Conference Team

The Conference Team

Yoshihisa Amae (天江喜久) is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii in 2007. His research interests include Religion and National Identity Formation in Taiwan, Japan-Taiwan Colonial and Postcolonial Relations and Transitional Justice in Taiwan. His recent publications include "Pro-colonial or Postcolonial? Appropriation of Japanese Colonial Heritage in Present-Day Taiwan" in the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 40 (1), 2011; "Europeans and the Formation of a Presbyterian Enterprise: A Prototype of a Civic Taiwanese Nation?" in Jens Damm and Paul Lim (eds.), European Perspective on Taiwan (forthcoming 2011); and "Pioneers in Taiwan's Human Rights and Democracy: The Role of the Foreign Missionaries of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan" in Linda Gail Arrigo and Lynn Miles (eds.), A Borrowed Voice: Taiwan Human Rights through International Networks, 1960-1980 (Social Empowerment Alliance, 2008). A native of Japan, Dr. Amae has been living in Taiwan since 2007. He now lives in Kaohsiung City, married and the father of one child.

 
 
Yin C. Chuang (莊佳穎) has a PhD in Sociology from Lancaster University, UK and is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei. Her research interests include Nationalism and National Identities, Democratization, Everyday Practices and Popular Culture. She held the position as a singer/songwriter, a radio presenter, and a creative consultant in music, design and television advertising for the former Taiwanese President. Dr. Chuang's publications include the book A-Bian’s Extravaganza (阿扁的異想世界) and the music album A Place Called Home (我住的地方), as well as various academic papers and short novels.

 
 
 
Jens Damm (達嚴思) is Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan. He received his PhD in History and Cultural Studies from Freie Universität Berlin. He is Associate Fellow at the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen and a board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (http://eats-taiwan.eu/). His research is mainly focused on discourses of gender and ethnicity-related issues in Taiwan, Greater China including the PRC and on the impact of new communication technologies. Dr. Damm is the author of Homosexuality and Society in Taiwan: 1945 to 1995 (2003) and has edited Chinese Cyberspaces (Routledge 2006, co-edited with Simona Thomas), Postmodern China (LIT 2008, co-edited with Andreas Steen), Taiwanese Identity from Domestic, Regional and Global Perspectives (LIT 2007, co-edited with Gunter Schubert) and China Networks (LIT 2009, co-edited with Mechthild Leutner).




Ann Heylen (賀安娟) is Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), Taipei. She holds a PhD in Chinese Studies (Sinology) from the Catholic University of Leuven. Her areas of expertise include 17th Century Dutch Formosa, the Japanese Colonial Period and Postcolonial Historiography. She serves as director of the International Taiwan Studies Center at NTNU; holds research affiliations with the Taiwan Research Unit at Ruhr University Bochum and the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen and was Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Pacific Asia Studies at Stockholm University. She is also a founding board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (http://eats-taiwan.eu/). Her most recent academic books include Becoming Taiwan: From Colonialism to Democracy, edited with Scott Sommers and published by Studia Formosiana, Harrassowitz in 2010 and Japanese Models, Chinese Culture and the Dilemma of Taiwanese Language Reform, to be published by Harassowitz in 2011. Dr. Heylen is currently working on the transliteration and annotated translation of 17th century Dutch manuscripts pertaining to Formosa (Taiwan).

 
 
Ben Hlavaty (何哲明) is a coordinator for the East Asian Popular Culture Association 2011 Inaugural Conference. He received his MA in Taiwan Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2007, immediately after which he relocated to Taipei and worked in International Cooperation for the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy until the end of 2010. Aside from promoting Taiwan in the international community as well as global democratization, he is an advent student and performer of Hengchun Folk and other forms of music using the yueqin (月琴), or moon guitar, performing various single and double string styles and singing in Taiwanese and, occasionally, Hakka. Mr. Hlavaty has written about this music for the American Chamber of Commerce and has spoken and performed on various local and international radio stations. He has one son, named Isaac, who is the main source of inspiration for the local clothing and accessories brand Boo Boo Hug. http://www.facebook.com/pages/booboohug/181040263511 
 
 
 

Masashi Ichiki(一木順)  is professor of English and Multimedia Studes at the Graduate Institute of Human Science, Chikushi Jogakuen University, Fukuoka, Japan. He received his Master's in English and African American Studies. His research interests include African American culture, Media culture and Media representation of the historical part. His recent publication include Manga-wa Ekkyo suru (2010), "Embracing Victimhood: A History of A-bomb Manga in Japan" (forthcoming) and "Demystifying a Postwar Myth: Reading Fukusaku's Jingi-naki Tatakai" (forthcoming).

 
 

Ricky Jeffrey is a coordinator for the East Asian Popular Culture Association 2011 Inaugural Conference. He received his BA in Philosophy from Robinson College, Cambridge University, has taught British Culture and Society at the Department of Foreign Languages, Tsinghua University, and currently teaches English for Academic Purposes at the Centre for Applied Linguistics, Warwick University, as well as directing summer programs for the British Council-accredited language school Studio Cambridge. 
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