National Taiwan University
Chia-Feng Chang is Associate Professor in the History Department, National Taiwan University. She received a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in the history of medicine, and a M.A. from the Tsing-Hua University in the history of astronomy. She works on the social and cultural history of Chinese medicine. Her more recent research has focused on the history of body, gender, and transmission of medical knowledge and practice. She is currently working on changing ideas of child’s bodies in medieval China, and smallpox variolation and vaccination in the nineteenth century.
Professor Chen is an accomplished anthropologist and archaeologist who has conducted significant fieldwork in southern Taiwan. She obtained her M.A. in anthropology from National Taiwan University, where she has returned to become an assistant professor. She received her Ph.D. in Archaeology from Arizona State University. She is interested in the study of ceramics, the subsistence system, settlement patterns, and socioeconomic organization.
Pei-Chia Lan (Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, 2000) is Professor of Sociology at National Taiwan University. Her fields of specialty include gender, work and migration. She is the author of Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan (Duke 2006), which won the 2007 Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association and the 2007 ICAS Book Prize: Best Study in Social Science from the International Convention of Asian Scholars. Her recent projects include one about the segmented incorporation of second-generation rural migrants in Shanghai, and the other about unequal childhoods in Taiwan across class, ethnic and urban-rural divides. Through in-depth interviews and ethnographic observation, Lan examines the reproduction of social inequalities in the fields of childhood, parenthood and school education, and explores the daily routine of family lives under the impacts of economic restructuring and labor/marriage migration.
Professor Lan is a HYI-Radcliffe Institute Visiting Scholar.
Sato Masayuki (Ph.D., Leiden University, the Netherlands) is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University. In 2003, he published a monograph titled The Confucian Quest for Order: the Origin and Formation of the Political Thought of Xunzi. His areas of research include early Chinese political philosophy with a focus on Xunzi (ca. 316-235 BCE), and modern Japanese research on Chinese philosophy. During his stay at HYI, Dr. Sato examined the methods and main perspectives in Xunzi studies by Western scholars, and the possibility of the reconstruction of Confucian theory for self-cultivation by re-evaluating rituals and social norms (li) as a key concept.
Chen Pochan (Ph. D., Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles) is Professor in the anthropology department at National Taiwan University. Originally interested in the possible problems of the original of the Austronesian language family, I changed my interest to the salt industry and distribution from the Neolithic period (ca. 3500 B.C.) to the Han Dynasty in the Three Gorges area, China. My current research project is a surface survey project in the Chengdu Plain, Sichuan Province, China. This is an international cooperation project with Chengdu Archaeology Team, Peking University, Harvard University, University of Washington, St. Louis, and UCLA. Through this project, we hope to understand the emergence of complex societies from the Neolithic Baodun Culture to the Bronze Age Sanxingdui Culture in the Chengdu Plain.