Southeast Asia and Taiwan Conference:
Politics, Aesthetics, Indigeneity

Southeast Asia and Taiwan have been linked for millennia by migrations of indigenous peoples and maritime trade. Today, both regions have rising economies and are embroiled within global political conflicts and geopolitical transformations. Across Southeast Asia and Taiwan, shared histories of authoritarianism, cultures of resistance, configurations of identity, and practices of aesthetic production and reflection break down barriers and conventions which traditionally have located the two regions in different conceptual “areas.” This conference seeks to bring together scholars working on broad issues of politics, aesthetics, and indigeneity across Southeast Asia and Taiwan, historically and in the present, to examine shared material and political conditions and social imaginaries.

This two-day conference is open to UW students, faculty, staff, and broader community.


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DATES: Thursday, April 25, 2024—Friday, April 26, 2024

LOCATION: University of Washington, Seattle

VENUE: Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 340


Happening at UW

The Taiwan Studies Program will also have a number of events that coincide with the conference. All conference participants are welcome to join. Please click the following links for registration information.

April 24 – Island X: Taiwanese Student Migrants, Campus Spies, and Cold War Activism with Wendy Cheng – Book Talk

April 24 – “MUSIC, ISLAND, STORIES: TAIWAN CALLING!” – Public Roundtable & Reception

April 25 and 26 – “MUSIC, ISLAND, STORIES: TAIWAN CALLING!” – Guided Exhibition Tour


Event Hosts & Sponsors

Co-hosted by the UW Center for Southeast Asia and its Diasporas, the UW Taiwan Studies Program, and the UW East Asia Center, with generous financial support from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation and US Department of Education Title VI.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizing committee at Accommodation requests related to disability or health condition should be made to Michael Walstrom at with “April Workshop” in the subject line at least ten days ahead of event date.