About Taiwan Humanities Society (THS)

Introduction of Taiwan Humanities Society (THS)

台灣人文學社

Taiwan Humanities Society (THS) was founded in 2009 by a group of Taiwan-based humanistic scholars and art workers. THS is devoted to coordinating Taiwan’s humanistic scholars and resources, substantiating Taiwan’s humanistic studies, enhancing interdisciplinary collaborations, and promoting the dialogue between local and international academic communities. THS’s mission consists in:
  1. substantiating Taiwan’s humanistic scholarships, organizing academic conferences, and releasing scholarly publications;
  2. promulgating Taiwan’s humanistic education;
  3. encouraging international exchanges of Taiwan’s humanities;
  4. enhancing interdisciplinary studies of Taiwan’s humanities;
  5. promoting other related academic activities.
The present president of THS is Dr. Yu-lin Lee, Associate Professor in the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies at National Chung Hsing University, TAIWAN. Present THS members are academics and experts on Western critical theories, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, visual theories and culture, film and media studies, the fine arts, Taiwan literature and culture, Japanese literature, East-Asian studies, etc. THS’s chief commitment is to bring Taiwan and East Asia to bear on Western critical theories, with the aim to promote and establish in various humanistic disciplines critical or theoretical methodologies that are globally imbricated and simultaneously Taiwan- or East-Asia-inflected. To achieve this aim, THS has been holding and organizing activities, such as Theory Study Groups, Theory Camps, and a series of “Theory—Taiwan” and “East-Asian Solidarity” forums.
THS is also initiating collective research projects that experimentally embark upon Western theories (Deleuze, Lacanian psychoanalysis, Foucault, Agamben, etc.) in relation to Taiwan or East Asia, planned directions including “Theorizing Life in East Asia” and “Life and the Arts in East Asia.” In addition, THS members have been guest-editing special issues in scholarly journals; among those that have been published or are under way are Life, Community, Ethics; The Prosthetic-Image; Afterimages of the 1970s; Deleuze and Asian Cinema; and a series of special issues aiming at constructing dialogues between Western theorists and East-Asian thinkers. Limited in resources and manpower in its initial stage, THS has not yet directly organized large conferences, but it is assisting the holding of other conferences, such as the 2012 International Conference on Poisoned Cornucopia: Excess, Intemperance and Overabundance across Literatures and Cultures (hosted by the Department of Anglophone Cultures, University of Opole, POLAND), the 2013 International Conference on Except Asia: Agamben’s Work in Transcultural Perspective (hosted by the Department of English, National Taiwan Normal University, TAIWAN), and the 2013 International Conference on Creative Assemblage: The First International Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference (hosted by the English Department, Tamkang University, TAIWAN). In the future, THS will reach out to more scholars and institutions both locally and internationally to see to the fulfillments of its mission.

台灣人文學社
會址: 40227 台中市南區國光路250號 (中興大學人文與社會科學研究中心)
Taiwan Humanities Society
Address: No. 250, Kuo-kuang Road, Taichung 40227, Taiwan (Research Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chung Hsing University)