Peripheral Modernism in the Global Context: Art and Society in Taiwan

2021 UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative Annual Conference

Peripheral Modernism in the Global Context: Art and Society in Taiwan

Friday–Saturday, May 7–8, 2021

Organized by Hui-shu Lee (Professor of Art History, UCLA) and Shu-mei Shih (Director, UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative; Edward W. Said Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies, UCLA)

All times listed are US Pacific Daylight Time unless otherwise stated. Visit the event page  ( to view the complete schedule with presenters and paper titles.

Friday, May 7 (3:30 to 8:55 pm PDT)
(Friday, May 7, 6:30–11:55 pm EDT) 
(Saturday, May 8, 6:30–11:55 am Taiwan Time)
(Saturday, May 8, 8:30 am–1:55 pm Sydney Time)

3:30–4:00 pm    Opening session

        Shu-mei Shih, UCLA
        Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement, UCLA
        Cheng-chih Wu, President, NTNU
        David Schaberg, Dean of Humanities, UCLA
        Huei-Ling Chao, Dean, NTNU College of the Arts
        Min Zhou, Director, Asia Pacific Center, UCLA
        Hui-shu Lee, UCLA

4:00–5:00 pm    Keynote: Julia Andrews (Ohio State University)
        Taiwanese Abstraction in Martial Law Period

5:00–6:00 pm    Featured Artist: Kuo-Sung Liu
      Modernizing Ink Painting: A Personal Approach and Philosophy

6:00–6:15 pm    Break

6:15–7:15 pm    Panel 1: The Colonial Era (1895–1945)

7:25–8:55 pm    Panel 2: Postwar Taiwan (1945–1987)

Saturday, May 8, 2021, 4:00–8:00 pm PDT

(Saturday, May 8, 7:00–11:00 pm EDT)
(Sunday, May 9, 7:00–11:00 am Taiwan Time)
(Sunday, May 9, 9:00 am–1:00 pm Sydney Time)

4:00–5:00 pm    Keynote: John Clark (University of Sydney)
        Multiple or Singular Modernisms Seen Through the Taipei Biennial

5:00–6:00 pm    Featured Artist: Mali Wu
        Art as Social Catalyst: On My Art Journey and Reflections

6:00–6:15 pm    Break

6:15–7:15 pm    Panel 3: Siting Taiwan

7:45–8:00 pm    Closing Remarks

This conference is presented as part of the UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative, a partnership of UCLA and National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) that aims to create research synergies to promote cutting-edge research in Taiwan studies. It is hosted by the UCLA Asia Pacific Center Taiwan Studies Program and supported by funding from NTNU.