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Assistant Research Fellow, Department of Research and Planning

Ding-Liang Chen

Ding-Liang Chen is Assistant Research Fellow in the Department of Research and Planning at Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation. With an interdisciplinary background in economics, literature, and cultural theory, he works at the intersections of feminist, queer, and postcolonial studies in transpacific contexts. His thesis Perverse Pacifics: Articulating Sexualities in Hawai‘i and the Philippines in the Age of American Empire investigates a specific body of documentaries and literary texts that enable us to dissect the ways in which cultural formations of indigenous sexualities in Pacific societies are inextricable from continuing and converging histories of racism, nationalism, colonialism, and migration. This resignification of personal desire in a transpacific framework offers a conceptual potential from which to level a fundamental critique of the emergence of American empire since the dawn of the twentieth century.

Chen’s current research and writing aim to develop a theoretical approach of understanding how transpacific intimacies have been supported, organized, and intervened by technological infrastructures and media interfaces in their imperial, military, logistical, aesthetic, affective, and cognitive registers. He is interested in topics including how new media and technological arts in Southeast Asia problematize multi-layered colonial histories and Cold War legacies; how scientific breakthroughs in nuclear technologies influence aesthetic forms in arts and literature; in what ways do transnational broadcasting technologies constructed in colonial times serve as a way to connect and disconnect oceanic communities; what ecological insights do bioarts and biotechnologies stimulate in Anthropocene; and how our contemporary wireless fantasy has been situated in intensively wired undersea networks, etc. These scenes of transpacific relationscape, as Chen believes, should be taken as a critical site of inquiry for us to analyze how the world has been built and how it could be different in an alternative future that is yet to come.

Research Grants and Awards

  • M.A. Thesis Award, Cultural Studies Association, Taiwan (2019).
  • Outstanding Paper Award, The 14th National Graduate Conference of Taiwan Literature. Paper Title: “Ecological Communities: Chang Kuei-Hsing’s Monkey Cup.
  • Graduate Research Grants, Women’s and Gender Research Program, National Taiwan University (2018). Research Topic: “Perverse Pacifics: Articulating Sexualities in Hawai‘i and the Philippines in the Age of American Empire
  • Undergraduate Research Grants, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (2015-2016). Research Topic: “Asian American Queer Diaspora: Eroticism, Desiring Machine, and Illness Narrative in Russell Charles Leong’s Phoenix Eyes

Recent Publications

  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Writing the Pacific: On the Critical Potential of Philippine Diasporic Literature.” Debates on Anti-Diaspora. Spec issue of Secret Reader (2018): 10-12. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Backward Temporalities: Queer Eroticism and Its Postcolonial Critique in the Philippines.” Taiwan Humanities Society Bulletin 11 (2018): 8-10. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Experimental Writings and Medial Forms: Yang Fu-Min’s Storybooks and Its Literary Database.” Youth Literary 779 (2018): 21-25. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “When Queer Bodies are No Longer Melancholic: Chen Ssu-Hung’s The Ninth Body.” Youth Literary 775 (2018): 97-98. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “‘Critical Intimacy’: Kao Jun-Honn and the History of Pacific Ecology.” Project+: GIFLL Newsletter 9 (2018): 12-15. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Ecological Communities: Chang Kuei-Hsing’s Monkey Cup.” Imagining Commonalities and Differences. Tainan: National Museum of Taiwan Literature, 2017. 1-22. [In Chinese]

Conference & Workshop Presentations

  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Interfacing Infrastructures: Sexuality, Technology, and Militarism in the Global South.” “Beyond an Island: Taiwan in Comparative Perspective,” The Annual Conference of Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, September 28, 2019. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Perverse Pacifics: Toward an Aesthetic Politics of Postcolonial Queer Socialities.” Workshop on Austronesian Arts and Literatures, Department of Anthropology, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, April 25-26, 2019. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Failed Nationalisms: Transgendering Taiwan through Inter-Asian Connections.” The Annual Conference of North American Taiwan Studies Association, University of Texas, Austin, US, May 24-26, 2018.
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Epistemological Ruptures between ‘Queer’ and ‘Asia’: Rethinking the Theoretical Potential of the Pacific.” Taiwan Queer Studies Young Scholars Forum, Shih Hsin University, December 30, 2017. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Queering Terrorism: Leslie Feinberg’s Drag King Dreams.” “Questioning the Norm,” The Second Graduate Conference on Literary and Cultural Studies in Taiwan, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, November 11, 2018.
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Ecological Communities: Chang Kuei-Hsing’s Monkey Cup.” The 14th National Graduate Conference of Taiwan Literature, Taiwan, October 14-15, 2017. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Degenerate Bodies: Daniel Lee and Ecocriticism.” “Struggle, Alliance, Action,” The Annual Conference of Cultural Studies Association, Taiwan, Tamkang University, Taiwan, March 11, 2017. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Biopolitics and Queer Temporalities in Russell Charles Leong’s Phoenix Eyes.” “Backward Glances: History, Time, and Memory,” The 24th Annual Conference of English and American Literature Association, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, October 29, 2016.
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Interfacing Infrastructures: Sexuality, Technology, and Militarism in the Global South.” “Beyond an Island: Taiwan in Comparative Perspective,” The Annual Conference of Taiwanese Feminist Scholars Association, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, September 28, 2019. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Perverse Pacifics: Toward an Aesthetic Politics of Postcolonial Queer Socialities.” Workshop on Austronesian Arts and Literatures, Department of Anthropology, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, April 25-26, 2019. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Failed Nationalisms: Transgendering Taiwan through Inter-Asian Connections.” The Annual Conference of North American Taiwan Studies Association, University of Texas, Austin, US, May 24-26, 2018.
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Epistemological Ruptures between ‘Queer’ and ‘Asia’: Rethinking the Theoretical Potential of the Pacific.” Taiwan Queer Studies Young Scholars Forum, Shih Hsin University, December 30, 2017. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Queering Terrorism: Leslie Feinberg’s Drag King Dreams.” “Questioning the Norm,” The Second Graduate Conference on Literary and Cultural Studies in Taiwan, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan, November 11, 2018.
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Ecological Communities: Chang Kuei-Hsing’s Monkey Cup.” The 14th National Graduate Conference of Taiwan Literature, Taiwan, October 14-15, 2017. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Degenerate Bodies: Daniel Lee and Ecocriticism.” “Struggle, Alliance, Action,” The Annual Conference of Cultural Studies Association, Taiwan, Tamkang University, Taiwan, March 11, 2017. [In Chinese]
  • Chen, Ding-Liang. “Biopolitics and Queer Temporalities in Russell Charles Leong’s Phoenix Eyes.” “Backward Glances: History, Time, and Memory,” The 24th Annual Conference of English and American Literature Association, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, October 29, 2016.