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Prof. Dr. A-chin Hsiau

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Internationales Kolleg für Geisteswissenschaftliche Forschung "Schicksal, Freiheit und Prognose. Bewältigungsstrategien in Ostasien und Europa"
Ulrich-Schalk-Str. 3a
91056 Erlangen




Chinese personal name: 蕭阿勤

Research Fellow and Deputy Director

Home Institution: Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica (Taiwan)


IKGF Visiting Fellow February 2013 - August 2013

(Last change of profile by end of stay)

IKGF Research Project:

Narrating the National Fate: Time, Historical Consciousness, and Cultural Trauma in the Study of 'Chinese Modernization' in Post-war Taiwan.


Curriculum Vitae

I was trained in cultural sociology and political sociology and have worked in the areas of nationalism, ethnicity, generation, time, narrative, collective memory, historical consciousness, and Taiwanese literature. Currently, I am Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, based in Taipei, Taiwan. My first book, Contemporary Taiwanese Cultural Nationalism (London and New York: Routledge, 2000), analyzes the development of Taiwanese cultural ideology and its role in Taiwan's political change. It examines how the concept of a "Taiwanese nation" has been created by "humanist intellectuals" writers, literary critics, local language revivalists, amateur and professional historians, and the like who challenge Taiwan's political structure and are opposed to the reunification with China. I also co-edited a collective volume, Cultural, Ethnic, and Political Nationalism in Contemporary Taiwan: Bentuhua (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), which analyzes a most important aspect of cultural and political change in Taiwan over the past three decades: the trend toward "indigenization" (bentuhua) or "Taiwanization." My other book is Return to Reality: Political and Cultural Change in 1970s Taiwan and the Post-war Generation [in Chinese] (2nd edition, Taipei: Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, 2010). It examines the historical, cultural, and political trends of the 1970s in relation to the rise of a young "return-to-reality generation" as a major new social force challenging the authoritarian state and its political-cultural ideology. Theoretically, the book examines the interrelatedness between generational consciousness, national identity, historical narrative, cultural reconstruction, and political activism.

Selected Publications

Books

  • A-chin Hsiau (2012) Reconstructing Taiwan: Contemporary Cultural Politics of Nationalism. Taipei: Linking Publishing. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2010) Return to Reality: Political and Cultural Change in 1970s Taiwan and the Postwar Generation (2nd edition). Taipei: Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2000) Contemporary Taiwanese Cultural Nationalism. London: Routledge.

Co-edited volume

  • John Makeham and A-chin Hsiau, eds. (2005) Cultural, Ethnic, and Political Nationalism in Contemporary Taiwan: Bentuhua. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Articles

  • A-chin Hsiau (2010) "A 'Generation in-Itself': The Authoritarian Rule, Exilic Mentality, and the Postwar Generation of Intellectuals in 1960s Taiwan," The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, Vol. 3, No. 1, Pp.1-31.
  • A-chin Hsiau( 2005) "Indigenization (Bentuhua) of Taiwanese Literature: Historical Narrative, Strategic Essentialism and State Power," Router: A Journal of Cultural Studies, No. 1, Pp.97-129. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2005) "Generational Identity and Historical Narrative: The Emergence of the "Back-to-Reality" Generation in 1970s Taiwan," Taiwanese Sociology, No. 9, Pp.1-58 (in Chinese)

Book chapters

  • A-chin Hsiau (2012) "The Defending Diaoyutai Movement and Pan-Chinese Nationalism (Taiwan)." In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, edited by David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.
  • A-chin Hsiau (2012) "Narrative Analysis." In Research Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd edition), edited by Hei-Yuan Chiu, Herng-Dar Bih, Michelle Liou, and Kuo-Shu Yang. Taipei, Taiwan: Dong-Hua. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2011) "Wer erinnert sich an Jiang Weishui? Kollektive Erinnerung an den japanischen Kolonialismus im Taiwan der Nachkriegszeit." In Taiwans unvergänglicher Antikolonialismus: Jiang Weishui und der Widerstand gegen die japanische Kolonialherrschaft. Mit einer Übersetzung von Schriften Jiang Weishuis aus dem Chinesischen und Japanischen, edited by Thomas Fröhlich and Yishan Liu. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.
  • A-chin Hsiau (2011) "Identité générationnelle et élaboration historique: le mouvement d'opposition politique des années 1970 à Taïwan." In Taiwan -- Ile de mémoires, edited by Samia Ferhat and Sandrine Marchand. Lyon: Tigre de papier.
  • A-chin Hsiau (2007) "History in the Study of Identity: Past Fact, Social Process, and the Historicity/Narrativity of Human Experience." Pp. 23-59 in Rewriting Taiwanese Literary History: A Collection of Papers on Taiwan Lit , edited by Kim Tong Tee and Kim Chew Ng. Taipei, Taiwan: Rye Field. (in Chinese)

