Book Announcement: Legal Reform in Taiwan under Japanese Colonial Rule, 1895-1945


Via University of Washington Press.

Legal Reform in Taiwan under Japanese Colonial Rule, 1895-1945
The Reception of Western Law

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PUBLISHED: December 2014
SUBJECT LISTING: Asian Studies / Japan; Law
SERIES: Asian Law Series

Taiwan’s modern legal system – quite different from those of both traditional China and the People’s Republic – has evolved since the advent of Japanese rule in 1895. Japan has gradually adopted Western law during the 19th-century and when it occupied Taiwan – a frontier society composed of Han Chinese settlers – its codes were instituted for the purpose of rapidly assimilating the Taiwanese people into Japanese society.

Tay-sheng Wang’s comprehensive study lays a solid foundation for future analyses of Taiwanese law. It documents how Western traditions influenced the formation of Taiwan’s modern legal structure through the conduit of Japanese colonial rule and demonstrates the extent to which legal concepts diverged from the Chinese legal tradition and moved toward Western law.
TAY-SHENG WANG is professor of law at National Taiwan University.
Background of Legal Reform
Reception of Western Law in Colonial Legislation
Modern Judiciary in the Colony
Criminal Justice and Changing Society
Westernization of Civil Justice
Appraisal and Legacy
Appendix A: Development of Taiwanese Law
Appendix B: The Law Relating to Laws and Ordinances
Appendix C: The Civil, Commercial, and Criminal Law
Appendix D: The Bandit Punishment Law

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Call for Papers: Networks and Negotiations: UCSB Graduate Student Conference

call for papers [150-2]Announcing the following graduate student conference being held at the University of California, Santa Barbara, February 12-13, 2016, and to invite abstract submissions.

This conference aims to explore the relationships between institutions, polities and frameworks in premodern Japan. With the theme of “networks and negotiations” in mind, we aim to expand our understanding of the construction and maintenance of complex connections between diverse groups and how they shaped the premodern history of Japan.

We welcome proposals for panels and individual papers from graduate students working on pre-Meiji Japan in any discipline within the humanities and social sciences. Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to the following: shrine and temple networks, domestic and international diplomacy, travel and travel culture within and without Japan, economic organization, and artistic networks.

Please send a 200-word abstract and brief biography to Travis Seifman and Emily Simpson at by November 1, 2015.

The conference theme is intended to be relatively broad and inclusive, while still sticking to a coherent theme; if you have any questions, or are unsure if your work fits within the theme, please do not hesitate to contact us, at the above email address.

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Fun Link Friday: Carved Pearl Skulls

We often feature unconventional artists and artwork for our Fun Link Fridays, and who can blame us? This week check out the artist Shinji Nakaba, who was featured on Bored Panda for his fantastic work carving miniature skulls out of pearls with a truly amazing level of skill.

As Nakaba puts it on his Etsy page:

I am making jewelry from recognition as “wearable sculpture”

I use not only precious metals and stones but also something usual,such as aluminum Beer can or plastic bottle,or even some discarded materials.
I’m dealing all the materials equally no matter how precious or not precious they are.


You can see more on his website here or his Etsy page. The photos are amazing!

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Call for Papers: (Workshop) Place, Space, and Time in Japanese History”

call for papers [150-2]Call for Papers:

February 13-14, 2016

We are delighted to announce that a workshop, “Place, Space, and Time in Japanese History” will take place on Saturday-Sunday February 13-14, 2016, at the University of Chicago.  This two-day workshop proposes to explore how an awareness of the region and the realm as a spatial concept emerged, circulated, and was articulated in the broader cultural communities of “our country” via visualizations of the landscape, publishing the records of journeys, and visiting various places.  We seek to find ways to discuss how the popular experiences of travel, movement, worship, and play formed shared cultures and memories during the Tokugawa and Meiji eras.  One of the goals of the workshop is to rigorously analyze the changing representations ofNihon to explore the process of creating the place-based perception of the shared cultures of Japan.  How did the act of place-making express the spirit of particular places and facilitate the production of geographic affinities between land and people?  How can we account for the impact of best-selling gazetteers and guidebooks published in the eighteenth century that documented place and landscape at multiple scales?  How did festivals and annual calendar events employ distinct notions of time that were nurtured in the region?  Can we theorize an indigenous development of geographic affinities without assuming a teleological end-point of some monolithic nationalism and falling into the paradigm of a Western theory of modernity that imposes a linear developmental path toward nationalism?  We call for projects that employ a variety of theories and methodologies to investigate the ways in which the competing voices of local identity articulate and relate to the broader narrative of Nihon.  We are planning on publishing an edited volume followed by the workshop, so please do not propose a project if it is already committed for publication.  We particularly welcome contributions by junior scholars who have developed the project over a period of time in the field.

