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Workshop: “Genius Loci” as a formative force in Taiwan Literature and Culture

Workshop: "Genius Loci" as a formative force in Taiwan Literature and Culture

Martin Lavicka23 Feb 2015Leave a comment

Dates: March 26-28, 2015

Location: Konvikt (Art Centre), Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc, Univerzitní 3, Czech Republic (map)

Organizers: Project Discover Taiwan, Project CHINET & Department of Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

You can register for the workshop here.

Workshop program can be downloaded here.

The aim of the workshop is to embed the phenomenon of bentuhua 本土化 within a broader theoretical discussion about the “spatial turn.” The spatial turn will be understood as an impulse to interdisciplinary research which connects geography, history, and literature. From a methodological point of view, it encourages the fusion of literary studies with sociology. Among the main research questions for the literary critics as well as the historians, geographers, and cultural anthropologists we intend to invite are the following: How and into what extend can a place influence a local community and its cultural production? Are the perception of a place and the resulting identification with it strictly tied to reality, or is it foremost an imaginary place? Is it more fruitful to understand a place as a mere location or as a dynamic network of relationships?

Topics to be addressed:

  • Taiwan History and Space
  • Taiwan Architecture and Space
  • Taiwan Literature and Space
  • Taiwan Film and Space
  • Environment and Taiwan Literature


March 26, 2015

17:00–19:00 The Many Faces of Formosa: Meeting with Contemporary Taiwanese Writers

  • Ping Lu
  • Wu Ming-yi

(Optional, Flyer in pdf)

19:00–20:30 Welcome Reception

March 27, 2015

09:30–16:00 Registration (Art Centre, the Chapel, 1st Floor, Univerzitní 3, Olomouc)
10:00–10:30 Welcoming Remarks
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00–12:00 Keynote: Ping Lu: Island – Memories – Place (島嶼‧記憶‧場所)
12:00­–13:00 Lunch
13:00–14:30 Place and Literary Imagination

14:30–15:00 Coffee Break
15:00–16:30 Perspectives on Nature

16:30–17:00 Coffee Break
17:00–19:00 Genius Loci of Olomouc – 2 hour guided tour of the city and dinner


March 28, 2015

09:00–16:00 Registration (Art Centre, the Chapel, 1st Floor, Univerzitní 3, Olomouc)
09:30–10:30 Keynote: Wu Ming-yi
10:30–11:00 Coffee Break
11:00–12:30 Place and Conservation Projects

12:30­–13:30 Lunch
13:30–15:00 Space and community

15:00–15:30 Coffee Break
15:30–17:00 Literature II

This workshop is co-organized by the project CHINET, reg. no. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0152, financed by the European Structural Fond and the budget of the Czech Republic, and project “Discover Taiwan” financed via Taiwan Spotlight by the Ministry of Culture (Republic of China) and under the patronage of Dr. Samuel Yin.


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