Research Groups

Group Name: Environmental History Group
Organizer: Ya-wen Ku
Start Time: 2018-09-01
Members: Ts'ui-jung Liu、Lu Shao Li、Ya-wen Ku
Assistants: Lin Yu-hsuan

Environmental history has become one of the most significant fields in history since the 1970s. Under the leadership of Dr. Ts'ui-jung Liu, Taiwanese scholars started researching environmental history in the 1990s. The Environmental History Group in the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, was established in 2000, with the aim of looking at the long-term effects of the interaction between people and the environment in the history of Taiwan.

The current and former members of this group include Ts'ui-jung Liu (Adjunct Faculty), Qiu-kun Chen (retired in 2011), Shi-yung Liu (moved to University of Pennsylvania / Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2018), Ya-wen Ku(Faculty since January 2011) and Shao-li Lu (Professor, History Department in National Taiwan University, Joint Faculty since August 2019).

The researchers in this group focus on issues that concern: resource, disease, disaster, species exchange, ecology and pollution crisis in the history of Taiwan. In addition, this group orients itself towards cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. Members often organize research teams with research groups in the Institute of Taiwan History or specialists in disciplines such as humanities, sociology, and natural sciences inside and outside of Academia Sinica. Moreover, they not only rely on conceptual frameworks such as Empire and Science, Technology and Society (STS), Disaster Vulnerability and Resilience, Sustainable Development, and Anthropocene, but also attach importance to the assistance of tools from digital humanities, such as geographic information systems (GIS).

This research group has been holding workshops and lectures for environmental history regularly since January 2010. This has promoted environmental history research in Taiwan, and reinforced the communication, interaction and cooperation between academic communities of different disciplines. Besides, the research group is also in charge of the operation of Association of East Asia Environmental History (AEAEH), and the management of association’s website. If you would like to view our latest news or find relevant sources of environmental history, please follow us on Medium.

Lectures over the recent five years(Jan. 2017- Sep. 2021)
No. Date Topic Lecturer
1 Jun. 14th, 2017 Colonial Shipping Policy in Interwar Taiwan Elijah Greenstein (Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University))
2 Jul. 1st, 2017 The whole world flooded by Formosa insects: Hans Sauter’s specimen collections 1902 1914 Shih-ting, Pan (Ph.D. candidate, Humboldt University of Berlin)
3 Dec. 12th, 2017 Carving into Flesh: Touch, Tactility, and Tacit Knowledge in Mapping Meridians Lan A. Li (Presidential Scholars in the Society and Neuroscience(PSSN) program, Columbia University)
4 Apr. 24th, 2018 Disaster and Governance: Historical Construction of Flooding Vulnerability in Japanese Colonial Period Ya-wen Ku (Associate Research Fellow in the Institure of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica)
5 Jul. 30th, 2019 Thinking about Taiwan Environmental History Research from “Water Culture” Ya-wen Ku (Associate Research Fellow in the Institure of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica)
6 Feb. 4th, 2020 Farming Knowledge and the Ming Discourse on Military Colonies: From the Perspective of Song Yingxing’s Yeyi (An Oppositionist’s Deliberations) Masato Hasegawa (Assistant professor in the Department of History, National Taiwan University
7 Jun. 4th, 2020 The Anthropocene Concept for Humanists: From the Perspective of Energy Hannes Bergthallerr (Professpr in the Department of  Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chung Hsing University)
8 Aug. 6th, 2020 Technology Introduction and Environmental Development: take the operation of Ta Hsueh Shan Forestry Corporation as an example Chia-hsing Ho (Assistant Professor in the Department of History, National Chung Hsing University)
9 Oct. 6th, 2020 The Punctum of Landscapes: the Excavation and Decipherment of Historic Aerial Photos Tung-hung Huang (Researcher of Historic Aerial Photos)
10 Nov. 3rd, 2020 Research on the Introduction of Apple Snails to Taiwan Yen-ling Tsai (Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Chiao Tung University)
11 Mar. 5th, 2021 Horticulture and the Creation of Tropical Taiwan Shao Li (Professor in the Department of History, National Taiwan University, and joint faculty in the Institute of Taiwan History)
12 Aug. 6th, 2021 From Island to Island: Tashiro Yasusada’s Research Surveys in the Pacific and Theory of Tropical Development in the Early Japanese Colonial Taiwan Wei-chi Chen (Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica)

Workshops over the recent five years(Jan. 2017- Sep. 2021)
Date Topic
Mar. 17th, 2017 First Environmental History Research Workshop in 2017
Jun. 16th, 2017 Second Environmental History Research Workshop in 2017
Sep. 15th, 2017 Third Environmental History Research Workshop in 2017
Jun. 6th, 2018 First Environmental History Research Workshop in 2018
Aug. 8th, 2018 Second Environmental History Research Workshop in 2018
Oct. 17th, 2018 Third Environmental History Research Workshop in 2018
Mar. 22nd, 2019 First Environmental History Research Workshop in 2019
May. 24th, 2019 Second Environmental History Research Workshop in 2019
Jul. 26th, 2019 Third Environmental History Research Workshop in 2019
May. 3rd, 2021 Environmental History Research Workshop in 2021
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