Deadline for submission is October 1, 2015.  Please contact Nobuko Toyosawa for further inquiries <>.  Proposals should include the title of the project, a brief project description of 500 words, and a two page CV and send to <>.  Accepted proposals will be notified by November 11, 2015.

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Call for Papers: “Ocha Zanmai”お茶三昧: 2016 San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Cultures

call for papers [150-2]Call for Papers

Date:  May 1, 2016

Location:  California, United States

Who: All are invited to apply, including (but not limited to) scholars, students, artists, museum curators, tea practitioners, and tea manufacturers.

What: Any subject matter related to the Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu) will be considered. Chanoyu touches broad aspects of Japanese life and culture.

How: Send an English abstract (250~500 words) for a 20~30-minute presentation with a separate cover sheet to Prof. Midori McKeon ( The cover sheet must contain the title of the paper, applicants’ full name, position, institution, email address, street address, and telephone number. Please write the title on the top of the abstract page but do not write your name or the institution that you belong to. The cover sheet and the abstract will be separated for a blind peer review.

Guest Speakers: 

Mr. Seiwemon Onishi, “Cha-no-yu-Kama: Beauty and Appreciation”

大西清右衛門氏(千家十職釜師) 「茶の湯釜:美と鑑賞」

Dr. Kunio Kirisako, ” Tea Rooms in Momoyama Era (late 16th century) andYamanoue no Soji ki

桐浴邦夫博士 (建築史家)「山上宗二記と桃山の茶室」



Contact Info:

Prof. Midori McKeon

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Contact Email:


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Funding: Weatherhead Initiative on Global History Fellowship

money-150-2The Weatherhead Initiative on Global History (WIGH) at Harvard University identifies and supports outstanding scholars whose work responds to the growing interest in the encompassing study of global history. We seek to organize a community of scholars interested in the systematic scrutiny of developments that have unfolded across national, regional, and continental boundaries and who propose to analyze the interconnections—cultural, economic, ecological, political and demographic—among world societies. We encourage applicants from all over the world, and especially from outside Europe and North America, hoping to create a global conversation on global history.

WIGH Fellows are appointed for one year and are provided time, guidance, office space, and access to Harvard University facilities. They should be prepared to devote their entire time to productive scholarship and may undertake sustained projects of research or other original work. They will join a vibrant community of global history scholars at Harvard.

This fellowship is funded by a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.

The competition for these awards is open only to scholars with a PhD (or comparable professional school degree). If still pursuing the PhD, WIGH Fellows must receive their degree no later than May 2016. There is no limit on time since submission of the candidate’s degree; we are open to candidates at various stages of their careers. We expect that candidates will be able to submit samples of independent work (articles, papers, dissertation chapters) in support of their candidacies on request. The WIGH Fellowship is residential and Fellows are expected to live in the Cambridge/Boston area for the duration of their appointments unless traveling for pre-approved research purposes, and they are expected to participate in WIGH activities, including a bi-weekly seminar.

Fellows will receive an annual stipend of up to $50,000, according to fellows’ needs. Because we cannot always offer the amount requested, we urge applicants to apply for funding from other sources as well. Applications are welcome from qualified persons without regard to nationality, gender, or race.

How to Apply
Applications are due December 15, 2015Letters of reference are due by January 8th, 2016.
Please visit our website ( to apply.

Jessica Barnard, Program Coordinator
Phone: +011 
(617) 495-8923

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Job Opening: Professor in Anthropology [Asia focus welcome]

job opening - 5Aarhus University, The School of Culture and Society,

Professor in Anthropology 758885

The School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, invites applications for a permanent professorship within the field of anthropology. The position is available from 01 February 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter.
The position
The professorship is offered with a view to attracting a particularly talented person who is expected to play a key role in the continued creation of innovative, internationally recognised research areas at the Department of Anthropology. The future professor is expected to contribute to core activities at Aarhus University in general and the Department of Anthropology in particular in the following areas: research, education, talent development and knowledge exchange. The professor will also be expected to provide academic leadership relating to research, education and academic development as well as contributing actively to the further development of the department, both nationally and internationally.

