and American Indian Studies and Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs, UCLA Remarks: Cheng-chi Wu, President, National Taiwan Normal University Sun-chieh Liang, President, Comparative Literature Association of the ROC in Taiwan
Presidential Roundtable: “Indigeneity and Comparative Literature”
Comparative Literature has never taken indigeneity seriously, even though the encounter between the old and the new worlds was instrumental to the origin of its formation as a discipline. This forum gathers together several leading indigenous literary scholars across the Pacific to examine the much neglected relationship between indigeneity and Comparative Literature.
Presidential Address: “Decolonizing Comparative Literature”
Speaker: Shu-mei Shih, Edward W. Said Professor of Comparative Literature, UCLA Moderator: Rei Terada, Professor of Comparative Literature, UC-Irvine, ACLA Vice President
Keynote Panel I: “Comparative Literature in East Asia”
This forum invites scholars from Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, to address essential issues related to the study of comparative literature in the region. Speakers will discuss the establishment, development, and tendencies of the discipline in various areas of the region, as well as the challenges it faces in current social and political situations.
Keynote Panel II: “Taiwanese Writers Panel”
This forum focuses on the contemporary Taiwanese Literature with the common concern about Taiwan. Four Taiwan well-known writers are invited to talk about their own works, and the topics include the natural environment and ecosystem, the indigenous people and the ocean, the family values, the colonial history, the queer movement, and the gender issues, presenting an overall collage of complementary facets of Taiwan Literature under the influence of globalization.
ADPCL Panel on Academic Careers: “The Global Job Market for Humanities Scholars”
This forum will discuss the relative ebb and flow of faculty positions and post-doc opportunities in different regions, the fortunes of university investment in campuses abroad, and the resources and cautions necessary for conducting a global job search.
Workshop 1: “Academic Prospects: On Surviving and Thriving as International Faculty in Taiwan”
This workshop brings together junior and senior faculty members who have come to Taiwan from institutions in Asia, Europe, and North America. How can international faculty not only survive but also learn to contribute to our communities and thrive? What challenges do we face? What future prospects can we envision?
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Workshop 2: “Rethinking Traveling Theory: Re-Articulations and Hundred Years of Foreign Literature Studies in Taiwan”
This workshop brings together literary scholars across disciplines in Taiwan to respond to Chih-ming Wang's monograph Re-articulations: Hundred Years of Foreign Literature Studies (Linking 2021) to reflect on what it means to be doing “foreign literature studies” in Taiwan today. Scholars at the workshop will speak from both their personal experience as a student of foreign literature studies and their own research projects that are relevant to the concerns of Wang's manuscripts to elucidate the histories and theories of foreign literature studies as a project and an institution.
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Workshop 3: “Publishing Your First Article”
Led by Michael Allan, editor of Comparative Literature, and Thomas Beebee, editor of Comparative Literature Studies, this workshop focuses on the steps to publishing a peer reviewed article. Topics include the conversion of a panel or seminar paper into an article, creating a convincing abstract, defining the article’s contribution, and avoiding major pitfalls. Register by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org a single document containing: 1) a brief bio; 2) the title of your draft article; 3) the best contact email for you, by no later than 15 May 2022.
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Workshop 4: “Public Writing for Comparatists”
This workshop focuses on literary journalism and public-facing scholarship opportunities for graduate students and junior scholars. Speakers include scholars with experience writing and publishing in relevant genres. Topics will include preparing a first piece, writing genres, publication avenues, and timing considerations. Brief presentations by panelists will be followed by Q&A and conversation with attendees. Pre-registration required.
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“An Age of Pandemics: Health Crises and Medical Humanities”
With the global onslaught of coronavirus, medical researchers have forewarned that we are on the threshold of entering “an age of pandemics.” While we are becoming increasingly dependent upon innovations of biomedicine and medical technology to weather us through the continuous presence of infectious diseases, it is also of great importance that we contemplate the meanings and impacts of pandemic outbreaks throughout the ages and from different geographical locations. This seminar would like to engage practitioners of medical humanities and those who are interested in pandemic studies in a series of discussions of related topics with the hope to trace the current trajectories and redefine the future of medical humanities research.
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Stream A: “Comparative Literature: The Past Decade”
In this three-day seminar, twelve past presidents of the ACLA and the president of the ADPCL share their perspectives on the developments that the discipline has undergone since the publication of the Heise Report in 2014. The seminar is one of several events sponsored by the Board of ACLA in preparation for the decennial State of the Discipline Report.
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Stream D: “Free Education, Comparatively”
Over two sessions, this panel asks how to think and learn otherwise than through the contemporary university's financial structures and its myriad forms of unfreedom. More than ten years down the line from the global financial crisis's exacerbations of educational violence, the panel seeks to analyze carefully and comparatively the contemporary university as a form of unfreedom and likewise what exit would be--where, when, how, for what, and for whom. The panel hopes to advance from models of preserving state- and corporate-funded education to explore what it means not to expect such support. What changes in social relations and the notion of education itself have occurred and what would be helpful? What resources exist, materially and in thought, for a comparatively free education, including that of independent scholarship? How can scholars discuss not only the pragmatics of their various state and national situations but the enabling concepts and conditions for work amid ongoing violence?
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