蔡孟哲 助理教授 Prof. Meng Che Tsai
性/別研究專題：第三世界酷兒 Seminar on Sex/Gender Studies: Queers in the Third World
3 credits l Monday 1320-1620 l Chinese Course l NCTU HA BUILDING 2
傅柯專題：主體與肉體 Seminar on Michel Foucault: Confessions of the Flesh
3 credits l Thursday 0900-1200 l English Course l NCTU HA BUILDING 2
I would take 《The History of Sexuality》 written by Michel Foucault as reading material in this course. We will focus on the forthcoming English translation version of volume 4: 《Confessions of the Flesh》 (schedule on 2021/2/16). In the first half of the course, we will read volume 1: 《An Introduction》 step by step, and discuss volume 2 & 3 by some secondary researches about the genealogy of the epistemology of subjectivity and self-caring in western history. In the second half of the course, we will closely read volume 4 together. I will explain the detailed course schedule in the first class. I will also discuss and adjust the schedule based on the status of the students who will take this course.
岑學敏 助理教授 Prof. Desmond Hok Man Sham
東亞與東南亞都市文化 Urban Cultures in East and Southeast Asia
3 credits l Friday 1320-1620 l English Course l NCTU HA BUILDING 2
From Seoul to Taipei, from Hong Kong to Penang, from Singapore to Yangon and Yogyakarta, name a few cities in the East and Southeast Asia that we are going to (dis)cover in the course. What are the urban cultures in these East and Southeast Asia? How have the urban cultures in these places been created, shaped, and transformed? Why are many cities in the region pursuing to be a ‘Creative City’? How do creative industries transform these cities? How are these cities represented in films? How are the cultures in different East and Southeast Asian cities similar and different from each other? What kinds of similar and different social situations are they facing? How do they respond in similar or different ways?
The course emphasizes the importance of both theories and case studies. In the course, we will discuss various issues surrounding urban cultures in East and Southeast Asia, such as place and identity, cultural and creative industries, urban cultural policies, urban regeneration, gentrification, representation of cities in media, and cultural heritage and memories.
Students are encouraged to bring in cases they are familiar with, reflect upon their experiences in other cities, and, together, imagine better urban futures.
後殖民研究與解殖 Postcolonial Studies and Decolonization
3 credits l Tuesday 1010-1310 l English Course l NCTU HA BUILDING 2
Do you come from a place that has been colonized? Do you come from a place that has colonized others? Do we need to talk about decolonization in today’s Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and the wider East and Southeast Asia? How can we talk about decolonization? Are postcolonial studies and decolonization still relevant to today’s world, in particular, in today’s East and Southeast Asia?Why do ‘Black Lives Matter’ take place? Why do activists tear down statues? Are they relevant to societies outside Europe and North America?
The course will offer lens to students to reflect upon and analyze colonialism and its effect and legacy. It also offers ways to examine, criticize, and evaluate the validity of existing postcolonial theories. We are going to explore, examine, and critique different works of postcolonial studies and decolonization. We will also discuss, explore, and examine ways to bridge the gaps in existing postcolonial theories; and diversify and multiply the reference points for postcolonial studies and decolonization. Students are encouraged to bring in their experiences and questions so that we can explore ways to renew, update, and propose critical theories relevant to the contemporary, situated colonial and postcolonial conditions.