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Institute of Studies in Arts and Cultures is going to focus on the interdisciplinary researches of art history, visual culture, culture studies, and sociology of culture in the modern age. Of special interest will be the investigations of visual arts and cultures from socio-historical perspectives. Our three main directions for research will be modern art and society, modern visual culture, modern culture and society. In addition to the interdisciplinary studies, we are going to deal with the cross-cultural exchanges between the West, Taiwan, and China.

Jui-Chˇ¦i Liu
is currently Associate Professor of Art History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan. Prior to join the school in 2009, she taught at the Institute of Art Studies, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (1999-2005) and at the Institute of Sociology/ Center of General Education at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2005-2009). She received her Ph.D. at the Department of Art History, Bryn Mawr College in 1999. Her fields of speciality include photography, modern art, and feminist film theory. Her book Feminine Masquerade: Self-representations by Women photographers was published in Chinese in 2004. Articles in Anglo-American journals include ˇ§Francesca Woodmanˇ¦s Self-Images: Transforming Bodies in the Space of Femininity,ˇ¨ in Womanˇ¦s Art Journal, 25: 1 (2004), and ˇ§Female Spectatorship and the Masquerade: Cindy Shermanˇ¦s Untitled Film Stills,ˇ¨ in History of Photography, 34: 1 (2010). Articles on Diane Arbus, Claude Cahun, Helen Levitt, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark, Cindy Sherman, and Francesca Woodman have appeared in Taiwanese journals. In 2004, her papers on the feminine masquerade of Claude Cahun, Francesca Woodman, and Cindy Sherman were awarded Junior Research Investigators Award of Academia Sinica, which ˇ§encourages junior researchers in Taiwan to publish papers of major contribution in their research fields.ˇ¨ In addition to feminine masquerade, she explores widely on topics such as madness, freakery, abjection, maternal fetishism, flaneuse, and female dandy. Her current research projects include Berenice Abbott, Tina Modotti, Dorothea Lange, and Imogen Cunningham. She is preparing essays in Orientalist pictures, such as John Thomsonˇ¦s photographs of Taiwan and China, and Mary Ellen Markˇ¦s photographs of prostitutes in Falkland Road, Bombay. She has also explored and taught topics on visual culture and STS (science, technology, and society) in recent years.
Email: jcliu@ym.edu.tw

Shuobin Su
received his Ph.D. in Sociology from National Taiwan University and now is associate professor at School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The areas of his research specialization include visual culture, urban space, media and tourism. Though his degree is in sociology, with a specialty in cultural history, he has always taught both cultural studies and cultural theory together. He is the author of a book The Invisible and Visible Taipei (2005/2010), which use the theory of ˇ§visualization of spaceˇ¨ to explore the transformation of Taipei from three local street-societies into one integral modern city under Japanese colonial period. He also translated some Japanese sociological books into Chinese, like Sociology Basics (by the Department of Sociology in Kansai University), Invitation to Media Cultural Studies (by Shunya Yoshimi), and Politics of Seeing: A Social History of the Expositions from 1851 to 1970 (by Shunya Yoshimi). He currently concerns the topics about sociology of leisure and tourism, and is presently working the research about the social constructing of visual gaze and mass tourism during the post-war Taiwan. His future research plan would be focus on the history of social practice of visualization and visual consumption in Taiwan, including zoo, botanic garden, commercial display, exposition, and department store.

Kuei-ying Huang
is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan.
Email: kyhuang@ym.edu.tw

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