In association with the journal Deleuze Studies, The First International Deleuze Studies in Asia Conference will be held in Tamsui, a historic district in the Taipei Metropolitan area, May 31-June 2, 2013. Deleuze Studies has also been affiliated with The International Deleuze Studies Conferences that have been held worldwide consecutively for five years since 2008. The deadline for paper or panel proposal is February 1, 2013. Prior to the Conference, there will be a Deleuze Camp held on May 25-29, 2013. While the camp addresses a wide range of issues related to Deleuze studies, the conference focuses on, though not limited to, the theme of Creative Assemblages. For this theme, there are no other places more fitting than Tamsui to host this first ever Deleuze conference in Asia.
Located in northwestern Taiwan, Tamsui is a coastal town where the Canadian missionary George Mackay (1844～1901) preached, practiced medicine, established schools and hospitals after coming to Taiwan in 1871. Mackay married a local Taiwanese, who became the first Taiwanese feminist and female activist. Besides bearing the deep imprint of Mackay’s legacy, Tamsui, with the nearby Tamsui River emptying into the Taiwan Strait, has witnessed several encounters between the East and the West in the past 400 years. The Spaniards established the fortress Santo Domingo in Tamsui in 1628 before conquering northern Taiwan. The Dutch constructed in 1644 another fortress, now known as the Dutch Fort, near the dismantled Spanish castle. The French also tried their luck with Tamsui but a major setback of their fleet in 1884 during the Sino-French War ended their ambition. Tamsui was also the site of resistance in the early years of Japanese rule of Taiwan (1895-1945). With such a history, it is not difficult to imagine what Tamsui has evolved into and come to symbolize to people who know it—a place where diverse cultures and ideas have collided, disrupted, and reassembled. The vestige of this convergence continues to draw people from different parts of the world to appreciate its historic buildings, breathtaking landscape and seascape.
The venues for the conference and the camp will be on the campus of Tamkang University located on the hill known as Five Tiger Hillock, overlooking the Tamsui River. The Chuesheng International Conference Hall, where activities of Deleuze Camp and all the plenary sessions of the Conference will take place, commands a magnificent view of the river and Mount Kuanyin. The English Department at Tamkang University is the key organizer and the founding department of the University, which boasts four campuses and state-of-the-art facilities. The English Department publishes the internationally renowned Tamkang Review and is an active promoter of cutting edge academic pursuits. It regularly hosts important conferences such as Quadrennial International Conference on Comparative Literature and the Tamkang International Conference on Ecological Discourses. It has also a strong academic reputation of Deleuze studies, regularly hosting Deleuze study sessions and conferences that attract scholars from all over Taiwan. All these factors combine to make the English Department at Tamkang University the unique organizer for the First International Deleuze Studies in Asia.
For the papers read at this Conference, we provide several options for publication. A monograph to be published by a major international publishing house will consider those papers that center around Asian perspectives on Deleuze studies or Deleuzian readings of Asian culture. Paper presenters will also be encouraged to submit their papers to Tamkang Review for consideration. There will be a special issue on creative assemblages in Tamkang Review sometime after the conclusion of the Conference. Another option of publication can be found in Deleuze Studies. You can also consider contributing it to Chung Hsing Journal of the Humanities.