We are seeking a professor with documented extensive research experience within the field of the anthropology of politics and religion, with a special focus on democracy and religion in nation-states where democracy has been recently institutionalised. A focus on Asia would be particularly welcome.

Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of anthropology. The vision must include a description of new international collaboration and how this will benefit the existing academic environment at the department.

Applicants should be prepared to teach and contribute to developing courses, learning and supervision at all levels of the department’s degree programmes in anthropology (BA, MA and PhD), and will be expected to have a solid teaching experience at university level. Applicants must also be able to collaborate on teaching in connection with other degree programmes offered by the Department of Anthropology and the School of Culture and Society.

Talent development
The successful applicant is expected to be able to identify the development potential of junior researchers and to contribute to the talent development and supervision of PhD students and to teaching and developing PhD courses.

Knowledge exchange
It is expected that the successful applicant will engage in knowledge exchange as mentioned in the strategy for the Faculty of Arts, for instance in research cooperation with private companies, government consultancy, cooperation with civil society actors or the public dissemination of knowledge. Applicants should document any prior experience within the field of knowledge exchange.

For further information about the position, please contact Head of Department Jens Seeberg,

Applicants are expected to formulate a vision for the contribution of their research to the wider field of anthropology.Applicants must be able to document:

  • Academic publications at the highest international level including research innovation in the field of anthropology
  • Solid ethnographic fieldwork experience
  • Experience of active participation in international research collaboration
  • Experience of research organisation, including the obtaining and administration of external funding in the field of anthropology
  • Strong teaching competences and experience of supervising at all levels
  • Commitment to teaching development, supervision of student projects, talent development, research management and the development of PhD courses.

Applicants must be able to teach in English at university level. If the successful applicant is not fluent in Danish, he or she will be expected to learn Danish within a period of approximately two years.

The application must be written in English.

For more information about the application and the employment procedure, please contact HR supporter Marianne Birn, email

Research environment
The Department of Anthropology places emphasis on research of a high international standard, including interdisciplinary collaboration, participation in collective research projects and the attraction of external research funding. Research qualifications will be assessed in relation to the period of active research, the degree of originality, and academic output, e.g. number of publications published in internationally recognised, peer-reviewed journals or compatible high-ranking series published by internationally recognised publishing houses.

The professor will be part of a strong international research environment at the department (please see this website for details) and will be expected to contribute to ongoing research activities through participation in meetings, seminars, etc., and to stimulate the development of new research projects at all levels within the field of anthropology.

The School of Culture and Society
At the School of Culture and Society the object of research and teaching is the interplay between culture and society in time and space:

  • From the traditional disciplines of the humanities and theology to applied social research
  • From Antiquity to the issues facing contemporary societies
  • From familiar Danish cultural forms to other very different worlds
  • From local questions to global challenges.

The school’s goal is to produce compelling research with an international resonance, as well as offering teaching and talent development of high quality. The school has a broad cooperative interface with society, both in Denmark and abroad, and contributes to social innovation, research communication and further and continuing education.

For a more detailed description of the department, please see here.

Qualification requirements

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent academic qualifications.


All interested are urged to apply irrespective of personal background.


All applications must be made online and received by 8 September 2015.
Please apply online here
Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is one of four main academic areas at Aarhus University.

The faculty contributes to Aarhus University’s research, talent development, knowledge exchange and degree programmes.

With its 500 academic staff members, 260 PhD students, 12,500 BA and MA students, and 2,500 students following continuing/further education programmes, the faculty constitutes a strong and diverse research and teaching environment.

The Faculty of Arts consists of the Department of Aesthetics and Communication, Department of Culture and Society, Department of Education (DPU), Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, and AU Centre for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Each of these units has strong academic environments and forms the basis for interdisciplinary research and education.
The faculty’s academic environments and degree programmes engage in international collaboration and share the common goal of contributing to the development of knowledge, welfare and culture in interaction with society.


Aarhus University offers an inspiring education and research environment for 44,500 students and 11,500 members of staff, ensuring results of a high international standard. The budgeted turnover for 2015 amounts to DKK 6.2 billion. The university’s strategy and development contract are available at

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