Call for Papers: “Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific: Emerging Trends and Opportunities” @ UP Asian Center

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The UP Asian Center and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines welcome abstracts for an international conference, "Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific: Emerging Trends and Opportunities,” which will be held on 20 April 2018 at the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. 

Deadline of Submission of Abstracts: 25 March 2018 (EXTENDED)


Panel 1: Development and Cooperation

    • Agriculture
    • Medical and Scientific cooperation
    • Small and Medium enterprises
    • Trade and Investment
    • Environment and Climate

Panel  2: Sociocultural Engagements and Human Mobility

    • Taiwan-Asia-Pacific heritage
    • Academic scholarship and fellowships
    • Cultural and Technical Immersion
    • Youth exchange programs
    • Migration (Labor, intermarriages, etc.)
    • Tourism

Panel 3: Power Relations


Send abstracts and short CVs to the conference committee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration is free, but scholars whose abstracts are accepted are responsible for funding and arranging their own travel and accommodation plans. 


Recent years have witnessed tremendous change in the geopolitical, geoeconomic and the sociocultural dynamics of the Asia-Pacific. Prominent among them are renewed debates about ASEAN in the face of new emerging, nontraditional security challenges; the rise of China and its undisputable regional, economic and geopolitical ambitions; and the sustained flow of labor migration across the region.

In the context of these developments, one may ask what the future of the Asia-Pacific will look like. How will the relationships of countries in the region be defined vis-a-vis extra-regional powers? What are the emerging opportunities and challenges brought about by these regional developments? What are the immediate areas of cooperation between and among states?

Of particular importance for Taiwan is its New Southbound Policy (NSP), which was introduced by President Tsai Ing-wen in September 2016 and designed to respond to the aforementioned developments. It aims to enhance the relationships between/among Taiwan and 18 countries in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australia through regional collaboration, inclusive economic linkages, talent and cultural exchange, resource-sharing, and network-building.  Even so, Taiwan also needs to continue re-evaluating itself by revisiting its strategies and policies amidst ongoing and emerging trends.

“Taiwan and the Asia-Pacific: Emerging Trends and Opportunities” will seek to address these foregoing concerns. Organized by the UP Asian Center and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines, the international conference, the conference will feature three major panels and their corresponding subthemes. To ensure continuing dialogue and encourage a variety of perspectives, each panel will have speakers from Taiwan and scholars from other countries. 


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The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences.  

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