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The American Comparative Literature Association plans to hold its June 2022 conference in Taipei at National Taiwan Normal University (with contingency plans for an online conference). This list of also seminar proposals is available here: https://www.acla.org/seminars. The paper proposal submission portal will be open till 31 October (https://www.acla.org/node/add/paper). 

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Taiwan’s Contemporary Indigenous Peoples
, edited by Dafydd Fell, Daniel Davies, and Chia-Yuan Huang, will be coming out from Routledge this summer. Several chapters may be of interest to book history scholars, including “Indigenous Literature in Contemporary Taiwan,” by Chen Chih-fan and Chiu Kuei-fen and “The changing representation of indigenous peoples in Taiwan’s elementary Social Studies textbooks” by Chang Bi-yu.

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Current Journal CFPs include those at NTU’s Ex-position. Feature Topic CFPs are listed on their announcements page. Currently, they are accepting papers on Measurement by Defaultwith a deadline of October 31, 2021. An additional feature topic, Transgression and Irish Writing since 1921, has a submission deadline of March 31, 2022.

The Wenshan Review also an open CFP, Literary Women: Global Encounters, Interventions and Innovations, 1750–1830 (Due 31 October 2021). (See their news page for current CFPs.)

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CFP: Cities and Fantasy: Urban Imaginary Across Cultures, 1830–1930. Dr. Klaudia Lee (City University of Hong Kong) and Dr. Sharin Schroeder (Taipei Tech) took proposals for book chapters that address how fantasies written between 1830–1930 engage with the urban. The proposed book aims to explore this engagement across cultures, and proposals on Taipei or other Taiwanese cities are welcome, as well as work by Taiwanese academics on cities from around the globe. Follow the link for a printable PDF of the CFP.  The abstract deadline was January 15, 2021.

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The Ministry of Culture Award and Grant Programs took applications (from April 1, 2021–April 30, 2021) for publications (in a foreign country) of translations of works by Taiwanese authors. Books should be published by October of 2022. (Check back with the Ministry of Culture next year for future grants.)

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The English and American Literature Association’s twenty-eight annual conference, Dreams and Altered States of Consciousness was held on October 31, 2020 at National Chengchi University. See the program here.

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Professor Ann Blair (Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard) gave a talk on Tuesday, January 14 at National Central Library: “How Book History can Enhance the Understanding of Texts: Examples from Renaissance Europe.” This talk celebrated National Central Library’s recent acquisition of rare books, including works by Bacon, Shakespeare, Descartes, Rousseau, Kant, and Dickens.

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Wild Boar Crosses the River (野豬渡河) by Chang Kuei-hsing (張貴興), was named the winner of the 2019 Taiwan Literature Award on October 25. For more on the contest, the Golden Awards; the Best New Talent Awards; the Best Script Award; and the Best Taiwanese-Language Poetry, best Hakka-Language Poetry, and best Indigenous-Language Poetry awards, see the 2019 press release from the Ministry of Culture, here. (Prose awards are offered in alternate years: See the 2018 winners for more information.)

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“Technically Yours”: Technicity, Mediality, and the Stakes of Experience, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University, was held at NTU on October 18–20, 2019.

Between Body, Soul, Spirit and Mind: Well-Being, Malady and Remedy from Antiquity to Early Modernity, the 13th Annual Conference of the Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, was held at Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, on November 1–2, 2019.

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With the goal of aiding interested Taiwanese and international scholars, this English-language site aims to consolidate resources on book history scholarship in Taiwan. This site, created by Sharin Schroeder of Taipei Tech (NTUT), is still very much in progress and would benefit from your participation. Please use the contact form to suggest the addition of events, journals, or resources.

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This site was last updated on 21 July 2021.

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