Faculty


Joyce C. H. Liu | Chair and Professor

Joyce C.H. Liu is Professor of Critical Theory, Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature in the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. She is currently the Chair of the Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies that she founded in 2002. She is also the director of the International Institute for Cultural Studies of the University System of Taiwan, a network system connecting four distinguished research-oriented universities in Taiwan, including National Chiao Tung University, National Tsing-Hua University, National Central University and National Yang Ming University. She serves as the chief editor of the only journal of cultural studies in Taiwan, Routers: A Journal of Cultural Studies, since 2011. Dr. Liu’s works concentrate on the question of aesthetics, ethics, and politics, ranging from Marx, Freud, Lacan, to contemporary critical theories as well as Chinese political thoughts. She has been a critic of East-Asian modernity and internal coloniality, particularly through re-reading the Chinese intellectual history of the twentieth century and the contemporary political-economy in inter-Asian societies. Among her many publications, the representative works are the three co-edited volumes: East-Asian Marxisms and their Trajectories (Routledge 2017), European-East Asian Borders in Translation (Routledge 2014), Biopolitics, Ethics and Subjectivation (Paris: L’Harmattan, 2011), and the influential trilogy that she authored: The Topology of Psyche: The Post-1895 Reconfiguration of Ethics (2011), The Perverted Heart: The Psychic Forms of Modernity (2004), as well as Orphan, Goddess, and the Writing of the Negative: The Performance of Our Symptoms (2000).


Kuan-Hsing Chen | Professor

Kuan-Hsing Chen is a professor in the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, and also the coordinator of the Center for Asia-Pacific/ Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University. He has held visiting professorships at universities in Korea, China, Japan, Singapore and the U.S. He has published extensively in both Chinese and English, including edited volumes in English: Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (1996) and Trajectories: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (1998); and in Chinese: De-Imperialization—Asia as Method (2006), Cultural Studies in Taiwan (2000) and The Partha Chatterjee Seminar--Locating Political Society: Modernity, State Violence and Postcolonial Democracies (2000). His own books include Media/Cultural Criticism: A Popular-Democratic Line of Flight (1992, in Chinese), and The Imperialist Eye (2003, in Korean). An active intellectual, he has organized and participated in many local, regional and international events. His writings have frequently been translated and published in Korea, China and Japan. He was founding President of the Cultural Studies Association, Taiwan, and is on the board of the (international) Association for Cultural Studies. A core member of Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies, he is a co-executive editor of the journal and the book series Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: Movements.


Yuan-Horng Chu| Professor

Yuan-Horng Chu is a professor and the former director (2004-2008) of the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He served as former president of the Cultural Studies Association in Taiwan, 2003-2004. In 2005 he founded an international Chinese journal, Router: a Journal of Cultural Studies and remains the editor in chief. His research areas include History of Social Thoughts, Social Theory, and Urban Ethnography. His publications include In Different World We Live: Sociological Notes on Framing, and Thomas Kuhn: a Critical Reader (co-edited with D. Fu).


Der-Liang Chiou | Associate Professor

Der-Liang Chiou is an assistant professor of cultural history in the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He received his PH. D. in Modern History from L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (France) in 2003. He maintains an interest in cultural history in a comparative perspective between Europe and China in the modern age, especially in regards to material culture and the question of taste. He is currently working on the opium consumption of these two cultures in the 19th-20th century. He also continues to research the historical theories of event thinking, which include the ways narratives of events are constructed and the socio- political uses of those narratives.


Shu-fen Lin | Professor

Shu-fen Lin is an associate professor in the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University. She got her PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from the University of Essex (UK). Her research interests include contemporary theories of political subjectivity, radical democracy, discourse theory, and theories of social movements and democratization. She has published works on Foucault, radical democracy and political subjectivity, and Taiwan’s political transformation.


Hung-Yueh Lan | Associate Professor

Hung-Yueh Lan is an associate professor in the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He received his PH.D. in Tokugawa Confucianism Research from the University of Tokyo in 2008. His research interests include East Asian Intellectual History, especially concerning Japanese Intellectual History after the17th century. Now, he is working on the political thoughts of Tokugawa Confucianism and nationalism in East Asia.


Ming-Wei Peng | Assistant Professor

Ming-Wei Peng is an assistant professor in the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. He obtained his Ph.D in Chinese Literature from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan in 2007. His research interests include Modern Chinese literature, Taiwanese literature, and sociology of literature. In recent years, he published works on modern and contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese writers, such as Lu Xun, Zhou Zuo-Ren, Lao She, Shen Cung-Wen, Han Shao-Gung, Lai He, Lung Ying-Zung and Wang Wen-Xing.


Allen Chun | Joint Professor

Allen Chun is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. His research interests include socio-cultural theory, (trans) national identity, and (post)colonial formations. Most of his work has dealt with Chinese-speaking societies, contemporary and late traditional. In addition to a monograph, Unstructuring Chinese Society: The Fictions of Colonial Practice and the Changing Realities of "Land" in the New Territories of Hong Kong (2000), he edited a special double issue of Cultural Studies (vol. 14, nos. 3–4), "(Post)Colonialism and Its Discontents"; a special issue of Social Analysis (vol. 46, no. 2), "Global Dissonances"; and co-edited a book, Refashioning Pop Music in Asia: Cosmopolitan Flows, Political Tempos and Aesthetic Industries (2004). His major articles have appeared in diverse journals, including Toung Pao, Late Imperial China, History and Anthropology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Historical Sociology, Current Anthropology, Theory Culture & Society, boundary 2, Communal/Plural, Cultural Anthropology, Postcolonial Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Critique of Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, and positions.


Chih-Ming Wang | Joint Associate Professor

Chih-ming Wang is associate research fellow at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. He also holds a joint appointment with the International Institute for Cultural Studies at National Chiao-Tung University. He guest-edited a special issue on “Asian American studies in Asia” for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (2012) and is the author of Transpacific Articulations: Student Migration and the Remaking of Asian America (2013). His research focuses on Asian American literature and cultural studies in diasporic and transpacific contexts.


Wen-Ling Lin | Joint Professor

Professor of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University, the main research areas include visual anthropology, digital anthropology, new media and contemporary Aboriginal studies and gender studies. Recent works include “Walking through Ancestral Lands: Visual Representations of Taiwan’s Aboriginal Movements in Defense of Traditional Territory.” (2013), “Transculturation: Visual Encounters between Jesuit Catholics and the Natives in Hsinchu.” (2012) “”Sisters” Making Gender: Between Everyday Work and Social Relations.” (2012), and “Family Making among Taiwan’s Transgender.” (2014)


Ya-Chung Chuang | Joint Professor

Ya-Chung Chuang is a cultural anthropologist, and Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University, USA. His research interests include social movements, national identity, and urban culture. His recent publications include Democracy on Trial: Social Movements and Cultural Politics in Postauthoritarian Taiwan (Chinese University Press, 2013) and “Democracy under Siege: Xiangmin Politics in Sunflower Taiwan (boundary 2: an international journal of literature and culture, forthcoming).


Yen-ling Tsai | Joint Associate Professor



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