Conference Papers

  • A-chin Hsiau (2012) "Exile, Generational Conflict, and National Modernization: Revisiting the Debate on Sino-Western Culture in 1960s Taiwan." Paper presented at Workshop on Mediating the Modern: Literature and Arts in Taiwan and Hong Kong under the Cold War, National Cheng-kung University, Tainan, Taiwan, June 29. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2012) "Man, History, Narrative, and Realist Painting." Paper presented at Symposium on the Transformation of Realist Cultural Movements in Postwar Taiwan, National Ching-hua Univeristy, Hsinchu, Taiwan, May 7. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2012) "Narrating National Trauma: The Return-to-Reality Generation and Political and Cultural Change in 1970s Taiwan." Paper presented at "The 1st World Congress of Taiwan Studies," Academia Sinica, Taipei, April 26-28.
  • A-chin Hsiau (2012) "Ambivalence: Existentialism, the Postwar Generation, and Modernity in 1960s-1970s Taiwan." Paper presented at Workshop on the Configuration of Literary and Artist Trends in Taiwan and Hong Kong and their Interaction, Chinese University, Hong Kong, February 10-11. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2011) "Generational Identity, National Traumatic Narrative, and the Rise of the Return-to-Reality Generation in 1970s Taiwan." Paper presented at International Conference on "Small Islands, Big Issues: Ireland and Taiwan in Comparative Perspective," University College Dublin, Ireland, September 1-4.
  • A-chin Hsiau (2009) "Postmemory, Exilic Mentality, and Historical Narrative: The Postwar Generation of Intellectuals under the Authoritarian Rule in 1960s Taiwan." Paper presented at International Conference on From the Modern to the Post-Cold War: Political Memory and Historical Narrative in Asia, Chaunghua University of Education, Chaunghua, Taiwan, November 28-29, 2009. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2009) "Remember War or Remember Colonialism: The Japanese Factor in the Taiwan-China Confrontation." Paper presented at 1st International Conference on Reflection on War Histories and Politics of Memory: Agenda for Peace in the Asia-Pacific Region (co-organized by Northeast Asia History Foundation and Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives), Seoul, Republic of Korea, November 24-27, 2009.
  • A-chin Hsiau (2009) "Living in Temporality, Existing in a Median State: The Authoritarian Rule, Exilic Mentality, and the Postwar Generation of Intellectuals in 1960s Taiwan." Paper presented at Workshop on Exile, Homeland, and Identity (I), Research Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiaotung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Octorber 16-17, 2009. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2008) " From 'Modern China' to 'Native Taiwan': The Return-to-Reality Generation, Literature, and History of 1970s Taiwan." Paper presented at Ruei-Nan Forum: Local Literature and National Historiography in Taiwan and Korea in the 1970s and 1980s, National Chengchi University, Taiwan, December 20, 2008. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2008) "Being the Second-Generation Mainland Chinese Forever? : Provincial Origin and Generational Identity in Cultural and Political in Postwar Taiwan." Paper presented at Taritsi Forum on Ethnicity in Taiwan, National Chi Nan University, Puli, Taiwan, May 3-4, 2008. (in Chinese)
  • A-chin Hsiau (2007)"The Dark Side of Modernity: Existentialism, the Postwar Generation, and Authoritarian Rule in 1960s and 1970s Taiwan." Paper presented at UCSB International Conference on Taiwan Studies in International Perspectives, University of California, Santa Barbara, October 26-27, 2007. (in Chinese).
  • A-chin Hsiau (2007) "Generational Conflict, National Narration and Cultural Trauma in the Discourse of Modernization in 1960s Taiwan: Revisiting the Debate on Sino-Western Culture." Paper presented at International Conference on Taiwan and Its Contexts, Yale University, April 26-28, 2007.