[SEMINAR] Regimes of memory in Today’s Taiwan: remembering the authoritarian era (23 February)
Room B202,Research Center for Humanities and Social sciences,
Academia Sinica, Taipei
One of the salient characteristics of the postwar authoritarian era was the diffusion throughout the whole society of a unique identitarian and memorial narrative depicting the Party-state regime as the sole representative of an idealized China. This ends with the beginning of Taiwan’s democratization. From 1987 onwards, new paradigms gradually arose, articulated around the specificities of Taiwan, its multiculturalism or the experiences of groups whose voices were ignored or silenced by the former government. While the old official discourse quickly lost its prominence, it however did not disappear completely. The post 1987 politics of memory result in the contradictory recognition of both the victims of the dictatorship and the glory of Chiang Kai-shek and his son Chiang Ching-kuo. Following an approach articulated around the concept of “regime of memory”, this presentation analyses the dynamics behind the development of new post-democratisation memorial narratives.
Vladimir Stolojan-filipesco defended his Ph.D in September 2017 at Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité. His main research interest focuses on the relationship between present-day Taiwan and the Party-state era. He addresses issues such as transitional justice, public narratives of the past and politics of memory.
The event will be chaired by Sébastien Billioud (CEFC Taipei).
The event will be held in English. Attendance is free but registration is necessary. Please send your name and surname at: firstname.lastname@example.org