Happiness and Sadness: Taiwan society and its emotional textures (8-9 December 2011)

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The Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne

We invite submissions for papers for a workshop to be held at the University of Melbourne in December 2011 that explores the varying emotional textures of Taiwan life. It takes the dyad of Happiness and Sadness as its point of departure, but also examines other emotional registers and how these might relate to Taiwan's social and historical structures. These emotional textures can be seen as both products of particular kinds of social, political, cultural and economic structures and as ways in which those structures are experienced and interpreted. We hope that an exploration of Taiwan society through the paired themes of happiness and sadness (while not excluding other emotions) will offer new ways to approach the study of Taiwan.

This workshop seeks to provide an opportunity for intensive and collaborative discussion of the participants' work. It is envisaged that during the two days of the workshop each paper will be presented in turn, and each presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion. Participation in the workshop offers the opportunity to refine ideas and develop working relationships that will facilitate publication of the papers, either as a collection or as individual articles. Papers will be circulated prior to the workshop to facilitate dialogue between papers and exploration of the workshop's themes.

Examples of possible topics include:

• Livelihood: the emotional textures of economic life
• Identity: the happiness and sadness of being Taiwanese
• The culture and literature of happiness and loss
• Politics and emotional intensity
• Urban design, transportation and the sense of emotional security
• Media: representing the emotional textures of everyday life
• Construction of social collectivity through emotional ideologies
• Food and commodities: consuming happiness and sublimating sadness

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words with a brief CV to
by 15 July 2011. If the paper is accepted, the contributor will be invited to submit a full text of around 5000 words. The due date for the full text will be 1 November 2011. All papers should be submitted in English.