(In)visible Forum: Art and Religious Diversity in Taiwan

We explore the theme of art and religious diversity in Taiwan in relation to the (In)visible exhibition with UBC colleagues. Join us for discussion and a tour of the exhibition with the speakers and the curator.

Friday, February 26, 2016, 2:30–4:30 PM.
Michael Ames Theatre at MOA
Free event with museum admission



2:30 PM: Welcome by Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura, MOA Curator, Asia.
2:40 PM: Pluralism in Taiwan by Professor Josephine Chiu-Duke, Department of Asian Studies.
3:00 PM: Religious Practices and Taiwanese Theatre by Dr. Josh Stenberg, Department of Theatre and Film.
3:20 PM: A Wonderful World of Wonders: Li Jiun-Yang’s Miao by Dr. Alison Bailey, Department of Asian Studies.*
3:40 PM: Q & A. Convened by Dr. April Liu, Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at MOA.
4:00 PM: Tour of the (In)visible exhibition with the curator and the speakers.
*Dr. Bailey’s talk will explore the multi-media installation of Taiwan artist Li Jiun-Yang through the concept of miao (妙) – a term which encompasses notions of craft and inventiveness, magic and wonder, miracles, and creative ingenuity. Li’s work at MOA encompasses many aspects of this protean term, reflecting the artist’s interest in, and energetic melding of, popular culture, religious traditions, and vernacular art.

The Speakers

C. D. Alison Bailey holds a BA, MA and a PhD in Chinese literature (modern and pre- modern), and has researched, taught and published on Chinese literature, language, culture, film, art and legal history. She is now based at UBC’s Department of Asian Studies, but lived and worked in Beijing for nearly four years and taught at SOAS, London University, and Cornell, prior to coming to UBC. She served as acting Director and then Director of the Centre of Chinese Research (CCR) at UBC (2003-2011) and director of China Links: Professional Seminars at UBC (2010-2012). Dr. Bailey is also an active Trustee of The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden Society Board.

Josephine Chiu-Duke is Associate Professor in the Asian Studies Department. She teaches Traditional Chinese Political Thought and Institutions as well as History and Culture of Taiwan. She is the author of To Rebuild the Empire: Lu Chih’s Confucian Pragmatist Approach to the Mid-T’ang Predicament (2000), editor of Liberalism and the Humanistic Tradition – Essays in Honor of Professor Lin Yü-sheng (in Chinese, 2005) and co-translator of Ge Zhaoguang, An Intellectual History of China, Vol. One: Knowledge, Thought and Belief Before the Seventh Century CE (2014). Her most recent essay is “In Search of Liberty and Justice in Post- Tiananmen China” (2015).

Josh Stenberg is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC. Specialising in contemporary ethnic Chinese performance, he was a 2014-15 Taiwan Fulbright grantee. His recent work has appeared in Theatre Research International, Asian Theatre Journal, and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

About Spotlight Taiwan
MOA launched its Spotlight Taiwan Project in 2014, a new initiative that focuses on Taiwan’s complex and multicultural identity. MOA now features the highly anticipated exhibition of contemporary art from Taiwan, (In)visible: The Spiritual World of Taiwan through Contemporary Art.

2014 年,加拿大不列顛哥倫比亞大學人類學博物館 (MOA) 發起「台灣文化光 點計畫」,該計畫是專門研討台灣複雜多元文化認同的創舉。 MOA 舉辦了期 待已久的台灣當代藝術展:《形(無)形: 台灣當代藝術的靈性世界》。


Friday, February 26, 2016 2:30–4:30pm

Past Programs
contemporary art, taiwan