Sponsored by the UW Taiwan Studies Program, Department of Landscape Architecture/College of Built Environments, and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation

Landscapes often exist as material records, surrounding environments, or representations. We propose to move beyond these frameworks to see landscapes as embodied modes of habitation and of human and non-human encounters with the land in which ongoing processes of acting in and with the world take place. By focusing on processes of encounter, occupation, and mediation, we also seek to redefine “land” more broadly, for example on human interactions with natural, social, and imagined worlds, or alternate -scapes such as waterscapes, bodyscapes, technoscapes, mediascapes, cyberscapes, etc.

Taiwan has long been a compelling site of ecological heterogeneity, cultural multiplicities, and geopolitical contestation. Its landscapes embody the complex interactions and negotiations between the different waves of human occupation and their environment. With its natural and cultural diversities, Taiwan becomes a productive site for the theorization of land/scaping as an epistemological shift from landscape (noun) to landscape (verb). Land/scaping as a critical concept beyond the confines of existing representations unfolds the heuristic potential for remapping both Taiwan and Taiwan Studies. Such methodological reframing brings to the fore the tension between the notion of perspective—its formation, translation, and reconfiguration—and the interlocking web of land(s), landscape(s) and landscaping.

How have the different modes of land/scaping in and of Taiwan been formed, revealed, effaced, shaped and altered? How have notions such as Formosa/Taiwan and Taiwan(ese)/non- Taiwan(ese) been (re)defined in these land/scaping processes? How have the different approaches to land/scaping influenced the way Taiwan is seen, heard, felt, and communicated? We invite contributions that address these questions across disciplinary perspectives.

Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Place-making and identity (re)formation (such as gender, ethnicity, etc.)
  • Floating or changing space/place; the rural/urban
  • Temporality of landscape; sites of memory; remains/ruins
  • Emotions, flows of affect; collective trauma/social suffering
  • Work, labor, human body, and embodied experiences; collective agency
  • Land ownership, land problems, land justice
  • Technology and knowledge production of nature and land
  • Mediascape, cultural genres, generic landscape
  • Environmental humanities and environmental studies; human and non-human interactions (air, land, water, energy, animals)