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Ann Heylen - Imagery of 17 th Century Formosa in Present Day Taiwan

The purpose of this lecture is to introduce the student audience to various forms of historical representations that make the Taiwan collective memory.

The emphasis in this lecture will be on imagery. I will start with a brief literature survey on the theoretical perspectives taken. This will be followed by a presentation of the historical sources these imageries trace to or are adapted from. Finally, I will venture into a discussion of Taiwan-based Chinese language scholarship that deals with imagery of the 17th century. The purpose is to explore patterns in the Taiwan Studies discourse and its correlation to postcolonial studies.

Ann HEYLENholds a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies (2001) from the Catholic University Leuven (K.U.Leuven), Belgium. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature (TCLL) at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), Taipei and is the Director of the International Taiwan Studies Center (ITSC) at NTNU (www.itsc.ntnu.edu.tw). Her areas of research expertise are the history of seventeenth century Dutch Formosa, the Japanese colonial period, and postcolonial historiography. She is one of the founding board members of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS), and associate research fellow at The European Research Center of Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), University of Tubingen, Germany. Her editorial duties include associate editor of the e-journal International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (IJAPS) published by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang, Malaysia and of the editors-in-chief of the newly established East Asian Journal of Popular Culture (EAJPC) published by Intellect, United Kingdom. She has written Becoming Taiwan: from Colonialism to Democracy (Harrassowitz, 2010, co-edited with Scott Sommers) and Japanese Models, Chinese Culture and the Dilemma of Taiwanese Language Reform (Harrassowitz 2012). Forthcoming publications focus on the disclosure of 17th century Dutch manuscript writings pertaining to Taiwan.


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