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Call for Papers: International Conference on Tainan Area Studies

Call for Papers:  International Conference on Tainan Area Studies

“Political, Economic and Cultural Development of the Early Tainan Region (10th-18th Century),” 20-21 October 2017

The Tainan area prides itself on being an historical, political and economic center with a cultural background. This identity defines the distinct lifestyles, customs, beliefs, and ideologies that makes Tainan an integral part of Taiwanese society. The theme of this conference highlights the early political, economic and cultural development in this region (10th–18th century). How can we envision the Tainan region as a center and crossroad for indigenous trade, religious, and cultural networks? What are the academic challenges in exploring some of the linkages between the island’s prehistory and indigenous Formosan (aboriginal) society juxtaposed with the subsequent Han migration and its settlement patterns? Of particular interest are topics that emphasize how the localization of these cultural encounters generated (or not) a unique blend of historical circumstances that characterize the Tainan area, past and present.

Panel Topics

We invite abstract submissions for the following themes:

  • Archaeology and Tainan indigenous society
  • Han settlement in Tainan (17th and 18th centuries)
  • Cultural change and indigenous society (17th and 18th centuries)
  • The Dutch East India Company in perspective
  • Social and culture origins of the Nanying area (Tainan)
  • The Koxinga dynasty and its international network
  • New historical data and research trends (17th and 18th centuries)

Dates and Venue of the Conference

Dates: October 20-21, 2017 (Friday and Saturday)
Venue: National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), No.1, University Road, Tainan City 701, Taiwan

Abstract Submission Due

December 31, 2016

Paper Submission Due

August 31, 2017

Submission Process

In preparing your abstract and paper, please take note of the following guidelines:

  • Please submit a tentative paper title and a 350 word abstract (English) & 500 word abstract (Chinese) and 5 keywords, as well as a copy of your curriculum vitae by the deadline.
  • The languages of the conference will be English and Chinese. The abstract and paper can be written in either English or Chinese.

Financial Support

Paper presenters are eligible for a grant covering travel costs and living expenses during the conference.


No 245, Liu-an Village, Jiali District, Tainan City, 72242, Taiwan.
Tel: 886 (0)6 7212338
E-mail: ic.tahr@gmail.com
Contact: Mr Sheng-Chih WEN

Planning Committee

  • The International Center for Tainan Area Humanities and Social Sciences Research (ICTAHR)
  • National Museum of Taiwan History
  • Cultural Affairs Bureau of Tainan City Government
  • Institute of Archaeology, National Cheng Kung University
  • Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature, National Taiwan Normal University
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