Joyce C. H. Liu | Chair 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).
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).
Shu-fen Lin | Professor
Shu-fen Lin is a professor in the Graduate Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University. She received her PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis from Department of Government, University of Essex (UK). Her research interests include radical political thoughts, democratization, social movements, neoliberalism, governmentality studies, border/migration, and Cold War studies. She has published articles on radical political thoughts (Althusser, Ranciere, Balibar, Agamben, Laclau) and political transformation and social movements in Taiwan.
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. Research supervision is open for Chinese or French speakers only.
Hung-Yueh Lan | 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.
Hwa-Jen Tsai | Assistant Professor
Hwa-Jen Tsai is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of cinema and media studies, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, and studies of globalization, migration, and displacement. Her research interests include: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Chinese and Asian American cinemas; early Chinese film history; the Frankfurt School; theories of technological media (photography, film, television, video, digital media); video & installation arts; globalization, displacement, and migration; theories of gender and sexuality; queer theory; and the cultural studies of affect. Before turning to academic work, Tsai received formal training in traditional photography and documentary filmmaking. Her experimental video poetry won a Taiwan Golden Harvest Film Award, one of the most prestigious film and video awards for independent filmmakers in Taiwan. She has also participated in curating international film and video festivals both in Chicago and Taiwan, and has worked as a film projectionist in Chicago. Those experiences form the basis of her inquiry into what cinema is and how it works.
CLawrence Zi-Qiao Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University. Previously a Hou Research Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University, Yang received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley with Designated Emphases in Film & Media Studies and Critical Theory. His research focuses on propaganda media industries and aesthetics in modern and contemporary China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. His broader research interests cover war and militarism in cultural representations, theories of materialism, and the intersecting industrial-technological histories of cinema, architecture, and urban infrastructure. At NCTU, he is developing a new project on China’s Belt and Road Initiative propaganda and its influences on the film/media production of South East Asia after the 2010s. Yang’s research has been sponsored by the Fulbright Program, Mellon Foundation, and the Program in Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. He was the editor of Room One Thousand, an interdisciplinary architectural journal of Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, and served as the Director of North American Taiwan Studies Association. He has published research articles on Symploke, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, and Chung Wai Literary Quarterly, and is currently completing a book manuscript titled “Speculative Statecraft: Logistical Media and the Culture of Chinese Cold War”.
Alain Brossat | Researcher
PhD (Doctorat de troisième cycle), Paris 8,
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).
Kuan-Hsing Chen | Professor (retired)
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.